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Real Fall Wedding Inspiration: Marianna’s Vineyard Wedding Flowers

October 9, 2017
Marianna's Vineyard-Themed Fall Wedding Bridesmaid Bouquets

Get Inspired by These Wine-Themed Wedding Ideas From a Real 1-800-Flowers Bride!

Marianna's Vineyard Wedding FlowersWhen Marianna, our Senior Email Marketing Manager, exchanged vows with her hubby, Chris (who also works at 1-800-Flowers as Director of Merchandising!), on November 19, 2011, it was an occasion to celebrate. So to raise a toast in honor of their love, Marianna chose an intoxicating theme for their wedding: fall vineyard! From the deep merlots to the champagne whites that abound during the season, their wedding perfectly captured the rich and fragrant essence of autumn. The fall time has always had special meaning to this couple, so it was only natural that they plan an autumn wedding and infuse it with everything they love about the season—especially those naturally luxurious fall colors. Continue Reading…

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Wedding Songs for the Perfect Father-Daughter and Mother-Son Dance

May 26, 2017

Your wedding day is one of the most important days in a couple’s life. And while that’s certainly true, it’s also a big day for their parents. Your wedding is the final piece to the puzzle, signifying that you’re not their little baby anymore — heck, you may soon have your own little babies. But that’s why the father-daughter and mother son dances have become so popular over the years. In those few minutes, you have the opportunity to tell your mom and dad, “thanks for everything you’ve done.” But in order to set the scene for the perfect moment, you need to have the perfect music. If you’re getting ready to head down the aisle, as well as the dance floor, here are a few songs that will make for an unforgettable father-daughter and mother-son dance.

For the Father-Daughter Dance

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Butterfly Kisses

By: Bob Carlisle

Remember when your dad would tuck you into bed and kiss you goodnight? You might not have realized it at the time, but you were probably kissing him goodnight too — but with butterfly kisses. If you give someone a butterfly kiss, it means your eyelashes brush up against their cheeks. Bob Carlisle’s famous song may have popularized the term, but it’s something fathers spanning decades remember experiencing.

How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)

By: James Taylor

How Sweet It Is, by James Taylor proved that a father-daughter dance doesn’t necessarily have to be slow and sappy for it to still be beautiful. This is a great choice for brides looking to ditch the traditional slow dance in favor of a more upbeat dance number. After all, this is a celebration! Continue Reading…

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The Bride and the Bouquet: A History

March 6, 2017

Choosing wedding flowers is one of the most exciting parts of a bride’s wedding prep (second only to maybe the cake tasting). While flowers are a necessity for any wedding, it’s the bouquet that really steals the floral show. Today, the bouquet adds beauty and a pop of color to the blushing bride as she walks down the aisle. But believe it or not, the tradition is actually much older than you may think, dating back to the 16th century. And though brides were carrying bouquets down the aisle even back then, it wasn’t for the reason you’d expect. Below is a brief history about the origin of the bouquet.

Bride & Bouquet Under Umbrella

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Things To Consider When Buying Wedding Flowers Online

April 14, 2016

It doesn’t matter if she’s in her teens, 20s, 30s, or older, we bet if you ask any girl what she looks forward to the most or what her greatest memory is, somehow her wedding will come up. Every girl dreams about the day that she gets to walk down the aisle looking like a total princess, but saying yes to the dress isn’t the only thing she has to do to prepare for her big day.

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A major part of wedding decor is the flowers, so all brides-to-be have to make some big decisions about the arrangements they’ll be surrounded by. For those of you who would think about ordering your wedding flowers online, here are a few things to consider: Continue Reading…

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Winter Wedding Flower Ideas

December 16, 2015

Some may say that weddings are better in spring – the weather’s getting warmer and the flowers are beginning to bloom, both which make for stunning pictures and a beautiful ceremony. However, that certainly doesn’t mean that those who opt for a winter wonderland setting can’t have it all too. In fact, some of the most beautiful wedding floral arrangements can be found during the winter season!

