Great Holiday Weddings

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427454_261934053883455_1787755283_nPlanning a holiday wedding is exciting. Fun themes and joyous family get-togethers bring families and friends from around the world. But before you settle on a December date or buy 1,000 bunches of mistletoe, consider whether the timing of your wedding will work for your budget, personal tastes and family dynamic.

Benefits

  1. People typically have more vacation time to take during the holidays, making it easier for them to schedule a wedding trip which could turn your ceremony and reception into an extended holiday vacation for them.
  2. Certain varieties of greenery are more readily available in the winter than in the heat of summer. For instance, green pine boughs can be used to drape gazebos and aisles inside a church for a fraction of the cost of floral bouquets.
  3. If you opt for a November, December or January wedding, you will be able to blend the warmth of holiday activities or the excitement of the “ball dropping” and the romance of New Year’s Eve into the your ceremony and reception.

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The holidays are a great time to utilize traditional greenery and red roses, along with splashes of white and metallic accents for drama. Dark and light tones are ideal for New Year’s Eve wedding celebrations, which have the advantage of taking your party well into the night.

Pinecones, evergreen boughs and holly are just a few reasons that Christmas weddings are especially romantic – they add a whisper of winter to your Holiday affair. Other unique floral choices could include anemones, ranunculus, tulips, and dusty miller. Talk to us about developing the perfect centerpieces and bouquets to complement your theme.

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The holiday season is joyous and fun. So what better time to add creativity and personality to your wedding?

  • Provide personalized noisemakers and sparklers for the stroke of midnight.
  • A beautifully decorated tree at your reception is the perfect addition to a holiday wedding – and you can accent it with your own personalized décor.
  • Adorn party favors with Christmas-themed wrapping paper.
  • Tailor the food to the season, with honey-baked ham, eggnog, and pumpkin pies instead of cake.166580_414017495341776_940877048_n

Whenever you choose to get married, whether during the Holiday Season or any season, when it comes to your wedding, you need reliable vendors you can trust to help you turn your dream into reality. For the very best holiday-themed wedding or floral arrangements, set up a consultation with the experts at La Petite Fleur in Glendora. We love helping people plan their weddings, and work hard to understand your needs and desires, to make sure you pull off the day of your dreams. And since we have been named among the “Best of the Knot” for 2015, 2016 and 2017, you can rest assured flowers and décor for your wedding and reception will be in good hands. Call now (626) 852-3400 or contact us online to set up a free consultation at www.glendoralapetitefleur.com .  Also, look for us featured on The Wedding Chicks.com.

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La Petite Fleur Floral Wedding Specialists!

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When it comes to summer style, there are as many different themes as there are weddings, and if you don’t believe us, just click around on Pinterest. Themes, styles, and categories abound! We at La Petite Fleur have narrowed down some of our favorite themes, showcased by a few of our beautiful brides! So whether you are using Pinterest as a guide or you are on pin-overload, brides of all styles and themes agree that La Petite Fleur in Glendora is the perfect place to start planning your special occasion – we were named the Best of the Knot for both 2015 and 2016, and were also named “Favorite Florist” of 2016, in a reader’s choice contest conducted by the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

Call today to set up a free consultation, we would love to help you plan the wedding of your dreams!

Bright & Breezy

Colors that pop and dresses that sway in the cool summer breezes are at the forefront of our minds with this style. Often set at the beach or other picturesque outdoor venue, these weddings feature peppered pops of vibrant color. Let your theme reflect your personality and choose flowers like full, blooming dahlias, hydrangeas, and sunflowers, paired with gorgeous, loose greenery, and pops of color from other seasonal flowers and berries.

Bold & Beautiful

Any time of year, bold is beautiful. The darker tones and vibrant color palette of this theme embody romance. Take advantage of the deep colors and vibrant hues found in ranunculus and full garden roses set against the unique choice of seeded eucalyptus, succulents, dusty miller, and other soft greens, so blossoms pop. Dress your girls in darker shades for a beautiful and bold contrast!

Bohemian & Romantic

This theme is pure opulence in its attention to detail and luxury. Play with your color palette for beautiful contrasts of light and dark colors, paired with rich gold tones. Long, elegant dresses set the backdrop for beautiful, overflowing bouquets, designed to catch the eye of all your guests, and in this particular wedding, the eyes of weddingchicks.com, where this wedding was featured! Think outside the box when choosing flowers for this theme and set your wedding apart with florals like king protea, anemones, kale – ask our owner and head designer, Angela, for more ideas!

