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January 21, 2013

We Love Hearing From You!

 

From: Ted
Sent: Thursday, December 27, 2012 11:01 PM
To: julie@thefloralfixx.com
Subject: Customer Satisfaction!

Hi There...

 

I’d like to take a moment to say “Thank You” for a job well done!

 

I had ordered a centrepiece for my mother last week (Saturday Dec. 22) and received rave reviews from her.  Although the selection that I had chosen off your wonderful website was sold out,  the wonderful lady that took my phone call was most helpful in guiding me to another selection although it was not pictured.  You had my trust.

 

Well, after exchanging seasonal pleasantries, my mother goes into hysterics explaining how wonderful the centerpiece looked, how and which flowers were used, mixed in with the greens and, and, and!!!  Then she broke into a story of how pleasant the delivery driver was, taking in all the stresses of the day and still able to give a dear lady a smile.  I’m not surprized, but I am extremely grateful with the effort and pride that you and your company put into customer satisfaction, and that’s why I continue to be a long distance customer.

 

Thank You & Seasons Greetings!

 

Ted Pilozow

Dawson Creek, BC

 

 

December 5, 2012

Centerpieces

 

''Tis the season, the season for centerpieces that is! The Floral Fixx has a wide variety of product that can help you finish off your holiday tables. We can create something completely unique in holiday greens, or even stick with a traditional theme. We also offer a variety of sizes of poinsettias. Make your order online, or over the phone today!

      

 

 

 

 

November 7, 2012

In Remembrance

 

Remembrance Day is a memorial day for the members of the armed forces who have died, are currently serving, or have served in the line of duty. Who are you remembering? The Floral Fixx can create a beautiful remembrance piece for you and the service you choose.

 

 

 

 

October 26, 2012

Halloween Decor

It's that time of the year again. The kids are getting excited to strap on their latest costume, and freeze while they trick-or-treat for all the wonderful goodies.

Decorating for Halloween can get a little monotonous. Lots of people recycle their decorations, and stick with the limbs, blood, and gore look! There are tons of floral arrangements that can stick with the Halloween theme, and look great in your window! Here are just SOME of the ideas that we have floating around the store:

 

       

 

       

 

 

October 20, 2012

Winnipeg Art Gallery - 100 Years!

For the second year in a row, we have been asked to design for the Winnipeg Art Gallery's anniversary celebration. Last year the theme of our arrangements was the 4 seasons. We are so excited to be apart of this event again, and we cannot wait to see how the finished product looks with the all of the other artists work!

Here is a sneak peek from some of our arrangements:

     

 

Happy 100th Anniversary Winnipeg Art Gallery!

 

 

 

October 17, 2012

 

Our wonderful friends at Madeline's Weddings & Events are having an open house, and we are excited to be apart of it! All of the detail's are listed below. You REALLY do not want to miss out!

 

 

 

October 10, 2012

The Floral Fixx is looking for an experienced Floral Designer.  Here is your chance to be a part of one of the leading teams here in Winnipeg! This is a full time position, to start as soon as possible. This position consists of 2 parts.

1. Wedding Consultant – consisting of meeting with brides to discuss, confirm, and design their floral décor, bouquets, arrangements, etc. This position also involves on location wedding setups, as well as overseeing wedding coordination.

2. In Store Designer – designing everyday arrangements, filling the cooler, phone orders, and customer service.

The ideal applicant would have:

  • Strong customer service skills
  • Floral designing experience
  • Creative mind
  • Attention to detail

 

This position will include benefits & wage is to be decided based on experience.

Email us your resume today.  juliesflowers@mts.net

 

 

October 4, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

With Thanksgiving only days away, order your arrangement today!

We have multiple different options for you to jazz up your family's dinner table.

Stop by the shop and pick out your flowers yourself, give us a call, or order online. What a thoughtful way to show your loved ones how thankful you are this holiday season!

