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Micro Wedding Bliss

Something Borrowed Blooms Couple, Avery and Colin's Journey to Marriage.


The days of large, elaborate, and blowout weddings have taken a back seat with intimate ceremonies on the rise, as more and more couples are opting for romantic, intimate, and quaint gatherings with their closest family and friends. We call these sweet ceremonies, micro weddings. There are so many things we love about micro weddings, but mostly the thoughtful intention of keeping focused on what’s most important - the unity of TWO people in love. And although micro weddings aren’t always a couple’s first choice, they are always perfect in the end. 

Real bride, Avery, shares her experience of unprecedented wedding planning and making the best of her wedding in beautiful Hot Springs, Arkansas. From two COVID-19 reschedules and an unpredictable hurricane hitting the Alabama shore, high school sweethearts, Avery and Colin, rescheduled their wedding THREE times. 


“At that point, we were feeling pretty defeated and I was ready to just go to the courthouse. But behind the scenes, my parents booked a cabin in the middle of Hot Springs, AR and my wedding party cleared their schedules yet again and paid their way to be in Arkansas with us. We ended up getting married at our cabin using only the furniture that they had there and my bridal party decorated my entire ceremony the morning of. Luckily, we still had our huge order from Something Borrowed Blooms that included a ton of votive candle holders, bridesmaid bouquets, garlands, wreaths, lanterns, and candles, and my bridal party was able to use the flowers in such a unique way and decorate the ceremony space!”

With a box of blooms in tow, the bridal party and couples’ families headed to Arkansas for a wonderful weekend of love! The wedding was to commence as it would have originally, the first go-round. The bride and her bridesmaids all got ready together on the top floor of the cabin while the groom and his men suited up with boutonnieres in the basement.

The ceremony was held in the front yard where Avery and Colin each said their vows and sealed the deal with a kiss. The night carried on with the first dance and of course, the traditional cutting of the cake. The cake table was decorated with real and silk blooms including the bridal bouquet, countless polaroid selfies of the bride and groom as well as their guests, the toss bouquet, and votive candle holders for ambiance. 


We’re so happy Avery and Colin’s wedding day turned into a perfect dream. It’s our top priority to make wedding planning as easy and stress-free as possible. Even during unforeseen circumstances and unpredictable times. And assisting Avery with rescheduling her order THREE times and downsizing her order to better fit their needs, is a testament to that!

We hope this real couple’s journey to marriage has eased your stress of wedding planning. Because in the end love will always find a way. Join our SBBlooms Brides Facebook group to get all the insider pro tips and advice from past and present SBBlooms Brides.  For more inspiration, browse our floral collections, follow us on Instagram, and subscribe to our YouTube channel for DIY tips, collection reviews, and behind the scenes.




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11 April, 2021

4 Ways to Enhance your Cake Table


It’s the end of your fairytale wedding and you can’t wait to sink your teeth into that frosting-covered three-tiered cake. Whether you chose the traditional wedding cake flavor, raspberry lemon swirl, or mouthwatering devil’s food chocolate, the outside can look as good as the inside. The most sought-after dessert at your wedding is a focal point in itself! Before you cut the cake and stuff each other’s face, here are 4 ways to make your wedding cake table a sight to see!

CAKE FLOWERS

When it comes to decorating the wedding cake, flowers are the most traditional element. For decades, wedding cakes have been embellished with trailing roses and greenery. That often means coordinating with your baker and florist to make the magic happen. Typically, the florist accents the cake on the day of the wedding during the flower install. Be sure to mention this to your florist if this is a service you want to be included in your floral budget.

You may also consider accenting your cake with silk flowers over fresh to save time and money. Consider options like Something Borrowed Blooms’ Cake Clusters. These perfectly curated silk flower bundles are the perfect addition to any wedding cake. 

With cake cluster bundles to match all sixteen silk wedding flower collections, it's never been easier to coordinate all your floral elements for a cohesive look. And the cake clusters flowers are a purchased item, so there’s no need to return them! Have your baker add these loose stems to your cake, and toss them at the end of the night. Shop all of the cake clusters here.


SBBlooms Insider Tip: Cake Clusters are also PERFECT for those flat lay shots your photographer loves to capture! Purchase an extra set for day-of-the-wedding detail shots.

DECORATIONS

Adding a few decor pieces can elevate the table’s overall look and feel. Drop-in some bud vases filled with loose stems to bring in more floral elements. Add some height by placing the bud vases on glass risers to bring dimension and align with the cake’s elevation. Create some ambiance with a variety of votive candle holders and lanterns. Snap a pic with your bridal party toasting cheers and you’ve got the perfect wedding album cover! Shop all our decor products here.


