New Wedding Trends!

Weddings that Give Back

Our society has gotten increasingly charitable over the years. With many couples getting married at an older age or after they’ve been living together, registries have been harder to put together as they find that they don’t need as much. Instead of trying to find something they want but may not need, they ask their guests to donate to one of their favorite nonprofits. Many couples are even using charitable donations as a more meaningful and personal wedding favor.

 Multi-Use Wedding Decorations

Wooden and calligraphy decorated signs have become more popular since 2016. Many of those signs are being reused in different weddings or given away to charities. However, we believe that the decorations of 2017 weddings will be more focused on a multi-use purpose. While they’ll be displayed on the big day, the ultimate location will be displayed in their future home together.

 Trendy and Unique Flowers

No, we’re not saying that peonies are going away. We’re just suggesting that they will be paired with some unique and more untraditional flowers. King proteas are going to make a huge showing, as well as moss, berries, and jewel-colored florals.

 The Main Attraction

Backdrops at the reception and ceremony are going to be more decadent and aimed to act as a major focal point of the entire wedding. These focal points may come in the form of a floral or greenery backdrop, a building, ribbons, or even an art piece.

Keeping it Intimate and Surprising

Fewer couples are opting for a large extravagant wedding. We’re betting 2017 will be the year of destination and city hall weddings.

Wedding Trends for 2017

1. Say Yes to Greenery

Look, we love flowers just as much as the next girl. Peonies, hydrangeas, ranunculus, all to die for. However, there’s something to be said about an all green wedding. Not only is it more cost effective, but it adds a more earthy, simplistic, elegant feel to the ceremony and reception. Consider adding a garland down your aisles or table. Spice it up with some intermittent candles or even some flowers (see above – we couldn’t help ourselves).

2. All White Wedding Trends with a Pop

All white weddings started to become popular in 2016. However, 2017 is bound to take it one step further by adding in a signature color or pattern to liven up the mood. Be ready for more gorgeous and unique mix-matched all-white bridesmaids dresses. Keep an eye out for more lip color, colored florals, greenery (see number 1), marble patterns, and the like. 2017 brides are about to make the classic theme more specialized and individualized and we can’t wait to see what happens!

3. Splitting the Bill

For decades, the bride’s family footing the entire bill has been a tradition. We think the message of 2017 will be equality. No longer will that expense be solely on the bride’s family, the groom’s family will begin chipping into the budget as well!

4. Splashes of Watercolor

Watercolor has become more of a trend lately, outside of just weddings. It’s about time they get more incorporated into these special moments! We are expecting to see this wedding trend on wedding invitations, cakes, menus, and programs.

5. Metallic Vintage Glam

Vintage Glam and metallic touches were both big touches and wedding trends in 2016. In 2017 we see a slight shift happening. Instead of the typical silvers and golds, they’re being replaced by rose golds, champagnes, and bronzes that will be understated and glamorous additions to the weddings.

10 Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know About Flowers

Throughout history, flowers have been used for many things. People use flowers to symbolize complex emotions, like love, fidelity and remembrance. Flowers have been used for centuries for medicinal, aromatherapy and other healing purposes. These days, people commonly send cut bouquets and arrangements as a way to communicate things like “I’m sorry” and “Thank you.” At Teleflora, we love learning about flowers and their different uses – and the fun and interesting facts that make them truly amazing. Here are 10 interesting trivia facts you probably didn’t know about flowers:

1. The world’s smelliest flower

The world’s smelliest flower, a Sumatran native called titan arum, is said to emit a stink similar to that of a dead body. For that reason, it’s commonly known as the “corpse flower.” Corpse flowers are also said to be the world’s largest flower, sometimes standing 3 meters tall!

2. The price of tulips

Tulips have long been one of the biggest sellers in the world, especially in the Netherlands, where more than 3 billion tulips are produced each year. Never have they been more valuable than they were in the 17th century in Holland, though, when they were considered to be worth more than most precious metals, including gold. Some say one bulb could cost upward of $2,000! Another fun fact about tulips? They can replace onions in recipes.

Nowadays, tulips are a bit more reasonably priced. Send a loved one Teleflora’s Sunny Yellow Tulips bouquet to celebrate the upcoming spring!

3. Gladiolus’ symbolic name

In ancient Rome, a scientist was struck by the gladiolus’ resemblance to the swords gladiators used in battle. He named the bloom gladiolus after the Latin word for sword, “gladius.”

4. Hundreds of thousands of species

Scientists agree that hundreds of thousands of flowers exist – more than 270,000 at current count. Around 35,000 of those are various species of roses, which are some of the most culturally valuable and gifted flowers worldwide. The first person said to deliver roses was Samuel de Champlain, a French explorer who brought the symbolic flowers to North America in the 1600s.

