How to Choose the Perfect Flowers for Your Students’ Graduation

Flowers have always been a hallmark of every major event in life, be they birthdays or weddings. And so it is with graduation – one of the most momentous and joyous times in the life of a student. It’s a time for celebration, and there isn’t anything like flowers to add to the mood of the day. Additionally, flowers can have great sentimental value later on in life as well, as students often keep some of the petals in scrapbooks, or frame them with pictures from the graduation. If you’re trying to figure out what kind of flowers you should give your student, read on.

What form of arrangement should the flowers be in?

Some flowers are especially meant to mark a person’s accomplishments, and are given in order to congratulate them or recognize their hard efforts. Leis fall into this category. The beauty of leis lies in their flexibility; they can be created from orchids, roses, carnations, and if the fancy strikes you, even leaves. It is common to use orchids for this purpose, so if you don’t want a lei garland, you can just give the graduate a bouquet of orchids to offer them congratulations.

Corsages and boutonnieres are also traditional gifts to give the graduate before the ceremony. Of course, it can be extremely difficult to choose when there’s so much variety! We recommend going with your graduate’s favorite color or flower.

What color should the flowers be?

Flower Essences For Writers

Today I broke down and made myself a writing blend. Sure M&M, Focus and Confidence can do in a pinch, but I needed some targeted help.

Writing is an emotional business, at least it should be, and there are plenty of pitfalls as such. Here are some common issues and my floral suggestions for each.

The Summer Collection

With temperatures rising and flowers in full bloom, it only means one thing – summer is upon us!

While this time of year is pretty much the prime wedding season everywhere except Louisiana, our Summer Collection is perfect for couples brave enough to take on the infamous heat and humidity for their big day.

Starting at $2,060, this wedding flower package includes:

  • (1) Bridal Bouquet
  • (4) Bridesmaids Bouquets
  • (5) Boutonnieres
  • (2) Corsages
  • (4) Cocktail Centerpieces
  • (10) Centerpieces
  • (1) Case of 48 Votives

And, in case your bridal party requires more bouquets and/or boutonnieres, adding on to a package is not a problem at all!

Even for our couples planning an elopement, all of the items within our collections are available a la cart. Keep it simple and shop our selection of bouquets and boutonnieres.

Scroll below to see samples from A Wise Bride’s Summer Collection, and keep in mind that we can customize your wedding flower package to match any theme and color palette!

A Wise Bride’s Summer Collection: Bridal Bouquet

A Wise Bride’s Summer Collection: Bridesmaid Bouquet


Top Beautiful Bouquet of Flowers for Birthday

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The finest handpicked field-grown flowers are what make up our popular Flowering Fields bouquet – bold sunflowers framed by some of the most unique colors and textures. Surround yourself or someone you care about with the best Mother Nature can offer with this colorful concoction of yellow, purple, hot pink, orange and green blooms.

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Send lasting joy with these sensational Big Blooms! Featuring a colorful mix of roses, paired with vibrant stargazer lilies. Our Big Blooms bouquet is an ideal gift for a friend or loved one who deserves something special.

5 Reasons to Send Flower July ’17

When July arrives, one thing is for sure, summer is in full swing and nature is in full bloom. The Fourth of July is a great time to send flowers and decorate for your celebrations, but there are so many other reasons to send flowers this month! Check out five of them here.
Send flowers for vacation? Yep! Send your family or friends off with a beautiful arrangement to give them a little piece of home to enjoy while they are away.
National Cheer Up the Lonely Day- July 11
Flowers are a proven mood booster! Let them know they aren’t really alone on National Cheer Up the Lonely Day with flowers.
National Get Out of the Dog House Day- July 17th
Whether it’s at work or home, take some time on July 17th to get yourself out of the doghouse. Flowers might not solve all your problems, but they can help!
Parents’ Day- July 23
Biological, adopted, step, or symbolic, everyone has parents. Show them some love on Parents’ Day with a bouquet of flowers.
National Cousins Day- July 24th
Our cousins are often some of our first friends. Even if you have drifted apart over the years, let them know they’ll always be your first best friend with an awesome arrangement.
Shower the people you love with beautiful blossoms from your local florist this summer! Not sure where the florist closest to you is located? Find them in our directory!


Graduation Decorations That Go for the Gold

Graduation truly is a time to sparkle and shine—and using gold in your party décor will also put you right on trend. Gold is everywhere these days and in many different ways: foil, leaf, glitter, tassel, etc. Here are a few easy ways to make your graduation the one that outshines the rest!

Duct tape, you’ve come a long way! One of the simplest ways to customize and add some pizzazz to your centerpieces is to wrap a piece of gold duct tape around the vase and write a message on the tape. This gold duct tape is actually dry-erase as well—what could be easier!

Black-and-gold is a popular color combo this season, and there are many different invitations available with this look. The glitter on the border and cap are fun, but the simplicity of the design makes it sophisticated at the same time.

I used a few different techniques for this special arrangement, but each one is very easy to do.

What you’ll need:

  • 10-12 white roses
  • 6 stems salal leaves
  • Floral tape or rubber band
  • Design Masters Gold spray paint (this is a floral paint)
  • Gold duct tape
  • Adhesive glue tape runner
  • Gold glitter

For the vase:

Make several stripes around a clear glass cylinder vase using the tape runner.
Lay scrap paper on a flat surface.

Holding the vase over the paper, sprinkle the glitter over the areas where you have applied the adhesive tape. (The glitter that falls on the paper can easily be put back in the jar to use for additional vases or another project.)

Hand-tied bouquet:

  • Remove the foliage from the rose stems.
  • Gather the roses together in your hand starting with the middle rose, adding each additional rose at a slightly lower level.
  • Secure stems with floral tape first to hold them tightly together.
  • Cut the bottom of the rose stems so that the roses will sit just at the top of the vase.
  • Cut salal stems shortly shorter and spray front and back of leaves with Design Masters gold spray paint and let dry for a few minutes.
  • Collar the bottom of the bouquet, just under the roses with the gold leaves.
  • Use floral tape to keep the salal stems in place before wrapping all of the stems with gold duct tape, leaving 1-2″ of the stems exposed.
  • Add 1-2″ of water to the vase before placing your bouquet.

Gold vase with inspirational words:

Use a paint marker made specifically for glass to add an inspirational saying to a gold glass vase. I went with Shine bright like a diamond. Some other possibilities: You sparkle and shine or Twinkle, twinkle, rising star.

Another hot trend that’s perfect for graduation celebrations is tassels. We made our festive gold tassel banner from a bag of gold shred. Just take individual strands, group them together and secure at the top with a small piece of wire. Attach the tassels to a piece of gold ribbon—that’s it! Easy peasy!