Wedding Send Off

Showering rice upon the departing, newly married couple is a tradition that seems to have begun in Victorian times. Flowers were sometimes thrown, as well as shoes (satin slippers) in an older custom, but the throwing of rice — long held as a symbol of fertility — made its appearance about 1870. Confetti, little paper cutouts of horseshoes, hearts, and other motifs, also became popular to toss at the new couple. Both the rice and the confetti, however, presented some concerns. Though eaten by birds, rice wasn’t a healthful item for them, and confetti presented difficulties in cleanup. Birdseed became the accepted substitution for rice, while other traditions such as blowing bubbles became more popular. The most common, however, has become rose petals as they are a symbol for love and are affordable for any bride!

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Tree of Wishes

A Billy Heroman’s Designed Wish Tree

     A Wish Tree is used as an object of wishes and offerings. Wish Trees can be found in nature or can be created or arranged for a specific purpose. They have been used by many different cultures throughout time; however, recently they have become a very popular alternative to the guestbook for wedding receptions. The act of writing down wishes, hopes, or blessings creates a sense of unity among people. What better way to celebrate the unity of two lives coming together than sharing with them your hopes and blessings for their marriage! Not only is it sentimental, but the artistry of a Wish Tree is aesthetically pleasing. Yet another creative way in which a bride can show her unique personality on her special day!

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Orchid Care Instructions

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Orchids are beautiful flowering plants that bloom for fairly long periods of time. They come in a vast variety of shapes and sizes. And with a little love and care, they can last for years! Three common types of Orchids are Dendrobium, Phalaenopsis, and Cattleya.

Dendrobium Orchids are among the most common form of the plant and must be considered for 2nd, if not 1st, choice. They are very common and readily available in most areas. They are very easy to care for and are available in a wide variety of colors.

Phalaenopsis Orchids’ timeless elegance reflects the finest of taste when given as a gift. While no two are alike, it is truly a statement of opulence when displayed. They are stunningly beautiful and can be located in most areas. They do not release any fragrance and bloom for 3 to 6 months.

Cattleya Orchids are very exotic in nature and, therefore, are more difficult to locate. Some produce a pleasing hint of fragrance similar to that of a Hyacinth.

The Perfect Plant for Fall!

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Chrysanthemums are the perfect flower for fall because they love to show off their vibrant and plentiful blooms for weeks at a time during this season.

If you are planting mums during the fall season, be aware that these plants probably will not last the winter season as they have not had time to establish their roots. That being said, you can treat mums planted in the fall as annuals and just re-plant year to year. The location of the plant is the key. Mums must be planted in fertile soil with adequate drainage, as they do not like their “feet” wet. Make sure the area or container has plenty of space for the formed root ball. And be sure to choose a location that exposes the plant to AT LEAST 6 hours of sunlight per day. Water well and continue to water every other day and adjust accordingly.

If you are planting mums as perennials, it is best to plant during the spring season in order to have fully established roots for the upcoming seasons. Follow the same rules as annuals as far as location, soil, and watering are concerned. To make sure your mums last through the winter season, protect them with several inches of mulch. When spring comes, cut back stems and fertilize. If your plant blooms during the spring, pinch them back before the end of summer to encourage fall blooms.

Chrysanthemums are a great addition to any flowerbed and are fairly easy to care for.

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Flower Power

 

The Emotional Impact of Flowers

Do flowers improve your mood? It may seem that the answer is obvious– of course they do! Now it has been scientifically proven that flowers have a positive effect on your mood. Currently, the majority of people are trying to find more natural ways to improve their mental and physical health. Having this in mind, Psychologists at Rutgers University in New Jersey did a 10 month study on the behavioral and emotional responses of participants who received flowers. They found that not only does receiving flowers improve your mood immediately, but in the long term as well. In all age groups, the participants were not only excited and grateful, but also reported feeling less depressed and stressed.

Another important result of this study is that flowers create close connections between people, making them more likely to contact their family and friends. Not only do flowers make you feel good about yourself and your relationships, but they also make other people feel welcome in a space where they are present. Flowers in a room bring happiness to others and create an atmosphere for sharing. This proves that something as simple as flowers can improve your emotional well being, as well as for the people around you. As the saying goes, “Money can’t buy you happiness,” but as this study proves, the natural beauty found in nature can.

For more information about this study, follow the link below:

http://www.aboutflowers.com/health-benefits-a-research/emotional-impact-of-flowers-study.html

Why Are Bridesmaids Dressed Alike?

Tropical summer boquets From $60

In more superstitious times, the bride and groom were surrounded by friends of similar ages, dressed in similar attire, as a way of confusing evil demons. This way the demons could not find the real bride and groom and bring them bad luck. Today’s bridesmaids dress alike, as do the groomsmen, as it is a way of confusing any who would wish the couple ill luck. This could also be why it is a tradition for the bridesmaids to carry bouquets that are somewhat similar to the bride’s.

Here are some of our bride/bridesmaid bouquets from this past weekend!

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Happy Wedding Wednesday from Billy Heroman’s!