Wednesday, March 18, 2015

March Blog Hop -- Key Elements Of A Successful Floral Contract

Welcome to our March Blog Hop!
This month we are focusing on all things Spring to help you in the process of planning your wedding or event. Get ready for some great ideas, inspiration and how to as you move along through the blog hop.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Nikki Michel at Ciao Bella Weddings;  If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you make sure to see and learn from all of the articles featured here today.

Getting Exactly What You Want When Working With Floral Vendors

Planning your wedding is one of the most important times of your life, so it is essential to be specific about what you want when working with vendors for your big day. Getting the results you desire can sometimes be easier said than done due to a variety of reasons,  vendor talent, supply quality and overall artistic aesthetic. To avoid wedding day heartache over your floral design, it is extremely important to have a detailed flower contract that outlines what you expect from your florist. We at Elite Design hope that these tips will help you design a contract that will help you get the best possible outcome for your desired floral arrangements on your wedding day. 

1.    Specific Flower Names - When it comes to your floral contract it is important that the exact names of the flowers to be used for your event design are made very clear. For example there are several types of rose and you want to be on the same page to avoid any confusion. 

To get a basic knowledge of flower names of flowers and what they look like visit:

2.    Wedding Flowers Color Preference- This is also an important part of your floral contract. Color is based on how we perceive it, because it it is imperative to provide a swatch. Including swatches is a great way to promote direction on the colors you wish to be used. With that being said you must keep in mind that each flower is a unique creation by nature. Kelly Green is different from Lime green and can impact the total look and feel of your wedding day experience. 

3.   Bouquet Size and the Ratios of Flowers- We suggested providing picture of what you have in mind to give a clear picture of the look you want.  There is nothing worst that getting your bouquet which you dreamed would be flooded with roses, only to find a few roses and a mass of babies breath. You also want to be mindful of your frame and that of your bridesmaids. You would want a petite person overpowered by a massive bouquet or visa versa. 

 4.    List of Rentals- Knowing what’s to be returned to your florist at the end of your wedding day will also eliminate lots of confusion. And can also help save on cost. Look for creative options, such as high quality silk centerpiece rentals and purchase only the items from your bridal party.

5.    Breakdown of Duties- What the florist will do verse what other vendor are responsible for is very important. This will make the setup and take down of your event more seamless. This can be worked out by your wedding planning and we suggest providing this information to all vendors so they can work well together.

 6.     Date, Place and Time of Delivery- This may seem like a no brainer but omitting these simple details can spell disaster for keeping your timeline on track. Fresh flowers have a shelf life; it is important that this be respected. This part of the contract should be very bold and concise. Example: The Empire Hotel, 1234 Main Street, N.Y. 10012. The Rockefeller Room, access at 12PM.

7.    Rain Plan- Mother nature has a mind of her own. Make sure that your floral contract includes what will be done should adjustments have to be made for rain.

 8.    Cancellation Policy- Make sure that you understand this part and should a changes be made to your floral order you adhere to the dates set in this part. Flower usually must be ordered in advance; so giving proper heads up to your florist is important. This will also make it clear what is your obligation should you have to cancel or reschedule and what type if any reimbursement you will be entitle to.

9.    Payment Schedule- Like any other element of your wedding day, flowers have a cost. Knowing when payments are expected will keep you on budget as well as keep supplies ordering schedule on time.
10.  Miscellaneous- Trying including any other requirements that don’t fit into the previous section of your contract. Because being as detailed as possible will make for a smooth floral contract.

The next stop is Kelly Snyder at Southern Charm Weddings. Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you again next month!
  1.  Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  2. Ashley Rae at Ashley Rae Events
  3. Shaun Cox at A D.I.Y. Affair Weddings and Events
  4. Kristi Richardson at Bloomed To Last
  5. Chantal Benoit at Chantal Benoit Photographer
  6. Irene Tyndale at Irene Tyndale Events 
  7. Peter Merkle at Chicago Wedding DJs
  8. Katrina McCullum at Made of Honor Weddings
  9. Kelly King at Affordable Wedding Invites by Gossett Printing
  10. Rachel Huntoon at Ashford Manor Bed & Breakfast
  11. N’neka Scruggs at Images by N’neka
  12. Teresa Rhodes at Nearly Nesters 
  13. Laurie Kuerlemann at Platinum Party Events Entertainment, Inc
  14. Katherine Shorter at Creating Awesomenessity
  15. Liz Coopersmith at Silver Charm Events
  16. Kimberly Parks at  KP Photography
  17. Cindy Clearwater at Something Blue Virgin Islands
  18. Anshwa Lewis at SwaLaRue Events
  19. Nikki Michel at Ciao Bella Weddings
  20. Daphne Simpson at Elite Design
  21. Kelly Snyder at Southern Charm Weddings


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

David Tutera Loves Aisle Runners by Elite Design!

