Elsa & Andrew

We’re so excited to have booked Elsa and Andrew’s bright and beautiful, elegant wedding for the summer of next year! It’s going to be simply lovely. Welcome to the Simple Bouquets family!!!

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Let’s Tango!

Do you feel it? Do you LOVE it? Does it zappp you right out of those winter blues?

Or are you left wondering what to DO with it.

Let’s take a look at a fabulous website we found that helps.

http://kuler.adobe.com

And here is what they are showing for color combos of Tangerine Tango.
http://kuler.adobe.com/#themes/search?term=tangerine%20tango

But the really REALLY fabulous thing about this site is how you can make your own color themes.

So what if you don’t see them here?
You can do what you want.
Be creative.
Be inspired.
Be YOU!

Simple Bouquets Tangerine Tango wedding day tip:

Try MAC ‘s eye shadow in “Paradisco”. We’ve never found a pretty girl this DIDN’T look amazing on!

look fabulous on practically everyone!

 

 

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Booking Your Preferred Wedding Vendors

Booking Your Preferred Vendors

 

As we near the end of our wedding season and are contemplating next year’s vision we are cognizant of the future brides and grooms to come. We have met and had relationships this past year with some of the most delightful couples! We are blessed. Before we launch this blog’s topic we just want to say thank you. Thank you for making Simple Bouquets a well known name. Thank you for putting your trust in us. And most of all thank you for sharing your most special day with us. We cherish all those great memories! Because of your support we have gotten too big to be operating as a private studio. So we have opened a brand new retail space in the historic mill building, at:

Riverfront Place
322 W. Main Street
Tilton, NH

We hope you will stop by and say hello!

A while ago as we began to book weddings pretty steadily into 2012 we overheard a conversation between the director of a venue and a potential couple concerning their wedding date, as we were setting up a wedding. Apparently the couple had inquired about their date at which time they were told it was available at that particular venue. Now months later as they decided to book that date it was no longer available. It was a real problem for this couple as much of their planning had been done with the venue in mind.

We would like to urge you all, as you contemplate your chosen wedding vendors. If you have your heart set on a particular vendor, whether it be Simple Bouquets or any other vendor, please book your date with them as soon as you know. Otherwise your date may be taken by someone else before you get there. We have had this happen in our own business as well. Please remember that we have a very limited wedding season here in New Hampshire. That means the preferred dates fill up very quickly.  And if you prefer your wedding date chances are so do many other couples. There are only so many really good wedding vendors around. But there are also some pretty spectacular artists in their craft here, I can tell you from experience.

And please…if you choose Simple Bouquets and we are already booked, for your date,  I will happily refer you to some of the finest of my sister florists in New Hampshire. So please don’t be afraid to ask me for a recommendation. I will be happy to send you on to someone else who does beautiful work should we be already booked.

Book your date as soon as you can. Simple Bouquets has 12 weekends already booked for next season. We want to serve your wedding, too. But you have to make your appointment for your consultation now, to get your booking in before the holiday engagement rush.

Happy planning until next time!

 

Robin
Simple Bouquets
Senior Designer

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Crafting Your Own Event

As couples come to us for guidance we see a common thread we’re people feel a little stuck in their wedding planning. Crafting a theme or a feel for their event. Maybe you don’t already know that you want your even to be based around a bird or butterfly theme. Maybe you need some help in finding some continunity in your wedding so  that everything come together and it all fits.

Here are a few ways to get a good start.

1) Find a color you absolutely love. Now everything doesn’t have to be in that color (nor should it). But perhaps you should have shades of that color and a contrasting color to make that one pop! For instance you love deep rich purple. You can use that color and accent it with a contrasting color to show off the richness of the purple like tropical coral or lime green or even lemon yellow. Can you picture it?

2) Clip a scene. Find a photo in a magazine. It need not be (and shouldn’t, actually) anything wedding related. It could be a frosty winter sleigh ride scene or a cozy den with red and orange silk pillow and low tables on the floor. Anything that makes you think…Oooooh!!! I want to BE there! This might become your inspiration. Don’t think your vendors cannot work with what you’ve chosen because your professionals are creative and inspired to create new and challenging events. We love this!