BRIDESMAID BOUQUETS

There’s no better way to repurpose your bridesmaid bouquets after the ceremony than on your cake table for the reception! It’s important to have a thoughtful place identified to display your bridesmaid bouquets at the reception to maximize your floral budget! If not, they’ll likely end up scattered in disarray on tables and chairs across the venue - what a waste! Right after the ceremony, have your bridesmaids drop their bridesmaid bouquets off at the cake table. Arrange the bouquets in a semi-circle around the cake to create a lush floral arch. Shop bridesmaid bouquets here.


GARLAND

Of course, we can’t talk about cake tables without mentioning floral garlands. These versatile florals can be used for just about anything! You may also consider placing a floral garland around your cake table to create a lush floral barrier between your guests and that yummy cake. Simply place the garland at the edge of the cake table and voila! Shop all of our garlands here.

We hope these ideas help you finalize your cake table decor. After all, so many pictures from the night will be around this beautiful display! Join our SBBlooms Brides Facebook group to get all the insider pro tips and advice from past and present SBBlooms Brides.  For more inspiration, browse our floral collections, follow us on Instagram, and subscribe to our YouTube channel for DIY tips, collection reviews, and behind the scenes.



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23 March, 2021

Hello Nina

Rust & Terracotta Wedding Flower Inspiration

Something Borrowed Blooms’ newest wedding flower collection will make your sunset dreams come true.


Nina is FINALLY here! We know you’ve all been patiently awaiting the arrival of our boho-inspired collection. We are so excited to debut Nina, a silk wedding floral collection from Something Borrowed Blooms that effortlessly captures the essence of a romantic western sunset. A warm and dreamy color palette with a variety of florals, making your bohemian wedding dreams come to life. Needless to say, our design team was in heaven creating this photoshoot. Follow along to shop the look!

THE BLOOMS

Of course, the inspiration for Nina started with what we’re passionate about, the blooms. Nina is lush and fierce, featuring a variety of terracotta and light pink open dutchess roses. Accented with dusty lavender and rust ranunculus, and dark plum apple blossom sprays. Beige pampas grass and hints of curly willow provide the right amount of texture.



The full collection includes a bridal bouquet, bridesmaid bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, posies, a pomander ball, garland, hair accessories, and coordinating florals for your fur family. Each piece is delicately designed with fresh florist techniques to create the most life-like wedding flower arrangements for rent.

The Nina Bridal Bouquet is a gorgeous hand-tied, organically shaped floral arrangement, with each product matching accordingly. The Bridesmaid bouquet is smaller than past collections, but with this one, we like to think less is more. The posy is a delicately sized arrangement, most often used by the Mother of the bride or groom or even the junior bridesmaid in your wedding party. We especially love options available in the boutonniere designs, allowing you to choose a design that best suits your aesthetics. Shop Nina Wedding Flowers here.

THE LOOK

For this photoshoot, we knew it was essential to find dresses that complimented the collection’s overall look and bold feel. For the bridesmaids, we alternated an array of terracotta, blush, and cinnamon-colored dresses from our friends at Revelry. Each style and color matching perfectly with the vibrant colors of the Nina Collection. These satin dresses shimmered in the sun and gave off a beautiful glow!

For the Bride, a stunning vintage-inspired lace gown from Willowby by Watters. The best part about this wedding dress... TWO styles in one! Walk down the aisle in a gorgeous layered nude lace gown and remove the bottom layer for the reception and dance the night away! Pair with a statement hat like this ivory ranch fedora from Lack of Color for a bold look. Perfectly boho and all things pretty here.


THE SETTING

The setting for this shoot was in-studio, but can easily be recreated anywhere! We chose a white backdrop to let the bold colors of Nina shine through. Our easy DIY copper arch displayed the Nina Garland perfectly. The floral garland is densely designed with lush silk floral blooms, featuring an abundance of florals on one end which is scaled down with soft pampas grass creating a modern, chic design. We’re obsessed with the technique used to design this garland!  

We incorporated softer beige elements, such as pampas grass picks to put in varying sizes of rattan jugs and macrame panels from our friend Kim, at Noble Heart Fiber Co. Adding fun velvet mauve chairs from Pure Vintage Rentals, was the perfect finishing touch for our sweetheart table design.


