Bridal bouquets are like the centre piece of the entire wedding – they’re in every single photo, they should complement your dress (without taking away the focus from the bride), and they look so pretty! We have compiled a few of our favourite styles as inspiration for wedding plans.
Try this rustic-looking bouquet with violet, lavender and greens for an autumn/winter wedding.
Choose some muted roses which can also be coloured for your wedding day, to match the decor as well as the bridesmaid’s dresses.
Nothing screams spring-time more than peonies, and this bouquet is ideal for all of the bridal party.
Who said there’s anything wrong with daisies on your wedding day? This charming little bouquet would look amazing with an embellished gown.
If your wedding is taking place during the colder months , choose a bouquet featuring lots of greenery to balance out the colour! One of our favourites features stunning eucalyptus leaves with waratahs.
Not only is baby’s breath available all year-round, but it’s so light when compared to a traditional bouquet. This makes it perfect for even the flower girls to hold!
What are your favourite bouquets from our list?
Images via Lucy G Photography, Wedding Chicks, Style Me Pretty, Two Little Owls In Love, Burnett’s Boards, Mondo Floral Designs
Who doesn’t love to be spoiled with a bouquet of flowers at work? Little Flowers is a local Sydney start-up offering a unique bunch of flowers for $30 each day – this includes free delivery to almost anywhere in Sydney.
Australia’s fastest growing online florist operates from a garage in Marrickville and offers some of the most amazing floral combinations you’ve ever seen. Simply log onto the website, choose the flowers of the day and send a sweet note to a loved one! SHESAID chatted with Sarah and Chris about leaving their jobs and starting their own successful business.
How did the idea of Little Flowers come about?
Co-founders Ben Sampson, John Kane, Chris Berents and myself realised there was a huge gap in the market. From our own experiences we knew that while it was really awesome to get flowers, we didn’t send them as often as we’d like to because they were really quite expensive. They were also big. And awkward – and sometimes a huge bouquet wasn’t right for the occasion. My partner, Chris, would often send me “just because” flowers and while I felt incredibly lucky to get them, a part of me also felt quite guilty because I knew they would have cost him an arm and a leg and unfortunately, they were going to die in a few days.
The four of us met in advertising and were very good friends. So when we unearthed the idea of taking the ‘bigness’ out of the flower industry, we all got very excited about the possibilities and potential, and quickly began developing the concept.
We loved the thought of making flower delivery more accessible and something that people could do for any reason, big or small, serious or ridiculous, and knew we could have a lot of fun with it. For me personally, the whole concept was also really exciting because it appealed to my emotional side. I loved that I would be helping to spread smiles across the city by delivering these messages and beautiful little bunches of flowers.
What was it like quitting your job and starting in another industry?
It was nerve-wracking, on one hand. I’d been in advertising for over ten years and I felt I was really going against the grain to throw it all in. In retrospect, I’m sure my friends and family must have been quietly questioning my decision to jump ship, as it was quite out of character. But it was time. I felt ready to try something new and to explore other possibilities.
I told myself I could always go back to it later and that I could just think of this as a ‘sabbatical year.’ Not that I intended to, but the idea of turning my back on the familiar and going into the complete unknown was, in some ways, quite terrifying! But I was so utterly passionate about this idea and really, really excited about the possibility of running my own business. It felt audacious, but the possibility of making it a reality was exceptionally enticing. I couldn’t die wondering. None of us could.
What is the most rewarding part about starting your own business?
Well, I find this hard to describe, but I think overall the best thing is this sense of ‘wow.’ It’s a combined feeling of satisfaction, relief, excitement and possibility. I think it’s human nature to sometimes doubt what we are capable of, so to see your dreams come to fruition is immensely rewarding – and what’s more, it makes you excited about what else you could be capable of in the future.
If you had to do it over again, what are some dos and don’ts you would suggest to others in your position?
- Dare to dream.
- Back yourself.
- Surround yourself with people who believe in you and your idea.
- Hire people who can do what you can’t.
- Look after yourself and look after the people who work with you.
- Stop to celebrate all the victories of your business, big and small.
- Be true to yourself and your brand.
- Be scared to ask for help. Starting your own business is a steep learning curve and a huge workload. You can’t do everything yourself.
- Be too hard on yourself. Most small business owners at some point get overwhelmed with the enormity of what they are trying to achieve. Break the big tasks down and just keep chipping away.
- Be scared of making mistakes. You learn more through your mistakes than anything else.
How important is social media in spreading the word about your business?
