Monday, February 9, 2015

Peonies for the 2015 Wedding Season

Peonies Season 2015

Peonies are perhaps one of the most perfect wedding flowers, as they embody beauty, charisma, and pure romance. Peonies come in many shades of red, white, and pink to suit any wedding color scheme and can be used in bouquets, wedding table centerpieces, altar adornments, or even as floral accents on the wedding cake! What’s even better is that choosing peonies for your wedding can also be extremely affordable, as it’s quite easy to do your own arrangements. Many brides delegate the task of handling and arranging the flowers to their friends, family members, or wedding party.    Peonies are full, extremely arge,  and bountiful, so it can really be a fun process to put together wedding bouquets for the bride and bridesmaids, a medium-sized table centerpiece, or a huge floral altar arrangement.  
White Peony Bridal Bouquet
 Bridgewater Gardens in Southeast Michigan is the ideal place to find all your peony needs. Are you getting ready for a summer wedding?  Or maybe you need fresh cut peonies for a bridal shower.

On March 1, 2015 Bridgewater Gardens will begin taking orders for fresh-cut peonies for June 2015 wedding.  Not only is their collection absolutely exquisite, but they also offer the pleasure of convenience. Whether you choose to pick up your flowers if you are close to the Ann Arbor, Michigan area, or opt for overnight shipping, the process for your wedding florals is effortless and reliable with Bridgewater Gardens. As a member of the prestigious American Peony Societies, Bridgewater Gardens is a company that takes care of its clients with great customer care, dependability, and the best choice of peonies in the area.   They have spent years selecting just the right peony varieties that brides often request for their wedding flowers.  All peonies grown by Bridgewater Gardens are full, lush, double or bomb style peonies.

In addition to beautiful peonies fresh from the farm, Bridgewater Gardens boasts a website of spectacular ideas to help brides with ideas for all sorts of DIY arrangements. They also keep an insightful blog that gives tips, tricks, and creative inspiration on how to best use peonies on your wedding day. Whether you’re a bride who wants a bold scene of bright hot pink peonies or a more subtle array of whimsical pinks and whites, Bridgewater Gardens can help you turn your wedding day into a magical and memorable one.

2015 Peony Dates / Season

For the 2015 season we are accepting advance orders for weddings taking place between June 6, 2015  and June 27, 2015.   Its possible we will have peonies outside of those dates but based on the peony bloom in past years these are the dates that we always have peony flowers available.   There are some years where we have peonies in late May, and if the month of June is cool then we could have peonies as late as the first weekend of July.  The peonies are weather dependent and it is impossible to predict the season  until it is well underway.
To inquire about or to  order peonies for your June 2015 wedding or other special event please use our Contact Form.  Please check out photos of our flowers at our customers weddings on our website.  Just scroll down and all photos are filed under the brides first name.  We are always amazed at how beautiful our flowers look and what an amazing job they did arranging the flowers.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

How to Plan Your Wedding with Online Resources?

Considering the famous quote by Benjamin Franklin, ‘If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail’, nothing can come close to this reality compared to a wedding. Believe you me, an unplanned wedding is nothing but a terrible memory which will last and haunt you forever. Wedding is a very important event for anyone and it should be treated like one. If you do not plan for it, you will surely exhaust yourself with no progress plus lots of frustration that may result in a bad experience.

There are several online wedding planners which provide you with wonderful tools and resources to plan your upcoming event in a managed fashion. They are actually a blessing for the new couples as it helps them in sorting out the important stuff and create a checklist that will help them during their entire event. From guest invitation lists to flowers ordering, everything can be managed with these tools by using their user-friendly web-based dashboards. All you have to do is take advantage of these wedding planning tools and formulate a great wedding plan which will navigate you through your wedding without any issues while these websites give you  fascinating wedding ideas and tips too.