 

 

 

September 26, 2012

Sympathy Arrangements

 

Dealing with the loss of a loved one is generally a stressful time. In the midst of all the last minute planning, emotions and generally hectic moments, you want to find something beautiful for the service. But you don't want just any arrangement. You want something that will stand out, show your feelings, brighten up the room, have personality. Recently we had a customer order an arrangement for a loved one who was an avid curler. We took her thoughts and details, and turned it into something different, personalized, and perfect.

Please think of us during your difficult time, and we will do our best to transform your thoughts and feelings into something beautiful for you and your loved ones.

 

 

September 14, 2012

Theme Weddings - Over the Top?

Every now and then, I hear about a theme wedding that a friend has attended, or see on featured in a magazine. Some of the more common themes that I have heard about are “winter wonderland” which more correlates with the time of the year / season than anything else. What I want to talk about this week are the REAL theme weddings! You know the ones I am talking about... the ones that are less commonly heard about... out of the ordinary. Have you attended a wedding where the Bride and Groom had guests attend in costume? One of my friends recently attended a wedding in which the women were all to wear a birdcage veil, and the men bow ties to go along with the 1950’s theme of the wedding. Does this seem unusual? Is this just the right amount of different? Is it fair to ask your guests to fork out more cash, just so they can fit the theme of your wedding -- not many women have veils like that floating around their closet!

Here are a few theme weddings that I have come across…

Carnival Theme:

This could definitely be a fun wedding to attend! A little less on the traditional side obviously, but I have heard of this theme being done before.

 

Disney Theme:

This is a cute idea, especially for couples who have children.

 

Hockey Theme:

Now this is a little more common, especially here in Canada. We have even done a wedding that was hockey theme, with the table centers focusing on a specific team.

 

Star Wars Theme:

This really does not surprise me. Star Wars fans are always hard-core!

 

RCAF Theme:

Go Canada! There's nothing wrong with a little Military pride.

 

Tim Burton Theme:

Tim Burton has some of the most wonderfully odd movies, and I can’t help but love this idea!

 

Zombie Theme:

This is definitely not something I have ever even heard of. Very unique! This wedding in specific made headlines, and had all their guests dress as Zombies for the big day as well!

 

Seeing these examples begs the question: Is there a fine line between over the top and just the right amount of different?  Is it possible to have a traditional wedding and still have a unique theme like some of the above?

I think there is always a way to have your personality shine through on the big day without going with a specific theme. However, some of these weddings are some of the most wonderfully nontraditional ideas I have ever seen, and planning out the Florals to match would be such a cool experience!

 We’d love to hear about the theme weddings you have attended and what you thought!

 

 

 

September 7, 2012

Welcome Autumn into your Home.

I think that it is safe to say that fall is just around the corner. With the leaves changing colors and the warm sunshine sticking around less and less, I can’t help but want to keep some of the cozy autumn colors in my own home. Brown, red, orange and yellows are the most popular combinations of fall colors.

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We often get asked about unique ways to jazz up your coffee table and we’ve noticed an increased popularity in the use of acorns, pine cones, pumpkins and leaves. We would suggest something as simple as a unique vase / pot. There are some great ceramic pumpkins that we just got in the shop, that would be a perfect example of this.

Here are a few pictures just to give you some inspiration:

       

       

 

Stop by The Floral Fixx today, and get your beautiful fall arrangement!

 

 

 

 

August 24, 2012

Canadian Rocker's Find Unexpected

Love - What We Would Choose for Their

Floral Decor!

 

By now, I’m sure you’ve all heard the shocking news. We would like to thank People Magazine for keeping us in the loop!

 Nickelback front man Chad Kroeger (37) proposed to his girlfriend of six months, Avril Lavigne (27) on August 8, 2012. Surprised? Us too! The couple did a very good job in regards to keeping their relationship private.  They started dating back in February when the pair was collaborating in the studio for Avril’s upcoming album. Chad surprised Avril with a 14 carat pear shaped diamond. Nicely done Mr. Nickelback!

