Tuesday, July 27, 2010

garden roses

I went to the gardens at Thanksgiving Point a few weeks ago, and these are just a few of the gorgeous roses I saw there.  Some day I will have a big garden with lots of roses and other flowers.  And then I will have a constant supply of fresh cut flowers (well, except in the winter I guess... maybe I'll have a green house too).  :)

Saturday, July 17, 2010

saturday savings - consider the container

Often the biggest expense as far as wedding flowers is the centerpieces, simply because you need so many of them.  So instead of slashing your guest list to get rid of a few tables, consider the container for the centerpieces first.

Typical rule of thumb: the smaller the container, the fewer flowers needed to fill it.  But be careful - a lot of people look at a vase that they think looks "small" but it is actually just short.  The size of the opening is what you need to look at. 

The vase here is short, but it has a wide opening, and therefore needs a lot of flowers to fill it (of course, depending on the design you go with, this can be adjusted... but in general)

Here are a few ideas for vases with smaller necks:
Eiffel Tower/Maestro vases

These vases are tall and very narrow, requiring only a few stems to fill them and create a simple, elegant look, and provide some nice height.

Bud vases:

These little vases only need about 1-3 flowers to fill them, and look great clustered together on a circular table or in a row on a long table.  You can find a wide variety at thrift stores, craft stores, etc. and mix and match the styles for a unique look.

There is such a huge variety of options when it comes to vases/containers for centerpieces, but if you're looking to cut back on costs without cutting back on the number you need, look for some containers that won't need as many flowers to create the look you want.