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Flourishing Art in the News – Wedding Budget Checklists

September 19, 2020

Budgets can be hard to begin and stick to, and when it comes to weddings and events, that couldn’t be more true. Oleta spoke with Wallet Joy this month on a few tips regarding your floral budget as you plan your wedding. 

As you figure out how to save money on wedding flowers, start by researching the varieties that will be in season on your wedding date, according to Oleta Collins, you’ll save a pretty penny by choosing blooms that don’t have to be imported. And, of course, reusing your flowers is always a smart idea.

“Floral walls, circular arches, and arbors are not only an excellent ceremony backdrop; they are also beautiful behind a sweetheart or bar table,” Collins says. “This is best used in a venue where you have everything in one place, and transportation to and from another site would be difficult.”

For decor, she recommends asking your venue about what it already has on hand and the cost to rent. Renting directly from your venue could be less expensive than buying new decorations or using a separate rental company. Also, make sure to focus on what guests will actually see rather than nitpicking every detail.

“You don’t need everything, so focus on the more essential items that will make a big difference in the look and comfort of your guests,” Collins says. 

You can find out more budget tips by checking out the entire article here. 

What tips do you have when it comes to budgeting for your wedding?


Flourishing Art in the News: August Press Roundup

August 12, 2020

We have had a great month – from being able to chat with a local TV station, a wonderful interview with a wedding industry podcast, and some insight into upcoming fall wedding trends. 

 

Right before the fourth of July, Karen Hua of KGET – TV 17 Bakersfield stopped by our studio to learn how to create a festive floral arrangement for the holiday weekend. If you are looking to create your own DIY arrangements, be sure to check out our upcoming workshops –here

 

Oleta chatted with Renee Dalo of Talk with Renee Dalo on how to handle weather and other disasters smoothly with clients. You can hear the full interview here

 

It is hard to believe that fall is just around the corner! But as we look towards the new season, we shared which color combinations will be popular for weddings with Generation Tux

 

With COVID forcing couples to postpone and even consider holding their weddings virtually, we shared our tips regarding flowers for your remote celebration with Brides.com. It can be a difficult switch to navigate, so check out the article here to have all of your burning questions answered. 


Plants and Purification

July 15, 2020

As we are all finding ourselves at home, we are all looking for ways to create a harmonious space. Plants and flowers are a great way not only to add life but also to purify your space. 

 

All common houseplants have purifying qualities, but some are better than others at filtering out nasty airborne substances. Here are some of the top low-maintenance air-purifying plants and tips for taking care of each of them.

Bromeliads

Bromeliads are amazing and considered the best houseplant available to purify a space quickly and efficiently. Their bright, bold blooms make for lovely home décor as well. They prefer bright, filtered light with maintained air flow. Make sure the soil stays moist, but not soggy. For bromeliads, drier soil is better than wet. If it becomes too wet, it can rot and die quickly, so make sure the pot or container used has adequate drainage holes at the bottom.

 

Spider Plants

Spider plants are another great option. They are soft, flowy, and can be grown quickly from water to soil in just a few weeks. They prefer bright, filtered light and are best planted in a hanging container as they will eventually grow long spidery tendrils that hang down the sides. A pot with good drainage would work as well. Just like bromeliads, spider plants prefer dryness to wetness.

 

Peace Lilies

Peace lilies are both beautiful and effective air purifiers. Their white blooms fit into nearly every design scheme, making it an excellent choice for bedrooms, living rooms, dens, and more. They prefer bright light, but can grow just about anywhere. When peace lilies start to wilt, it means they need water — that’s about all you need to know to keep them hydrated. Fertilize these plants every six to eight weeks and be sure to maintain proper drainage to prevent oversaturation.

 

Dracaenas

Dracaenas prefer less water than most indoor plant, making these a great choice for low-maintenance homes and out-of-the-way spots. Their height and hardy constitution make this plant a prime choice for those new to plant care. You’ll need to keep the soil lightly misted rather than pouring the water into the soil directly. Always allow the topsoil to dry out before misting again and, as always, make sure the container has proper drainage.