Now comes the exciting part for Avril, planning her second wedding! When Avril wed Sum 41 lead singer Deryck Whibley in 2006, she chose a pink and white color scheme. Her bouquet consisted of white roses, and her bridesmaid bouquets were pink roses. It has been said that her centerpieces were “distinctly coloured”. Lavigne has admitted that she initially wanted to have a “rock n’ roll / Goth” wedding but ended up going traditional.

So what will she do this time around? I asked our staff “If you could include 1 thing in Avril’s bouquet what would it be?”. Here are some of their responses:

"Darkest purple & eggplant Calla Lilies"

"Leather wrap for her bouquet"

"Black Magic or deep red Bacarra Roses"

"Black feathers & black wire"

"Red & black crystal accents"

 

 

We can’t wait to see how close we are to what she chooses!

There were 2 other big celebrity weddings that happened this summer. Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman were married on June 2 at Drew’s Montecito, California home. Drew and Will were married under a chuppah by a rabbi in her backyard.

Drew's florals were described as very classic, simple and garden inspired. Her bouquet was all peonies in different shades of pink. Peonies are a very popular choice especially for June brides, and often garden roses are used in bouquets to get a similar look when peonies are not in season.

 

With the big announcements happening this year for engagements / weddings, you better believe there are more to come. We already know of a few big celeb weddings coming soon to a magazine stand near you!

One of the most anticipated weddings is that of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Probably the most surprising announcement with this couple is that they are purchasing commissioned engraved pendants for their children worth $500,000 each. In case you don’t remember… they have six children!

Angelina and Brad were engaged in April of this year and are expected to be married at their French Chateau sometime later in the year. Both Angelina and Brad have had previous marriages. Angelina was married to Jonny Lee Miller (1996) and Billy Bob Thornton (2000), while Brad was married to Jennifer Anniston in 2000. Brad and Angelina met while they were filming Mr. & Mrs. Smith.

The couple has been together for 7 years and have 6 children: Maddox (10), Pax (8), Zahara (7), Shiloh (5), and twins Knox and Vivienne (3).

When talking about Brad and Angelina’s wedding, you cannot help but think of Jennifer Anniston. She too is headed down the aisle! Justin Theroux proposed to Jennifer on his birthday at a restaurant in New York. He sure did it right, with a $150,000 six carat diamond and platinum engagement ring! The couple had been friends for quite a while, but began dating after filing Wanderlust together. It is rumored that they will wed on a relaxed beach in Cabo, Mexico. Jennifer and Justin spent their first holiday together there.

Other celebrities expected to wed in the next year are Britney Spears and her manager Justin Trawick, tennis star Maria Sharapova and Sasha Vujacic (November), and Natalie Portman and choreographer Benjamin Millepied.


 

 

August 17, 2012

A Look at Wedding Traditions!

 

Wedding traditions have been around for centuries, and sometimes they are altered or even removed completely as the years go by. It seems as though wedding traditions are slowly dying out, and are being replaced by unique elements that the couple have come up with themselves (or altered to their personalities).  Social norms are generally what changes old customs and traditions. For example, in the early 1990’s, the bride’s shoes were often tied to the bumper of the couples getaway car. The bride’s shoes symbolized the possession or ownership of the bride by her father. The father would take her shoes before the wedding and give them to the groom which solidified the ‘transfer of ownership’. Quite obviously, this tradition is not at all common as gender equality later became a large issue (1960’s+).

In the early to mid1800's, wedding gowns were full with a puffed sleeve and a waist line that would accentuate the bride’s hourglass figure. White was not the only color worn by the bride, and she used a short veil-sometimes no veil at all. Most 1850 weddings were church ceremonies. The wedding was always followed by a large family feast and honeymoons away from the home were very uncommon.

During the 1870’s brides were shown tossing their bouquet and choosing to wear all white wedding jewelry. Diamonds and pearls in combination were coveted in engagement rings. This is the first decade believed to have brides throwing their bouquet. Once the bride changed into her ‘honeymoon clothes’ the guests rarely saw them again.

