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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Talk About Eileen

Eileen is a Fairport native, and full time college student at Nazareth college. Working full time this summer and part time when she is in school, Eileen is our go to girl for anything from conditioning new flowers to assisting designers with prep work for holidays, large events or weddings. You may see her out on events with our Wedding Team providing installations of beautiful flowers. Her photography skills, known to those who follow her on Instagram, have greatly enhanced the quality of our photos and social media postings. Eileen is also known for grabbing stray flower blossoms and adding them to her long hair while working at the shop.

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{1} What is your floral industry background? Before starting here, I had no floral industry background. I just thought flowers were pretty to look at and smelled nice.

{2} How long have you worked at Rockcastle Florist? About 5 months now.

{3} What is the most memorable order you have worked on at Rockcastle? The first wedding I serviced has been the most memorable. I absolutely loved setting up all of the centerpieces and being able to give the bride her bouquet. I love it more and more every time.

{4} What is your favorite flower? Sunflowers are my favorite.

{5} What inspires you in the industry? Nature, and all of the gorgeous sights & flowers I see while hiking.

{6} Tell us a random fact about you: I lived in Chile and traveled around South America for 10 months after graduating high school.

Birthdays

Birthdays are always worth celebrating! Here are some ways to incorporate flowers into the party this year – from classic gifts to unique decorations
{1} Planting as a Gift: Flowers are a beautiful gift to celebrate a birthday, but giving someone a house plant or flowers for their garden is a constant reminder of how special they are to you house plant
 
{2} Flower Décor: Decorate the birthday party with flowers! Use them to make creative centerpieces that will surely catch the guests attention!
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{3} Cakes: Cakes are a staple to any birthday celebration, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be creative! Use fresh flowers to decorate whatever kind of cake it is for a unique & easy dessert.
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{4} Bouquets: Flowers are a beautiful and timeless way to show someone you care about them, but they are especially meaningful on a birthday! Choose a bouquet full of their favorite colors or flowers, and send them to their place of work for a  birthday surprise!
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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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Best Teacher Contest

It’s almost back to school time!  This means we want you to nominate the teacher who has made a difference in your education.  So while your busy finishing up summer reading, getting back to school supplies, and enjoying the last bit of summer, take a moment to recognize that special teacher in your life.

hjxxhd92-1346203735Simply post on our Facebook page wall by Sunday August 31 to place your entry.  Include the teachers name, school, and what made them special as a teacher.  Rockcastle staff will select the best teachers for Rochester & Canandaigua, and will send a beautiful bouquet of flowers to them the first week of school.  We can’t wait to hear all about your favorite teachers!

 

Fall Weddings

Gifts For The Graduate

Graduation is a big step in life! Help them cerebrate with a gift on their graduation night, or at their party later this summer.  Here are some ideas:

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{1} Arm Bouquet: A beautiful bouquet of flowers is a perfect gift for a graduation. You can present it to the graduate right after the ceremony.  For an added touch, consider incorporating the graduate’s school colors into the bouquet.

Cookie Bouquet{2} Cookie Bouquet: Some graduates may be more interested in food than flowers. So why not make get them something sweet?  A cookie bouquet filled with an assortment of cookie types might be just the thing to put a smile on their face!

gift5_thumb[1]{3} Essentials Gift Basket: Whether it be graduation from high school or college, they all need those few things to help start their next step in life. Essentials for a college dorm room could be perfect for a high school grad. As for a college grad, what better than a basket full of office supplies to start off their new career!

 

 

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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What Will Your Roses Say On Valentine’s Day?

It’s without a doubt, roses are the most popular flower on Valentine’s Day.  But with a seemingly endless color selection in the beautiful bloom, what will the flowers you send mean?

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Red:  The classic statement of love, a red rose simply says “I love you”.  If you are looking to express deep feelings of romance this Valentine’s Day, a beautiful bouquet of red roses is the perfect sentiment.

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Pink: Pink roses are perfect for the first time Valentine lovers.  Having a gentler meaning, it shows admiration, elegance, and joyfulness, without the bold statement a red rose makes.

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Yellow: Looking at this bright, sunny flower, we can immediately feel warmth and happiness. These feelings resinate with the true meaning of the yellow rose, friendship.  If your Valentine is just a friend, or maybe a true love and a true friend, a bouquet of yellow roses with surly delight.

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White: Known for it’s frequent appearance in weddings, the white rose stands for purity, innocence, and new beginnings.  Send a bouquet of white roses to show honor and reverence to your Valentine.  It’s also the perfect bouquet for soon to be wed or newly weds.

T72-3AOrange: Their bold and energetic color defines the orange rose as a symbol of deep passion and desire.  Sending your Valentine a bouquet of orange roses with share and expression of your fiery and intense romance.

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Lavender: With it’s unique color, the lavender rose is seen as a symbol of enchantment.  A bouquet of lavender roses is the perfect expression of love at first sight.

Talk About Ismeta

This week we’re talking all about Ismeta Bandulj, Flower Buyer and Designer in the Rochester Location.

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{1} What is your floral industry background?  I was born in Jugosburja (Bosnia) and worked as a Floral Designer there.

{2} How long have you worked at Rockcastle Florist?  I have worked at Rockcastle Florist for 15 years.  I applied here shortly after we moved to the USA and spoke very little English.  We kid at work that most of my English was learned here at the Shop.

{3} What is the most memorable order you have worked on at Rockcastle?  A young man once came to the shop with a Growers Box of 150 roses that he ordered on line.  He asked for a presentation bouquet with as many as we could manage.  I was able to design a bouquet with all 150.  It was very large and very heavy!

542435_4022863288200_1236014315_n{4} What are your favorite flowers?  Tulips, sunflowers, and calla lilies.

{5} What inspired you in this industry?  Working with beautiful flowers and making people happy with creative designs.

{6} Tell us a random fact about yourself.  I am a big dreamer and wish I could fly.