 

Sansevierias and Aloe Vera

Sansevierias (also known as Mother-in-Law’s Tongue or Snake Plants) and Aloe Vera both fall under the succulent family. These varieties, in particular, would rather be too dry than too wet, so keep an eye on proper drainage. These plants are quite hardy and can handle direct sun. Avoid pouring water directly onto the florets or leaves, as that can cause the plant to rot. Instead, water around the base of the plant directly into the soil so it can effectively reach the plant’s roots.

 

Chrysanthemums

We often associate the vibrant colors of mum plants with the fall season, but mums can actually be great year-round houseplants that will purify the air while adding a pop of color to any space. Mums prefer filtered light and well-drained soils — no overwatering. The leaves of the mum plant will start to wilt when they need water, so pay attention to the leaves’ integrity. You do not need to fertilize indoor mum plants.

 

If you are looking for a few indoor plants, feel free to give us a ring or stop by our showroom! 


Fatemeh and Farhad’s Birthday Evening

May 26, 2020

This stunning husband and wife duo were both celebrating milestone birthdays, and they wanted to celebrate in style! We loved designing this gold and white evening with touches of black. To spruce up the space, we wanted to give guests multiple areas in the ballroom to grab a cocktail. We utilized a stunning half-moon bar featuring the couple’s initials and a geometric gold bar with a candle wall that created a beautiful focal point. Fatemeh and Farhad enjoyed the evening mingling with guests and dancing the night away.

Vendors –

Event Designer and Florist: Flourishing Art Design Studio

Photography: Valdophye Photography

Rentals: Walker Lewis Rents

 Rentals: Revelry Event Designers

Step and Repeat Photo and Printing on Site: InMotionPro Photo Video

Lighting: The Social Vibe

Linens: BBJ Linen

Venue: Stockdale Country Club

Cake: Cornerstone Bakery

Valet: Alpha and Omega Valet Service


Flourishing Art in the News: May Press Roundup

May 11, 2020

In the month of May, we focused on education for couples as they navigate the daunting task of rescheduling their wedding dates and planning during COVID-19. We also contributed to a few industry articles to help some of our creative friends find inspiration during this time, as well as how you can push your business forward after a setback. 

In our first mention, we were thrilled to have our styled shoot at Sextant Winery in Trends Magazine. Reliving this stunning shoot has us ready to get back to Sextant to create some more magic! We can’t get enough of that adorable cottage, and the all-white floral combination is what spring dreams are made of! 

Next up, we tackled the topic of how to handle virtual planning meetings with your floral designer on Brides. Like many others, we have had some of our consultation appointments via phone or video, but this is a whole new world of having all of our clients online. 

During this time, we have all found ourselves looking for a little inspiration and something happy to lift our spirits. We were thrilled to be included in an article on Catersouce among other event industry professionals that are spreading the love. We were included with our delivery of over 150+ arrangements to area hospitals, nursing homes, and Alzheimer care centers and hospices. Others were included for online dance parties, to kids boxes for takeout, and an incredible interview with photographer Lara Woolfson who has recovered from Coronavirus. 


As we entered April, Oleta shared her very personal story of how she rebuilt Flourishing Art after her diagnosis and recovery of breast cancer on Sage Wedding Pros. As most business owners are facing uncertain times, we hope that this article can help them as well. 

 


Flourishing Art in the News: April Press Roundup

April 28, 2020

As you can imagine, the last month has been one of change for a lot of our couples, as well as the industry. Our press also reflects that- we were eager to jump in and lend insight where we could, while also talking about what we love best- flowers!

First up, we have seen our fair share of crisis in California from mudslides to wildfires, and we wanted to share our expertise on how to effectively communicate with clients during a difficult time to help our fellow vendors during the COVID-19 crisis. You can read the full article on WIPA’s blog.