Rustic & Whimsical

This theme encourages you to think outside the box and feature items in your wedding that truly speak to your relationship and unique style. A barnyard, wooded backdrop, or wildflower-covered hilltop may make the perfect location for your rustic wedding. Woodsy color palettes can add to the rich texture of this theme and allow for unique, whimsical floral decorations featuring wax flower, wild poppies, hyacinth, and lilacs.

Soft & Sweet

A mix between classic romantic and childhood-inspired fairy tale, a soft & sweet wedding should inspire you to choose softer fabrics like chiffon and lace paired with light, romantic colors. Great floral choices include dutch tulips, sweet pea, peonies, garden roses, and scabiosa pods. Accessorize with pearls and soft light ribbon.This theme encourages you to think outside the box and feature items in your wedding that truly speak to your relationship and unique style.

The professionals at La Petite Fleur in Glendora love helping people plan their weddings, and work hard to understand your needs and desires, to make sure you pull off the day of your dreams. And since we have been named among the Best of the Knot” for 2015 and 2016, you can rest assured flowers and décor for your wedding and reception will be in good hands. Call now (626) 852-3400 or contact us online to set up a free consultation. Also, look for us featured on The Wedding Chicks.com.

 

5 Spring Wedding Ideas

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Floral Wreath 2Spring is in full swing and with it comes fun inspirational ideas for weddings. Whether your ceremony and reception are set for March, April or May, consider these great ideas for your springtime affair:

  1. Lightweight looks for the guys. Classic spring looks, suchBowtie as floral colors and patterns are always a win in the spring, but if you are looking for something a little different, put your groom and groomsmen in something lightweight, like seersucker suits. If you complete the look with a festive pastel bow tieFloral Wreath Flower Girl, your guests will appreciate the refreshing nod to spring, and groomsmen will keep cool in their lightweight suits!
  2. Breezy dresses for the girls. Where weddings are concerned, pastel dresses always provide a beautiful canvas, but if you want an added pop of color, try dressing your ladies in vibrant jewel tones. To help keep them cool and happy on a warm spring day, go for a lightweight fabric such as chiffon. If you can’t settle on a single color, think about giving your ladies a choice. As long as everyone wears a similar style dress, the color combinations will work together to create a living, breathing bridesmaid “bouquet.”Flower Girl Group
  3. Flowers that set the tone. Okay, we may be biased, but we think that flowers are an amazing and stylish way to set the tone for your perfect wedding. Angela, at La Petite Fleur, can help you create your dream spring wedding through her expertly designed bouquets, arrangements, floral archways, flower crowns, and more! Let your flowers showcase your style with pops of color and fragrance. Spring brings an abundance of beautiful blooms and a soft yellow dress, for example, will look lovely when paired with bright and beautiful peonies, ranunculus, iris, or freesia. When you come in for an appointment, Angela will be sure to find out your style, favorite flower, and colors, so that she can help create a day unique to you and one you’ll never forget, and neither will your guests!
  4. Keying in on the Flower Girl and RingFloral Crown Bearer. While nothing is sweeter than the flower girl tossing petals down the aisle, some venues and churches don’t allow real petals, so we have a few alternatives! In a recent wedding held in Cincinnati, Ohio, Angela decorated the flower basket, which had been previously used by the bride in her sister’s wedding, and covered the edge with flowers, so that it gave the illusion of a petal-filled basket even after the petals were gone and it stayed beautiful throughout the day and night! Pomanders, or Kissing Balls are a fun and sweet option if you are looking for something different than the traditional basket and a flower crown will make your Flower Girl feel like a princess! For the ring bearer, a moss covered ring pillow decorated with flowers looks beautiful for spring and if you have more than one little cutie in your wedding, signs announcing the bride’s entrance is adorable!
  5. Make a Crowning Statement. As mentioned above, a great way to ring in the spring is to let Angela create a beautiful flower crown for your flower girl, but flower crowns are a beautiful option for you and/or your Bridesmaids. Flower crowns can add a touch of romantic whimsy and yours can be worn with or without a veil, allowing you to frame your face and compliment your gown and style! Check out the Yelp review and picture from a thrilled Bride that Angela made a crown for and incorporated special flowers native to New Zealand where they met. Discuss this choice with Angela, who would love to work with you to create the perfect unique floral crown that fits your style for your special day!
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The professionals at La Petite Fleur in Glendora love helping Brides and Grooms plan their weddings, and work hard to understand your needs and desires, to make sure you pull off the day of your dreams. You can rest assured that the flowers and décor for your wedding and reception will be in good hands as we have been named among the Best of the Knot” for 2015 and 2016,. Call now (626) 852-3400 or contact us online to set up a free consultation. We look forward to meeting you and hearing how we can help you create a beautiful day to remember forever!