Really important. We don’t have a shop front, so it’s our way of meeting, connecting and conversing with our customers and our beloved Little Flowers community. Ever since we launched, we have posted the day’s flowers to social media channels to announce what’s available and it’s a lovely way to keep our customers up-to-date with the fun things that are happening behind the scenes.
What’s next for Little Flowers – spill!
We’ve just opened our delivery zone to Chatswood and we’re planning to keep extending to new suburbs in Sydney over the course of 2015 – and then, hopefully a little further afield in 2016… Watch this space!
Did you know that flowers can be beneficial to your health and well-being? Depending on the type of flower, its properties can vary, but these are some of the most beneficial flowers for improving your overall health and treating common ailments:
1. The Viola Flower
The viola flower, sometimes called the purple flower earth herb, has many uses, mostly because of its anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties when used in humans. This means that it can help reduce swelling, lower fevers, help to treat bacterial infections, and encourage the body to rid itself of toxins. These properties make it great for treating things like snake or spider bites. To get these benefits, the Viola Flower can be added to cough syrup, eaten on top of a salad, or added to a drink, like a tea.
The red safflower is known widely for its uses related to blood, from treating issues related to menstruation to aiding in the disappearance of blood clots. Its properties can help treat cramps, heart disease, joint pain, and flat warts. When eaten, it can help to regulate blood sugar, absorb calcium, and even aid the formation of bone tissue. Often used in cooking, saffron also contains large percentages of manganese, magnesium, iron, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin B6.
3. The Pagoda Flower
The number one medical use for the pagoda flower is to stop bleeding and treat bleeding disorders. It can be used to slow excessive menstrual bleeding, stop haemorrhoids, and can be useful in healing sores or open wounds. The pagoda flower can also be used to treat back pain due to anti-inflammatory properties, and work as a sleep aid.
Lavender is a refreshing flower; it can help with the symptoms of insomnia by inducing sleep, it can refresh the body by promoting calmness and rest. Try drinking the blossoms as a tea to help relieve stress, anxiety, or insomnia. Lavender also has numerous antioxidants and other ingredients with properties like digestive and liver stimulation, which can help rid the body of toxins.
Chamomile has numerous uses: it can relieve chest irritation during a cold, it can help treat numerous digestive problems, it can help with skin irritations and conditions like eczema, psoriasis, or diaper rash, and it can help with menstrual pain, and help induce sleep.
6. The Magnolia Flower
The magnolia flower bud is most commonly used to treat the symptoms of the common cold, including stuffy and runny noses, sinus pain, headaches, the symptoms of asthma, hay fever, and more.
Usually, to get these benefits, magnolia is applied topically, but it can whiten skin. Like most other flowers, it can also be made into a tea.
7. The Lotus Flower
All parts of the lotus flower have unique properties that can aid with numerous health issues. Brewing tea with the lotus flower and drinking it can help reduce acid reflux, and treat ulcers. Due to the numerous minerals and vitamins in the flower, drinking tea made from the lotus flower can generally improve your overall health.
By Ian Brown, founder and owner of A Touch Of Class Florist in Perth Western Australia. Ian set up his floristry business in 1981 and now runs one of the most successful independent florists in the state. A Touch Of Class thrives on being one of the most innovative businesses in the industry and they are always looking to share their knowledge and educate people on the wonderful world of flowers.
Planning your future wedding but no idea where to start? The wonderful world of Pinterest and Instagram is a great place to get some extra inspiration – for free! If you do decide to take the plunge and hire a wedding planner, the following 5 are definitely worth a shot.
Diane Khoury is a Sydney based wedding and event planner with a huge following on Instagram. Her work speaks for itself – “turning every fantasy into a reality.”
Need a fresh new take on your blooms and table decor? Mindy Rice will provide you with some of the best wedding inspiration for those spring or fall nuptials.
Look no further than Events by Nadia for luxury linens, decor for weddings or other special events. The Sydney based company prides itself on unique weddings that will turn your ideas into a reality. Doesn’t every bride want that on her wedding day?
Nancy Teasley specialises in custom weddings which are a little bit more bespoke than what you initially had in mind. Think a rustic back-drop, stunning flowers and beautiful presentations that are totally Instagram-worthy.
Looking for a company which does it all? Audrey and Angus is another Sydney-based wedding, event planning, styling and hire company which will make your wedding unforgettable. Customised table settings, beautiful scenery and location weddings are definitely their forte.
Images via Instagram
Flowers and sweets are probably the two most common and most popular gifts mothers receive on Mother’s Day, so why not combine both by making a cupcake bouquet? Don’t worry, it sounds much more difficult than it is. But at the same time, a cupcake bouquet is so impressive, it will guarantee you to stay your mum’s favourite child.
