Winter Wedding Trends

White is always right for a winter wedding! Accent white flowers with shades of cream and winter greens like pine and silvery dusty miller, add frosted berries for seasonal tones.

Metallic designs are so popular in fashion, they are spilling over into weddings. Look for gilded succulents, berries and other textural components for a beautiful contemporary wedding look.

Continue the look with wedding decor items such as golden succulents for place card holders.

Bouquets designed with textural items and foliage provide a natural, organic vibe for winter weddings. Thistle, eucalyptus, berries, touches of babies breath or heather and succulents are perfect components for this look.

Plaid is perfect for a wintery wedding party. Carry it through from bouquet accents to boutonniere touches. Choose a plaid ribbon design to coordinate with wedding fashions with like bow ties, vests and flannel shirts! Spread soft plaid throws over chair backs to keep your guest warm and toasty. For a truly updated look accent the plaid designs with metallic, wire, ribbon or accent flowers.

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Finger Lakes Destination Wedding Flowers

Whether the Finger Lakes are right in your back yard or you’re traveling to make this your destination wedding site, here are a few helpful, cost saving tips for beautiful flowers.

The Finger Lakes region offers picturesque landscapes, unique activities, WINE and much more. Utilize the beautiful surroundings that nature has to offer. The photo opportunities are endless.

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Lakeside ceremonies provide beautiful blue backdrops, however you may choose to feature a few decor items.

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An archway or draped decor rental item can easily be erected to enhance your ceremony site.

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Make the most of your “chosen spot”. Roam the vineyards for that perfect photo, but also consider accenting existing on site structures with floral decor.

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Re-purpose large arrangements from ceremony structures for an indoor mantle or table at the reception.

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Decorate with garlands of lush greenery, coordinate with large ferns for a rustic-chic setting. Dual-use items such as garlands can be placed as table runners for the reception site.

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“When in Rome….” let’s make the most of wine country. Themed accessories such as wine bottles, corks and barrels make great beginnings of beautiful floral designs.

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Accent with grapes, natural vine and LOTS OF CANDLES.

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If you like the trendy long farmhouse table, consider multiple mix and match floral designs. Alternate sizes (small bud vases with tall elevated designs) and styles to coordinate with candles.

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Transition cascading floral designs from the ceremony to reception. For a trendy look, place at the end of long tables as an end cap arrangement. Accent with paper table runners, like this amazing gold chevron design!

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A special thank you to all of our couples who inspired this Destination Wedding Blog, we love working with you!

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Savvy Spending for Wedding Flowers

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Weddings are becoming an expensive affair! The average costs overall can run $20-30 thousand. If we fall in line with the national average the floral budget should be 10% of the total wedding cost.

There is hope and you can purchase wedding floral designs on a budget without looking like you cut corners.

Research. There is so much information available; start collecting photos or pin boards of your likes and perhaps your dislikes too. Define your overall theme by color pallet and style. Have it with you or accessible to the Florists you are meeting with for estimates.

Define your floral budget. What are you willing to spend? In order to avoid sticker shock, consider your budget for all wedding categories to make the planning process easier and more productive.

Trust your Floral Designer. It may take a few consultations for comparison; but you should be comfortable and compatible with the person who will be designing your wedding flowers. Once they understand your vision and budget, they will be able to steer you in the right direction and make suggestions for substitutions if needed. Your confidence in them will allow their creative freedom to wow you on your wedding day.

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Be flexible on flower choices. Let go of pricey selections that will drive up the overall cost. Enjoy your favorite blooms in your bouquet, but adding them into every arrangement could take you over budget fast. Flowers like Hydrangea and Babies Breath, are cost effective and fashionable varieties to showcase or mix with other flowers. Hydrangeas are large and round in keeping with the orb and low profile designs. Babies breath is fashion forward alone or combined with other flowers.