Five Signs You May Soon Be Getting Engaged

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engaged couple kissing and holding cardboard signsFebruary is arguably the most romantic month of the year: hearts, flowers, candy, and cupids abound, all turn our hearts to thoughts about love. Not surprisingly, it’s also a popular month to get engaged!

If your loved one has yet to pop the question, you may be interested in some signs that he may be preparing to get down on his knee:

  1. He suddenly becomes reluctant to spend money, it may be because he is trying to sock it away for a ring! This is especially true if he used to be looser with his cash. By itself, this may not be a huge hint, but when accompanied by additional signs, this could signal a proposal is on its way.
  2. Discussions take a serious turn toward future plans. Has he recently asked you about where you see yourself in five or ten years? He may be trying to make sure he knows the answer to the most important question he will ever ask, so he could be making sure you see him as an important part of your long-term plans. Proposal on the beach with a man asking for marry at sunset
  3. Diamond ringHe has started looking at your ring finger with renewed interest and enthusiasm, wondering aloud about your jewelry preferences or asking you what size you wear? Although it is possible he has just started to notice your ring finger for innocent reasons, it could mean he is considering how it will look when it sports an engagement ring!
  4. When people ask “When are you two getting married,” he blushes and stammers. Although such a reaction to this type of teasing could just mean he is tired of hearing it posed, it could also mean he is trying to hide his plan to change your relationship status. If he loudly objects, it could be a case of what Shakespeare referred to as, “Methinks thou dost protest too much!”Cute frog couple holding red heart
  5. He recently started talking about other peoples’ weddings. Although this could just equate to a new interest in event planning, it is more likely that he has started seriously considering your ceremony and reception.

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If all five of the above hints apply to your situation, you will probably soon be joining the ranks of the engaged. We hope that a proposal is in your near future and, if it is, we hope you will work with the professionals at La Petite Fleur in Glendora. We love helping people plan their weddings, and work hard to understand your needs and desires, to make sure you have the day of your dreams. Since we have been named among the Best of the Knot” for 2015 and 2016, you can rest assured the flowers and décor for your wedding and reception will be in excellent hands! Call now (626) 852-3400 or contact us online to set up a free consultation. Check out our flowers in The Wedding Chicks.com February 15th blog post!

Winter Wedding Ideas for 2016

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Wedding bouquet lying on the rugAre you putting the finishing touches on a winter wedding in early 2016? These tips can help you create a perfect cool weather wedding! Winter weddings are especially fun for couples to plan, because they provide lots of brilliant options that might not work well for an event set in June. Whether you are newly engaged and planning an event for 2017 or are putting the finishing touches on a ceremony and reception set for early 2016, here are some tips to help you pull off the winter wedding of your dreams:

Use Metallic throughout the Wedding

Tiny touches of metallic look great on a reception tablescape.

Tiny touches of metallic look great on a reception tablescape.

Gold, silver, and other metallic colors are not only trending, but add a bit of pop to a winter wedding! These elements can be incorporated in several subtle areas, including invitations, vases, stemware, mirrored tablescapes, and even attire. Used properly, metallic items give the wedding a classic yet comfortable and elegant look and can be incorporated into virtually any spending plan.

Play with Plaid

Traditionally used in fall and winter, plaid can be seamlessly tied into your wedding, either subtly with just a touch of color and whimsy or more prominently, for a bold statement and fun. Consider a plaid shirt or tie for the groom and groomsmen, or even just a pocket square. If plaid is what you fancy, consider outfitting groomsmen with patterned shirts or ties and using plaid napkins for the cocktail hour. If you want to go really bold, you could even showcase plaid tablecloths. Want your invitations to really stand out? Use plaid in the design for a pop of color. For a really adorable use of plaid, give your ring bearer a plaid bowtie and matching suspenders and let your flower girl carry a tartan-trimmed basket.

Stand out with Sleeves

Long-sleeved wedding dresses don’t usually work well for the beach or hot summer’s day, but for a winter wedding, you can bring back a timeless and classic look. A recent Elle spread showcased several attractive full-sleeve options. If that sounds like you, you might want to consider a vintage sleeved gown, which is not only functional but can also make a beautiful fashion statement.

