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2018 Wedding Flower Trends: Anemones

If you haven't heard of anemones yet, chances are they will be on you radar soon! Jewel tones are a huge floral trend for 2018 and these beauties are the perfect accent flower to tie in that deep navy color. Like all sought after flowers, these babies are quite temperamental and a bit unpredictable, but if properly cared for, can be a great option for October through May weddings. 

Anemone Facts: 

Anemones come in multiple colors, but white ones with dark centers are by far the most popular.

Anemones come from the Greek word “anemos,” meaning wind. 

The flower buds can show strong pink hues, but the pink will often fade as the flower blooms.

Anemones tend to vary in color from stem to stem. This is a naturally occurring phenomenon. White anemones may show touches of pink, green, or lavender throughout the flower itself.

Anemones are a phototropic flower. They will bend towards the light and sometimes close when in darkness.

The average anemone vase life is 5 days with proper care and handling. They are a very sensitive flower, so extra care is always recommended to ensure they look their best.

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Should I Arrange My Own Wedding Flowers?

Now that it's 2017 and brides-to-be are getting serious about their upcoming weddings, tough decisions need to be made.  Flowers, which initially seemed minor on the wedding to-do list, immediately became more complicated when quotes come piling in from local florists.  Let's face it, flowers are expensive but what other options are there?  Is the dream wedding complete with fake flowers?  For most, in my experience, the answer to that question is no.  Real flowers are the way to go especially since Kukka has made it incredibly easy to do your own arrangements.

By using Kukka, you can pick out a wedding flower package or create a custom package.  If you select a wedding package, most of the work is done.  Simply purchase, have the flowers arrive, and arrange for 2-3 hours according to the instructions.  For a custom package, it becomes a little bit more tedious nailing down the exact flowers you want, but a good starting point is finding inspirational photos and emailing it to Kukka.  Kukka can either recreate the exact arrangement or they can work with you to nail down flowers you like at a price you like.  Then, once you decide what flowers to use, the process is the same.  You receive the stems and arrange according to the instructions.  2-3 hours of work for $2,000 in savings?  I definitely value my time, but not always by that much.  I say arrange your own wedding flowers, save the money, be proud of your creations, and tell the florist "no thanks, I got this."

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A DIY Centerpiece Anyone Can Make

 

A DIY wedding cannot be complete without beautiful centerpieces.  Centerpieces typically include 15-30 flowers and require a little different preparation than other bouquets.  Here are some easy step-by-step instructions to make a beautiful centerpiece for your wedding.  In this example, we chose pink and white roses as the focal flowers, but you can apply these tips to your own centerpieces.

Let's get started!

Materials:

White roses

Pink roses

Dusty miller

Seeded eucalyptus 

12" diameter fish bowl vase

Tape

Shears

Thorn Stripper (optional)

Instructions

Step 1: Prep flowers

Kukka Blog - DIY Centerpiece1. Remove any thorns or leaves from flowers. This will prevent harmful bacteria from entering the water and reducing the flowers lifespan.

2. Cut stems. Always cut an inch off each stem at 45-degree angle. This cut allows flowers to absorb water better. 

3. Place flowers in water as soon as possible.  Add flower food if available.

4. As a rule, make your arrangement about one and a half times taller than your container.

Step 2: Prep Vase

Kukka Flowers DIY Flowers Vase1. Start with a vase that has a wide enough round or square opening.

2. Start to line tape vertically.

3. Continue lining tape about one inch apart.

4. Start to line tape horizontally and create a grid.

5. You want to end up with enough open space to place your flowers in between the tape.

Step 3: Arrange Flowers

How to create a DIY Flower Centerpiece - Pink and White roses

1. Start placing pink roses (or the focal flower of your choice). 

2. Continue placing roses - trying to work in groups of three.

3. Add a secondary flower (white roses for this arrangement).

4. Add dusty miller (or other greenery)

5. Add seeded eucalyptus for final touches. 

All done!

 

Love this tutorial? Kukka Flowers specializes in DIY floral wedding packages and custom flowers so you can keep the creativity flowing.

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