Only in the 1880’s did it become important to document the wedding day with photos.

In the 1920’s eloping was introduced, with a justice of the peace instead of a minister.

In the 1950’s, weddings became more like what we generally see today with gifts being displayed, music to dance to, and a formal reception.

One of the most popular, and quite possibly still most common traditions, is the “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue… And a Silver Sixpence in her Shoe”. This tradition originated in the Victorian era.

“Something Old” is known to symbolize the link of the bride to her family. Often a family heirloom is given to the bride for her to wear or carry on her wedding day. This can be anything from a piece of jewelry to her mother’s wedding dress.

The “Something New” item is what symbolizes good fortune and success for the bride with her new life. The new item is often her wedding gown, shoes, or jewelry. The jewelry can then pass down to her children and reused as a “Something Old”.

“Something Borrowed” – this item symbolizes love and support from family and friends of the bride.

“Something Blue” is the object that symbolizes faithfulness and loyalty. Usually the bride will wear a blue garter or ribbon. Some brides have even chosen to add blue to their flowers.

“A Silver Sixpence in her Shoe” is known as a wealth blessing.

Tossing of the Bouquet & Garter:

Traditionally, brides carried aromatic bunches of garlic, fruit, blossoms, herbs, and grains. They believed that these would drive away the evil spirits. As the years passed, the herbs and grains were replaced by flowers because of the symbolization of fertility and everlasting love that they were believed to have.

Around the same time, a less popular tradition began that brides quickly wanted to abolish! The guests of the wedding would attempt to grab a piece of the bride’s gown because it symbolized good fortune. This would often leave the bride’s gown in torn pieces before the bride even left for the night! Brides were quick to come up with the alternative of the bouquet and garter toss for this specific reason. The tossing of the bouquet originates in England many centuries ago, and it is said whoever catches the bouquet will be the next to marry. Traditionally, both were done after the cutting of the cake.

Some believe that the garter represents the “virginal girdle”. It is said that when the groom removed the bride’s garter, he was demonstrating that the bride was relinquishing her status of “virgin”. During this time (medieval) it was tradition for the wedding guests to escort the newlyweds to their chamber after the ceremony. Apparently, it was during this time that guests often became quite rowdy and some even attempted to disrobe the bride. The groom would then toss the garter as a distraction. It was then up to the best man to take the garter and tear it into small pieces. He would then distribute it to the wedding guests as the garter was thought to “guarantee his loved one’s faithfulness”.

Both of these traditions have either been altered or completely removed from today’s weddings. Regardless, you need to decide what you feel is and isn’t appropriate for your wedding day. Each couple has the opportunity to showcase their personalities through their wedding day, and therefore should not feel bad about breaking any customs. If you do decide to stick to tradition, the best time to do the tosses are right after the cutting of the cake. This allows you to entertain your guests while the remainder of the cake is being cut.

I have compiled a list of variations for both the bouquet and garter toss, should you feel that you want to step outside of tradition!

  1. There is a Norwegian tradition which starts with the bride being blindfolded. The unmarried women then circle around her and music begins to play. The bride begins turning in one direction slowly, while the women walk arm in arm (in a circle) in the opposite direction. When the music ends, everyone stops and the bride gives the bouquet to the woman who is directly in front of her.  
  2. The bride can pick an individual to give her bouquet to. For example, a newly engaged friend, her mother, her sister, sister-in-law, grandmother etc. This allows for the bride to show appreciation to someone special to her. The bride can also dedicate the bouquet in honor of someone loved who has passed on.
  3. This variation has become quite popular. The bride and groom bring all of the married couples onto the dance floor. All couples begin to dance, and the DJ announces years in increments of 5 (for years they have been married). The couple that is married the longest, and therefore left standing, then receives the bouquet (and garter if you choose). This has also been done with a gift instead of bouquet and garter (table centre, bottle of wine, etc.).
  4. Throw away a mini version of your bouquet so you can keep your original. Some brides freeze dry their bouquets and display them in a nice shadow box along with other mementoes from the big day. A new design that has recently become quite popular is a breakaway version of your bouquet. The bouquet is specially made to break into 3 – 5 separate bouquets surprising the guests and pleasing more than just one single lady!
  5. If you are worried about singling out the unmarried ladies, you always have the option to toss the bouquet to all of the women attending instead of just the unmarried ladies. This allows you to still have a touch of tradition without making anyone feel uncomfortable.
  6. Some couples decide to remove the garter in private, as they feel the removal in public is distasteful. This way you can still do the garter toss without the awkward moment. 
  7. Some couples decide to skip the garter toss all together, and the garter is given to the groom as a keepsake.
  8. You can also throw the bouquet to the bridesmaids, and the groom can throw the garter to the groomsmen.

