A Great Team

What does it take to make a great team? Who do you look for when putting together a great team? When you were in school, teams were usually chosen by who was the most popular, the strongest, the biggest, the scariest kids. Unless you were creating a Math team, then, those qualities didn’t matter quite so much.

Fast forward, you’re no longer in school. You are choosing a team. A team to work with, and a team to grow your success. Now who do you choose? The requirements have now changed, but, who changed the rules? We are still going to look for strong people (strong personalities, strong interpersonal skills, strong convictions) We are still looking for Big people, (big names, big followings) We are still looking for Popular people (those who have lots of friends, lots of connections, lots of personality) I do think that we have put aside the scary people, for the most part, but, we will always need an “enforcer”, someone who gets the “dirty stuff” done. When you are planning an event, you want a strong team working together to help you make your event the very best it can be, with the least amount of stress.

Below are some of our team mates, these are the folks that we know can do a great job, and play nice with others. (After all, isn’t that what life is all about anyway?)

Event planner: Brenna Taylor… www.an-elegant-affair.net
Photographer: Roger Slater… www.ccsphotography.net
Venue: 1930 Grande Room…http://www.granderoom.com  & The Yacht Starship (Channelside) www.yachtstarship.com
Caterer: Stone Chef Catering…www.stonechef.com
Bartending Services: Spunky Spirits…www.spunkyspirits.com‎
DJ…(We have a few that we love)… today we will only list one,  Jacob Smeaton… www.musiconthemovedj.com
Baker: Corey Miller… www. coreycooks.com
Linens: Custom Linens… www.customlinenrentals.com
Stationary: Barbara Nelson-Fuqua… www.nelsonfuquadesigns.com
And of course, Flowers…Brides N Blooms Wholesale & Designs, www.bridesnbloomsdesigns.com

Now, go, form your team, play the best game you can play, and have yourself a wholesale flower filled day!

keep calm and carry your team

Time and Design

I think this week we’ll talk about time. I am intrigued by the ideas designers use to conjure up the ‘feel’ and ‘look’ of a time past.

We try to keep up with the newest trends and what they’re based upon. Lately, of course, vintage is very popular. Our last wedding show we created a beautiful table of what is considered ‘vintage’ looking items. But I wonder if I were able to ask my grandmother what her bouquets or table flowers looked like, would it even remotely look like what she had? I decided to see if I could figure that out.

So, here is the vintage table that we showcased at the latest Tampa Bay Wedding Show:

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Now here is a picture my grandmother at her wedding in 1934… which by today’s standards, would be considered vintage! Notice she is holding simple spray roses and greenery. There are silk orange blossom strands on her hat/veil and strands of pearls around her neck

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It’s easy to see why items like flowing pearls, broaches with crystals & gemstones using white gold and filigree style patterns invoke the stylistic ‘vintage’ look of today. I would also venture to guess that it was not the common masses that owned much of those items, but what was shown in movies of that time or in pictures of the wealthier families who were famous then.

The 50’s retro style also seems to be based in a somewhat accurate replication of what was worn back then. Such as the sweetheart necklines, the Peter Pan collar & tiny rows of buttons on dresses, as well as the shorter “tea length” style dress so one can show off their shoes! Flowers were very traditional roses or carnations and smaller bouquets also seemed to be the norm. (though I’m sure the same was true then as is today, how much money one had to spend on their wedding would be a determining factor for that)

Here is my mother’s wedding dress which has the sweetheart neckline (though not as revealing as what we see today, it is the base for that design) and the small Peter Pan collar.  She also carried the popular smaller bouquet, though the long ribbon cascade ribbon creates a ‘bigger’ effect.

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This style dress from the 50’s definitely shows the typical style of wide skirts, button rows, Peter Pan collar and shorter dress.

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I look at what was popular in the 70’s and 80’s and I’m so very glad that today’s fashions are much more elegant and sleek instead of the large poofy styles that were popular back then. I can only wonder what accent details and styles that are popular today will future designers pick and choose from when I comes time to label our present time as ‘vintage’.

Our last showcase for the year, 2013

For those of you who long to see, smell and feel the beautiful flowers that Bridesnblooms Wholesale and Design bring in…You’re in luck. Sunday, 10/13/13 will be our last showcase of the year… We have some incredible designer flowers that we are bringing to our table, some and see what kind of designs we’ve come up with to tickle your fancy.
We encourage you to come on by, it’s a FANTASTIC show filled with AMAZING event professionals. The entrance fee is only $3.00.

Big Event Shows   ***This is a photo from the last Coliseum show we participated in***
The Coliseum
535 4th Ave North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Noon – 4 pm

Coliseum Show

We hope to see you on Sunday, now, go, and have yourself a wholesale flower filled day!!!

This too shall pass…

Planning for an event is probably one of the most stressful times in anyone’s life, and most certainly some days are more of a trial than others. In all it is always handy to remember two things:

1. Everything does not always go as planned and this too shall pass.         2. There is always a silver lining and/or a reason, though we may not know what it is at the time.

In the scheme of pretty much all events and weddings, most hosts or brides really cannot (or do not) envision things not going the way they planned. There are some people who micro manage every little detail which makes their life wayyy more complicated. My personal feeling is if you cannot trust the vendors you are hiring to do their job to the best of their ability,  and as close to your vision as possible, then you will end up missing out on all the fun and anticipation of looking forward to your big event.

I’m here to tell you it is rare that a large event of any kind goes without a hiccup. At my wedding a groomsman fainted, and buckets of torrential rain fell from the sky, nixing my outdoor venue completely. We had a mad, last minute scramble to make things work inside.  At my daughter’s wedding, it seemed nothing went smoothly or as planned.  Beforehand, she ended up having only one hour to do her hair, nails, makeup and  get  dressed. Then along the way to her venue there was a huge traffic jam. So to say the least, it was an adventure in crazy mother driving and I’m still amazed we actually made it on time and without incident.

There will be times that family interferes more than you would like, Or friends tell you what they think and, no matter how accommodating you want to be, it just doesn’t feel right to you! There’s the occasional change of vendor because of various reasons and the stress of will I lose weight, gain weight, find the right dress or shoes, will I have enough money to pay for what I want, and of course, the big will everything be exactly as I dreamed it will be.

No matter what happens before and during your wedding/event you might want to keep an open mind and try not to hold on to the negative.  Everything that doesn’t go right, gets to be a story told and retold.  Sometimes the things that happen unexpectedly bring you closer together with family and friends. Sometimes they are excruciatingly funny, though not at the time, but looking back. (My brother to this day is still teased about his fall at my wedding and it actually has become a family ‘tradition’ to fall down at some time during a family wedding. )

No matter what… keep this in mind. Yes, it’s a big day and something long planned for, but in the scheme of things, it’s just one day, one event, one moment, in hopefully a long line of well lived and cherished moments. Let go and enjoy it.

Rained out wedding

Rained out wedding

Now go and have a much deserved wholesale flower filled day!