Wedding Trends for 2015

Wedding Trends for 2015

Today’s blog post is about wedding trends for 2015. I recently asked Women of Weddings member Anne Pollock of Party Mood to share some of her thoughts on this year’s trends. Party Mood creates swoon worthy weddings and events with unique ideas, styling expertise, experienced planning, and coordination on the day of the wedding or event.  They also offer a great source for interesting décor rentals which can be viewed on their site  at www.partymood.com. What colors and combinations are we seeing more of this year? We are seeing 3 color palettes – sherbets, carnival, and burgundy reds Sherbet colors include soft pastels, blush, pale blue, pale yellow, light greens Bright “Carnival” Colors are reds, oranges, yellows, pinks, green, and marsala (burgundy) Marsala is Pantone’s color of the year. It is a muted burgundy, classic, easy to mix with both the soft and the bright colors, plus neutrals. Can you tell us some new “experience” trends that brides and grooms can incorporate into their wedding day?   This year we will see the further emergence of -Wedding Piñatas -Kissing Menu Cards: singing, dancing, storytelling, answering questions, demonstrating a kiss, marriage advice, or a sentimental toast. -“Ring for a Kiss” using a cowbell -“Donate To a Cause” for a kiss -Selfie stations -Temporary tattoos -Go Pros, selfie sticks, drones -Flatbed trailers as a food zone As for décor and accent metals what new exciting things can we expect to see more of in the next couple of years? Copper is the biggest trend coming in right now, followed by muted bronze.  We’ll continue to see rose gold as brides love this... read more
Seasonal Flower Alliance

Seasonal Flower Alliance

The seasonal flower alliance was started by Erin of Floret Flower Farm. It is all about playing with flowers that are local and in season. In past years she has had people and fans post links of their seasonal arrangements to her blog. But this year all you have to do it post your flowers on Instagram with the hashtag #SeasonalFlowerAlliance. Search the hashtag and you will see local flowers from all over the world, it’s super fun for us flower lovers!! My arrangement consists of clematis, cerinthe, weigela, rhododendron, and bleeding heart. Everything is from my garden except the cerinthe which is from a... read more
Garden Tea Party Wedding at Villa Marco Polo Inn

Garden Tea Party Wedding at Villa Marco Polo Inn

Jody Nay of Wallpaper Photography had a great vision for her garden tea party wedding at Victoria’s Villa Marco Polo Inn last summer. I had never met Jody before and soon after our first meeting I knew she would be a fun bride to work with. I love meeting people who have an equal passion for weddings, and all things beautiful. She knew she wanted air plants, succulents, wrist corsages, flower crowns and a garland for the aisle. She originally wanted to wear a wrist corsage herself, but in the end I convinced her to let me make her a small bouquet using a protea. And I am so glad she went for it because it looked amazing with her soft pink Vera Wang dress. Photography – Georgie Wilson Photography (view link for more amazing photos of this wedding) Venue – Villa Marco Polo Inn Flowers – Tara McHugh Flora China rental – Victoria Vintage China... read more
DIY Spring Flower Arrangement For Under $10.00

DIY Spring Flower Arrangement For Under $10.00

It is lilac season!! It doesn’t last long so NOW is the time to make this bouquet. I have mixed $10.00 worth of grocery store flowers that are readily available in spring with some fresh garden lilacs and hosta leaves. What you will need for this arrangement is the following: – one bunch of purple tulips (any shade will work) – one bunch of white alstroemeria (I love when the freckles coordinate with the palette) – 3 to 5 stems of lilacs (depending on how many blooms are on each branch) – 2 hosta leaves (the bright green variegated ones from my garden really pop) After you have chosen a vase, start by placing all the lilacs in first. Next add the hosta leaves. Then two or three alstroemeria stems. There are usually five in a bunch so you will have some left over. Or at the end feel free to add more and make a larger arrangement. And finally the tulips. Here I used a very deep purple parrot tulip which sometimes can cost slightly more than regular tulips but totally worth the splurge! When they open they are magnificent! I find it most effective to clump the tulips in twos and threes instead of as singles which you may be more inclined to do. As soon as I finished this arrangement, I remembered I have a gorgeous purple footed glass vase from my grandmother. I don’t have any purple in my house but I have started to use this vase every spring. I will forever think of my grandmother every spring as I fill it with aromatic... read more
Flower Friday – Ranunculus

Flower Friday – Ranunculus

Do you feel like you have been seeing a lot more ranunculus these days? They are giving garden roses a run for their money if you ask me. The size of some of the ranunculus we are seeing from Japan and Italy are incredible! They come in a whole rainbow of beautiful colors. When buying a bunch of ranunculus the exciting thing to me, is that sometimes there is a lot of color variation within the one bunch. And this is what makes a floral arrangement more interesting. So many other flowers come as a solid color, and it is much more restricting design wise. They have a very long vase life and actually get more beautiful as they age. They just keep opening and their ruffled petals are like the finest tissue paper. They are a costly flower compared to more standard grocery store flowers many people are used to seeing. But so worth every dollar!! (all photos by Spark and Whimsy Photography) I haven’t experimented much with growing them yet but this may be my year! If you have any tips about growing ranunculus in your backyard please share in the comments below. We would all love to learn... read more
Flower Friday – Muscari

