Perfect Bridesmaids Dresses for Your Outdoor Wedding

As the weather really starts to warm up and more of the season’s weddings move outdoors, we’ve turned our attention to the best trends in bridesmaids outfits for warm-weather celebrations.  

These mix and match sundresses are a wonderful way to allow each of your bridesmaids to choose a dress they love.  The variation on the theme of your colors keeps things looking cohesive—with shades across the spectrum, very different textures, and even some fun pattern, each bridesmaid gets to look uniquely themselves and a part of your wedding theme and colors.  And we love the wedges for more casual outdoor spring weddings!

DRESSIs your style a bit more glamorous? You don’t have to go super light and flowy to do an outdoor wedding—choose luxe fabrics and details in a lighter color, and have bridesmaids opt for relaxed hairstyles.  This way, you don’t have to sacrifice any of the glam because of the heat.  And how sweet are the parasols?

1 dressLight flowy fabric.  Super bold print.  Pretty maxi style dress.  These tropical bridesmaids dresses are so fun and so cool.  A really gutsy pattern like this is a great way to add some visual interest to your wedding party’s attire, while the style and fabric of these allows your bridesmaids to stay cool in the sun.  

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Boho Wedding Styled Shoot

Wedding season is upon us and we cannot wait to see all of the new and upcoming wedding trends this year come to life! One of our favorite trends is all things boho. This Boho Wedding Styled shoot has us dreaming of weddings filled with beautiful, floral headpieces, rustic naked cakes, watercolor stationery, and lots of nature-inspired decor.

Style Shoot Design and Styling by Cherry Blossom Events; Photography and Model Styling by Laurels & Stars Photography; Stationery by Centennial Press Design; Floral by Flora by Jamae; Hair and Makeup by Krystle Marks; Mini Cakes and Desserts from Bloom Bake Shop; Vintage Rentals from A La Crate Vintage Rentals; Linen, Flatware, Dinnerware, Glassware from Event Essentials


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Vendor Spotlight: Green Blooms

Green Blooms is a brand new non-profit beginning in Madison and seeks to give your wedding and event flowers a second wind by donating them to hospitals and nursing homes.  We talked with Natalie Imbimbo, the non-profit’s creator to learn more about Green Bloom’s mission and how to donate!

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How did your non-profit begin? What led you to starting this project?

Green Blooms started out of three distinct ideas- my love for flowers,  passion for green living, and my desire to give back. Since I was little I have always wanted to work with flowers. They have the ability to instantly change your mood, make you smile and feel calm all at the same time, which is very powerful! Sustainability is very important to me, that’s why I am putting my focus on the “one time use” market of event flowers. Although flowers are just a decor item, they have such a strong meaning tied to them, They are our way to show others that they are loved and cared about. “Giving back” means different things to different people. I find such joy in helping others discover a new avenue for donation in their community. I love being able to take beautiful, natural elements, give them a new life, and deliver them to those in need of cheer.

Tell us how it works!

It’s easy! We will pick up the flowers at the end of the event (or the next morning depending on the venue), re-arrange your flowers into smaller bouquets if needed, and deliver them to area nursing homes, hospitals and shelters. If your vases are rented, we will deliver the vases back to your florist if they are within the Madison metro area. As a small non-profit organization, we have a suggested donation to help cover fuel costs, supplies, and operational expenses. The donation is typically 10% of the market value of your flowers. For example, if you spend $2000 on flowers, the suggested donation is $200. Upon delivery of flowers, donors will receive a thank you letter along with photos of their flowers serving their second purpose and a tax deductible letter that indicates the market value of your donated flowers plus the monetary donation for our services.

What do you hope the community will gain from your non-profit?

Flower donation is an easy, low commitment way to give back. By repurposing “one time use” flowers and delivering them to the ill and elderly in our community, we show them that we care and support them through a simple and beautiful gesture.

What else would you like folks to know about your project?

Flower donation is tax deductible!! We help people go green and earn some green by recycling their event flowers.  Green Blooms is a brand new non-profit and we are currently working diligently on our 501(c)(3) status and our website (under construction). Call or email me to book your flower donation pick up.

Natalie Imbimbo 561.445.0984

Bridesmaid Proposal Printables

After the big proposal, it’s time for you to make a proposal of your own…to your bridesmaids! Who you choose to be your bridesmaid is a very important part of your wedding day, because they will be there for you every step of the way – even all the way up to the altar! Therefore, it’s only fitting to ask them “Will you be my bridesmaid?” in a truly memorable way.