 

As we know, couples have had to postpone their big days. Why not consider surprising your guests with a new secret elopement or wedding with our tips over on Catalyst Wedding Co.

 

We also had a bit of fun with flowers over at Martha Stewart Living.

First, we broke down the best ways to keep your cut flowers at home last longer just in time for Spring. Our suggestions just may surprise you!

We also shared insight on the number of available hydrangea varieties–  from endless summer and mountain to bigleaf. Enjoy the visual guide that we helped curate!


Stylish Baby Shower

February 25, 2020

Take one stylish mama-to-be and an absolutely stunning venue, and you get the sweetest baby shower you could ever imagine. It was so special to be a part of this happy day. From the adorable pink touches to the simple but chic florals, it all came together beautifully. We kept some of our favorite details to share below:

A big thank you to our friends at In Motion Pro for capturing this event!


2020 International Wedding Trend Report

February 5, 2020

We couldn’t be more thrilled to announce that we’ve been featured in this year’s International Wedding Trend Report! Each year, The Wedding Academy compiles a beautifully designed report of global trends from industry experts all around the world. Flourishing Art has been named as a contributor in the floral category, and we wanted to share some of our included picks below.

Go Bold or Go Home

Couples are returning to the ‘wow’ factor this year by including a wealth of vibrant shades into their wedding blooms. We’re seeing a lot of bright green, oranges, bold reds, rich blues and purples.

As of late, we’ve been working with a lot of wine and burgundy hues, but we’re excited to see classic red making a comeback. The combination of these colors together makes for a marbled, exquisite pairing that piles on the drama.

Elegant Textures

Following the dramatic route, we’ll expect to see more utilization of modern metals in couples’ floral designs, whether they be glittering accents or muted matte elements. The bigger, the better here – there’s no longer too much texture to be had! Dried and preserved florals incorporated with fresh blossoms is also the new trending juxtaposition that’s all the rage for 2020.

Cascading Bouquets

Long, daring bridal bouquets are here! Cascades and cressets are emerging, although the free-form style has been in for quite a few years. With this, we’ll see more draping greenery and accent flowers that will elevate what will be showcased during the ceremony. 

 


Flourishing Art in the News: January Press Roundup

January 23, 2020

We are so excited to share some of our recent press features! We’ve got everything from wedding tips to trends and taking your business to the next level. Check it all out below:

SheFinds

We shared our thoughts on what floral trend will be big in 2020 with SheFinds. Spoiler alert! It’s cascading bouquets with an unkempt look.

WIPA

Taking your business to an international level is no small decision. If you’re not sure that it’s the right time, take a look at our article on WIPA to help you make a more informed decision!

SheFinds

 

We’re on SheFinds with one of the most common regrets we find our clients make when planning their wedding. Not having their planner present when booking the location(s). This is one of the most important decisions you’ll make in the planning process and having someone who knows the right questions to ask and necessary logistics will make a big difference.


Floral Trends for 2020

December 17, 2019

Believe it or not, 2020 is just around the corner! With that in mind we are sharing the latest on all things floral trends for the upcoming year.

Vibrancy is the name of the game in 2020. Bright, exciting colors like orange, bright green and bold shades of red, blue and purple will be featured in florals across the board. Expect to see the use of metals to accent these eye-popping blossoms and add more depth to each design. 

Photo Credit: April & Co. Photographers

You’ll see a torrent of accent flowers and greenery as brides walk down the aisle with over-the-top cascading bouquets. Free-form style florals still reign supreme in 2020 and we predict will remain for years to come.

Photo Credit – Marianne Lucas Photography and Cinematography

More neutral color palettes and white weddings will take a break this year, as well as more structured bouquets and centerpieces. Instead, couples are loving the wild and overgrown look that gives an effortless and more natural effect.

Photo Credit: J.Michelle Photography

We are always learning new things from each and every client, and we can’t wait to see what this new year has in store!


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