Wedding Flowers for Everyone

Beautiful flowers are an integral part of a bride’s vision for her wedding day. It’s true that finding the perfect mix of blooms is essential to pulling off the desired look. But what many people overlook is the importance of finding the right person – or team of people – to transform simple flowers into elegant bouquets and arrangements. Thankfully, we’ve found a company that does it all!

Clustered Bridal Bouquet with Cymbidium Orchids

Flowers for Everyone, Australia’s most popular online florist, offers a unique service for brides and grooms. Because of their renowned reputation and strong relationships with local flower growers throughout the country, Flowers for Everyone goes directly to the farm. Traditional flower shops tend to go through specialty markets to fill their orders, resulting in less than fresh flowers. Because we know that engaged couples prefer the best on their wedding day, Flowers for Everyone really made an impression on us here at The Plunge Project, and we just had to share!

Loose Bridal Bouquet with White & Peach David Austin Roses

While farm-fresh, gorgeous flowers are a major perk, Flowers for Everyone doesn’t stop there. Highly qualified florists and stylists will expertly arrange your wedding flowers to match your vision, and this goes way beyond the bridal bouquet! Your stylist can create custom corsages and buttonholes, centerpieces, aisle decorations, and more. The possibilities are virtually endless.

Ornamental Birdcage & Floral Wreath

We are enamored with Flowers for Everyone. If we haven’t convinced you, we know that you’ll fall in love with their unique services and products when you visit their website. With hand-picked blooms, custom creations, and worry-free ordering, Flowers for Everyone will take the stress out of flower shopping for your wedding day.

Wedding Favor Ideas

When a bride begins to put the personal touches on her wedding day, she often turns to magazines and the internet. The research process can be a blessing and a curse, because the abundance of ideas can be incredibly inspiring and downright overwhelming. Most brides-to-be have stressed at some point over what to send home with their beloved guests. I’m going to share some big Do’s and definite Don’ts to keep you on the right track when it comes to wedding favors.

Favors by brianna.lehman

Do: Fill a pretty box or bag with miniature cookies or another edible snack. The key here is to leave your guests with something that looks appealing and, most importantly, tastes great. The chances of traditional favors being used is slim to none, but (yummy) food items are always a big hit. I once went to a wedding where tiny boxes with mini cupcakes graced each place setting. That was the best cupcake I’ve ever had! People remember good experiences… and good food! Don’t: Skip the mass-produced, personalized cookies with a monogram or a picture of you with your groom (unless you are able to sample one first and you fall in love with the flavor). None of your guests will care if they’re cute if they taste like cardboard. Remember: Taste always wins!

Do: If you go personal, go with something your guests will actually use. If you’ve planned your reception to be a party atmosphere, personalized shot glasses may be appropriate. A beach themed wedding lends itself to parasols and flip-flops. Don’t: While it is important that your guests’ favors match your vision and theme, it’s also vital to consider if they will actually use them after your special day. Those shot glasses I mentioned above? They may not be the best choice if the majority of your guests tend to celebrate with sparkling cider. And while parasols make for pretty decor, what percentage of the people at your wedding will actually make use of them? Keeping these things in mind will ensure that your friends and family are happy with their gifts (and you’re not stuck with forty unneeded pairs of flip-flops).

Do: Going the DIY route is fun and cost-effective, and kits give your guests something to look forward to long after the party’s over. Assembling tea with personalized tags and honey sticks shows your loved ones that you put a lot of thought into their favors. Another sweet idea is filling a cone-shaped bag with hot chocolate mix and marshmallows. These do-it-yourself ideas say “personally chic,” not “cheap.” Don’t: DIY projects are often seasonal, so keep the time of year in mind when planning. Hot cocoa may sound delicious if you are assembling your favors in December, but if your wedding isn’t until June, your guests may not fully appreciate the sentiment.

Cupcake Favors by Jara

Extravagant gifts don’t need to be built into your wedding budget to make a good impression. You can make your guests feel extra-special with something thoughtfully simple.

