Something Blue

Last week, a few lucky brides who attended the Ever After wedding show at the Edgewater in Madison took home a special ‘something blue’ gift. If you couldn’t make it to the show this year, we wanted to share with you some fun something blue ideas that we love. This tradition can be a fun was to incorporate your own personal style into an item you carry down the aisle, personalized embroidery on your dress, or even added to the bottom of your shoes. Check out our favorite ‘something blue’ ideas below.

 

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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 GreenBlooms.org (under construction). Call or email me to book your flower donation pick up.

Natalie Imbimbo 561.445.0984 info@greenblooms.org

Metallics

Metallics are popping up in weddings everywhere, as of late! Adding touches of metallics like rose gold, brushed bronze, and copper is a great way to make a bold statement at your wedding, and can be different metallics to use than the more typical silver and gold elements.

Floral Bouquets:

You can do this by adding faux flowers made of steel to your bouquet. If you really want to change up the traditional floral bouquet game, try creating a metal broach bouquet. This doubles as the perfect wedding keepsake as well!
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Table:

Adding metallic elements to your tablescape will instantly give off a more sophisticated look. If you’re going for a more industrial look, exchange white wedding chairs for metal chairs!

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Invitations:

Using foil for the lettering on your wedding suite or as the backsplash of your envelopes is the perfect way to get your guests excited about your big day! With lots of colors and styles to choose from, you can incorporate this into your other wedding colors easily!

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Cakes:

Infuse metallics into your cake by using metallic edible paint to brush on a simple design or pattern. If you’re looking for a more simple way to accomplish this, just add a metallic topper to your cake.

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Decor:

It’s all in the details! Simple metallic accents like metallic candle holders and flower vases will greatly impact the overall look of your wedding. Create a shimmery photo backdrop using sparkly tones of gold, silver, and copper ribbon.

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Minimalist Wedding Design (1 of 2)

When you think of the term “minimalist”, what comes to mind?  Lots of people assume that “minimal” will really mean “empty” or “boring.”  But not so!  Instead, minimalism can mean a range of things, and ultimately looks like simplified, thoughtful design.  For the first of our two posts about minimalist wedding design, we’ll talk about invitations, dresses, and bouquets.

Set the tone for your simplified celebration right away with pared-down invitations.  Under the umbrella term of ‘minimalism’, your personal style has a place.  Pretty and feminine, modern and bold, or classic and traditional—wherever you are on the spectrum, catch your guests’ interests with these simple styles.

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When it comes to choosing the perfect dress, embracing minimalism doesn’t have to mean giving up on sparkle, texture, or beautiful design.  Instead, consider clean lines, thoughtful structure, and relatively low-fuss style.

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Keep flowers simple and natural by sticking to one type or one color palette.  Add texture and warmth with natural-looking elements like burlap or twine.

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Remember that simple doesn’t have to mean boring and that minimalist design can be applied to any style to lend elegance and intentionality.  What are other ways to use minimalist design to really make your wedding memorable?  Check back later this week when we’ll be discussing minimalist tablescapes and wedding cakes!

 

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Spring Trend: Relaxed Florals

Relaxed floral centerpieces and bouquets are Spring’s signature.  Instead of ultra buttoned-up arrangements, this very natural style is making appearances during ceremonies and at receptions.  The style can contribute to a laid-back vibe without ever looking too undone.  These arrangements are also perfect as decor for a guest-book or gifts & cards table!

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The wide fronds and light colored roses in this table arrangement can add movement and depth to the tablescape while smaller vases of only a few stems look delicate and relaxed at the same time.

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What do you think of the more relaxed Spring floral trend? Would you incorporate this trend into the florals at your own wedding?

 

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Seasonal Inspiration: Springtime Florals (2 of 2)

Spring is the perfect time for a wedding full of flowers! The weather is warming up while bright, colorful flowers are blooming everywhere. Typical floral trends for spring events include tulips, daisies, peonies, lilacs and daffodils. Springtime florals are very flexible and can be paired in small amounts with rustic, simple décor or in elaborate centerpieces with glass, candles and crisp linens for a more formal look. There are so many options, colors, and varieties to play with it is hard to choose just one!

  

All pictures from http://www.pinterest.com.

What’s In Bloom?: Flower Trends in 2015

From whimsical garden weddings to more traditional weddings, we can’t get enough of hanging centerpieces. They’re versatile, romantic, unique and free up space on dining tables. They allow the eye to dance around, regardless of location.

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Classical styles will never go out of style when talking about floral arrangements. Brides love english roses, peonies, hydrangeas, dahlias and ranunculus. These flowers are timeless and romantic. Dress them up with pearls and lace, or keep it simple, either way you’ll fall in love with these flowers.

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In 2015 look for more green. Herbs like rosemary and mint, lemon leaf, magnolia leaf, ivy, smilax and maidenhair fern are making appearances all over. Use them in your arrangements, as table runners, or to spruce up your ceremony space.

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Photography Credit:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bridal-guide/the-15-biggest-wedding-tr_b_6262838.html

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https://www.pinterest.com/pin/268175352784254517/

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