We hope our Nina Collection photoshoot gives you all the wedding inspiration needed to wrap up your planning! For a more in-depth guide on everything we used for this shoot, check out our Nina Pinterest board. For more inspiration, browse all of our floral collections, and follow us on Instagram for real wedding inspiration!




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10 March, 2021

4 Trending Spring Wedding Color Palettes

The top colors of the season to inspire your wedding planning.

Winter will soon be coming to an end and our favorite season is just around the corner. SPRING - the ultimate wedding season! With the new season approaching, we’ve released our newest lookbook featuring spring wedding flower and color palette inspiration. Cue the warm breeze, fluttering butterflies, and garden weddings because spring is here and we are ready to see all of our SBBlooms Brides flourish on their special day.

Our design team has pulled together the top four color palettes for Spring 2021. Keep reading to be inspired!

SOFT NEUTRALS@anatreuilphotography

Neutrals aren’t going anywhere this season! This soft color palette carries the essence of simple femininity and is perfect for the traditional and timeless bride. Our Sophia Collection is the essence of classical spring and pairs best with lighter colors such as David’s Bridals Ballet and Biscotti. Have your groom and his best guys in The Groomsman Suit’s trendsetting light steel blue for a modern touch. 

View more Soft Neutrals inspiration here!

PEPPY PINKS@anatreuilphotography

Fun and flirty, this color palette is a dream and we are here for it! Shades of pink and lavender paired together make the sweetest combination. Our Charlotte Collection features soft pinks and whites made up of many varieties including anemones, garden roses, dahlias, peonies, lavender spray, and hints of greenery.

Recreate this look with Desiree Hartsock’s gorgeous midi bridal gown, Reese. The perfect dress for a mini-mony or garden wedding! Enhance your ceremony design with silk floral garlands just as we did here with the Charlotte Garland. These custom silk garlands are delivered to you just as they are shown here. No DIY needed, these silk beauties are ready for show! It couldn’t be easier to make your ceremony Pinterest perfect! Add our Rattan Jugs in varying sizes for height and dimension.

View more Peppy Pink inspiration here!

MUTED BOLD@anatreuilphotography

This bold but muted pastel color palette is giving us major tropical vibes! The easy transition from soft pink to sage is smooth and effortless. Our Cameron Collection features all of these colors in beautiful lux arrangements with dark greenery for texture. Pair with David’s Bridals Dusty sage bridesmaid dresses, and The Groomsman Suit’s Brilliant Blue suit for a cohesive look. Rent the Cameron garland for photo opp decor or drape along dining tables for a long floral centerpiece.

View more Muted Bold inspiration here!

BLUSHING BLUES@anatreuilphotography

‘Ethereal’ is the only word that comes to our minds when we lay eyes on this dreamy color palette. A deep periwinkle blue paired with seafoam and light grey tones is a match made in SBBlooms heaven. Our spring favorites just wouldn’t be complete without our sweet Millie Collection. Pair Millie wedding flowers with the gold satin Verona Cowl dress and the Fairytale Maxi Dress from Show Me Your MuMu and allow the blue florals to really take center stage!

View more Blushing Blues inspiration here!

Tell us, what color palettes are you swooning over this season? Comment below. View our Spring/Summer Lookbook here! For more inspiration, browse our floral collections, and follow us on Instagram for real wedding inspiration.


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10 February, 2021

Wedding Planner to SBBlooms Bride: Planning a Wedding During COVID-19


A brand new year is here and we are so thrilled for what’s to come! Did you know that on average, 2.4 million weddings happen each year? But, with the recent pandemic and countless cancellations and postponements, the wedding industry is about to soar in 2021. With a prediction of 3 million weddings, the new year will be full of love and happily ever afters, no matter how you choose to celebrate.

In one of our recent LIVE styling sessions, Sophie (SBBlooms’ lead designer) and I, got the chance to meet a very special SBBlooms Bride. Christina Owczarek is not only a bride to be, but also the founder of Blue Mae Events. From bespoke event rentals, onsite design styling, to full-service planning, they offer a variety of packages that fit your specific needs. Christina has helped countless brides plan the wedding of their dreams and now she is getting married herself!  We asked Christina to give us some insight on planning during a pandemic. Here are some of Christina’s thoughts and advice as we start 2021, with lots of hope for the world of weddings! 

“As a wedding planner, my job is to keep my clients as calm and as stress-free as possible... but as a bride planning her own wedding during a pandemic, it is A LOT harder to take my own advice! During these unprecedented times, I've asked myself what I always ask my brides during the planning process: What's most important to YOU? What are the top 3 most important elements of your wedding day? Once we identify those things, we can explore what it looks like to scale down, postpone, or perhaps go in an entirely different direction.




