Who Ya Gonna Call… And When?

Some brides-to-be have a list of things to do and a time frame in which to plan them. Most, however… don’t. A lot of people ask us, when is the best time to plan for my flowers and how should I start?

Usually the first step is to gather some recommendations from either the venue you’ve booked and/or some of the vendors you’ve already chosen. Find the name of some of the florists and floral designers you might have met at a wedding show or maybe you’ve attended an event recently and you fell in love with the floral designs. If so, ask for the name of that vendor! Those will be the best ways to start your search for the perfect Floral vendor for you!

If you decide you’re a DIY kinda person and want to do the flowers yourself, then your road to follow is to find a wholesale floral company that can get you flowers at wholesale pricing, with delivery included, Or a local vendor that sells flowers by the stem.

What if… you could get BOTH a wholesale floral company to supply the flowers at that great wholesale pricing AND they did your design work for you?

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Well… you can!! If you are local to the Tampa Bay area, Brides N Blooms Wholesale and Designs can help you with either decision.  We order directly from the farm, making the flowers you choose the freshest they can be, along with great wholesale pricing and very reasonable design fees! It is getting the best of both worlds. Giving you exactly what our tag line says: “Premium Style at Modest Pricing”

The next hurdle to jump is WHEN do I start planning for my flowers?

Typically, we suggest 6 months prior. But not everyone is organized, so for that person, no less than 3 months prior to your date. The sooner your order is in place. the likelier there will be no last minute problems. The ‘when’ should also include after you’ve chosen a venue and after you’ve decided the colors and theme of your big day. That is the PERFECT time to start planning for your flowers.

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Let Brides N Blooms, Wholesale and Designs make all your floral dreams a reality! Call today for a consultation! Please check out our design website: www.bridesnbloomsdesigns.com to see our work and get some great ideas for your BIG day!

Now go out and have yourself a Flower Filled, Wholesale & Design day!

Embracing The Imperfections

So many times when we two girls are working with the future Mrs. Someone… they say to us “I just want everything to be perfect!” We say… where is the fun in that?! It’s high time to embrace the ridiculous imperfect things that happen!

Here are 3 stories of wedding day trials and tribulations we’ve experienced first hand. (the names have been changed to protect the innocent)

1. The Wedding Flowers didn’t quite get done.

When Rebecca got married, she planned the whole thing from start to finish. She had incorporated help from her fiance’s best friends as well as from her Maid of honor to get everything for her big day handled. The loose flowers were ordered so they could make everything themselves to save money. The stems were brought to the reception hall in buckets to be used for the tables.The rest were put aside for the bouquets.. Unfortunately for the bride, as the day of the wedding got more and more hectic, the bouquets got less and less done. An hour before the wedding she asked the best man if he had the brought the flowers. “Yes”! he exclaimed, let me go get them.  And so, there they were. Beautiful Lilies, & Orchids…. sitting loose in a bucket. Rebecca thought… ummmm.. there’s no bouquets here. With all the rushing around the day of the wedding, no one remembered to make the bouquets! Her mother  had some experience with flowers and within 1/2 hr had 1 handtied wedding bouquet and 4 bridesmaids done. Lucky for her, someone was on hand who was able to do that!! Of course, it wasn’t funny then… but it is now. And by the way… the couple is going on their 10th anniversary this year.

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2. 52 Tea Roses

When Sara got married, her mother insisted that she have roses. White Roses to be exact. It is not clear to me whether Sara wanted them or not…I think she just wanted something pretty and not knowing anything about flowers let her mother handle it.  As it turns out it was a very large cascade bouquet, and it was beautiful. However, what I remember is her mother siting there counting exactly how many roses were in this thing to make sure that it was as big as she thought it should be (and that she got her money’s worth). For years all Sara’s mother did when wedding flowers were mentioned, was talk about how Sara’s bouquet had 52 tea roses. Which by the way… a tea rose is really just a spray rose with a fancy name.

