If you haven’t heard about Wish Upon a Wedding yet, get ready to have your heart strings tugged! Wish Upon a Wedding is the world’s first non-profit wish granting organization providing wedding and vow renewals for couples facing terminal illness and serious life-changing circumstances, regardless of sexual orientation!
The recipients of these dream weddings get a day to completely forget about their sickness and celebrate the love that has been their everything in times of struggle. The love between these couples is the single most beautiful thing you can imagine, through sickness and in health. They deserve to pronounce those very vows to the family and friends who have seen it to be so true. They have endured life’s struggles together and deserve a beautiful memory that will stay with them as long as they both shall live.
Elizabeth Guthrie, the founder, realized the need for wedding wish granting when she participated in a large scale wedding giveaway, it was heartbreaking to see how many couples needed and deserved a wedding. She decided to do something about it. Wish Upon a Wedding got it’s start in 2010 and has provided over 70 couples with beautiful weddings all over the United States.
If you want to see how important this cause is please take the time to watch these videos, you might need a Kleenex! It is truly beautiful what Wish Upon a Wedding has done for these couples.
In an effort to raise awareness and funds for this amazing organization, BloomsByTheBox will be donating a portion of ALL proceeds during the month of December 2014 to to Wish Upon A Wedding. Please consider making a purchase or donating to Wish Upon a Wedding. Thank you we appreciate your support!
As we come toward the close of a wonderful year and reflect on all the projects we posted, we realize that there are plenty of DIY flower projects that we haven’t done a tutorial for yet. Here is your opportunity to tell us what you are dying to learn to create for your DIY weddings/ events. We would be more than happy to show you how to do the things you have had trouble finding online.
In the meantime, here are some of the fun DIY flower tutorials we posted this year…
Want to make a colorful bouquet on a budget? Check out this tutorial for some great tips on creating a high impact bouquet using affordable flowers in bright beautiful colors!
Going rustic for your upcoming wedding? Check out this simple mason jar and bottle arrangement tutorial. A lot of BloomsByTheBox customers have been trying this look for their bridal showers, baby showers, graduation parties, and more.
It’s quite funny that people tend to get the most intimidated by the most simple arrangement to make, the boutonniere. Making a boutonniere is truly an easy and quick process. We are squashing all the myths and misconceptions about boutonnieres in this DIY boutonniere tutorial.
One of our favorite DIY Flower projects from this year was the wildflower bouquet tutorial! So many DIY’ers order the Blooms Wildflower packs and really needed to be able to visualize what the combo of flowers would look like in a bouquet. Well viola!
We need your feedback! What tutorials have you been scouring the internet for but just can’t find? Please comment below with your suggestions, we are excited to begin planning for our shoots in the coming year! We hope you have liked the ones we have posted so far!
We know winter is not the most popular season to have a wedding. But there is something extra special about a winter wedding. Maybe it’s because they are rare, or because of the potential for snow in the backdrop, or the clean and white natural hues, or the lace sleeves and shawls.. We’re not sure what it is, but the beauty is always undeniable. Winter weddings usually bring about deep romantic flowers or pure blends of white blooms, two contrasting looks but two infallible results.
This shoot really caught our eye. It perfectly captures everything about a white winter wedding- the snow and pops of metallic only make the floral arrangements look even more fantastic.
So here is a winter wedding bouquet recipe on how to mimic the image below!
Putting the bouquet together only requires a few steps.
(Note: To make one bouquet this size, one bunch of each flower/filler will be enough and there will be some stems left over.)
1. Cut the hydrated stems a little longer than the desired length.
2. Start with 1 stem of each kind of flower/filler to create a base for the bouquet. Bunch each stem together to create a round shape and then secure your first layer with the floral tape.
3. Add additional stems each type of flower/filler in an even rotation around the base and continue to build the bouquet, securing each additional section with floral tape.
4. Continue to add new layers until the desired shape is reached. Then use some stems of Dusty Miller to add around the entire bouquet to create a round finished look and apply the last layer of floral tape.
5. Wrap the gold ribbon around the bouquet until no more floral tape is showing.
6. Use the corsage pins to secure the ribbon in place.
(Use one of our step-by-step flower photo tutorials for more bouquet assistance.)