We we so honored to get a call from the office of David Tutera requesting an aisle runner for one of his upcoming events. We were even more excited when we learned it would be used right here in Atlanta, for the launch party of none other than Porsha Williams! The episode aired on WETV on Thursday, February 19th, at 10 PM.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Top Wedding Flowers 2015

1. Wedding Protea

Protea wedding flowers will be popular in 2015 with modern brides that want to make a statement. Proteas are a stunning flower named after the Greek god Proteus. They come in various sizes ranging from the larger grapefruit-sized blooms of the King Protea to the smaller protea buds that are similar to an artichoke bud in shape and texture. The pin cushion protea, or needle protea, are available in a variety of bright colors, and will also be chosen as a distinctive tropical accent in wedding bouquets and wedding floral centerpieces in 2015.

2. Wedding Succulents

Succulents are still a strong choice for brides in 2015. The range of shapes, sizes, and unique looks of succulents make them a great choice for wedding bouquets and wedding table centerpieces. Faux succulents are a good choice since they look so real, will last and last, and are easy to use to create wedding bouquets and centerpieces months ahead of the wedding date. Bouquets will wow with a mix of flowers and a few choice succulents. Modern and geometric wedding themes will be making use of succulents in wedding décor in 2015.

3. Wedding Peonies

Peonies are a consistent favorite for weddings, and this year will be no different. Soft cream and pink peonies will be perfect choices for pastel weddings. Faux Peony buds in surprising aqua, coral, purple and grey will provide a pop of luxurious color for brides creating a distinctive look for their modern, vintage, and boho wedding themes.

4. Wedding Hydrangea

This versatile flower will continue to delight brides in their 2015 weddings. Hydrangeas can be lush and romantic, lending a soft feel to vintage and rustic weddings in cream, pink, and baby blue shades. Hydrangeas will also have their place in country western weddings. They will be found in deeper shades such as deep red hydrangeas and dark blue hydrangeas. Hydrangeas will be found in DIY floral garlands, wedding bouquets, and wedding centerpieces.

5. Wedding Greenery

Greenery will be all the rage in 2015. Brides will choose table runners, bouquets, centerpieces and hanging garlands filled with lush ferns, seeded eucalyptus, sedum, moss, and salal leaves to name a few. Bouquets will be spilling over with green leaves in a full, natural look. Table runners will be composed of greenery with flowers placed among the leaves. Centerpieces - high and low - will have beautiful greenery as a background to floral focus pieces. Some weddings will go as far as using greenery almost exclusively among wood accents for an earthy woodland look.

6. Wedding Flowers Backdrop

Floral backdrops are a beautiful trend that will gain momentum in 2015. Weddings will feature a range of options from full, lux floral walls to fun flower letters on a cloth backdrop. For some couples, the traditional wedding arch will be replaced with a wall of flowers. These backdrops will be created in a range of colors and flowers types. Even brides who DIY their flower backdrop will find that they benefit from the ease and beauty of using faux flowers in their backdrop designs.

7. Wedding Floral Table Runners

Long farm tables with lush greenery-filled table runners will be a trend many couples will choose for their 2015 wedding day reception. These lush green runners will be filled with solid greenery or combined with flowers. These luxurious runners double as the centerpiece for the wedding table.

8. Wedding Floral Crowns

Brides will be wearing floral crowns filled with green leaves and large, full blooms. This look was inspired by the boho trend, and is a fun accessory for brides, bridesmaids and flower girls in weddings. The floral crowns in 2015 will tend toward larger, full crowns with luscious blooms in pastels or bright blooms that coordinate with wedding colors.

9. Floral Wristlets and Anklets

Flowers will be very wearable in 2015, and corsage wristlets are making a comeback on the wedding scene. Full, open blooms worn on the wrist will add a romantic touch to the wedding day ensemble. Watch out for flower anklets making appearances on boho and beach brides. This fun and quirky trend will add a unique touch to a brides look.

10. Wedding Bouquet Bling

Brides will be adding a touch of sparkle and glam to their bouquets this year. Bouquet jewelry will be a popular way for brides to add a unique touch of bling to their flower bouquets. Some will add simple rhinestone picks to the center of blooms. Others will add larger bouquet jewelry pieces as elements in their bouquets. The bling in bouquets trend will be fit well with many wedding themes, from glam to rustic chic.

Top Wedding Themes 2015

1. Bohemian Wedding

Bring on the Boho Wedding in 2015! This trend will dominate the wedding scene with care-free bohemian touches in wedding fashion and décor. Large flowers such as peonies and dahlias, along with colorful wild flower-inspired bouquets and centerpieces will help create that boho look. Wedding hairstyles will be loose and free-flowing. Fabrics with Moroccan or Indian patterns will also add the free spirit feel of the boho wedding trend.

