Thursday, May 9th, 2013 | Filed under: dream wedding, wedding ceremony, wedding floral designers, wedding flowers, wedding planning, wedding themes | author: By Preston Postlethwaite, Banquet Manager, The Manor
Thursday, January 24th, 2013 | Filed under: Party Planning, Wedding Décor, wedding flowers, wedding themes | author: By Lars Johnson,
Beautiful Wedding Flowers
Filling your wedding venue with a sea of beautiful flowers may be part of your dream wedding vision, perhaps a vision you’ve had for a very long time. After viewing so many inspiring images of flower-filled wedding banquet halls on bridal blogs, wedding websites and Pinterest, you’re likely very excited to start planning your own floral décor and wedding bouquet designs.
In order to choose the perfect flowers for your wedding, you must first think about what your wedding floral style is. Do you prefer a grand, opulent look with thousands of flowers arranged all throughout your wedding ballroom, with oversized floral centerpieces, florals draped at ceiling height and flowers arranged on the bar and all throughout the setting? Or is your style more subdued with preferences for a smaller number of beautiful, exotic flowers that make a big impression in smaller numbers, such as in low-set centerpieces? For your garden wedding, do you wish to add more florals to the already-bloomed garden wedding setting?
Some brides are very inspired by the luxe colors and textures of fabric, such as on their guest tables and draped throughout the ballroom, with flowers playing a smaller role in their wedding décor. They may want just a modest number of florals, with crystals draped around the displays to capture the lighting in the wedding ballroom. Read more…
Wednesday, December 26th, 2012 | Filed under: Wedding Décor, dream wedding, wedding ceremony, wedding flowers, wedding planning | author: By Christopher Gellings, Banquet Manager, Highlawn Pavilion
Wedding Bouquet via Flickr: jenniamigo
Tips For Brides to Bring Nature & Romance Into Your Special Day
In a previous post about natural wedding trends we discussed wedding gowns and bride’s maids dresses, wedding invitations, and table card ideas, as well as wedding hair and makeup that we have seen gaining increased popularity in our NJ weddings. But natural wedding trends extend to so much else, especially flowers and décor. Read more…
Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 | Filed under: Bright Ideas, wedding flowers, wedding planning, wedding receptions | author: By Mary McGill, Banquet Manager, Ram’s Head Inn
If your dream wedding design features thousands of flowers, in full bloom and creating spectacular décor for your ceremony and reception, you can get an even more dramatic floral effect on a budget by following these top tips:
- Always buy flowers that will be in-season at the time of your wedding. In-season flowers are more plentiful and therefore cost less.
- Choose more locally-grown flowers. Your wedding floral designer can show you images of terrific, unique flowers and wildflowers grown native to our area, which will often cost a lot less than flowers that have to be imported from exotic areas.
- Choose non-bridal flowers that may cost less. Some flowers are considered more ‘bridal’ than others – such as white roses, gardenias, calla lilies, stephanotis, and others – and at certain times of the year may cost more. Instead, look at unique flowers such as zinnia, ranunculus, and especially the top trend peony for beautiful effect on a budget.
- Loosely-bunched wedding bouquets are in for a more romantic look, which means fewer flowers may be needed. Read more…
Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 | Filed under: Bright Ideas, wedding flowers, wedding planning, wedding receptions | author: By Kurt Knowles, Director of Corporate Affairs
Wedding Reception Centerpiece
The top floral designers create masterpieces for reception ballroom guest tables, and there’s a new wedding design trend calling for floral arrangements on additional tables, such as the place card table, the family wedding photo table, the gift table, entryway tables and in the restrooms. Wedding venues are being transformed into flower-filled dream settings for our New Jersey and New York City wedding couples, with the highest levels of artistry and design. Read more…
Monday, April 16th, 2012 | Filed under: Bright Ideas for your wedding, Wedding Décor, dream wedding, earth friendly weddings, wedding flowers, wedding ideas | author: By admin,
Winter Wedding Flowers
With winter weddings picking up in popularity among our New Jersey wedding couples, we see our wedding venue decorated in beautiful wintry splendor. A top wedding trend we’ve noticed is that the cold months don’t limit the types of flowers and greenery used in wedding décor. In fact, we’re seeing a beautiful array of winter-season flowers, and creative use of lighting and color to make a winter wedding gorgeous in a wedding ballroom.