3. The Wedding Bouquet from Summer Hell

Elaine got married on a hot summer day in June. Her mother-in-law was in charge of helping her with the wedding flowers. All Elaine wanted was a simple small bouquet of Daisies. yellow & white ones. Didn’t matter if they were Gerbera or plain, just that there were yellow and white daisies. Her mother in law was not so happy with that choice and insisted she should have something fancier, and white to ‘dress’ it up. The babies breath the florist suggested helped, and Elaine was satisfied with that, but  her mother in law was not. so the florist suggested 6-7 white Cymbidium Orchids  to add into the bouquet. As I mentioned, it was a hot summer day…  The a/c in the delivery truck broke sometime mid day and by the time the bouquet was delivered, the orchids were not happy little flowers anymore, they were downright sad and falling apart. The daisies were all still perky and bright though! About 10 minutes before walking down the aisle 2 of the orchids fell out and the a couple of the others had lost some petals.  Elaine’s mother, took the bouquet. Pulled out the bad flowers, moved the daisies around and no one was the wiser. Looking back, at the time to the bride, it seemed such a big thing! Now… its just a little blip on a wedding day radar.

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Here’s what you want to remember…The fabulous friends that attended, the wonderful vows that were spoken, and of course, the amazing relationship that will be everlasting…Everything else, well, there’s always another story in the making…

Now, go, have yourself an imperfect but wonderful wholesale flower filled day!

 

 

Party It Forward… An Event Show With A Heart

It’s that time again… we are in the midst of planning for our upcoming Party It Forward Event show, which will be held at the beautiful venue, Quail Hollow in Wesley Chapel.

So, maybe you’ve heard us talk about the Party It Forward Event show and wondered… Just what IS that anyway?

Basically… it’s an event show with a heart.

To understand how the whole thing came about, let’s go back in time to about 4 years ago… to a discussion we two girls from Brides N Blooms, Wholesale & Designs were having about bridal shows in general. We both decided that as much as the big shows are fun, and you get to meet ALOT of potential clients, its really hard to make a connection to anyone who stops to chat. Too much noise and too many people make it really difficult to do that.

With all the high end items and necessary vendors needed when hosting a wedding or party, we wondered if there was a way to make it just a little easier on the pocketbook. We thought wouldn’t it be GREAT if  we could connect upcoming hosts of weddings, parties, etc with the items that they will certainly need for their events, and not  just  the vendors they’ll need, but the little things that cost money. Those things that until you start planning, you might not realize you need! Especially for the DIY girls that put everything together and are very hands on.

The last and most important component we wondered about is how to find a way that people can reuse, recycle and give upcoming event hosts and brides, who are spending so much money, a break. We thought the best way to do that was to get up and coming hosts together with past hosts of celebrations who have beautiful items that they no longer have a use for. The things they no longer need that could become a new host or bride’s treasure trove.

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That is how we came up with our Party It Forward event show concept!!

Now, you may ask… how do we do accomplish that?

We invite girls who have already had their wedding or party and are trying to sell their event items, and we ask our past clients and their friends to sell any of their event items too. They get to make some money back and the new hosts are getting beautiful almost new items that they need for less money.

And just to make it more interesting, we like looking for the smaller or lesser known venues that  people may not know exist in and around the Tampa Bay Area to co host with us! It is just as fun for us to come upon a hidden treasure of a venue as it is for them to co-host what sometimes is their first bridal/event show! Last, but not least, we thought that no event show is complete without vendors. Since we wanted a boutique style show we decided to only allow one vendor of each category and we only ask vendors that we trust to do a good job, and are customer service friendly, to participate in our vendor area. We like to have the traditional vendors, but we also like to have some that are not so traditional as well!

A concept that helps both the brides and hosts of upcoming events and of past events save money. A show that introduces unique, and service oriented vendors. A location that may be a hidden jewel in the Tampa Bay Area.

That is how we “Party It Forward“!

To register for this great boutique show, just click the link and register:    http://www.eventbrite.com/e/party-it-forward-a-new-concept-in-planning-your-party-tickets-15677388491

Join the event on facebook too!                         https://www.facebook.com/events/571672826300259

Here is a video from the previous show we held at Quail Hollow and we expect this one to be just as fabulous!  Party It Forward© A New Concept In Planning Your Party

If you”d like to participate as a seller, just email us at info@bridesnblooms.com and let us know. If you’re a vendor and would like to showcase your business, we’ll be happy to send you some information. And of course we invite all of our upcoming brides and event hosts to come and experience a great way to shop  for your event.

Now go out and have yourself a Wholesale Flower-Filled Party It Forward Day!