Friday Bouquet

Happy Friday lovelies! It’s been a whirlwind of a holiday season so far. Good and not so good but you make the best of it right?

JBW has broken his leg in 4 places and required surgery last Friday so that has kept me quite busy. Regardless though, I managed to have the family over for turkey dinner and it turned out to be an absolute blast! I have to say I was sort of dreading it due to being so exhausted with JBW’s leg situation but am so glad I did it anyway. There is nothing like family to get you through the hard times.

I’m now working on some new projects for the new year and I can’t wait to share them with you. I also have a few big announcements for the new year but you’ll have to hang in there until then!

Here’s a beauty to keep you happy…

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Enjoy your weekend everyone! xoxo

FAQs : : what questions to ask a florist

Hello Monday beauties!

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It’s been a while but I’m back on the blogging scene! To start fresh I decided to add a new category to the blog called FAQS since I’ve been receiving some questions through email recently. One common question I get is what do I need to look for in a florist. Here are the main questions you need to ask before you sign a contract:

  1. How many other events will the florist be handling on the day of the wedding?
  2. Is the florist experienced in floral design for weddings?
  3. Does the shop have proper cooling devices?
  4. Does the florist have references you can call?
  5. Do they have pictures from previous weddings?
  6. Have they worked at the reception or ceremony site in the past?
  7. What time will the flowers be delivered to the ceremony and reception site(s)?
  8. Do they charge a delivery fee or setup fee?
  9. Does the florist guarantee availability and freshness?
  10. If your first choice is not available, will they be able to substitute with something similar and is their any additional costs to this?
  11. Can the florist provide any additional decorations such as; chuppahs, garlands, symbolic blossoms and wreaths?

Here are some additional tips of what should always be included on the contract:

  • Costs, dates, places, times and the services the florist will perform.
  • A detailed description of every bouquet, arrangement, shapes and sizes, number and types of flowers  and any fillers being used.
  • A clearly defined delivery and payment schedule.
  • Last but not least; the cancellation policy.

I hope this information was useful and would love to hear if anyone had some additional useful tips.

Max xoxo

Things I heart : : succulents

Succulents, what can I say I am in love with them. Love them in the house, in the garden, on a on beautiful table. In a wedding or event they can be incorporated anywhere as part of your theme. In a bouquet, as a centrepiece, as a favour and even for boutonnieres.

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Do you love succulents too? If so, would you incorporate them in your wedding or events?

Have a great weekend! xoxo

Give Them a Chance :: carnations

In the words of Tori Spelling from her new book celebraTORI “Give carnations a chance!”. Tori, I couldn’t agree more! For some reason carnations have had a bad rep but I’ve always had a love for them. I use them to decorate my bathroom or my desk. They are inexpensive and can be used as great fillers with other flowers in a bouquet or simply on their own. This sweetly scented flower’s original natural colour is bright pinkish-purple, but cultivars of other colours, including red, white, yellow and green, have been developed.

Some fun facts about carnations*:

  1. Light red carnations represent admiration, while dark red denote deep love and affection.
  2. White carnations represent pure love and good luck, while striped carnations symbolise regret that a love cannot be shared.
  3. Purple carnations indicate capriciousness. In France, it is a traditional funeral flower, given in condolence for the death of a loved one.
  4. In France and Francophone cultures, carnations symbolize misfortune and bad luck.
  5. Pink carnations have the most symbolic and historical significance. The pink carnation is the symbol of a mother’s undying love.
  6. Carnation is the birth flower for those born in the month of January.
  7. The formal name for carnation, dianthus, comes from Greek for “heavenly flower”, or the flower of love.

{images via Martha Stewart, Wikipedia and Wallcoo}

I also want to send a shout-out to Martha Stewart for having an entire section on carnations in her summer issue. Thank you Martha!

Max xoxo

{*information gathered from Wikipedia}