For me personally, we scaled down our guest count to fit the size that was working in June 2020, in the hopes it'll be similar in June 2021 when we are set to wed. It was actually somewhat a relief to go from around 170 to just under 115 guests, especially knowing we could invite even more to watch our Zoom ceremony, which we've opted into doing. The biggest challenge we are facing is the concept of no dancing. For me and my fiancé, the band and ability to dance the night away is our number one wedding detail priority. We have a killer band and we LOVE to dance. Not to mention, our crowd is definitely an on-the-dance-floor-all-night kind of group! Our plan is to keep the band and have the dancing outdoors under a separate tent for those who feel comfortable letting loose!


In addition to dancing up a storm, I personally wanted touches of who we are to come alive in the details. Finding Something Borrowed Blooms has relieved so much anxiety I had around finding the perfect flowers. From the simple process and cleanup to the sustainability aspect (not to mention chopping the budget in HALF!), going with SBBlooms was probably the easiest decision I had to make. Our vintage coastal surfer vibe will come together nicely with the Millie collection!


Check out Christina’s Mood-board for her “Vintage-Inspired On the Coast” wedding…




It's hard (like, really hard!) to listen to your gut when there's so much noise and uncertainty around the events industry these days. But I am a firm believer that whether you are superset on all of the details or have no idea where to begin, try to take a step back and think about what it is you want to remember ten or twenty years down the road. What's going to mean the most when you're old and gray together looking back on your wedding day? Try to use that as your North Star. Once identified, stick to it! Be clear and communicate it to loved ones that might be involved in the planning process. Hopefully, that can be their North Star too, giving you space to really focus on what matters. Don't let the fluff or what's "hot" on social media right now get in your way. As cheesy as it sounds, seeing the love between you and your soon-to-be husband or wife on your wedding day should be the most beautiful detail of all.”


We couldn’t have said it any better, Christina! We hope all of this advice will help all of our SBBlooms Brides solidify their wedding details, and focus on what is truly important; marrying the one you love!


Join our SBBlooms Brides Facebook group to get all the insider pro tips and advice from past and present SBBlooms Brides.  For more inspiration, browse our floral collections, follow us on Instagram, and subscribe to our YouTube channel for DIY tips, collection reviews, and behind the scenes.





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19 January, 2021

How Much do Wedding Flowers Cost in 2021?



What is Your Vision?

For those of you who are planning a wedding in the coming year, 2020 has probably opened your eyes to how much time and money goes into a wedding. Use the first couple of weeks of your engagement to really consider what is truly important to you and your fiancé. If getting married at the city courthouse is what you want, GO for it! If having a grand wedding with all of your closest family and friends is what you dream of, we LOVE to see it. Either way, florals are almost a no-brainer when it comes to any type of wedding ceremony. 

And so comes the most basic question - How much do wedding flowers cost? It seems like a pretty simple question, expected to be followed by a pretty simple response. But not so much! Determining the cost of wedding flowers varies greatly from Bride to Bride. Many by the rule of thumb budget 8% of their total wedding budget to flowers, but that rule is easily broken by various factors and considerations. 

So let’s walk through some of those considerations... Are you using fresh flowers or open to Premium Silks? Are your flowers of choice in season or out of season? Because let's face it, if you're looking for fresh peonies or ranunculus in your bridal bouquet during a winter wedding, that’s going to cost you a pretty penny! Will fresh flowers be used for the ceremony and reception - if so, how many pieces in total for each? Will the florist need to install flowers on the day of the wedding or beforehand... The list of questions goes on and on and becomes more overwhelming when you see the dreaded price point.


Know Your Budget

According to our friends at Weddingwire.com, the average cost of wedding flowers in the U.S. is around $1,500 for small to medium size weddings and up to $5,000+ for large weddings. Whatever your wedding budget is, it is safe to start with 8-10% of your total budget dedicated to the florals. From there, you can work your budget up or down based on your needs.

If spending thousands of dollars on flowers that will end up being thrown out at the end of the night, makes you weak in the knees… we have a great alternative option for you! Something Borrowed Blooms offers gorgeous, premium silk flowers all at a fraction of traditional costs. Our premium silk wedding flowers look real, smell amazing, and are always in season! We are constantly expanding our options of bridal bouquets, bridesmaids bouquets, boutonnieres, floral garlands, aisle markers, and more to rent for your wedding day. Take a look at the potential savings associated with Something Borrowed Blooms’ silk wedding flower rentals compared to the average cost of real flowers:


The difference in cost is  I N S A N E, right?