 

Wedding Cake:

In the early 1900’s wedding cakes were made to have white cake and white frosting. The cakes (by rule) were one larger layer that would be decorated with real flowers. There was also a groom’s cake that was a part of the wedding supper. His cake was generally dark and fruity, and it was meant to last for a longer period of time. The cake was meant to be cut and wrapped into pieces so that the single girls could take it home and put it under their pillow!

Wedding Rings:

The wedding band (generally a wide gold band) became popular in Shakespearean times. Sentimental inscriptions were often added to the inside of the band for a personal touch. The ring is worn on the forth finger of the left hand because it is thought to touch the artery that flows directly to the heart. Christian ceremonies began using rings around 870. They believed back then that the bigger and heavier the band, the bigger and better the standing of the married couple.

 

 

August 3, 2012

Olympic Tradition.

 

I don’t know about you, but I have got Olympic fever! It seems to be the only television that consumes my home. I hope you all are enjoying it as much as we are. In the spirit of the games, I thought I would touch on the beautiful bouquets the medalists receive along with their medals when they step on the podium.

A bouquet for each medalist goes all the way back to ancient Greek where the winners of competitions were given wreaths that were made of olive leaves. Ancient Greek and Roman women carried bouquets of garlic, herbs, and spices to ward off evil spirits and eventually, flowers replaced the herbs and were used to convey special messages from sender to recipient. From this, the medalists eventually began receiving a full floral bouquet to carry on the same tradition.

The IOC has some pretty specific rules in regards to what can and cannot be incorporated into the bouquets. Firstly, the bouquets must be 20-30 centimeters in length and 25 centimeters in diameter. Flowers must also have little fragrance, as people do have allergies and the flowers must not be sharp or able to poke. Medalists will often throw their bouquets into the crowd, and it is important that injuries and allergic reactions be avoided. Bouquets must be able to last a day without water, as they are made and inspected the day before they are handed out to athletes. It is preferred that the flowers are organically grown, that minimal and biodegradable-recyclable packing material be used, and that the delivery vehicles be fuel efficient / low-emission vehicles with short transportation distances. Finally, the designers must use plants that represent the region and reflect the color palette of the games.

This year 4,400 bouquets were to be made by London florist Jane Packer. She designed the bouquet to consist of four different types of roses sectioned into quadrants to mirror the 2012 Olympic Logo. The roses she chose are Illios (yellow), Marie Claire (orange), Wimbledon (green; and a very fitting name), and finally Aqua (pink). She separated the quadrants with English lavender, rosemary, apple mint and wheat!

                 

I should mention that the cut flower trade in Britain is nearly extinct. Since the bouquets had to be British-grown, Jane Packer had quite the planning to do! She became a partner with Landgard UK, who supplied the greenhouses! Thankfully, she had a few years to plan and plant the correct flowers accordingly. All of the flowers were grown in only 3 greenhouses, and the bouquets were put together by local college students. As soon as the London 2012 Olympic Games have finished, all of the rose plants will be for sale to the public.

Go Canada Go!

 

July 27, 2012

The Psychology of Color.