If you are not into ‘internet’, which is strange by the way, you can always go for a local wedding planner who can manage your wedding. The local can wedding planners help you with contacting the vendors, tracking guest lists, decorating the venue and most importantly they ensure that everything goes as it is supposed to do. If it is going out of your budget to hire a professional planner, try and search for a person in your family or friends who are good at planning parties. Ask them nicely (or you can use force them if you have to) and they will be more than happy to help you with your wedding plan.

There are several websites which are offering you online wedding plan checklist. This is such a great help as it will give you crystal-clear idea about what you have to do and when you need to do it. Normally a wedding checklist is broken into 12 or 13 parts based on the time due in your wedding. It usually starts from 12 months or more and drill down to the 1 day before your wedding, your wedding day and the post-wedding day. Each section has its own specific tasks that you need to do in the respective time. For example, when your wedding is just 2 months away, you start sending out invitation and must finalize the arrangements with the vendors. In the same way, you should start making wedding favors and finalize other details like ceremony music, legal documents, etc. You can print that checklist and paste it on your fridge or any other place where you can see it once a day at least. By following the checklist, you will make your wedding a pleasant and a memorable experience for not only yourself but for others too.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Unique Wedding Favors

While browsing online recently I came across Chic Wedding Favors and was really impressed with their wide variety of  wedding favor ideas.   There were items I would have never thought of to use as wedding favors like mint tins, coffee, kitchen, personalized, wine wedding favors, and wedding favors with a bath or candle theme.

My favorite wedding favors are the ones with a garden theme like the Gerbera Daisy and the Painted Wedding Daisy mint tins or the pink and white lanterns. The mint mint julep cups are also nice for arrangements and so are the mini favor vases and sandalwood fans.

If your wedding has a theme like a beach themed wedding or an asian wedding then you can be sure to find wedding favors to match your theme at Chic Wedding Favors.   Wedding favors are also available for Indian,European, rustic, nautical, fall, and winter themed weddings.

What is your favorite unique wedding favor idea?  Please leave me a comment below to let me know.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Peonies Mothers Day Gifts

We receive many requests for peonies for Mothers Day each year.   Unfortunately our peony season starts usually in very late May or early June so we never have peonies for Mothers Day.  We have some customers who have us send peonies for overnight delivery to their Moms in June. Their Moms love peonies and totally understand the reason for the lateness of the Mothers Day gift.

I was shopping online today and came across this fabulous Peony Pleasures gift basket, now that would make a nice gift for Mothers Day in absence of real peony flowers.

Art of Appreciation Gift Baskets Peony Pleasures Spa Bath and Body Care Package Set

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Peonies Grown In Michigan

Bridgewater Gardens is a Michigan peony farm located in Southeast Michigan not too far from Ann Arbor, MI. The inspiration for our farm comes from the 5 acre peony garden at the U of M Nichols Arboretum. We modeled  our first peony garden after a visit there in 1995.   After that we kept expanding the garden and adding more. 

In 2002 we had peonies coming out our ears and did not know what to do with them all.  We decided to call some local florists and restaurants to see if they wanted to buy some.  Almost everyone we called wanted to buy some or our beautiful peony flowers.  The next winter we set up a website and figured out how to ship the peonies overnight.

We have planted more and more peony plants each fall since then and today we have somewhere between 6,000 and 8,000 plants.  We have literally lost count at this point.

Our customers include wedding florists and brides and their wedding parties.  
We have also shipped peonies for funerals and we have some regular customers who purchase peonies for their own enjoyment each year.

Each year we have many brides who are having DIY wedding flowers come to pick up their peonies wedding flowers. Sometime if the bride is too busy she will send her family or friends to pick up the peony flowers and that is fine too.

Our peony season in Michigan is the month of June although some years we have flowers in late May and sometimes the peonies season will go into the first week of July.

We are a very easy driving distance of about one hour from Detroit, Southfield, Farmington Hills, Livonia, Dearborn, Jackson, and even Toledo, Ohio.