So, what do you need in order to make a cupcake bouquet? Cupcakes, of course! Bake them yourself, please, instead of buying them from the supermarket. Your mother will be proud. If you want your cupcakes to look like actual flowers, check out this tutorial on how to pipe the frosting to make it look like roses.
Besides cupcakes, you’ll need a pretty flower pot, a styrofoam ball which sits on top of it, and some toothpicks. Make sure your cupcakes are cooled down, or even better, refrigerate them for a few hours before making the bouquet – warm cake may be too soft and therefore slide off the toothpicks.
Put the styrofoam ball in the flower pot and place toothpicks all over the ball using two toothpicks per cupcake. Make sure that the toothpicks are angled slightly upright on the sides, so that the cupcakes won’t slide down. If your cupcakes are on the larger side, use three or four toothpicks per cupcake.
Then, place the cupcakes on the toothpick pairs until the styrofoam ball is mostly covered. To fill the small gaps in between cupcakes, you can either use real flowers or twigs, or you can use some green tissue paper as fake leaves. Crunch it up slightly and glue it to the exposed parts of the ball.
That’s it! Tie a nice ribbon around the pot and surprise your mum with this creative and delicious Mother’s Day gift this year.
Image via Flickr
An amazing wedding experience wouldn’t be the same without a knock-out dress, amazing shoes, and even the right wedding flowers. This may seem like a trivial problem to have, but if you’re a perfectionist, or simply in love with all types of flora – then you’re aware of how important the right bouquet can be.
Check out just a few of our tips that may come useful if you or someone you know is planning a wedding in the near future.
The first thing to think about is the size of your bouquet in comparison to your body. Don’t go overboard and indulge in an enormous bouquet of flowers – they can often block the view of your very expensive dress! Choose a size that is in the correct proportion to your body.
While most brides stick to the two traditional colours for the wedding dress – white and ivory, this means that the possibility of flowers are just endless. You don’t really need to worry about colours clashing, since almost any flowers can go with white and ivory.
Although, do think about the colour of your bridesmaids bouquet, which can often be a little bit tricky. Make sure that you choose a colour scheme that works well with their gowns, but also with the groomsmen!
The shape of your dress is another big factor when considering the type of flowers for the bouquet. If the dress features a streamline silhouette, then you can afford to experiment with different shapes and textures in the bouquet. Natural flora can also be a nice touch if you want to bring an element of the earth into your wedding.
Embellished dresses and structured ball-gowns can often be very hit and miss. This depends on your colour, size, and shape of the dress – but if you want to play it safe, then stick to a minimalist bouquet. If the dress is extremely busy with a number of sequins, pearls, and other embellishments, it’s a good idea to stick with a small and rounded bouquet (it’s also easier to carry!).
What’s in season?
Consider the time of year you’re getting hitched, and this will make it easier to determine the kinds of flowers that are typically in season. Sometimes flowers which aren’t grown domestically or are out-of-season can be double or triple the amount – so definitely do your research if you want to save a bit of money on this aspect.
Nobody wants a wedding dress that looks like someone else’s – and the same rule should apply to your bouquet! The brilliant thing about florists is that they are extremely flexible and will help you to create something which uniquely represents you.
Images via Louymagroos, Mihaja Photography, One Fab Day, My Inspired Wedding, Practical Glamour
We’re often spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing the correct flowers for a wedding, engagement or even a hospital visit – until now! Below are the types of flowers you should (and should not) bring for almost every occasion.
In regards to wedding flowers – everything goes! Although depending on the seasons, it’s always a good idea to choose pale and often delicate flowers in the warmer months and rich roses for the autumn/winter months. Calla lillies, magnolias and red roses are very popular choices.
Something bright and colourful is always a great way to grab someones attention for their birthday. Perhaps choose their favourite flower in a vibrant colour which will no doubt boost their mood.
You can always get a little creative for an anniversary and choose a basket incorporating flowers, a bottle of wine and their favourite fruits and chocolates. Seasonal flowers are your best option, but red roses are also a classic token of appreciation.
Sending a bouquet of flowers to a friend can always be tricky, but yellow roses are perfect for this occasion.
You can’t go wrong with a bouquet of red long-stem roses on Valentines Day, or if you want to remain less cliche you can try an assortment of white and yellow.
White carnations are widely used as a Mothers Day gift since they represent affection,love, care and the virtues of motherhood.
Regardless of the type of flower you can use, it’s always best to gift bright coloured flowers to someone who has just had a child. Pink and blue are also really popular if you want to get creative after finding out the sex of the baby.
The best kinds of flowers to indicate your condolences are gladiolas, white carnations and even daises. They provide a touching tribute of sympathy, love, admiration and remembrance to a loved one which as passed.