Wedding Flowers on a Budget

Here at the Plunge Project, we know that planning and paying for your dream day can be overwhelming. Unless you’re pulling out all the stops and able to spend the big bucks on a celebrity-style ceremony, you're most-likely looking for ways to cut costs. Pulling off a beautiful wedding on a budget takes creativity and research, but once the inspiration hits you, look out! One thing we know for sure is, your flowers don’t have to cost a fortune! We’ve complied the very best tips for creating a bloom-filled wedding on a budget.

Bridal Bouquet by Han ChengTao

1) Avoid the Off-Season: You may have a date in mind, but if your heart is set on sunflowers, a winter wedding may be out. Choosing flowers that are in-season will cut your floral budget in a big way. Thankfully, there are gorgeous options just about any time of year. If a particular bloom is important to you, check with your florist to make sure your pick will fit into your budget.

2) Don’t be Shy: Speaking of your florist, be completely open and honest. Share your budget at your first appointment, and let him know if there is (or isn’t) any wiggle room. A good florist will appreciate and reciprocate your honesty and let you know if your dream flowers are a possibility. Bonus Tip: Don’t be afraid to schedule appointments with multiple florists, and ask around for recommendations. Word-of-mouth is a powerful tool in wedding planning!

3) Take the Lead: You will be the star of your special day, so be sure to focus on your bouquet first. Bridesmaid bouquets and accents flowers for your ceremony are important too, but once you walk down that aisle, all eyes will be on you. Depending on your tastes, you can accent with non-floral items, such as feathers, to bulk up bouquets and arrangements on a budget.

4) Double Your Money: One of the best wedding flower-savvy tips I stumbled across was to let your arrangements pull double-duty. After the ceremony, enlist a few friends to move your flowers from the ceremony space to the reception area. This money-saving tip could cut your floral budget in half.

5) Consider the Venue: Depending on your location, an outdoor venue may be ideal for the bride on a budget. A naturally beautiful backdrop means not having to go all-out with flowers and décor.

6) Don’t Skimp too Much: Keep in mind that your wedding day will be a whirlwind, but your photographs will allow you to relive the day for years to come. Your flowers will be a big part of your day… and your photos. It will be obvious if you go from budget-conscious to full-blown thrifty.

Backyard Ceremony Bouquet by Leah

Pluck one – or all- of these tips, and use them to create the day you’ve been dreaming of without the stress of going beyond your flower budget. You don’t have to spend like a superstar in order to put on a beautiful wedding.

Customized Wedding Invitations

Long before your wedding day, you begin to set the scene. Brides-to-be go dress shopping, couples pick a venue and theme, and friends and family begin to feel the excitement of your upcoming nuptials. Once the countdown begins, save-the-date announcements are mailed, followed by the oh, so important invitation! If you’re looking to create unique, memorable wedding invitations to set your special day apart, we’ve found the perfect website!

Basic Invite offers impeccable stationery options for your wedding unlike any other. What sets Basic Invite apart? Customers are offered almost unlimited color options with instant online previews. And once you select your desired design, you are able to change the color of individual elements on the cards with over 160 color options! This ensures that you are designing your invitations down to the tiniest detail.

Here at The Plunge Project, we know those little details are incredibly important when you are planning your perfect day. We fell in love with Basic Invite for several reasons... one of which being their custom samples. This is incredible! You can design and order a printed sample of your actual wedding invitation. That means you get to see exactly how your invite will look in print and feel the quality of their amazing stationery before you place a full order. And when you are ready to order invitations for all of your guests, the process will be stress-free, because you know exactly how your cards will look and feel when you receive them. This service is priceless!

As if uniquely designed invitations and custom samples aren’t enough, Basic Invite takes their unmatchable services a step further. Each of their wedding invitations are part of a matching set, so brides can keep the same design on the Save the Date, Wedding Invitation, RSVP, Direction Card, Reception Card, Accommodations, Registry, Menu, Program, and Thank You Card. Do you see why we fell for Basic Invite?

We know wedding planning can be stressful. That’s why we continue to bring you new, innovative ideas to simplify the process and allow you to create the wedding of your dreams. Basic Invite is a perfect example of this. We guarantee that the excitement of playing with colors and details on their website will inspire you to infuse everything you love into your wedding day. You get one chance to create your perfect wedding. Customize it!