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Dual use items featured at the ceremony and reception also offer cost savings. Mason jars filled with flowers can mark your pews or chairs and also be displayed as center pieces. Garden urns filled with large blooms can mark your ceremony and also be a showcase at your reception.

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Fall Weddings

Beautiful Babies Breath

All babies breath has been trending for quiet some time, but we are still swooning over this look.  Here are some great ways to incorporate all babies breath into your wedding:

{1} Bridesmaid’s Bouquets: Not only does all babies breath have a casual romantic look, it can help lower cost bridesmaid’s bouquets.  Babies’ breath is the perfect solution to an affordable, yet absolutely gorgeous look.

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{2} Centerpieces: If you want large, voluminous centerpieces babies’ breath are just the flower to use! Using different kinds of flowers in large centerpieces can be quite expensive, while babies breath keeps the cost low and looks just as elegant.

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{3} Boutonniere: What better way to adorn a mans suit than a sprig of babies breath?  It is perfectly light and airy and will look fabulous with coordinating bouquets for the girls.Babies' Breath Boutonniere

{4} Wreath: Wow your guests even before they walk in the room.  Babies breath wreaths make the perfect touch for ceremony or venue doors.  You can even add a wreath for a backdrop to your head table or sweets display.  Even consider a wreath hanging on back of the Mr & Mrs chairs.Baby's Breath Wreath

{5} Crowns: A beautiful crown of babies’ breath makes the perfect headpiece for any flower girl.  For a trend setting look, have all your bridesmaids wear babies breath wreaths.Baby's Breath Flower Girl Wreath

{6} Garland: Towering centerpieces not your thing?  Adding babies’ breath garland down your tables adds a finishing touch of elegance without distributing the dinner talk.Babies' Breath Garland

Anniversary Flowers

Looking for a fresh way to celebrate your anniversary this year? Try incorporating beautiful flowers into your special day. It will surely make this year another memorable one.

roses{1} Send Her Flowers at Work.  Just because you both may have to work on your anniversary, doesn’t mean you can’t still make it special! Send  flowers at work! The surprise and attention is bound to make anyone feel loved!

content_restaurant4 {2} Decorate The Dinner Table. Whether your making a delicious home cooked meal, or going out to your favorite restaurant, make the meal extra special with a floral centerpiece.  The decorated table surly will bring a smile to your loved ones face.

rosepetals{3} Red Rose Bubble Bath.  Maybe you just need to unwind this anniversary.  Create a romantic bubble bath with floating red rose petals, calming music, and some chilled wine.

Real-Flower-Wedding-Cake-Topper{4} Something Sweet. Cake, cupcakes, or anything to get the sweet tooth going can be adorned with flowers.  It’s the perfect finishing touch to really make the dessert extra special, for your special day!

Summer Wedding Trends

The latest wedding trends are saying bye-bye to that rustic, vintage themed wedding, and welcoming back a traditional, elegant style.  Think beautiful garden, romantic elegance, or just a simply stunning white wedding. Here is a breakdown of the upcoming trends:

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{1} Think Pink: Soft pinks such as nudes, blushes, and peaches are a hit this summer.  Using florals to incorporate these soft pinks is a perfect way to stay on trend.

d73473eb1b6987c0c355a40ad69d947d {2} Flower Garland: What better a way to spicy up a table top, bar, or backdrop than adding a flower garland?  Make a statement with lush blooms and garden like greens.  The best part is, it’s easy to incorporate florals of any color palette!

b7e2acdc7d56da796557680d48d14c1d{3} Floral Head Wreaths: Replace the veil with a floral head wreath for a summery touch to any wedding! Go big and bold with large blooms and rich colors, or keep it simple with a dainty wreath of babies breath.

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{4} Lush Blooms: Now trending: peonies, hydrangeas, and garden roses. Nothing says romantic garden better than these lush blooms.  The hottest bouquets of the season are featuring these gorgeous flowers.

b1af51bf691fb640f1c78cf5c3eacba0{5} Details Details Details.  With the rise of Pinterest details at any wedding is key.  Consider using florals to add that extra touch.  Those often overlooked places are perfect opportunities for wow factor moments.  Think large floral urns at the reception entrance, or a single floral bloom on top of a place setting.