For many of our Brides, saving thousands of dollars on wedding flowers is a sure YES! But for others, we see a thoughtful compromise. If fresh flowers are REALLY important to you, but so is your budget, consider mixing fresh and silk flowers. We’ve seen countless Brides pull off a beautiful look by mixing fresh and silk. Below, one of our SBBlooms Brides used our Jane Custom Garland to complement her fresh white and green bridal bouquet. The possibilities are endless when mix and matching real and silk.  And to be quite honest, silk florals complement fresh flowers so well and it’s a great way to cut down on overall costs!


Reception Flowers

Switching to silk florals for the reception can also rake in big savings! Every Bride falls in love with elaborate floral installs and lush fresh floral garlands… until they see the price tag. These elements are very labor-intensive for fresh florists, so the cost reflects just that! We’ve compared side by side the potential savings on reception flowers and it’s substantial! 


Garland
At Something Borrowed Blooms we’re proud to offer ceremony and reception flowers that rival the rest! Our product line includes a variety of centerpiece collections, decor pieces, greenery garland, AND custom garland!


Our custom garland coordinates perfectly with each of the fifteen floral collections, so you are sure to find one that matches your wedding colors. Designed especially for ceremony arches, railings, welcome signs, and other key focus areas and the set-up is as easy as it gets. Simply remove the garland from the box, gently fluff, and attach using zip ties. Attach multiple strands together with zip ties for larger areas as needed. Our custom garland line has proven to provide major savings within the wedding flower budget and our Brides are LOVING rent and return option. For current Brides interested in adding custom garland to an existing order, simply email info@sbblooms.com and we’ll be happy to assist!


Whew… who would have thought such a long response would be needed for such a simple question! We’re glad you stuck around to learn all the tips and tricks for saving on florals while learning why floral budgets vary so drastically. And hopefully, we provided you with the insight needed to finalize your wedding floral expenses while staying on a budget that fits YOU just right!

Join our SBBlooms Brides Facebook group to get all the insider pro tips and advice from past and present SBBlooms Brides.  For more inspiration, browse our floral collections, follow us on Instagram, and subscribe to our YouTube channel for DIY tips, collection reviews, and behind the scenes.






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10 January, 2021

How to Preserve your Wedding Blooms

Keep a special memory of your wedding flowers to last a lifetime!


Point of view: You’ve received your pretty blue box of wedding flowers and your wedding day is approaching! You’re overwhelmed with excitement and head over heels in love with the wedding flowers that you never want to return them. Trust us when we say, we get it!  The best part about renting premium silk florals from Something Borrowed Blooms is that they will never die and the beauty will last a lifetime. So what if we told you, you could KEEP your wedding blooms! Keep reading to find out how you can preserve your beloved blooms for years to come. 

There are a couple of ways you can preserve your silk blooms. The first option is to purchase your Bridal bouquet. Purchasing your bouquet is easy, simply opt for the purchase option instead of the rental price at checkout. When you purchase your Bridal bouquet from Something Borrowed Blooms, our professional floral team hand creates an all-new silk bouquet, never before used, just for YOU! You can have your Bridal bouquet to have and to hold forever… Unlike fresh blooms, our silk rentals will stand the test of time. Some of our past SBBlooms Brides have showcased their Bridal bouquets as decor in their bedroom or entryway. Not only a great conversation starter, but the perfect floral element to add to your new home!


But, if purchasing your silk bouquet isn’t for you, we have another great way to preserve the beauty and memories of your wedding flowers. Introducing our newest product, Watercolor Keepsake Prints! We’ve teamed up with a local artist Hannah Mason, who beautifully captures the delicate details of Something Borrowed Blooms’ Bridal bouquets in original watercolor paintings. Purchase or gift these prints as a special keepsake of your blooms and to display as art within your home. As of right now, we have four of our stunning collections to choose from. Don’t see your collection? Don’t fret, more paintings are on their way! Sign up for our waitlist and we will notify you as soon as your collection is available to purchase. In the midst of the holiday season, it’s the perfect gift for someone you love...or to treat yourself!

