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.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Peonies Wedding Flowers

Fresh peonies wedding flowers are available from Bridgewater Gardens in Saline, Michigan for June 2014 weddings.   Please visit our website or contact us.

Trends in weddings come and go. Wedding flowers, dresses, accessories and cake flavors all take turns at the top of the list as changes in tastes and styles wander from year to year. This year, one of the most classic, traditional flowers is back in vogue, the Peony flower. This wonderful bloom has been spotted all over the country in weddings as diverse as they come, from traditional to unconventional, romantic to quirky. They have also been used widely in celebrity weddings, solidifying their trending popularity. But what makes a Peonies wedding so popular and outstanding?  

People throughout the last 2000 years have been drawn to this magical flower for it's gorgeous looks and medicinal properties. Peonies have been painted, weaved into tapestries and sculpted for centuries as their beauty is inspirational and undeniable. Peonies are a gorgeous flower with feminine, fluffy blooms that are extremely full and fragrant. The ruffled petals are jam packed in each head, making a wide, stunning bloom. Colors are romantic, ranging from fresh white to deep crimson and everywhere in between.  A single peony can fill out an entire arrangement, and the buds can be used for whimsical decorations in bouquets, centerpieces and even boutonnieres for the men.  These flowers are perfect to add romance to any wedding, and especially fit in well with vintage inspired weddings, another huge trend in the bridal world.  Vintage touches and Peonies go hand in hand as the blooms inspire classic, traditional images of femininity and primness.  

Another reason Peonies weddings have surged in popularity is due to the flower's ease of use in decoration.  They mix well with other traditional wedding flowers, and their large faces help to add dimension and richness to mixed bridal bouquets, making them look fuller even with less flowers. This can help you save money as arrangements can look lavish and full with less flowers overall.  Also, the wide array of romantic colors available mix well with any color theme. These flowers are easily handled and stored, and their long stems make them ideal even for DIY brides that plan on creating their own bouquets. Unblossomed buds can also be used to add a unique decorative touch to arrangements.  

For the DIY bride, peonies as a wedding flower is ideal.  They can be ordered and delivered directly from Bridgewater Gardens to your personal wedding florist that will add them to your floral arrangements, or to your own work area for you to arrange before your big day. 

Bridgewater Gardens offers the freshest, most outstanding Peony blooms, and they are expecting a magnificent crop this year as they flourish when the Michigan winter is frigid, as this winter has been.  Orders are shipped directly from the peony grower, and they are cut and shipped the same day to ensure the highest quality, freshest peonies possible.  If you're looking for a way to add class, femininity and romance to your wedding, especially if you'd like to arrange your own bouquets, peonies wedding arrangements are in a class all their own.  Consider using these fragrant, lavish flowers for stunning bouquets and arrangements.