3) Chose some adjectives. This is the fun part. Sit down with your fiancé and a thesaurus and make a list of at least twenty descriptive words that would describe your event. Tell what it would look like and feel like to your guests. When they leave your guests will say John and Mary’s wedding was so…….(fill in the blank). And don’t  just stop at “fun”. Everyone wants their event to be fun. That’s a given. But some other words might be….elegant…trendy…romantic….eclectic….classic….hospitable…..whimsical…casual….contemporary. You get the picture. Then build on those words. Once you have the words now everything you buy and order can be looked at with the most discerning eye. IS this really in the “trendy” style? Or does this have more of an “elegant” feel? If it doesn’t fit your style keep looking. Something else will!

photo by Rodeo & Co

4) Remember, it’s all in the details. Sometimes people will hire a professional and eliminate the need for half of the important things. Occassionally we find a couple that orders tons of flowers for the ceremony (bouquets, urn flowers, trellis, chairs, potted plants) and hardly any for the reception. We try to help them see the big picture from their guests viewpoint. They’ll come into the venue and see a sea of white tablecloths with white dinnerware and a white candle in the center of the table. What was warm and beautiful has turned clinical and stiff.  Where did all the color, beauty and warmth  go? What used to be a tropical wonderland 15 minutes ago has turned into a bland, boring scene. Awkward conversation begins over a stark table and this is how we want our reception? I don’t think that’s what we want. In your mind’s eye look around the room. Where do you see the details need to be? Guest tables, place card table, foyer/entrance, guestbook table, and very important but most often forgotten, the bar. There are two things people are looking

 

towards when they are seated…the bar and the food. You need to make sure those stations are attractive and welcoming.

5) A theme. Do you love birds, butterflies, boats, frogs, princesses, nests, birch, sea shells, zen gardens, red lanterns, forests, books, etc.? You can craft your wedding around a single theme. You can bring it into the flowers, the favors, the vows, the décor, the linens….all over. Just remember, sometimes less it more. You don’t want to do the same thing everywhere. Maybe if you love nests, for instance, two love birds as toppers would be suitable on your wedding cake. And maybe robin’s egg blue would be a great color for your table cloths. THEN you can use your bird’s nest favors. It all fits together. If you used nest tablecloths, nest topper and nest favors….well that’s too much.  Can you envision it?

photo by Boro Creative Imagery

I hope this blog has helped you begin thinking about your own wedding style and how to bring it all together. After all, not everyone needs or wants a wedding planner. You can do this! Trust your professionals to guide you and do your research before you buy. Make your lists and make sure you go nowhere without your trusty planning book.

Thanks for reading!

~robin

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Simple Bouquets Wins Bride’s Choice Award 2011

Weddings, Wedding Venues
2011 Bride's Choice Awards | Best Wedding Photographers, Wedding Dresses, Wedding Cakes, Wedding Florists, Wedding Planners & More

Tilton, NH – February 3, 2011 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, is thrilled to announce Simple Bouquets has been selected to receive the prestigious annual WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 for Flowers & Decor!

Recognition for the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 is determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 750,000 WeddingWire newlyweds. Our past clients are among those that shared their experiences on WeddingWire, the largest wedding review site in the nation.

Simple Bouquets  stands among the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire community, representing quality and service excellence within the wedding industry. Awards were given to the top wedding professionals across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers (and of course florists), and were based on the overall professional achievements throughout the past year.

“WeddingWire is honored to celebrate the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire community,” said Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer. “With the annual Bride’s Choice Awards™ program, WeddingWire has the unique opportunity to recognize the best wedding professionals across the US and Canada. We applaud Simple Bouquets for their professionalism and dedication to enhancing the wedding planning experience last year.”

A Simple Bouquets Bride

We are happy to announce that Simple Bouquets is among the very best flowers and decor within the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding planning sites WeddingWire, Martha Stewart Weddings, Project Wedding and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for nominating us to receive the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011. For more information, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today at the Simple Bouquets vendor page.

For more information on the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011, please visit www.WeddingWire.com.

 

About WeddingWire, Inc.

WeddingWire.com, the nation’s leading technology company serving the $70 billion wedding industry, is the only online wedding planning resource designed to empower both engaged couples and wedding professionals. For engaged couples, WeddingWire offers the ability to search, compare and book over 200,000 local wedding vendors, from wedding venues to wedding photographers to wedding cakes. WeddingWire also offers an online community and a suite of cutting-edge planning tools for weddings, including wedding websites and wedding checklists, all at no charge. For wedding professionals, WeddingWire provides free online management tools creating the only market opportunity that gives local businesses control over their clients, reviews, leads and performance. Businesses that join the WeddingWire Network appear on WeddingWire.com and other leading sites, including MarthaStewartWeddings.com (NYSE: MSO), ProjectWedding.com and Weddingbee.com (both part of eHarmony), and Celebrations.com (part of the 1-800-Flowers family of brands, NASDAQ: FLWS).

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