If you’ve opted for a fresh flower wedding bouquet we have ideas on preserving real bridal bouquets too! Take a look at DIY preservation techniques or research local floral preservation artists in your area. We’re obsessing over these pieces by Lafayette artist, Arrie Broussard of Petal Press Decor. She has multiple collections to choose from, whether you want your Bridal bouquet on a wooden canvas, a minimal glass frame, or a beautiful pendant necklace. Simply send your fresh floral bouquet to her and she will create a gorgeous piece to commemorate the best day of your life! 

How are you keeping your Bridal bouquet alive after your special day? Tell us in the comments!

Join our SBBlooms Brides Facebook group to get all the insider pro tips and advice from past and present SBBlooms Brides.  For more inspiration, browse our floral collections, follow us on Instagram, and subscribe to our YouTube channel for DIY tips, collection reviews, and behind the scenes. Don’t forget to sign up for our Watercolor Keepsake Waitlist!




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07 December, 2020

4 Tips for a Festive Winter Wedding

@lindseymareephotography

A winter wedding is generally considered an off-season event. However, this is not necessarily a bad thing! The overwhelming numbers of ceremonies in Spring and Summer mean you’d be competing for your favorite venue, wedding decor rentals, bakery availability for cake, and even your beloved guests.

Winter weddings come with many advantages, not just limited to more available choices in your vendor selection. Everyone is better able to attend, for one thing. People are ready to spread merrymakings and focus on what is truly important in their lives; family and friends. As far as honeymoons go, a tropical getaway is much more enticing (and cost-efficient) when you're leaving brisk temperatures. The best thing about a winter wedding? The built-in magical atmosphere of the season, making your design options much easier to finalize! 

We’ve created the perfect outline for things to consider when planning your romantic winter wedding!

1. Choose Color with Care


There are two avenues you can take when choosing your winter wedding color scheme. Some couples dream of a snow-filled white Christmas wedding (cue the Bing Crosby classic), while others love the bright and festive vibe to coincide with the holiday cheer. Either way, there are countless elegant ways to implement both of these visions. 

For those of you who fantasize about a classic white color scheme, pairing neutrals like beige, ivory, a very light blue, and a touch of greenery, will really give your white elements the ability to stand out on their own. Have your groom and groomsmen wear a classic black tux like the one above from The Groomsman Suit, for a formal look to compliment the bridesmaids. Styling our all-white Audrey Collection or Sophia Collection with light blue bridesmaid dresses is the perfect finishing touch.

If you’re looking for a more festive vibe on your big day, lean towards a vibrant and bold color choice to bring your vision to life. Vivid jewel tones like plums and lilacs, chocolates, bright berry, rich wines and burgundies, deep forest greens, and sparkling golds and citrine are just a few to consider. Pair with brilliant colored wedding flowers, such as our Kimpton Collection or the Stella Collection for a bold statement. If you’re still unsure about which silk flowers for rent are the best for your vision, contact us and we’ll help you decide on your style!

2. Food and Drink

Guests will rave about your wedding food for years to come, but only if you do it right! Because it’s winter, your guests will be looking forward to a warm hearty meal to fill their bellies before hitting the dance floor. Choose festive foods like a delicious roast, featured on a carving station with appetizers and roasted vegetables that are in season. Baked puff pastries with brie and cranberries will make even the pickiest of eater's mouths water!

When it comes to drinks, champagne is a given, but including a fun holiday cocktail will really get your guests in the spirit. Try recreating this Sparkling Pomegranate Punch from Half Baked Harvest.  ‘Tis also the season for sugarplums to go waltzing through people’s heads, so a holiday dessert bar is a MUST! Include cookies of all kinds and make sure to include holiday favorites like spiked egg-nog and hot chocolate. 


3. Decorations

There's a very fine line between tacky holiday decorations and decorations that fit just right in your environment. Having red and green Christmas decorations everywhere may confuse guests into thinking it is a Christmas themed wedding. This is YOUR day, not Santa’s. Use various sizes of real Christmas trees to create a stunning woodsy ceremony backdrop. We are swooning over the set-up by Availed Wedding and Event Planning.

Don’t have access to real Christmas trees? Having pre-lit and flocked Christmas trees throughout your venue will make your guests feel like they are walking into a winter wonderland...literally. Sticking with greenery and snow like decorations will keep the romantic feel without the Christmas overload. Add in some texture with wooden elements to keep the mood warm, along with different styled candles and lanterns.


4. Lighting and Finishing Touches

Don’t forget to add that warm holiday ambiance! Keeping the lighting low and moody will keep the romantic vibe going throughout the night. Utilizing string lights, fairy lights, and charming votives will make a huge difference around your food and dessert tables. 