A key to your wedding planning ideas is using flowers that are in-season, plentiful and lower-priced so that you can incorporate more of them in your wedding décor. Our top New Jersey floral designers suggest the following seasonal flowers for winter months: Read more…
Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 | Filed under: Bright Ideas for your wedding, Wedding Décor, wedding flowers, wedding ideas | author: By Laura Madden, Senior Sales Manager, Pleasantdale Chateau
Wedding bouquets have been brightly-colored for the past few wedding seasons, with more couples choosing vibrant shades rather than pastel shades for their bride’s bouquets and bridesmaid bouquets. We’re in an era of lively hues for both daytime and nighttime weddings, with combinations of 2012 wedding colors such as lilac and blue, orange and yellow, and red and orange, with seasonal weddingcombinations also abounding.
Pastels. When 2012 wedding couples choose pastel bouquet shades, it’s most often for a romantic, Victorian-style wedding, or one inspired by the royal wedding. Soft pinks and blush blue bouquet colors are still in-demand by today’s romantic-styled bride, and we’re also seeing pastel yellow and soft sage green in the pastel wedding bouquet trends list.
All white with sparkle. All-white wedding bouquets still stand out, with our New Jersey brides adding in lots of bling in the form of Swarovski crystals and rhinestones in the bouquet construction itself, often pressed into the centers of roses, or affixed to ribbons that wrap around the bouquet handle or cascade through the bouquet design itself.
Brooches with bling. Artsy brides are starting to create DIY wedding bouquets made entirely of rhinestone brooches for dazzling sparkle, carrying a piece of jewelry art rather than florals.
Fluffier flowers. The flowers used in 2012’s top wedding bouquet designs include roses, calla lilies, gardenias, imported tropical stephanotis, and softer, fluffier flowers such as peonies and ranunculus. Carnations are no longer looked at as a ‘cheap flower,’ since the new varieties of this bloom give brides an array of bright colors and fluffy, ridged petals, some striped and some lined with coordinating colors.
An array of flowers. Brides want visual interest in their bouquet flowers and are choosing a blend of traditional, unique and local flowers to keep their costs down while designing their dream wedding bouquets. What’s out is the single flower carried by each of the bridesmaids – it’s too obvious an attempt at wedding budget savings and doesn’t make enough of a design impact.
Handle design. Brides are paying special attention to the décor on their bouquet handles, often requesting that their floral stems be wrapped with lengths of stunning satin or silk, tied with a ribbon bow, and pinned with pearl or crystal accents in a line down the handle. The days of the arched plastic carrying handle are over, and now the handle gets its time to shine. The fabric on the handle may be an intricately-wrapped combination of white and pastel pink satin, with a crystal brooch affixing the ribbon wrap. Or a crystal brooch affixed to the bottom circle of the bouquet stems for a unique effect. Some of our Northern New Jersey brides say they attach saint medallions, goddess medallions and family heirloom pins or medallions to their bouquet handles to provide an extra dash of luck and protection for their marriage.
Personalized to your wedding look. Wedding bouquets invite our brides to partner with their local floral designers to create a dramatic bouquet coordinating with their dress and complementary to their height and frame, also personalized with their choices of flower colors, foliage styles, and added bouquet accents for the perfect, dream bridal bouquet, as well as subtler bridesmaid bouquets and the new trend: small bouquets for moms, grandmothers and flowergirls to carry.
Your bouquet will look lovely coordinated with the romantic wedding venue’s gardens in bloom, as well as with your wedding décor details.
Michael Mahle, Director of Communications, Pleasantdale Chateau
Monday, August 8th, 2011 | Filed under: Wedding Décor, reception planning, wedding flowers | author: By admin,
One of the most important elements of beautiful wedding décor is the floral centerpiece set on each guest table, and here at our northern New Jersey wedding venue, we’re seeing gorgeous, innovative centerpieces inspired by the top wedding room décor trends shown in national and regional bridal magazines from North, Central and South Jersey, as well as the designs shown in real-wedding photo spreads of socialite New York City weddings. Here are the top trends to inspire you:
- Elevated floral centerpieces are back. While low-set floral bunches will always be popular for wedding table décor, today’s trends lift those large, lush, bountiful floral arrangements at least four feet off the tabletops, suspended on equally-gorgeous, decorated floral stands made of bronze, pewter, even wood in rustic-elegant wedding décor schemes.
- Elevated floral centerpieces contain multiple colors of flowers, most often a beautiful blend of brights and pastels.
- Classic, traditional floral pieces in ‘bridal white’ achieve great texture and dimension by using blends of cream and white shades.
- Elevated floral centerpieces reach down toward the tabletop in delicate drapings of floral strands, or a ‘willow tree’ effect of floral branches and suspended crystals on invisible wire.
- Crystals are being incorporated into floral centerpieces in greater number, in elegant style. They may be affixed by floral wire in stand-up, starburst effects, or individual crystals may even be pinned into the centers of roses. The crystals give a sparkling effect in the room when they reflect the flickering of candlelight and the glow of our soft lighting in the wedding reception room.