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Trending this wedding season are floral head wreaths.  There are many ways to incorporate them, from just the flower girls to all the brides maid.  If you’re thinking floral head wreaths might be a good fit for your wedding, here are some ideas you may consider:

Bridesmaids Floral{1} On The Bridesmaids: Don’t want a floral crown to take away from your perfect dress? Try adding the floral crowns to the bridesmaid’s ensemble. You can loose their bouquets for a casual bohemian inspired vibe, or pair with tiny nosegays.

Flower Girl{2} On The Flower Girls: What’s better than having your flower girls wear actual flowers? Adding a floral crown to a flower girl’s ensemble can fit into almost any wedding style.

Bride Half Floral{3} Half Head Wreath: If you’re looking to add just a little something to your dress, maybe a half head wreath is just the fit for you. The half head wreath is not too much, but just enough. You can easily change up flower color depending on you wedding’s color palate, too.

Bride Dainty Wreatj{4} Subtle Full Head Wreath: A dainty, subtle floral crown is perfect for those who love the look of a crown, but don’t need to make a bold and dramatic statement.  Pair with a beach or traditional themed wedding. This type of floral crown is just enough to make a statement, but not too flashy.

Bride Updo{5} Bun Style Head Wreath: Floral head crowns are all the rage, but are you the type who wants to be beyond the trend? Try wrapping a floral headpiece around any up do. It gives head wreath a whole different look.

Bride Bold{6} Dramatic Full Head Wreath: Adding this bright, dramatic floral crown is just the piece you need to make a statement on that special day. This type of floral crown works perfect with a summer, fall, or spring wedding.  Opt for lush bold color blooms for full impact.

Spring Wedding Floral Trends

We may be still on the waiting list for Spring here in Rochester, but soon enough the birds will be singing and the lilacs blooming! Spring weddings are on the rise and here are just a few of the trends in floral design.

{1} Soft Color Pallet: Spring evokes a soft and subtle color scheme as we are waking up from the bleak colors of winter. This bouquet of  quiet “sherbert” hues is perfect for a Spring wedding.

{2} Unexpected Elements: Spring also inspires happiness as we put winter behind us and celebrate a new beginning. These boutonnieres are a perfect mix of subtle and happy with the polka dot feathers added for style and charm.

{3} Seasonal Features: Fall weddings have been making use of pumpkins and corn stalks for many seasons now that we are accepting of a casual esthetic. This new rule works for spring too; umbrellas and pin wheels are perfect details to add to your floral decor.

{4} Let The Sunshine In: Yellow is the perfect color for Spring weddings! It can be soft and bold at the same time, while brightening your day with thoughts of sunshine. I love a yellow wedding especially in the Spring! These round billy balls add another fun element in the yellow color scheme.

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Pin It To Win It Contest Winner!

We launched our Pin It To Win It Contest in the beginning of January.  After some great submissions, we selected our winner, Tricia DeGuglielmo! We loved her elegant mint and peach fall wedding. It’s a great twist on fall colors and will make for a beautiful bridal bouquet!  Be sure to check out her whole Pinterest board.
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And we couldn’t help but share the other great boards contestants submitted!  Take a look at this rustic, vintage wedding theme.  Woods and burlap with beautiful elegance makes this board shine.  If you’re loving this look, see more on her Pinterest board.
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For country charm, look no further than Jill’s submission.  Pretty pastels and romantic elements make this a dream wedding look.  See more great pin’s on her Pinterest board. pitwi3

And how could we forget this classic wedding look?  The soft pinks, lace, and pearls make this a timeless look for any bride.  To see more of this look check out the bride-to-be’s Pinterest board.pitwi4