If you’re lucky, you’ll find a venue with a real wood-burning fireplace. It will add that ‘home for the holidays’ feel to your reception. If you’re worried about the cold, see if you can borrow an electric fireplace if it goes well with your decor. Also, make sure to have other sources of heat, such as patio heaters, if your venue can be on the cold side. Having a basket of cozy blankets will entice your guests to get comfortable and enjoy the event. You don’t want your guests shivering through the ceremony and reception! End the night with a magical lightning ceremony of paper lanterns. This is the perfect time for you and your now-husband to bask in the presence of your family and friends and enjoy the ending of your wedding day.

What does your dream winter wedding look like? Tell us in the comments! 

Join our SBBlooms Brides Facebook group to get all the insider pro tips and advice from past and present SBBlooms Brides.  For more inspiration, browse our floral collections, follow us on Instagram, and subscribe to our YouTube channel for DIY tips, collection reviews, and behind the scenes.






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19 November, 2020

Stop Overspending on Your Bridesmaids

Helpful tips to save money on your wedding day, even with a large bridal party!


@courtneytimmsphotography

Your girlfriends are the heart and soul of who you are and you couldn’t get married without them by your side. But if you find yourself cutting down your bridesmaid list to better fit your budget, we’re here to tell you that’s not necessary! You can have ALL your best girlfriends by your side at any budget.

If the recent trend of elaborate bridesmaid gifts have you stressing, just keep reading! While showing your bridesmaids that you appreciate and value their friendship with a little gift is very thoughtful, don’t let this Pinterest inspired trend spiral your budget out of control!  Because let's face it, your true girlfriends will be by your side under any circumstances. Stress no more! We’ve created a few budget-friendly ways you and your bridesmaids can save money during your wedding planning journey. 

HOW TO ASK:

Asking your girlfriends to be your bridesmaids is the perfect time to reflect on your friendship, and why you chose them to be a part of your special day! With that being said, DIY personalized bridesmaid gift boxes are the easiest and most cost-effective way to go. Purchase personalized gift boxes like the one below from ModParty on Etsy for just $10 (your girls will keep these forever). Drop-in a cute little champagne bottle, wedding necessities such as bobby pins and stain removing wipes, an inexpensive candle, and you’re all set! Including a sweet hand-written note will give the gift that personal touch and they will appreciate for years to come. 

Pro-tip: Getting all of your bridesmaids together for a girl’s night, is a foolproof way to ask them all at the same time!

@ModParty -- Etsy

THE LOOK:

If you’ve been a bridesmaid before, you may understand the anxiety of waiting to hear how much your dress is going to cost. As much as we all love a stunning designer dress, it may take months to save up for this one-time-wear. Luckily, there are cost-effective alternatives that can be just as lovely. David’s Bridal offers countless on-trend bridesmaid dresses for every budget. Try selecting coordinating bridesmaids dresses in different colors and style options so that your girls select the dress that they will feel most beautiful and comfortable in while staying within a budget that is reasonable for them. This gives your girls the freedom to choose the dress they like the best, and the one they can comfortably afford too. Don’t forget to take into consideration alterations, undergarments, and matching jewelry, which can also add up quickly!

Cut hair and makeup costs by having your bridesmaids do their own or each other's hair. Odds are, someone in your bridal party is a hair and makeup guru, and would love nothing more than to give all your girls a makeover. Hiring professional hair and makeup artists can cost hundreds of dollars, and it’s nice to give your bridesmaid the option to opt-out of it. 

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THE BLOOMS:

If you’ve received quotes from your local florists, you know that florals will take up thousands of dollars in your wedding budget, roughly 20% to be exact. The average cost of a fresh bridesmaid bouquet can run between $50-$125. You can imagine how quickly that adds up for a large bride tribe. Something Borrowed Blooms’ wide variety of silk wedding flower collections, each includes bridesmaid bouquets handcrafted with premium silk blooms by our professional florists and rent for just $32! Opting for silk florals for your bridesmaid bouquets or all your wedding flowers could free up thousands of dollars in your budget. 

Wondering which collection is best for you? Rent a Preview Pack to sample your bridesmaid bouquets to help you finalize your decision. Choose between two centerpieces or two bridesmaid bouquets from your top collections to sample at home. By ordering a preview pack, you’ll receive $20 in rewards points to use on your wedding order. 

Pro-tip: Ask a family member or reception staff to collect the rented blooms at the end of the night to ensure that they don't walk off with any of your guests.