Get well soon
For someone who has just been through surgery or is recovering from an illness, flowers such as lilies, carnations and freesias in red and white are extremely popular. These are also really easy to maintain.
Graduating from university or high school calls for lilies in vibrant colours – especially red, yellow and blue.
Create a fun and flirty spring wedding-look by accessorising your hair with some natural blooms. For her wedding to rocker Jamie Hince, Kate Moss had her bridesmaids and flowers girls wearing flower wreaths which perfectly complemented their outfits. Below are just a few ways to accessorise your hair for the big day!
If you want a twist to a classic bun, accessorise your hair with a few natural flowers for your wedding day. In this case, flowers are pinned into the bun on the right side to give drama to the entire look.
Go for the simplistic look and style your hair down with some textured curls, which frame the face beautifully. To add some flowers to this look, take a few strands of hair from one side, twist and secure just above the ear with a pin. Then over the top, pin the tiny flowers you wish to use. The bride in this scenario has matched her hair accessories to the grooms boutonnière, very cute!
For a chignon hairstyle, you can’t go past a few flowers which will make you look and feel like you’ve stepped out of a Jane Austen novel! Tuck a few of your favourite flowers into the top of the bun, and secure with bobby pins to conceal any tracks. Baby’s breath is perfect since it will stay in place, and can last for hours.
Images via Bridal Musings, Calie Rose, Claire Wallace Hairdressing
Accessorise your wedding hairstyle with a few seasonal blooms for an extra touch of summer-loving. The best part is that you can really choose to experiment and create a one-of-a-kind look which suits the texture and colour of your hair. Below are just three hairstyles which can be used to keep the inspiration flowing.
Taking inspiration from Kate Moss and her spring-themed wedding to rocker Jamie Hince, the supermodel chose a strong flower theme for her bridesmaids and flower girls. Hair was mainly kept straight, but volumised to create body throughout the ends. A simple flower garland acts as the focal point of the entire look, which is completely on-trend during the warmer months.
Not only are up-do’s clever at keeping away any loose hairs or flyways, but are a beautiful way to style any type of hair texture. For this look, start with day-old hair which will hold better throughout the day and won’t fall out of the style. Then incorporate various plaits, twists, braids and chignon-style buns to complete the entire look. Top off with some tiny fresh blooms at the nape of the neck.
If you want to incorporate a pop of colour into your hairstyle, choose a hair comb instead. There are many different colours and styles out there which come encrusted with Swarovski crystals and classic pearls, to bring a sophistication to the entire look.
Images via One Wed, Wedding Party App
On your big day, you want to look amazing, so you’ll want to spend some time choosing between wedding hairstyles. This is not the time to experiment with a radical new look, but you do want to glam up the style you already have. Here are a few tips for picking the perfect hairstyle for your wedding.
Up or down?
To wear your hair up or down is the number one question when it comes to wedding hairstyles. The common wisdom held that the updo was the most elegant way to go until recently, when Kate Middleton wore her silky brunette locks cascading down her back for the Royal Wedding. If you love the way your hair looks flowing over your shoulders, and wearing it that way makes you feel beautiful, go for it!
On the other hand, there are definitely pros for the updo, since it gets your hair up and off your face, letting you show off your beauty—and your earrings—to best advantage. For a true princess look, add jewelled combs or barrettes, or weave a tiara into your headpiece. If you can’t make up your mind, wear it half up, half down!
Take a cue from your dress
You want your wedding ‘do to coordinate with your gown, so go with a similar theme. If you’ve chosen a boho-style dress, opt for a style that’s not too fussy, such as beachy waves. Add headbands, flowers or even feathers to carry out the look.
If you’ll be wearing a glamorous gown, go for the movie star look, with tons of volume. Try a fabulous updo and top it off with a glittery tiara.
For a dress that’s simple and elegant, you can go all out with lavish curls or softly straightened hair – just avoid anything too stylised. Your hair can be up or down, as long as it flatters your overall look.
Wedding hairstyles for short hair
Just because you usually wear your hair short doesn’t mean you should make a drastic change for the wedding. Give your bob a bit of glitz with a jewelled headband, or use volumising mousse to pouf up your pixie cut. When Anne Hathaway wed soon after cutting her hair ultra-short for her role in the film Les Miserables, this fashion conscious celebrity covered her crop with a super-glamorous headpiece designed specially to work with her ‘do.
Whatever ‘do you choose, make it yours. This is your day, so pick a style that suits you and makes you feel like the most beautiful bride in the world!
What are your favourite wedding hairstyles?