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The beauty of a wedding is often found in the simple, often inexpensive, details. For a winter wedding, decorative touches can make the difference between a cold, stark affair and an inviting event. You can choose to wrap the ceremony chairs in silk or chiffon, or place seasonal flowers or greenery at the end of each row of chairs. Decorative lighting and crystal accents can be used to simulate icicles and frost. You can use pinecones and birch branches to give your wedding a warm, rustic feel – add a touch of gold or silver to glam it up!

Bring on the Comfort Foods

A warm weather wedding is ideal for cold foods such as ceviche, chilled shrimp, or crackers and cheese. For a cold weather wedding, consider traditional comfort foods (with a kick) such as lobster mac and cheese or baked brie with fresh sourdough bread. Warm buttermilk biscuits with honey ham? I do!

Have fun with winter gifts

La Petite Fleur Have Fun with the SeasonIf your ceremony will be held outside, consider offering cozy blankets or scarves for guests. A monogrammed blanket for the bridal party would be a great gift, because it could be used between takes at your photo shoot and will be remembered for years to come.

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An outside patio cocktail hour is the perfect time to bring in some fun hot drinks. Offer a hot chocolate station for the under-21 crowd and those who prefer not to indulge. While for those seeking something a little stronger to warm them up, some of our favorite hot drinks include the Frost Bite, Scotch Hot Toddy’s, and Cinnamon Bun Hot Buttered Rum.

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For centerpieces, if you are going for a rustic look, consider incorporating pine boughs and pine cones into decorations. When it comes to weddings, white is a no-brainer, but don’t be afraid to include some pops of color, if you prefer. Whichever style you decide on, make sure you express yourself with everything from the centerpieces to bouquets and boutonnieres to accent flowers. This is your day! So everything you see should make you smile. If you are planning a wedding in Southern California, talk to the experts at La Petite Fleur! We get to know our newlyweds, so we can create stunning arrangements that fit the season as well as the couple’s spending plan and personal style.

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When it comes to your wedding, flowers set the stage! Select a wedding florist who understands your needs and desires and works hard to help you pull off the day of your dreams. A 2015 and 2016 pick for the Knot’s “Best of Weddings,” the staff at La Petite Fleur in Glendora, California works with engaged couples and their families and friends to craft an unforgettable event to fit virtually any spending plan. Call now (626) 852-3400 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.

Part 2: What to Do after You become Engaged

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La Petite Fleur in Glendora can help you with planning your Big Day.

La Petite Fleur in Glendora can help you with planning your Big Day.

This is part two of a two-part series

So now that you’ve accepted the proposal and shared the wonderful news with your loved ones, it’s time to start the planning process. Last month, we covered the first three steps you should take after saying you will. Click here for review. In this post, we will cover steps four through six.

  1. Select the venue before setting the date. Before moving forward with this step, consider your answers to the following questions:
  • Are you more of a country club couple or an outdoorsy pair?
  • Do you like the vibrant colors of summer or the warm tones of autumn? Or do you prefer the soft pastels of spring or the cool tones of winter?
  • Do you see yourself exchanging vows in a church wedding with a separate location for the reception or do you prefer an all-in-one venue where you can say “I do” and later tear it up on the dance floor?
  • Do you have a friend of the family who can perform the ceremony, whether they be a priest, pastor, or ordained officiant?
We help you work within your wedding spending plan.

We help you work within your wedding spending plan.

If you haven’t thought this far, sit down with your future spouse and get Googling. Or, better yet, use your laptop, tablet or smartphone to review wedding ideas on Pinterest. Try to brainstorm without forming strong opinions until you have familiarized yourself with lots of available options. The Internet is a great tool to use to generate ideas. And learning your identity as a couple will help you and your future spouse come up with a look and feel for your special day that fits you both.

After deciding the type of wedding that suits your style, find available venues before setting the date. The nice thing about doing things in this order is that you won’t have to settle for something that isn’t your absolute favorite because of a conflict with the date.

  1. Book the officiant. If you are going to get married in a church, this step will be easy. Just call the church or pastor, priest, rabbi, or minister directly to set up an appointment to get acquainted. But if you prefer a less traditional route, like an outdoor ceremony presided over by someone who earns his or her ordination online, then you may need to do a little bit of research before settling on just the right person to declare you “husband and wife.”