Red, White & Green Winter Wedding Flowers

Have you said yes to the dress and booked a venue for a winter wedding? When it’s time to start thinking about which blooms will be featured in your ceremony, here are a few things to consider: Continue Reading…

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Real Wedding Inspiration:Jenna & Gil’sBlock Island Beach Wedding

September 1, 2014

On August 23rd, 2014, Jenna and Gil got married at their ultimate dream destination: Block Island.
For Jenna, Block Island, Rhode Island has been a beloved family vacation spot her whole life. Block Island has also become a special destination for Gil since he has been traveling there for the past four years with Jenna’s family. He also grew up on a beach and loves sailing.

Between Jenna’s history with the island coupled with Gil being a nautical enthusiast, they knew this was the place for them to tie the knot. In fact, they were so sure about getting married here that Gil actually booked the date and venue with her parents before he proposed!

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Real Wedding Inspiration: Cristal’s Love Bird Themed Wedding Flowers

August 7, 2014

On September 15, 2012, two lives joined together to become one perfect pair when Cristal from our Human Resources team walked down the aisle with her other half. For their special day, they chose to celebrate with a theme that’s just as sweet as they are: love birds! The lovely couple chose to match their love bird theme, along with their favorite season (fall), to make their autumn wedding flowers and décor a magical day inspired colors and fall foliage inspired by their favorite season.

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“Early Fall is our favorite time of the year,” Cristal shared. “Our wedding day turned out to be a beautiful sunny day with a hint of Fall in the air. It was the perfect weather to enjoy the outdoors and feel comfortable.”

From the love bird inspired centerpieces to earthy detailing, guests were transported to a room full of beautiful fall foliage and décor inspired by nature’s brightest colors.

lovebird-carved-wedding-card-box“Lovebirds were the theme of our wedding. At the time, the trends were pointing to more natural and earthy themes. Our wedding card box was a wooden chest with two lovebirds carved in the center. Brown kraft envelopes were used for our save the dates and invitations. We used moss and nest-like baskets for the floral centerpieces,” Cristal described. “Our guests wrote messages on wooden hearts that they then hooked to our wishing tree. Our plan is to use these heart messages as Christmas ornaments in the future.”

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How to Choose a Bridal Bouquet That’s Perfect for You and Your Wedding

February 18, 2014
Bridal Bouquet of Roses and Succulents
Bridal Bouquet of Roses and Succulents

Photo Courtesy of Twinbrook Floral Design

The bridal bouquet is more than a bunch of flowers that you carry down the aisle or use as a prop for your wedding photos. It’s a living, breathing symbol of a fresh start—the beginning of a beautiful, happy and exciting new chapter in your life with your loved one. That’s why picking the right arrangement is one of the most important decisions a bride has to make. But sometimes, finding a bride bouquet with the right size, shape, colors and flowers to match your wedding-day style is no easy task. Need some help making sure your wedding flowers are a match made in heaven for your big day? Here are a few tips from the pros on how to choose a bridal bouquet that’s perfect for you and your wedding.

Selecting Your Bridal Bouquet Shape and Size

To get started, the first step you need to take is to determine what shape and size bouquet will work best for you. “Brides should consider their size and body type along with the dress style when choosing the size and shape of the bouquet,” says Margaret Fleegal, owner and bridal director for Twinbrook Floral Design. “The bouquet should be appropriate for the overall vision of the wedding as well as proportionate to the bride’s size and height.” There are quite a few different options for you to choose from when it comes to the size and shape of the arrangement, and each one complements certain body and dress types better than others. You’ll want to pick something that flatters you yet doesn’t draw any attention away from you. Here are just a few shapes to consider:
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Creative Bridesmaid Proposal Ideas

January 15, 2014

Unique Ways to Propose to Your Bridesmaids

Your groom may be the one waiting for you at the end of the aisle, but it’s your caring and loyal bridesmaids that are going to help get you there!

Your bridal party is essentially your life support while planning your wedding day, which let’s face it, can be stressful! They help keep you sane in between dress decisions and vendor selections, all because they love you.