 

Do colors really affect your mood? There have been many studies done to answer this question. Believe it or not, color really does affect people’s moods! Choosing a color that studies have shown to boost someone’s cheerfulness may be just the cure you’re looking for.

Warm and cool colors have different effects on people. Warm colors, such as red, yellow and orange, are known to bring out a wide variety of emotions. Emotions range from comfort to hostility, so we need to be aware of these emotions when thinking about our choice in color for different situations. Cool colors mostly spark feelings of calmness but are known to also produce a saddening emotion as well. This is where things get tricky! While one color can bring about two different emotions, the trick is in quantity. For example, it is often suggested that bright, warm colors be sent to a hospital patient. BUT if a patient is just out of surgery their sensitivity to color is often quite heightened and oranges, yellows, and reds can over stimulate the patient. This will produce the opposite effect of what the sender is looking for and where we would suggest small accent colors. This way the recipient is not over stimulated, and the cheerful emotion is still achieved!

I have compiled a list to help you understand what mood each color produces, as well as what the color is associated with:

 

White:

Generally, white is a color that is often matched with brides as the color represents innocence and purity. People who are fond of white reveal a trait of simplicity and a desire for an unpretentious lifestyle. White usually produces neutral feelings.

White is associated with cleanliness, sense of space, neutrality, mourning, frankness, and chastity.

Red:

Red is considered to be a very emotionally intense color. Red is known to stimulate faster breathing and increase your heartbeat. In stressful situations, too much red can tire the recipient and bring out feelings of anger or frustration.

Red is associated with Christmas and Valentine’s day, as well as warmth, comfort, energy, excitement, intensity, heat, sexuality, and courage.

 

Pink:

Pink is most known as a tranquilizing color. Sports teams will sometimes paint the opposing team’s locker room a bright pink so their opponents will lose energy. It is also known to reduce erratic behavior and used in prison cells. Researchers have found that this effect occurs only during the initial exposure to the color. A brighter pink will have a similar effect on emotions as the color red.

Pink is associated with femininity, peace, Breast Cancer Foundations, love, happiness and passivity.

 

Blue:

Blue is one of the most popular colors and has the opposing affect of red. The body will produce a calming feeling (in turn, lowering blood pressure) and is often used for bedrooms for this reason. It can also be cold and depressing if over used. It is believed that people are more productive in blue rooms. It is known to give feelings of peace, tranquility and contentment as well as suppress appetite.  

Blue is associated with calmness, cold, loyalty, truth, focus, and honesty.

 

Green:

Green is commonly known for symbolizing nature. It is a calming and refreshing color, and often helps to alleviate stress. Because the eye focuses the color green directly on the retina, it is known to be less straining on the eye muscles. People who prefer green are said to be educated, reputable and civilized and generally make good teachers.

Green is associated with nature, cool, growth, money, health, envy, calmness, fertility, hope, and regeneration.

 

Yellow:

Yellow is an attention getter. People are known to lose their temper more often in a yellow room. Yellow can be overpowering as it is a difficult color for the eye to take in and it may irritate a person’s eyes. It is also known to speed metabolism and increase appetite, which is why yellow and orange are often used in restaurants. Idealists and intellectuals often favor the color yellow, as well as logical and organized individuals. Small amounts of yellow, work great for waking up or promoting a better mood.

Yellow is associated with happiness, laughter, optimism, hunger, attention-getting, and sunshine.

 

Purple:

Purple symbolizes luxury, wealth, and sophistication. As we know, purple is a mix of blue and red and therefore has a nice balance of stimulation and serenity. Purple is supposed to encourage creativity and lighter purples are said to relieve tension. People who are partial to the color purple have a multi-dimensional personality. Purple is known to inspire deep thoughts and spirituality.

Purple is associated with Easter, royalty, wealth, wisdom, exotic, respect, mystery, and magic.

 

 

July 20, 2012

What does it all mean?