IMG_0345Brides.com recommends setting up a meeting before writing anything in stone, whether in person or via video chat, saying, “It’s critical that you actually have a one-on-one conversation with your potential officiant before hiring them. Do you like the sound of their voice and the way they speak? Are they willing to take the time needed to get to know you so that they can deliver vows that are meaningful to you?

  1. Most importantly (at least we think so!), find your florist. When it comes to your wedding, flowers help set the stage, style, and feel for your special day! So select a wedding florist who understands that you are unique and not cut from a mold, and that your wedding flowers should not be, either!

Your florist should help you fulfill your décor ideas and desires and work hard to help you pull off the day of your dreams. At La Petite Fleur, Angela Drouillard, owner and award-winning florist, works with brides and grooms, along with their family and friends, to craft an unforgettable event that is unique to you! At La Petite Fleur, we also offer “Day-Of Coordinating,” ensuring that your day goes off without a hitch! Hiring us for this important role can be more budget-friendly than going with a wedding planner and since we already know your style and unique vision, we will do everything possible to help make it a reality! Call now (626) 852-3400 or email us to set up a free consultation.  Congratulations and Happy Planning!

When it comes to your wedding, flowers set the stage. So select a wedding florist who understands your needs and desires and works hard to help you pull off the day of your dreams. A 2015 pick for the Knot’s “Best of Weddings,” the staff at La Petite Fleur in Glendora, California works with brides and grooms and their families and friends to craft an unforgettable event to fit virtually any spending plan. Call now (626) 852-3400 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.

The First Six Things You Should Do to Plan your Wedding

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Chavez_Schwab_AprilSmithCoPhotography_BritneyandDanny121_0You’re engaged! Congratulations! This is one of the most important, romantic, fun (and possibly stressful) times of your life! We at la petite fleur want to help you enjoy this busy and exciting time in your lives (and still want to get married at the end of it!) by providing you with some helpful hints to reduce your stress and enjoy every single moment of it!

So now that you’ve accepted the proposal and shared the wonderful news with your loved ones, it’s time to start the planning process. We will begin with what we recommend as your first three steps and then move forward with steps four, five and six in our next blog post.

The First Three Steps after the “Yes!”

  1. Get Pinning! If you don’t already have a Pinterest page for your wedding plans, create one! If you already have one, start a new one that’s secret – share this page with your future spouse, wedding planner &/or parents, wedding party, future florist (we’d love to see your idea of a dream wedding!), and those who can keep your special day a secret! By creating a new board, you’ll allow yourself to be a little pickier, now that the day is actually in sight. Use this time to find a theme, a vision, and, most importantly, a unique style that is all your own. If you’re old-school or you’re overwhelmed by Pinterest, never fear! Check out some wedding magazines or visit the Knot.com – you’ll see us featured as their pick for “2015 Pick for the Knot’s Best of Weddings” and they have some awesome planning tools.

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  2. Figure out your Spending Plan. While this may seem like a daunting task, it doesn’t need to be! There are many spending plan guidelines online to help you create your own budget; however, don’t feel pressured to choose just one guide – not all weddings follow the same path, so let your plan be as unique as you! Together with your future spouse, place items of highest importance at the top, allowing for more funding to flow down the line. Are flowers and décor a high priority? Have your eye on the perfect dress? Do you want to jet off to somewhere tropical for the honeymoon? Order all of these items from most to least important – then, if you can’t cover something, you know which items can hit the road! Whether or not you have relatives or friends to help with the finances, you can plan your own uniquely-you wedding on virtually any budget!
  3. Decide who to include in your wedding. When choosing your wedding party, remember those friends and family members who have been there as a support system during your relationship. Since your wedding party is important to the ceremony, as well as for moral support along the way, lining up your starting players early will help you know who to ask for help when the time comes. While you’re at it, get started on the guest list. Most couples underestimate the number of people they want to include on their guest list. Ask your family, as well as your future in-laws, so you have a handle on just what size of party you will be planning.

575832_449829885093870_1808523167_nCheck back next month to see part two of our two-part series about the first six steps you should take after you become engaged. When it comes to your wedding, flowers set the stage. So select a wedding florist who understands your needs and desires and works hard to help you pull off the day of your dreams. A 2015 pick for the Knot’s “Best of Weddings,” the staff at La Petite Fleur in Glendora, California works with brides and grooms and their families and friends to craft an unforgettable event on virtually any budget. Call now (626) 852-3400 or email us to set up a free consultation.

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