- New Jersey wedding couples now request the incorporation of locally-grown, in-season flowers to cut down on their carbon footprint, as a green wedding value in their day.
- New Jersey wedding couples are also using more leaves and greenery in their floral centerpieces, as well as in their general wedding room décor to coordinate with our garden wedding atmosphere. The use of greenery provides a lush, natural look and is also among the most effective budget wedding strategies.
- Centerpieces are arranged more often in clear glass vases, either rounds or squares, and also in tall rectangular shapes. Couples are also mixing up the sizes of their glass centerpiece vases to provide an eye-catching trio of low, medium and high-set centerpiece containers.
- Glass vases and bowls may also hold collections of colorful flower petals, with the bowls surrounded by color-matched votive candles in their own decorative glass votive holders.
Elements of nature play a new role in wedding centerpieces, just as they do in the designs of our own wedding gardens, so look into incorporating smooth river stones in neutral shades of gray, tan or brown, as well as mosses and tall, architectural branches to make your centerpieces stand out.
Have a great day!
Laura Madden, Senior Sales Manager, Pleasantdale Chateau
Monday, August 1st, 2011 | Filed under: Green weddings, wedding flowers, wedding planning, wedding receptions | author: By admin,
When brides design their bridesmaids’ bouquets, they follow the latest trends in coordinating these pretty wedding flower pieces with their own spotlight bride’s bouquets. Of course, the bride’s bouquet stands out above all with its size and the lushness of its florals, the sparkle of rhinestones or the shimmer of crystals accenting the bouquet. Most of our New Jersey brides want their own bouquets to shine, but they also want their bridesmaids’ bouquets to be lovely both in person and in their wedding photos and wedding video. They want their bridesmaids to love the flowers they’re carrying.
Another trend that carries into bridesmaid bouquet design is the use of those bouquets as wedding décor accents, perhaps surrounding the wedding cake, or placed as decorations by the guest book, tribute photos, on the family photo table and at other spots throughout the wedding venue. With a décor spotlight on bridesmaid bouquets, great care is taken to design these beautiful bouquets.
Here are the top bridesmaid bouquet design trends that we have seen here at the Pleasantdale Chateau and that local New Jersey special event planners and floral designers have reported as being the most often-requested wedding floral design ideas:
- The bridesmaids’ bouquets are a few inches smaller than the bride’s bouquet. Not dramatically smaller. Not half the size of the bride’s bouquet, but just a few inches smaller in diameter.
- The bridesmaids’ bouquet colors coordinate with the bride’s bouquet flower colors, with the bridesmaids’ flower colors featured in more pastel shades than the bride’s vibrant bouquet hues, or the bridesmaids’ vibrant bouquets being comprised of two bright colors – such as red and orange – while the bride simply carries an all-red bouquet.
- The maid of honor’s bouquet is most often designed to stand out from the bridesmaids’ flowers, often including a greater number of brightly-colored flowers.
- The bridesmaids’ bouquets consist of mostly the same types of flowers that the bride has included in her own bouquet, but the bride gets a greater number of exotic or larger flowers in her bouquet.
- Bridesmaids’ bouquets are made in the same style as the bride’s bouquet, with the vast majority of our New Jersey brides from Short Hills, Mendham, Morristown, Far Hills, Franklin Lanes, Basking Ridge and other local regions choosing hand-tied bouquets for their bridesmaids. This is a return to a true bouquet style for bridesmaids, a welcome change from the budget-saving trend of having bridesmaids carry a single rose or a single calla lily. Many brides feel that a single bloom doesn’t fit with a lavishly-planted, floral garden wedding venue or a wedding ballroom decorated with large, dramatic floral arrangements. So bridesmaids’ bouquets have returned to a chic, modern hand-tied style.
- Bridesmaids’ bouquets are designed to include a touch of sparkle from crystal or rhinestone pin accents within the blooms or affixed to the handle.
- Brides are using unique leaves and tiny flower filler in their bridesmaids’ bouquets to provide a visually interesting look and also keep their floral design costs lower, giving them more of their wedding flower budget to devote to their own bouquets, centerpieces and wedding cake flowers.
Michael Mahle, Director of Communications, Pleasantdale Château
Thursday, April 21st, 2011 | Filed under: Bright Ideas for your wedding, wedding flowers, wedding ideas, wedding planning | author: By admin,
A bride may dream most often and most vocally about her wedding gown, but it’s the design of her bridal bouquet that puts that perfect finishing touch on her wedding day look. The trends in wedding flowers change often, with bouquets growing larger then shrinking again into tightly-packed masterpieces filled with roses and stephanotis, and our New Jersey brides’ bouquets are now especially accessorized with sparkle and glamour and diamond pins.