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So now that you’ve chosen your bridesmaids, how do you propose to them to be in your bridal party? Show your gratitude for the group of your closest pals that will be by your side when you finally say “I Do” by making your bridal party proposal fun and unique. Here are some cool and creative ways for asking your best friends to be part of your bridal party. Continue Reading…

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Real Fall Wedding Inspiration: Kerri’s Enchanted Forest Wedding Flowers

September 18, 2013
Kerri's Forest-Themed Fall Wedding Centerpieces

Get Inspired by These Fall Wedding Ideas From a Real 1-800-Flowers Bride!

Kerri's Enchanted Forest Fall Wedding Flowers
When our Online Marketing Manager, Kerri, married her prince charming on September 15, 2012, it was only fitting that they have an enchanting fairy tale wedding. And with the rich, charming hues and woodsy, natural beauty of autumn, deciding to have a fall wedding was a no-brainer for Kerri:

“I picked fall because the weather was cooler, and we didn’t want to inconvenience our guests’ summer plans,” says Kerri. “Plus, I love fall colors, so it was easy finding a color scheme I loved!”

Read on to find out how this real bride brought her forest-inspired wedding vision to life with the help of 1-800-Flowers floral designer Michael George, and snag some ideas for your very own fall wedding!

The Wedding Color Scheme

Kerri's Bridal Party Wearing Green Fall Bridesmaids Dresses

To set the stage for her woodland wedding, Kerri picked a beautiful and whimsical shade of green for her bridesmaids’ dresses. Not only did the color fit her magical autumn theme perfectly, but it was also very practical:

“I love the color green,” says Kerri. “I picked it because I felt it wasn’t too girly, and it really complemented my bridesmaids’ complexions. On my darker-complexion girls it looked amazing and exotic; on my fairer girls it brought out their fair eyes and made them shine. It really made everyone look beautiful.”

The Wedding Centerpieces

Kerri's Forest-Themed Fall Wedding Centerpieces

The calm and neutral tone of the bridesmaids’ dresses was the perfect backdrop to make her bright, dramatic flower arrangements really pop. And there’s no question that Kerri’s centerpieces were the showstoppers of her fall wedding décor.

Forgoing the traditional floral centerpiece, Kerri and her designer blended natural wood elements with vibrant autumn-colored blooms to create a one-of-a-kind enchanted forest of flowers. Overflowing with deep red, royal purple, electric yellow and fiery orange blossoms, and set atop tall stands laced with real tree branches, these arrangements were a fall bride’s dream come true.

“I didn’t want something that everyone else had. 1-800-Flowers was one of the only floral places that had these stands that looked like real trees. It was very unique yet simple at the same time. All of our guests remarked how they had never seen centerpieces that looked like that. They were in awe,” says Kerri.

Kerri Holding Her Personalized Fall Bridal BouquetThe Bridal Bouquet

Kerri chose to skip the traditional all-white bridal bouquet and go with something a little more colorful—a great way to express her dazzling personality! Using mini white calla lilies and white roses as a base, Kerri mixed in garnet calla lilies, hot pink roses, and red-striped stargazer lilies (her favorite flowers) to add a breathtaking burst of fall color to her bouquet. To make her arrangement even more personal, she wrapped golden-hued family heirlooms around the stem of her bouquet.

“I wanted to follow the ‘something old, something borrowed, something blue’ tradition, so I borrowed the blue religious pin from my grandmother and the gold pin from my mother. The rosary was my something old: It belonged to my great-grandmother, and it’s been used for religious events in our family ever since,” says Kerri.

Kerri's Bridesmaids Holding Their Fall Bridesmaid BouquetsThe Bridesmaid Bouquets

To complement both her own floral arrangement and the enchanting green color of the bridesmaids’ dresses, Kerri chose flowers with similar bold pops of autumn color for her bridal party. The girls’ bouquets were featured a bounty of white Casablanca lilies; mini purple calla lilies; white, light pink, and hot pink roses; and light pink wax flowers. The groomsmen looked dashing with their garnet glow mini calla lily boutonnieres.

Are you planning a forest-inspired wedding too? Tell us which part of Kerri’s storybook fall wedding is your favorite!