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Tell us, how are you saving money with your bridesmaids? Comment below with your best tips and tricks.

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09 November, 2020

Crush-Worthy Blue & Periwinkle Wedding Inspiration

Let the newest wedding flower collection from Something Borrowed Blooms inspire your wedding planning.


The newest collection from Something Borrowed Blooms is finally here! Meet Millie, a collection of garden-inspired florals, perfect for small intimate gatherings and backyard weddings. With a delicate color palette of soft blue, periwinkle, and creamy white, our design team had so much fun pulling together a dreamy photoshoot to launch the new collection. The final photos are definitely “pin-worthy.” And so, we’re sharing all the little details with you to inspire your wedding planning (and pinning). Follow along to shop the look!

THE BLOOMS

Of course, our inspiration started with the blooms - The Millie Collection! Straight from your secret garden dreams, the featured silk wedding flower collection includes all of spring’s most beautiful florals. Complete with creamy white English roses, soft blue lilac, periwinkle delphinium, and the effervescent butterfly hydrangeas that move so effortlessly with even the slightest breeze.

The full collection includes a bridal bouquet, bridesmaid bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, posies, a pomander ball, garland, hair accessories, and coordinating florals for fur family. Each piece is delicately designed with fresh florist techniques to create the most life-like arrangements for rent.

The Bridal Bouquet is a true statement piece in itself with an organic shape, loosely hand-tied, and right on trend this season. Coordinating bridesmaid bouquets are a scaled-down version of the bridal bouquet featuring more white florals, allowing the Bride to standout with her “something blue”. The posy is a delicately sized arrangement, most often used by the Mother of the bride or groom, or even the junior bridesmaid in your wedding party. We especially love options available in the boutonnieres designs, allowing you to choose a design that best suits your aesthetics. Shop the full Millie Collection here

THE LOOK


For this photoshoot, we knew it was important to find simple, on-trend dresses, to avoid overpowering the color scheme brought in through the wedding flowers. For the bridesmaid’s, we chose Show Me Your Mumu’s Verona Cowl dress in champagne luxe satin. A feminine slip dress that hugs every curve in the best way with a neutral color that’s to-die-for when paired with the soft blue and periwinkle color palette. 

For the Bride, we chose a fun and flirty tulle ruffle dress to keep the energy light and whimsical. Show Me Your Mumu’s Fairytale Maxi Dress was a no-brainer; after all, it looks like it was MADE for this floral collection! Models were styled with the most dainty and dazzling jewelry from 302 Jewelry and bridal rings were provided by our friends at Ever and Ever

THE DETAILS


One word, Flatlays! We know your Pinterest is full of them, so here’s how to create one. Find the perfect stationery suite, drop your wedding ring in a cute little box like this one from The Mrs. Box, add your groom’s boutonniere, and snap away! You can also add some textured elements like buttons, pearl beads, an heirloom perfume bottle, or your own veil to add a little extra touch of creativity and captivate the viewer.

If you are looking for designer invitation sets for your wedding, look no further than our friends at InvitoBella. This heirloom wedding stationery set was custom designed to replicate the breathtaking essence of our Millie Collection.


THE SETTING

Our setting for the photoshoot was in-studio, however, any backyard backdrop would be the perfect setting to recreate this dreamy look. And creating a charming and inviting ceremony location has never been easier with our custom garlands. Our garlands can be used as arch decor and later transform into a beautiful tablescape for the reception, saving you time and money. If you read our last blog post, you know how simple it is to create a stunning ceremony backdrop!

Here we used our copper pipe arch and attached the Millie garland with zip ties. From there, we hung a few of our new Gold Mesh Lanterns with clear fishing wire to create a floating effect. When you’re done saying your ‘I do’s’, simply have someone move the garland to your sweetheart table, lay it straight across, and let the excess hang off the edge for a beautiful drape of florals.


These two Bennet high boy tables from Pure Vintage Rentals were pushed together to create a longer high boy table look. We incorporated our marble taper holders and marble bullet taper holders to add texture and height, along with Target’s Melamine dinner plates in Bamboo to add contrast. We also pulled in blue-tinted glassware to compliment the glass-look of the chairs and accented the tablescape with butterflies to really bring in the English garden feel. 

We hope our newest collection has inspired your wedding planning. For a more in-depth guide on everything we used for this shoot, check out our Millie Pinterest board. Visit our Youtube Channel for a Millie Collection review as well! And for more inspiration, browse all of our floral collections, and follow us on Instagram for real wedding inspiration!




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13 October, 2020