Send a dear friend or significant other the Be Happy Bouquet With Roses to show your love.

5. The oldest flower

In 2002, scientists found a fossil believed to be the world’s oldest flower. Now called “the mother of all flowers,” the Archaefructus sinensis is thought to have bloomed more than 125 million years ago in China.

6. Gas plants

Gas plants are known for their delicate white and pink blooms, but the plants produce more than just flowers. On warm nights, they emit a colorless gas, which some believe can actually be ignited.

7. The resurrecting lotus

The ancient Egyptians were passionate about the lotus flower, which they considered sacred. They said the flower symbolized resurrection because it’s capable of lying dormant for years during droughts, then blooming once the land becomes damp enough again. Egyptians even used the resurrecting flower during burials.

8. Sunflowers bask

Sunflowers are known for their charm and brightness, and their name is actually very apt. Sunflowers love the sun, and their heads change direction to point toward the sun as it moves from east to west each day.

Teleflora’s Sunny Sunflowers arrangement is the perfect gift for making anyone’s day a little brighter.

9. Agave’s single blossom

The agave plant is often called “the century plant.” That’s because it can flourish for years on end without growing any flowers. Then, at the end of its life, an agave plant produces a single flower and dies.

10. Moon flowers’ odd blooms

Speaking of odd blooming patterns, moon flowers are another decidedly unique plant. While many flowers need at least a little sunshine to thrive, moon flowers bloom at night in the light of the moon.

Wedding Flowers’ Symbolic Meanings

There is a language of flowers―whether you or anyone at your wedding is fluent in this language is another question. One idea: Give each bridesmaid a bouquet featuring a signature flower whose meaning suits her personality. Attach a note to the bouquet explaining why you picked that bloom for her. Here are some of the hidden meanings.

Amaranthus: Constancy and fidelity

Amaryllis: Pride, pastoral beauty

Anemone: Abandonment, forsakenness, sincerity, fragility

Chrysanthemum: Happiness and long life

Chrysanthemum (White): Truth

Chrysanthemum (Yellow): Secret admirer

Chrysanthemum (Red): Love

Daffodil (a.k.a. Narcissus): Respect, good fortune, chivalry, unrequited love

Daisy: Innocence, loyal love, purity

Forget-Me-Not: Faithful love and memory, true love

Iris: Faith and wisdom, inspiration

Ivy: Fidelity, wedded love, affection

Lilac: First love

Lily: Purity and sweetness

Lily of the Valley: Renewed happiness and humility

Orchid: Love and beauty

Peony: Happiness and prosperity

Rose (Red): Love and desire

Rose (White): Purity and innocence

Sweet Pea: Departure

Tulip: True love

Violet: Modesty

Zinnia: Thoughts of friends, thoughts of absent friends

10 New Winter Wedding Ideas

If you’re considering getting married in the winter months, these wedding ideas for January nuptials might spark your imagination to create the perfect day.

Winter Weddings: Advantages

Although spring and early summer are more popular times for weddings, there are many advantages to a winter wedding, especially in January. Since that month is after the winter holidays, and before what is considered the rush of the bridal “season,” you may find the venue of your choice more available and have your pick of dates and times. You also have a wonderful variety of themes to choose from that work well with a wedding taking place in this month, no matter what climate you are in.

 January Wedding Themes

Many weddings today start with a theme to plan around. For January and winter weddings, theme ideas might include:

  • Blizzard or winter weather
  • Winter wonderland
  • Snowflakes/ and or Icicle theme
  • “Alaskan” or “Arctic” theme
  • A fun “summer” theme that might contrast with the cold or blustery weather
  • Whimsical penguins, polar bears, or other animals that live in cold climates
  • A New Year’s/New Beginnings theme
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Snow White
  • A “Golden” wedding – gold was first discovered in California in January in 1848
  • Formal wedding themes

Your invitations, cake, favors, and décor can all be coordinated with the theme you’ve chosen.

 January Wedding Colors

A January wedding works well with many colors. Any shade of blue, silver, and white are gorgeous choices for a winter wedding in this month. Although pastel shades are largely reserved for spring weddings, several pastel shades, such as ice blue or baby blue, lavender, or dusty rose are perfect “icy” options. Rich, deep, elegant colors such as the following also work well for a January or winter wedding:

  • Navy
  • Midnight Blue
  • Plum
  • Burgundy
  • Garnet
  • Emerald
  • Hunter Green
  • Gold
  • Deep Aqua/Turquoise