2. Backyard Garden Party

Why not use your backyard for a wedding reception? Many wedding couples will be choosing this option in 2015. Backyard weddings fit in with the DIY spirit so popular with brides. Couples can save money on the venue and make their wedding special by choosing their own home for their reception. Backyard weddings will have a relaxed and fun feel, and decoration choices will tend towards rustic with colorful touches. Big balloons, trees strung with lights, homemade greenery arches, and vintage tables and furniture will be popular decoration choices for the backyard wedding.

3. Lux Wedding

Luxurious weddings are making a comeback in 2015. Flower walls, tall, full centerpieces, and rich, deep hues will be part of the lavish look of lux weddings. Many brides will choose to create the lux look on a budget with faux flowers. Flower walls and floral runners can be created with faux flowers ahead of time and are easier on the wedding budget.

4. Modern Geometric Wedding

Couples who like the modern style will choose geometric shapes as the focal point for their wedding theme in 2015. Clean lines and hard-edge geometric patterns and designs will be feature in wedding decorations, paired with bold and bright colors. Romance will be incorporated with unique flower choices such as protea, spider mums, and succulents.

5. Western Wedding

From wild west touches to barn inspired looks, the country western will be a popular wedding trend in 2015. Brides will don their cowboy boots and grooms their cowboy hats. Wedding tables will be covered in gingham, and centerpieces will be rustic tin or wood containers filled with sunflowers and daisies. Burlap, twine, and cotton stalks will be the perfect touches for creating that rustic country western wedding look.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Ultimate Wedding Day Decor Checklist. How to Organize All Those Details

Welcome to our very first Blog Hop for 2015!
This month we want to help you start the year off by getting organized as you’re planning your wedding or event. Get ready for some great ideas to help you reduce stress and enjoy the planning process as you move along through the blog hop.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from
Rachel Huntoon  at Ashford Manor Bed & Breakfast on Natalie’s Blog Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you make sure to see and learn from all of the articles featured here today.

Wedding Flowers 101 

So you are planning your big day and it’s time to get serious about the florals.  Contact your florist six to nine months before your wedding date.  Every bride wants her wedding to be memorable and her choice of flowers or arrangements should reflect her specific taste and personality. Her flowers should create a theme to make her wedding day special and provide the finishing touch . So how do you decide what flowers to use for your wedding and all of those special events that take place once you say  “yes”. 

First, determine your floral budget. Have a look at the total wedding budget and see what is available for flowers. Once that amount has been established make a list of the floral item you require. It's a good idea to make a "must-have" list and a "wish-list", so that if you do have to make adjustments, the wish-list flowers can go first without effecting the overall design.  Some floral arrangements might not be realistic once you have budgeted for everything else, so it's a good idea to know how much you have to spend on flowers before getting started. When you visit the florist, you can discuss the extent of your budget and work from there.

What to Bring to Your Floral Consultation

Bring a trusted friend/bridesmaid, as well as the decision maker (whether that is you or someone else).  Just don’t bring too many people so you won’t be distracted or unable to state your opinions freely.
      *Know your chosen venue.  You want the design to complement not compete with your venue. 

       Photos and any room layouts will be helpful.

      *Gather your dream inspiration pieces to share with your vendor.  That can be magazine clippings, your      Pinterest board, photos. Putting them all into an email  and forward before your meeting will allow the vendor to have some ideas to share with you.  If you’ve chosen your gown and your bridesmaids gowns, bring photos, color swatches, etc.
      *Bring a list with your estimated ceremony time, reception begin and end time, guest count, bridal party and attendants. 

Your list might look like this:
Ceremony Location: __________________________________  Time: __________
Reception Location: _________________________________ End Time: ________
          ____  Number of Guests (as far as you know)
          ____  Bridesmaids                       _____  Groomsmen
          ____  Jr. Bridesmaids (ages)        _____  Jr. Groomsmen (ages)
          ____  Flower Girls (ages) ____    _____    Ring Bearers (ages)  ____   
          ____  Moms/Grandmas                _____   Dads/Grandads
          ____  Ceremony flowers               _____   Ushers / Hostess
          ___________Cocktail Tables        ___________Guest Tables
          ___________Head Tables            ___________Long Tables

*Bring your budget guidelines.  Arrangement prices can range dramatically, remain within your comfort level to create the best event possible. 