Flower Friday – Muscari

Muscari, also commonly known as grape hyacinth is one of my favorite spring flowers in the garden. Like most spring flowering bulbs, the planting time for muscari is fall. Choose a site with avarage soil that drains well. Grape hyacinth bulbs will rot if planted in a site that remains wet. Like most small flowering bulbs they look best if planted in large quantities. (Spark and Whimsy Photography) Unlike many spring blooming bulbs muscari bulbs produce foliage late in the summer, and this foliage stays evergreen until the plants finish blooming in the spring. You must leave this foliage in place to nourish the plant; only during the onset of summer dormancy is it OK to remove muscari leaves. (Tara McHugh Flora) They work best in small arrangements due to their short stem length. And they are just perfect on their own in the tiniest vase you can find! (Tara McHugh... read more
Simple Spring Flower Crown

Simple Spring Flower Crown

Here is a simple flower crown made from spring blossoms which I sewed together with just a thread and needle. I’ve always loved simplicity and am a strong believer in less is more. Photography: Deanna McCollum Photography Hair and Make up: Sharon Rai Hair and Makeup Artistry Dress: Tres Chic Bridal... read more
Flowers in Your Hair on Your Wedding Day

Flowers in Your Hair on Your Wedding Day

Flower crowns are still a very popular choice for brides and flowers girls. And they can add a serious wow factor to your overall wedding day style. If you feel like a flower crown just doesn’t fit your wedding day look, but still love the idea of flowers in your hair consider pinning a few simple blooms into your hair style. Sharon Rai from Sharon Rai Hair and Makeup Artistry pinned these individual hellebore blooms and camellia bloom in with bobby pins and the effect is very striking! (photo: Deanna McCollum Photography) What you need to consider: 1. How long will these blooms be in my hair? Do you have a different look for the ceremony and reception? If you plan on having the flowers in your hair the whole day and night your florist will need to provide you with very hardy flowers. Orchids, mums, lots of various greens, hypericum berries, small succulents or air plants would all be good options. If your hair stylist is with you for the whole day she can swap out any wilted flowers if using more delicate blooms. Just be sure to order extras from your florist to have on hand. 2. What time of year and how hot is it going to be on your wedding day? If you are getting married in the hottest month of the summer you need to be sure to stay away from delicate blooms. There is nothing worse than seeing wilted flowers in pictures! (photo: Deanna McCollum Photography) Creating a sort of floral “hair piece”  is perfect if using very hardy flowers like orchids. I... read more
Women of Weddings – Sharon Rai

Women of Weddings – Sharon Rai

Since it’s inception in 2012 I have been a member of Victoria’s Women of Weddings networking group. Around that time I realized that because I didn’t have a flower shop and because I was fairly unknown in the industry (other than my online presence) I would have to get out and meet other wedding vendors in the city. In business you have to really make an effort to collaborate on projects, share ideas and build relationships to expand your horizons. Over the next few months on the blog I am going to introduce and question various members of the WOW community, starting with the founder Sharon Rai of  Sharon Rai Hair & Makeup Artistry. (photo credit: Spark and Whimsy) Tara McHugh – Why did you want to start WOW and what do you hope members get out of being involved? Sharon Rai – In 2012, I founded Victoria Women of Weddings (WoW) to bring together the luxury bridal business in Victoria. I recognized that general interest networking groups didn’t provide the direct referrals on which bridal businesses rely, so I envisioned an organization that enabled business owners who specialized in serving bridal clients to meet regularly to get to know one another, showcase our services and products, learn new business skills and industry trends, share experiences and best practices, and generate referral business for one another.  As business leaders we have much to gain from working together. We can refer clients to one another. We can learn from each others experience. We can share tips and trends in the bridal industry to keep us on top of our game.... read more
How Not to Have Rain on Your Wedding Day

How Not to Have Rain on Your Wedding Day

Every bride and groom’s worst fear, rain on their wedding day! What if I told you there is a place where you could be married in a garden, and guaranteed not to be rained on? Would you believe me? Well believe it or not, here in Victoria, British Columbia, during some of the rainiest months of the year you can be married at Butchart Gardens. Planning an early spring wedding and have a love of gardens? This national historic site may be the place for you, between January 15th and March 31st Butchart Gardens is open as a wedding venue. The Spring Prelude indoor garden is a florists dream. Full of fragrance and spring blooms including hyacinths, tulips, magnolias and orchids it truly is a flower lovers paradise! Just think, no decor needed for the ceremony! The number of guests allowed is 60, so it’s perfect for an intimate wedding, or vow renewal.     Once the ceremony is over, the historic dining room of the original Butchart family home is a wonderful place for a dinner reception. For more information on wedding packages and pricing, email an inquiry to weddings@butchartgardens.com. Good luck in all your wedding planning! And a special thank you to Spark and Whimsy Photography for the beautiful... read more