When choosing flowers some like to pick a bouquet / arrangement based on colors, familiarity, personal connection, or flowers that are the recipients favorite. I thought this week I would give you a couple of other options to consider!

Way back when, flowers were chosen for their meaning. In today's society, flowers are more chosen based on colors, and familiarity rather than the actual meaning. The gesture of giving flowers is often appreciated in itself. Just like people, each flower has its own story. But what do they all mean? I have compiled a list of some of the more common flower choices and their meaning.

Alstromeria = Aspiration         Aster = Contentment          Baby's Breath = Festivity

 

Begonia = Deep Thoughts        Black-Eyed Susan = Encouragement      Daisy = Innocence

 

Freesia = Spirited                   Gardenia = Joy                 Geranium = Comfort

 

Gladiolus = Strength of Character    Hibiscus = Delicate Beauty     Hydrangea = Perseverance

 

Iris = Inspiration            Orchid = Delicate Beauty       Pansy = Loving Thoughts

 

Peony = Healing    Ranunculus = Radiant   Roses = Friendship, Love, Unity, Purity, and Zealous

 

Star of Bethlehem = Hope           Sunflower = Adoration

 

Depending on the occasion, different flowers may be more appropriate than others. You also have to take into consideration what months the flowers are in season. For example, Peony and Ranunculus are only available in the spring.

Did you know that each month of the year also has a corresponding flower?

 

    January - Carnation                               February - Iris

     

    March - Daffodil                                                                  April - Daisy

     

    May - Lily of the Valley                                                    June - Rose

     

    July - Delphinium                                                                   August - Dahlia

     

    September - Forget Me Not                      October - Marigold

     

    November - Chrysanthemum                       December - Narcissus

     

 

 

 

 

July 7, 2012

Trendy!

The “Do it Yourself” wave has really started to hit the wedding community, and we are seeing this more and more every day. Pinterest, I would guess, is what has allowed people to share all these wonderful ideas. Most women can say they have planned out their wedding because of this little social media site…. many of which aren’t even engaged! Painted mason jars, hanging fixtures, and invitations have become some of the many popular DIY trends where bride’s can save a couple bucks.

Purple and yellow seem to be the colors for this past month. I’m not sure that either of these is particularly trendy just for this year, as I remember purple being popular last summer as well. Yellow is always a great summer color, whether or not it is the primary color or just something to add a little pop.

Lace, lace, lace! This is something we have definitely noticed. Some brides wrap their bouquet in matching lace from their dress. Pinterest has shown us some wonderful ways to incorporate lace to your invitations, linens, hanging fixtures, vases etc.

Along with lace we are seeing lots of burlap, twine, & raffia for a rustic look.

 

 

June 28, 2012

WWW! Weddings, Weddings, Weddings!

The last couple of weeks have been hectic for us. It is wedding season, and seems like we just have more and more to do as the days go by! We have also recently found out that we are going to be in the fall/winter issue of WeddingBells!

http://www.weddingbells.ca/blogs/real-weddings/2012/06/28/an-elegant-outdoor-wedding-in-winnipeg/

Congratulations to:

Sherri & Ashley on their Wedding!

Tammy & Sheldon on their Wedding!

Samantha & Ryan on their Wedding!

Kristen & Matt on their Wedding!

Kara & Nico on their Wedding!

Lauren & Patrick on their Wedding!

 

 

 

June 9, 2012

What We've Been Up To This Week!

This week has been a bit of a spring cleaning week! We've finally re-organized our back shop which is a big deal to us! Everyone loves the extra space to move around and it always feels great to get cleaning done and over with.

We had 2 weddings last weekend, and a Bar Mitzvah, as well as 2 weddings this weekend! We enjoyed working with each of these families and look forward to hearing about how everything went.

Sending our Congratulations to:

 

          Delanie & Francis on their Wedding!

Stephanie & Ben on their Wedding!

Unfortunately we did not get a chance to snap a picture before the flowers were delivered.

Max on his Bar Mitzvah!

Ainsley & Kevin on their Wedding!