The 411 on Accessories: How & What to Wear on Your Big Day

When it comes to completing your wedding ensemble, it’s important to remember your accessories. Your dress is definitely the statement piece when it comes to your outfit, but having just the right accessories can really set it off and make your dress that much more wowing, glamorous, beautiful, and couture. So, if you’re looking for some of the hottest trend-setting accessory pieces, than you’ve come to the right place!

Statement Chandelier Earrings by Natalia Photos

  • Earrings: There are so many different types of earrings out there, but depending on your dress, your earrings can really make a statement. But, make sure you choose the right earrings so your ensemble isn’t too glitzy. For example,

    • High-neck dress: If your dress has a gorgeous, high-neck collar, than you’ll want to steer clear from drooping, glamourous earrings. Instead, you’ll want to opt for smaller statement pieces, something like a gorgeous stud earring or a tiny loop.
      • Jazz It Up: If you really want to jazz up your earrings, you can mix up the colors. For example, if you have two of the same styled earrings but different colors, wear one of each color. That will give you a fashionable & creative, yet put-together look.
    • Sleeveless & Simple: If your dress is sleeveless, than you can really have fun with your earrings. Choose a really long, shoulder grazing earring with an eye-catching design to really pump up your attire.
      • Jazz It Up: For a little bit more of a statement, choose dramatic chandelier styled earrings, like a Phoebe Philo Celine inspired piece. Of course you don’t have to pay the name brand price, but you can find great, inexpensive pieces at your local shops or online.

Pearl & Diamond Necklace by Mercury Jane

  • Necklace: This is probably one of the easiest statement pieces you’ll find. Depending on your type of dress, you can really jazz it up with a haute necklace or give your dress a kiss of perfection with a smaller piece. Here are some ideas for you:
    • Dress Type: Depending on your dress, again, will depend on what type of necklace you should wear. If your dress is super bedazzled on the bust area, than you’ll want to avoid gaudy necklaces. Too much is simply too much. But, if you have a simpler dress, than feel free to go as big, fashionable, and eye catching as you want!
    • Stay in Style: Remember, your necklace is an accent piece, which means you’ll want to stay within the same style category. For example, if you’re theme is more of a country chic wedding, a gorgeous cross necklace is a great accent piece (which is what I did!). But if your wedding is a little more black tie, opt for diamonds or pearls (or a mixture of both!) I personally love this necklace from Charming Charlies; it’s both glamorous, classy, and perfect for a beach-themed wedding!
    • Tip: You can find GREAT pieces for inexpensive at stores like Charming Charlies. They are my personal favorite! No matter what color or style your wedding is, Charming Charlies has it all, and it’s all organized by color (which is probably why I like it so much… my mini OCD just loves the organization of that store).

Grace Kelly Pearl & Diamond Bracelet by Mercury Jane

Bracelets: Now here’s where you can be bold without being too afraid of overdoing it. Of course you can still overdo it if your bracelet outdoes your dress in jewels, but you can still have fun (in moderation) with your bracelets. Again, a few of my favorites are from Charming Charlies. You really can’t go wrong with bracelets! For example, this piece is perfect; it’s a statement without being to audacious. But if you want color, you can choose a bracelet that brings in your wedding’s color scheme. Simple, yet perfect.

So remember, when you’re pairing your accessories, remember not to overpower your dress. Keep it simple, stately, and classy!

A Little About Us

From before the aisle to after the plunge, the Plunge Project is a wedding and lifestyle blog for real women. The Plunge Project is a place for the detail-oriented woman to find ideas, inspiration and advice for everything that comes after that one little question, “will you marry me?”

From walking down the aisle, to building a home and entertaining, to keeping the spark alive (and one day even having babies…but we’re still getting there), the Plunge Project is written for the stylish, savvy, DIY loving, bargain hunting, detail-oriented, do-it-all woman who never lets a limited budget limit her style.

The Plunge Project’s mission is to provide wedding inspiration, stylish party ideas, unique DIY projects, tasty recipes and real world advice to the real woman.


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