See more about this winter wedding bouquet and the rest of this stunning winter wedding on Ruffled!
Thanksgiving is the kick off to a long holiday season of money spending. So, although you want to make sure you kick off the holiday season with a bang, it should be cost efficient too. Thanksgiving decorations are extremely important in getting friends and family into the spirit, so including fresh cut flowers in Thanksgiving decorations will bring the joy of natural elements of the harvest season indoors.
DIY THANKSGIVING IDEA: Order a DIY Thanksgiving Flower Pack and set aside some time the day before Thanksgiving or the morning of (while the turkey is in the oven) to gather with family to make a centerpiece and some fun little arrangements. A fun thanksgiving craft often becomes a family tradition that you will cherish.
Here are the steps for creating this arrangement:
1. Order flowers and pick a ship date to receive the flowers 2-3 days before Thanksgiving.
2. Upon arrival, cut the stems & hydrate the flowers in buckets until you want to arrange.
3. Cut down the floral foam to fit into the vase, let it to soak in a water/ flower food mix.
4. Put the soaked floral foam in the vase and create the arrangement shape with greens.
5. Add larges focal flowers first, in this case use the roses to create the focal center.
6. Add the smaller filler flowers, spread all the colors throughout the arrangement.
7. Finish up my rotating the arrangement and filling in spaces!
That was easy right? If you have ordered a Thanksgiving Flower Pack, you will have plenty left over flowers to use in other areas of your home. Arrange them for the kitchen, foyer, serving tables, or even food dishes! Tell us your ideas for what you would do with these.
You might be sitting down with your wedding budget scribbled on a piece of paper scratching your head thinking, “How the heck am I going to pull this off?”. Yes, when you are on a budget you start to really prioritize what is most important to you on your wedding day and you are probably trying to figure out how to maximize on DIY flowers. You are thinking you will have to compromise on everything you originally wanted. Well, we never really understood the phrase, you can’t have your cake and eat it too, I mean what else are you supposed to do with the damn cake?!
So, in order to get the cake so you can eat it too, you have to do a little bit of smart DIY flower planning. So no, you don’t have to spend $5,000 on your wedding flowers to get what you want. You can plan smart, put the flowers together yourself, and still have MOST of what you dreamed of. We are going to give you 5 tips that you might not have ever thought about.
NUMBER ONE: Spread Out the More Expensive Flowers
It’s okay that you want the high ticket items. Yes you can have peonies, ranunculus, anemones, dahlias, succulents and specialty flowers. The key is balance. Instead of having an all peony bouquet, use 3 stems of peonies in your bouquet (They are huge – they will still be the focal point) and supplement the look will something beautiful, stated, yet more budget friendly like spray roses, some fillers, and greens. The left over stems will go toward other arrangements you want to make with your DIY flowers, this way you make the higher priced flowers go a long way.
Also, limit yourself to 2-3 varieties of the most expensive stuff, add a bunch or two of each of those items to your order, use them in the most special arrangements like the bridal bouquet and bridal table. Pairing the specialty flowers with other flowers will still give you the expensive look without the big price tag. The above bouquet looks really large because there are 3 stems of hydrangea and anemones paired with affordable spray roses, roses, stock, baby’s breath, and greens. In order to recreate this look on a budget incorporate 2 large hydrangeas, 5-6 anemones, 4-5 spray rose stems – 3-5 rose stems, a few stems of babies breath, and greens! This bouquet with a florist would cost around $150-200 but if you DIY could be as low as $35.00
NUMBER TWO: The Beautiful Top Secret Budget Friendly Blooms
Yup, there are little hidden gems that you did not know where so affordable yet painfully pretty. We are letting you in on the secret!
Spray Roses: They have evolved into a serious statement flower since the popularity of the romantic vintage style. The reason why they are so cost effective is because each stem has 3-5 blooms. Each bunch is 10 stems, so each bunch gets you anywhere from 30-50 small rose blooms for around $18-25$ (depending on current supply and demand).