We’ve collected the latest trends in bride’s bouquet designs, to help you create your ideal wedding flowers look, and complete your dream wedding day ensemble:
Bouquet Styles: Ninety-five percent of today’s wedding bouquets are hand-tied designs, in which the flowers are gathered together by hand in a symmetrical, round design, then the stems are wrapped first with securing floral tape, then wrapped again with wide, satin ribbon. This style provides for both formal and informal wedding looks as the most modern and stylish of today’s brides’ bouquet selections.
Bouquet Colors: Vibrant colors are in, with our New Jersey brides looking to the recent Pantone Color Report for wedding hues to adhere to the current hot shades of coral, turquoise, yellow, bright red, fuchsia, and purple. Bright, vibrant wedding bouquets may be monochromatic – such as an all-red bouquet — or they may be mixes of bright colors and a lighter shade of that same color. Still popular among many of our brides is the all-white bridal bouquet, perhaps with subtle touches of light pink or sage green flowers to add just a bit of dimension in the bouquet.
Here are some of the top bouquet color combinations expected as the hot shades of spring and summer this year:
Bouquet Flowers: The top bride’s bouquet flowers include the top overall wedding flowers in the New Jersey wedding realm, with roses continuing to be the most popular at elegant weddings. Our brides love exotic wedding flowers in their wedding décor as well as in their bouquets, so we’re seeing more orchids and gardenias in floral pieces carried by our brides. And for both formal and informal garden weddings, the bride’s bouquet includes lilies, peonies, tulips, hydrangeas, and stephanotis.
Bouquet Accents: As mentioned, our local New Jersey brides bring their sense of sophisticated style into their bridal bouquets as well as to their wedding gowns, accenting their bouquets – within the blooms and on the wrapped handle — with crystal pins, jewel pins, rhinestone picks, pearl pins, and even true diamond brooches or pins that may be gifts from the groom or their parents, or may be an heirloom jewelry pieces handed down to her by a beloved relative or her new in-laws. Our brides are also incorporating into their wedding floral décor and bridal bouquets tiny accent touches that convey their wedding theme: seashells or butterflies or feathers are seen most often lately here at our West Orange wedding venue. And many of our brides add a touch of good luck to their bouquets by pinning on saint medallions or inserting a lucky penny into them.
With so much design thought and value placed on the bridal bouquet, it’s rarely this floral piece that is presented to a special female relative, or thrown to the awaiting single ladies. Most of our brides have at the ready a separate, small bouquet or nosegay featuring bright, fresh flowers that is used for this wedding celebration ritual.
Michael Mahle, Director of Communications, Pleasantdale Château
One of the first considerations in wedding décor is the style and beauty of wedding centerpieces. Our wedding couples follow the latest trends in floral wedding design to fill their wedding rooms with elaborate, elegant centerpieces that look beautiful on each guest table and also create a sweeping vista of floral beauty.
Here are the top trends in today’s floral centerpiece designs:
Glass vases serve as the centerpiece’s base, in such shapes as squares or circular columns, as well as tall rectangular glass vases.
• The glass vase’s base is often filled with natural river stones for a look that reflects a couple’s wish for a green wedding, and the vase is then filled with water for an elegant flower to float on.
• The base of a glass vase may also feature a wrapping of wide, green banana leaves or other green leaves that provide a natural effect and also obscure the flower stems within the vase.
• Glass vases are also filled with submerged rose heads, with the roses often in bridal white, bright red or any other color combination you wish.
• Glass vases may be filled with colorful rose petals as an elegantly simple wedding décor look.
Tall floral centerpieces reach high above the table’s surface, with multiple types of florals, visual branches and other stand-up floral wedding décor. This higher arrangement of elaborate florals serves to allow guests the ability to see across the table, and also adds a dramatic décor effect in a high-ceilinged wedding ballroom.
• Bright, vibrant colors of flowers are used as a current wedding décor trend, with their hues coordinated with the colors of tablecloths, table runners and chargers on the tabletop.
• Popular color-combinations for today’s centerpieces include red and orange, yellow and orange, blue and purple, deep purple and lighter purple, coral and orange, and hot pink and red.
• When traditional bridal-white flowers are desired, visual interest is created by using several different types of white flowers, each with pretty textures and the contrast of several different hues in their greenery.
• Centerpiece flowers are also chosen for wedding décor accents for their importance to the wedding couple, allowing them to include the same type of flower that the groom may have given the bride when he proposed, or the bride’s birthmonth flower or other types of tributes for personalized wedding décor. So you may wish to use such flowers from your own love story.
Michael Mahle, Director of Communications, Pleasantdale Château