Karen & Brian on their Wedding!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Thanks Nik! Wedding photos from the Gates

 Check out the flowers from a wedding we did on Saturday at the Gates on Roblin. Our friend Nik, the Reservations Manager there snapped these pics for us and was thoughtful enough to share them. So, we're sharing them with you! We'll show you the professional pics when we get them but in the meantime, here's a sneak peek!






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Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Photo Showcase: WSO event

We had the pleasure of doing the flowers for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra's Spring Gala and Awards dinner last Monday. We always love giving to a great cause and supporting the arts so we thought we'd show you some pictures from the event. The centerpieces looked beautiful in the room and everyone seemed to have a great time!















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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Outdoor wedding ceremony set-up

 Outdoor weddings are so beautiful. As long as the weather cooperates, being outside is wonderful for a wedding. Below are an example of how we decorated the ceremony area for an outdoor wedding. Remember, all of the arrangements and pew bows can be transferred from the ceremony and incorporated into the reception decorations so you get to enjoy them for the entire night, not just for less than an hour.






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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Feature bloom: Billy Balls

 If you're not a florist, the title of this blog post might throw you off a little bit. But don't worry, billy balls are a real flower. They come from the same family as a daisy but they don't really look like a typical flower would.

Their scientific name is actually Craspedia and they can also be called billy buttons. They come in a beautiful, vibrant yellow colour and they are wonderful on their own or as an accent to other flowers. Great as an accent or even featured on their own, billy balls are popping up more and more lately. Here are some examples of some beautiful bouquets, boutonnières and other ways to use them.


http://www.designsponge.com/2011/06/diy-project-felt-billy-balls.html


http://www.cakesforwedding.net/2011/01/billy-balls-wedding-cake-ideas.html


http://www.elizabethannedesigns.com/blog/2010/09/17/modern-portland-wedding-venue-pearl/


theknot.com




http://sugarpluminvitations.blogspot.ca/2011/08/umbrella-tree-sugar-plum-billy-balls.html





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Thursday, April 19, 2012

A Green Wedding

 No, I’m not talking about a St. Patrick’s Day theme for your big day. I’m talking about a few things you can do to help reduce your carbon footprint. Many people are living the eco-chic lifestyle and if you are conscious of the environment, here are a few tips to help reduce, reuse and recycle on your big day.

1. Save the trees – When you’re looking into getting your invitations printed, look for somewhere that will print on recycled paper. Or better yet, skip the paper all together and send an email out to your guests. There are amazing programs and designers out there that can make you a beautiful, customized e-invitation.



2. Green dress – Your wedding dress is something you’ll wear once. And every bride before you has worn hers once. Consider going with a vintage or only-worn-once dress. There are plenty of women out there who aren’t looking to hold on to their dress and with the power of the Internet, you might find your perfect designer dress for a lot cheaper than you would pay if it was brand new. And let’s face it, a dress that was worn once for eight hours can hardly be considered “used”.

3. Organic/seasonal menu – When planning your menu, choose organic and local ingredients. Not only do they save the environment, support your local economy and farmers, but they taste better! Vegetables, meat and fruit grown in your backyard is way fresher than something that’s traveled a million miles on a truck.

4. Eco-friendly wedding favours – Instead of the traditional mints in a net bag, try giving your guests something that will help the environment. A little tree growing kit or a customized seed packet is not only eco-friendly but fun, original and fairly gender neutral.



5. Green transportation – Instead of a limo, consider renting a horse-drawn carriage for your transportation. There won’t be any pollution and it’s lovely and romantic. Or, rent a hybrid vehicle for you and your wedding party. Encourage your guests to carpool or rent a shuttle bus for your guests to use.

6. Green blooms – There are plenty of locally grown, in season flowers that we can help you pick out for your bouquet. Garden-style is becoming more and more popular for wedding flowers and at The Floral Fixx, we can help you pick your perfect “green” bouquet because we know exactly when flowers are in season and where they come from.






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