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Bridal Show Advice for the Bride

‘Tis the season again, bridal season that is! As we approach next weekend’s highly anticipated Austin Bridal Extravaganza I wanted to give some bridal show browsing tips.  I recently attended a show with my newly engaged daughter and being that is way  my first show as a participant, browsing was a whole different ballpark!   I have observed many brides who were overwhelmed, but never quite experienced that myself until this visit.   Even though I am very familiar with the bridal world, and what information she needed, I still had no clue where to start. There were pile of people trying get to each booth.  Trying to successfully grab a business card you are sucked in to filling some door prize out, or setting up appointments and even listening to spiels from the vendors.  Don’t get me wrong, these prizes can be great and what they say could make or break booking that vendor. Follow these tips, not only from a wedding vendor but a Mother of the Bride’s perspective!

1.       Register online before you go, earlier the better. This skips you waiting in line to fill our paperwork at the door.

2.     Bring an appointment book, many vendors offer coupons or discounts if you book an appointment that day.

3.       Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, don’t bring the cute heels for this event, it is a large ballroom filled with people. Leave your coat in the car or check it at the hotel, what is worse than handling a huge purse, bag filled with goodies (Trust me we left with 4 bags filled with flyers, goodies and cards) and then also lugging around a coat.

4.       Leave the family at home, the little ones that is. There is nothing worse than trying to get to a crowded booth or through the isle than being blocked by a huge stroller.

5.      Print out address labels on sticker paper with your name, address, email, phone, and wedding date. This way you and your bridesmaids won’t spend 5 minutes at every booth entering for door prizes, or writing your contact information out for those vendors that you would like to contact you after the show.

6.       Keep a pen in your pocket easy reachable. When you taste the most amazing cake or see the most gorgeous gown in a catalog, write a star or quick note on their business card.  This way when you get home and empty your bags out you remember which stores you want to visit.

7.       Look first for vendors handing out bags, start there this way you can fill them up and not be stuck hands full of paper. Go around to all booths even if you think you know who you are booking for that category still grab business cards or flyers in case something happens like that vendor isn’t available for your date.

8. Enjoy the day.  How many times in your life will you plan your wedding.

These tips hopefully will help you feel less overwhelmed. Bridal shows are extremely informative and we vendors have a ton of knowledge to help you!   Go slow and keep your cool, talk to vendors even if there is a wait to reach their booth, you never know what help they may end up being.


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LIV by design – Good Life Table Launch Party

Through my connections with the International Special Event Society, I had the opportunity to meet a talented up and coming Wedding and Event Planner Olivia Sharratt. She moved here to Austin from the LosAngelos market and brings with her fresh ideas and innovative design elements.  When she asked me if I wanted to be a part in helping her showcase one of those elements at her “Good Life Tables Launch Party” I was thrilled.

Olivia, together with her Dad, have created a line of rental furniture called “The Good Life”  Banquet style tables, benches and chairs are sure to be the talk of events in the near future.  Available exclusively through Premier Party Rental.

Just like me to post my favorite.  I can not decide if I like this one for any particular reason, or if it is because all of the elements just play so well together.  The color of the stain on the table and bench all the way down to the little tiny succulent place card holders.  It’s just perfect.  The center design for this table was composed of a succulent garden in the center with little satellite pots that were planted with different varieties and finished off with luscious green moss.

Lisa Hause with Studio 563 captured this amazing shot of the center design.  Olivia’s vision included paper flowers that she created herself.  I just love how creative people can be!

My second favorite table was the Old Mexico theme.  I am in love with the brilliant colors and vintage containers that “Liv” chose for this table.  The multicolored Pop bottles were the perfect accent. 

Here is a cute shot of Liv with her son at the party!  Congrats Liv and Thank you for asking me to be a part of it!

Until next time!

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Recent Open House Participation

Delores Crum of Premier Party Central asked us to create a signature piece for the Grand Re-Opening of the newly remodeled north location showroom.  We work with Dee, Kristi, and Diane very often so there was no way we could turn them down!  Here is a few shots of our inspiration and arrangement.

Ivory David Austin Garden Roses and lavender "Blue Curiosa" Roses were the focal flowers

Yellow daffodil were the perfect accents

Drama was created using very tall Forsithia branches

I really enjoyed my time there meeting other professionals and Brides.  Congratulations Dee!

One World Theatre

The second event that we participated in making a success was the April Design trends meeting at One World Theatre.  There were four seasons featured on the Good Life Tables offered by Liv by Design’s owner Olivia Sharrat, but this one was our favorite.

This design was created to be a playfull addition to a summer table.  With a foundation of sea foam blue linen, the choices for flowers needed to pop against the background.  We chose enormous Sunflowers, bright orange Dahlia, hypericum berreis, Gerbera Daisies, Rannuncullus and Tulips to create this trio.

Until next time

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Inspirations of the Seasons

I was recently asked by Deidre Brown of Detailed Weddings and Events to create floral decor for her two seasoned tables at the Diamond Domain Bridal Soirre.

Our “Winter” table was titled “Love Sparkles” and featured a white Manzanita tree adorned with dozens of icy crystal drops, white Dendrobium Orchids, and a hidden friend.