That’s why FTD created these 6 creative printables to help you craft the perfect bridesmaid proposal. From custom wine labels for the wine-lover to a unique candle tag that’ll brighten up anyone’s day, your bridesmaid will certainly say “Yes!” to being a part of your special day.

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Environmentally Conscious Wedding Ideas (2 of 2)

Earlier this week we talked about a few ways to plan more environmentally friendly weddings–we covered ways to reduce your footprint when choosing flowers and food. This post will cover a few more tips ranging from tabletop decor to your wedding gown!

+Things like baked goods and other consumables make excellent wedding favors.  This way, folks can still take something home, but you ensure that it’s something that will be used up and not another knick-knack destined for the landfill.  If you choose to do favors in the form of a candy bar or baked goods, be sure to choose recyclable or compostable materials for guests to take them home in.

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+Sometimes, the most environmentally friendly thing you can do is make sure items that already exist live a long, full life!  So consider heading to the resale shop, borrowing from friends, or even perusing your own home to see what kinds of things you can repurpose for your wedding.  Can you buy, borrow, or rent used vases and other decor?  Can you wear a vintage gown or have one made from fabric a friend already owns?  Can you and your fiance exchange vintage rings?  Get creative! All these ideas make great use of existing resources—and anytime you can manage that, you make a big dent in your environmental impact!

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+Invitations can use a lot of resources to create and send. If you’re going to plan a wedding with a lighter environmental impact, consider sending primarily electronic invitations to guests. You can always have a handful of print invitations made to keep for yourselves (and parents, close family, your bridal party) and any guests you think may have an easier time managing with a print invitation.  Customizable, beautiful electronic invitations are easy to find and becoming more and more popular!

What other tips do you have for planning an environmentally friendly wedding and reception? We’d love to hear from you! 


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Environmentally Conscious Wedding Ideas (1 of 2)

If you’re an environmentally conscious couple, you may be a bit stressed about the ecological footprint your wedding will have.  Though it can be easy to produce a lot of waste at a typical wedding, it can be just as easy to reduce it!  In this and an upcoming post, we’ll be sharing some simple ways to minimize the environmental impact of your wedding without reducing the fun, the style, or the experience.

+Serve food that is grown and prepared locally as much as possible, and choose dishes that feature in-season produce.  This helps keeps resources used to transport food, as well as chemicals used to grow it, to a minimum.  Plus, it will taste much fresher!  Some families even choose to cater the wedding themselves.  While this certainly takes a lot of time and hard work, it can be a good option if you love your family’s cooking!


+Just like with food, flowers’ environmental impact varies a lot based on two things: how local they are and how in-season.  Choose flowers that are naturally growing right now to reduce the resources it would take to grow naturally out-of-season flowers.  And contact local farms and florists to see how close to home you can source your flowers.  

flower+Consider having your ceremony and reception in the same location.  This drastically reduces the fuel your guests will use and the emissions all that driving would produce.  The bonus is that it can be much less stress for your guests and for you!  

Check back on the blog later this week, when we’ll be sharing a few more easy tips for reducing the environmental impact of your wedding!


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Mothers Day Gifts for the Mom Who Has It All

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Not sure what to get for mom this upcoming Mother’s Day?  Consider these thoughtful gift ideas that won’t break your budget, add to her clutter, or be forgotten any time soon.

+You’ve done flowers before, but consider a hand-crafted paper bouquet that will last quite a bit longer.  Displayed on a bookcase or dresser, the “flowers” will be a visual reminder of your love—and craftiness!

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+Write her a letter.  Take some uninterrupted time to sit down and think of all the reasons you love and admire mom.  She’s sure to hold on to it, and sure to reread.  What a fantastic gift for a person who works so hard.

+Create a photo slideshow of you two throughout the years.  Set to a song you know she loves or that has special meaning for your family.

+Compile a coupon book.  Sometimes the greatest gift is a helping hand.  A book of coupons that she can redeem throughout the year will take a bit of pressure off of her.  Add things like “1 free car cleaning”, or “breakfast in bed.”  

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+Plan a mini-vacation!  Chances are your mom has a lot on her plate.  And chances are there are things in her own backyard she’d love to do, but hasn’t gotten around to  yet.  So this Mother’s Day, make a list of the shopping, dining, outdoor, or any other activities she’s been wanting to check out.  Then spend the weekend crossing off as many as you can!


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