Here is a basis guideline for the Southeast area to get you started. 
Bridal Bouquet:  $250 and up

Bridesmaids Bouquets:  $60 to $100 ea.,  Boutonnieres:  $10 ea and up,  Corsages:  $15 - $25, Altar Flowers:  Two large arrangements flanking you:  Allow $300-$500 or you might choose a custom structure. 
Centerpieces/Lows:Small starting at $45 ea
Dramatic statements starting at $100 and up ea

 Delivery and Installation Fees:$250 and up, depending on complexity. Sales Tax

*Plan to spend about an hour and a half during the initial consultation.  The vendor will get to know your taste and desires, what you’d like to see.

Here are a few site to research the price of flowers:

Listed below are some of the more common flower meanings:

Alstroemeria: Devotion

Babies Breath: Pure Heart

Carnation: Fidelity

Chrysanthemum (Mums): Cheerfulness, Truth

Daffodil: Joy, Devotion

Daisy: Faith, Simplicity

Gardenia: Joy

Gladiola: Generosity, Beauty

Iris: Promise

Ivy: Fidelity, Friendship

Lily of the Valley: Happiness

Lily: Purity, Innocence

Orchids: Rare Beauty

Rose: Love, Friendship

Rosebud: Beauty, Youth

Stephanotis: Happiness

Sweet Pea: Blissful Pleasure

Tulip: Perfect Lover

The next stop is Kishana Highgate at Kishana Highgate Photography on Natalie’s Blog Hop!

Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you again next month! 

  1. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events  
  2. Katherine Shorter at Creating Awesomenessity
  3. Kristi Richardson at Bloomed To Last
  4. Chantal Benoit at Chantal Benoit Photographer
  5. Elizabeth Batte at plainjane designs 
  6. Andie Freeman  at Andie Freeman Photography 
  7. Brenna Fields Taylor at An Elegant Affair LLC
  8. Irene Tyndale at Irene Tyndale Events 
  9. Tessa Marie at Tessa Marie Weddings
  10. Peter Merkle at Chicago Wedding DJs
  11. Anshwa Lewis at SwaLaRue Events
  12. Deborah Ashe at Rev. Deborah Ashe
  13. Angela Christoforo at Elite Wedding and Event Planning
  14. Liz Coopersmith at Silver Charm Events
  15. Amber Peterson at Cheers Wedding & Event Planning
  16. Maggie Evans at Maggie Evans Designs :: handmade bridal couture
  17. N'neka Scruggs at Images by N'neka
  18. Kelly Snyder at Southern Charm Weddings
  19. Cindy Clearwater at Something Blue Virgin Islands
  20. Kimberly Parks at KP Photography
  21. Simone R. Ross at Lil' Tux N Tiara's Event Sitters & Entertainment
  22. David Osborne at Sound Insight Productions
  23. Nicole Hill at Flora Bond
  24. Shaun Cox at A D.I.Y. Affair Weddings and Events
  25. Katrina McCullum at Made of Honor Weddings
  26. Sandy Salle at Hills of Africa Travel
  27. Rachel Huntoon  at Ashford Manor Bed & Breakfast
  28. Daphne Simpson at Elite Design   YOU ARE HERE
  29. Kishana Highgate at Kishana Highgate Photography
  30. Loraine McCall at Mojica Photography
  31. Teresa Rhodes at Nearly Nesters 
  32. Andrea Freeman at Andrea Freeman Events
  33. Nikki Michel at Ciao Bella Weddings
  34. Kelly King at Affordable Wedding Invites by Gossett Printing
  35. Christine Ringuette at Down The Aisle Wedding Planning & Design
  36. Myiesha Antwine at Kiss and Tell Weddings
  37. Ashley Rae at Ashley Rae Events
  38. Laurie Kuerlemann at Platinum Party Events Entertainment, Inc
  39. Lydia Wells at Writer Mom
  40. Melissa Pepin at Melissa Pepin Photography


50 FT. White Non-Woven runner

This price includes your basic monogram design (we will complete up to three sample designs) The runner can be monogrammed in one of the following ways. .

OPTION 1: Three Letter Monogram Plus Long Date (Month, Day, Year)
OPTION 2: First Names and Last Initial Plus Short Date (MM.DD.YY).

$150 includes shipping in the continental US
If you already have a wedding monogram design, I am more than happy to hand paint it on your aisle runner. An additional fee may be required based on the complexity of your design.

Friday, January 9, 2015

We Won the WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award 2015

The WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards® recognizes the top five percent of local wedding professionals from the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. Unlike other awards in which winners are selected by the organization, winners of the WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards® are determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over a million WeddingWire newlyweds.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

12.13.14 Weddings

Congratulations to all the couples getting married today, on 12/13/14. Especially the 29 who tied the knot in a mass ceremony at 10:11 am, conducted by Gwinnett County Chief Magistrate Kristina Hammer Blum and Probate Judge Christopher Ballar. A big "Thank You" to the ones who selected bouquets and boutonnieres by Elite Design. #121314Wedding