Dendrobium Orchids: Another hidden gem! Denodrobium orchids come in a 10 stem bunch, each stem has 8-10 blooms, yes, you get 80-100 little orchid blooms in each bunch! That means you can get 80-100 small orchid blooms for around $30-$35! The only downfall is that you need to remove each bloom from the vertical orchid stems and wire it. It requires a little more work but is totally worth the elegant look at the affordable price! They are perfect for boutonnieres, corsages, bouquets, and centerpieces. For centerpieces we suggest using the whole orchid stem. As you can see below, the mini orchid blooms placed amongst beautiful mini calla lilies and roses create a statement look.
Football Mums: Just completely ignore the word football, because these big fluffy beauties are the least bit masculine/sporty. They are perfection when paired with pretty much any flower. The reason why we think they are a hidden gem is that they will help you build large bouquets with a lot less $$. You can purchase 10 large football mums for $18-25! This budget friendly bouquet, featured on Style Me Pretty is a prime example of pairing more pricey focal flowers with affordable football mums, wax flower, and greens. This bride got to have the ever-so-popular garden roses when she paired them with more affordable blooms. Photo by Shannen Norman.
Wildflowers: Ordering wildflowers can save you a ton of money. Because wildflowers are mainly a mix between fillers, greens, and accent flowers they are more affordable. Wildflowers are extremely beautiful and can work in any setting, you do not have to have wedding in a barn to make it work. they are whimsical enough for formal settings as well. Want to replicate this wildflower look below from pinterest? Order the Blooms Vintage White Wedding Wildflower Pack!
NUMBER THREE: Use Color to Make the Impact
Using colors that pair well together to make the impact. Sometimes color pairings are more essential rather than the flower varieties. If that’s the case you have complete budget freedom. If you have been par-oozing the internet looking at expensive designer wedding flowers your best option is to contact the BloomsByTheBox customer support team. We are experts in DIY flowers. We can help you replicate expensive designers bouquets within the budget you need by sticking with the colors and supplementing the more expensive varieties with some more affordable ones.
NUMBER FOUR: Scale Down the Size of the Bridesmaids’ bouquets
Use your bouquet as the focal flower arrangement in your wedding party. You can save a lot of money by simply scaling down the bridal party’s bouquet size, especially brides with 3 or more bridesmaids. Scaling down the size of these secondary arrangements will allow you to purchase some of the more expensive flowers on your list.
NUMBER FIVE: Use a lot of Small Vases VS. a Few Big Vases
Maximize on DIY flowers by using lots of smaller vases rather than a couple big ones. Get miscellaneous bud vases, vintage milk glass, wine bottles, old coke bottles, or all matching bud vases. This will really help you spread out the flowers and colors! The key is using 1 stem of greenery0 and 1-3 focal flowers per bud vase. Then spread them out for optimal impact. This trick is also extremely cost efficient because greenery is very affordable, you can get a few bunches of focal flowers, a couple bunches of fillers, and do all over 20 centerpieces for under $350.
Have any questions? Have some suggestions for other budget savvy ideas? We love to hear your feedback.
Blooms by the Box is now offering a bigger and better selection of garden roses! We can’t even begin to tell you how excited we are about this! There are few things in the flower world that are better than a garden rose. Garden roses are one of the most popular wedding flowers in the industry, along side of the fabulous peony (garden roses are available all year which gives them an advantage). The round shape and fluffy texture of the garden rose lends itself to rustic, vintage, romantic, and classic designs. It’s wide spread versatility and undeniable beauty make it the best flower to provide the “wow” factor at weddings and events.
The garden roses Juliet Peach, Miranda Pink, and Patience White come in 10 stem bunches. All of the other varieties come in bunches of 12 stems.
The vase life of these beautiful flowers is pretty short. Depending upon environmental conditions, the optimal vase life can range from 2-4 days. But let them hydrate over night and they will be bloomed, fluffy, and gorgeous for your arrangements!
Click on the product photos below to find out more about each of these different varieties of garden roses!
How amazing are these blooms?! Also check out our Pinterest to find inspiration on how and where to use garden roses. Below is one of our newest boards for garden rose arrangements including bouquets, large centerpieces, bud vases, corsages, cake toppers, boutonnieres, accessories, and more!