Wintery crystal tree

Dozens of icy crystals were hung from the branches

We surrounded the tree with clusters of pave arrangements which included white hydrangea, white David Austin Garden Roses, winter berries, rannuncullus and Dusty Miller.

The Winter Table

Fluffy wintery arrangements for a chilly vibe.

Deidre finished the table with wine corks for favors on the plates, place card holders and tons of bling accents.

A Winter Wonderland

Finished Design for Winter

My favorite was Fall!   Leonitas Roses, antique green Hydrangea, Iced Tea Spray Roses and Hypericum Berries made this arrangement very elegant.

Fall inspired arrangement

Baroque Fall table setting

While I was designing the center design and placing things on our design table it felt as if there was something missing… some sort of added drama.  I stopped and remembered a cluster of chandelier forms that we purchased in Orlando, and that inspired a floral chandelier we were to hang from the ceiling of the tent.

Floral foundation for the "lantern chandelier"

Floral foundation for the Lantern Chandelier

The finished table design was stunning.

Finished Fall Table

Finished Fall Table Design

Linens, tables, chairs, and table settings were all provided by Premier Party Central.  When a vision is shared with a planner, and that planner has the right connections in place, the result is flawless.

Until next time,

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Winter Wonderland at the Bridal Extravaganza September 2010

With all of the splendor and anticipation, the past weekends Bridal Extravaganza was a complete success!  We here at Blossom’s decided that we would not take any wedding the Saturday before the event, so we would have ample energy and spunk to create stunning works of art to showcase!  I spoke with many of you who are looking for floral that is unique and fresh and I enjoyed hearing all about everyones vision for their special day!  Tons of great ideas out there for sure!

So many of you asked for photos of the bouquets and table set up that we showcased, so I though it prudent to write a Blog post and include them here!

White Manzanta tree decorated with crystals

White manzanita tree adorned with crystals

This classic bouquet is a favorite with winter Brides.  A combination of red “Freedom” Roses, burgundy “Black Magic” Roses and “Claret” Spray Roses, clutched together and wrapped with satin ribbon is simple and elegant.  We used swarovski crystal accents to create the feel of “ice” in the heads of the roses and on the handle.

David Austin Garden Roses

Gorgeous Garden Roses accented with variegated Pittosporum

This bouquet was one of my favorites!  It has a very Christmas time feel.  I created it by starting with gorgeous David Austin Garden Roses in ivory, Red “Freedom” Roses and variegated Pittosporum greenery to give it that fresh garden picked feel.  The variegated greenery gives the bouqeut texture and interest.  You could modify this design to be more “Christmassy” by incorporating seasonal greenery such as Cedar, and holly.

White Hydrangea, cream Roses, Freesia and seeded eucalyptus

Winter White Bouquet

Classic white bouquet can not only be used for a winter wedding, but is a great choice any time of the year.  We started with white Hydrangea, and tucked in some “Vendella” roses, Rannuncullus, Greesia and finished it off with some silvery seeded eucalyptus.  I love the texture and bounce the seeded Euc. creates.

Hydrangea bouquet

Blue Hydrangea, garden roses, spider mums and babies breath

What is a winter wonderland without a blue and white winter bouquet?  We finished off this bouquet with a simple ribbon wrap in white satin, and painstakingly attached swarovski crystal swirls on the handle for that finished look.

Mini Call bouquet

Picasso Mini Calla Bouquet

It always amazes me how this simple cluster of “Picasso” Mini Calla lilies ends up being one of the favorite bouquets at the shows.  The bi-colored blossoms are deep purple in the center surrounded with ivory edges.  We decided to let the flowers to be star of this bouquet and wrapped the handle with slate gray ribbon.

Purple and blue bridal bouquet

Royal bouquet for a Princess Bride

This bouquet would be perfect for a Ball Room Princess to carry on her most important day!  Use the Picasso mini calla bouquet for your bridesmaids, and the picture is complete.

There are many more photos from the Bridal Show, so if you don’t see what you were interested in here, please feel free to email me and I will send it to you!  Have a wonderful week!

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Bridal Extravaganza Bliss!

With all of the fuss and flutter over, I am able to sit and reflect on the success of the hard work that went into the Bridal Extravaganza. I have always been drawn to perfection, and working as a wedding and event florist does not leave any room for flaws, so the two tend to compliment each other. Knowing this creates a bit of stress when preparing for such an event, because I want to portray my design style and attention to detail as perfectly as possible within a timely manner. Believe it or not it takes an incredible amount of time and effort to plan and prepare for such an event. Exhaustion is eminent, but has to wait it’s turn! Now that the exhaustion is over, and I have had some time to recover, it is time to hear what you all thought of the event, and Blossom’s participation. Please be sure to comment and leave your feedback if you were there. Tell us what you thought!

Based on all of the kind feedback that we received from Brides, Partners and our competitiros, I feel very confident that Blossom’s second Bridal Show in Austin was a great success.

Our gorgeous booth was a big hit!

Our gorgeous booth was a big hit!

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