Caring for your Floral Arrangement 101
In case you’ve been totally engrossed with the winter Olympics or you’re just hibernating till March 21st, this week is Valentine’s Day. That’s right, V-Day is Friday! We’re working really hard to take orders and prep for the big day, but I wanted to take a few minutes to share some helpful tips to keep your floral arrangement looking great well after Valentine’s Day!
First and foremost, check to make sure your arrangement has enough water! Sometimes during the delivery from our shop to your door a vase can lose water (here at Fleurtacious we try and keep water with us in the delivery truck cause we’re pros like that). If your arrangement doesn’t come in a vase, lift it up to see if the arrangement is heavy or light. If it’s on the light side, you should probably give it a drink.
Once your arrangement is home you can place it anywhere you like, but don’t place it in direct sunlight. Unlike a potted plant, your arrangement does not need sunlight to grow. In fact, excessive heat will likely stress the flowers in your arrangement and may cause them to wilt prematurely. Most cut flowers will last longer in cooler conditions.
For arrangements in vases, it’s a good idea to change the water in the vase every few days and check the ends of the stems, too. If the stem ends are mushy you can re-cut the stems at an angle where the stem is firm (usually 1-2 inches from the bottom). Also, remember to remove any stem leaves that are dead / dying or any that will be submerged in water.
Last, keep your arrangement away from fruit! Weird, but true! Flowers are sensitive to ethylene, a natural ripening gas that is produced by fresh fruit. So choose your arrangement or your fruit basket, but not both for the dining room table!
Hope you found this post helpful! And if you’re looking to order an arrangement for your Valentine, don’t hesitate to call us at 518.283.7262! We look forward to hearing from you!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Valentine’s Day is Just Around the Corner…
Oh, hey, February…
Can you believe that Valentine’s Day is less than two weeks away?! Valentine’s Day is obviously a busy day for florists, but it’s exceptionally crazy this year for the crew here at Fleurtacious Designs because in addition to making amazing floral arrangements, we’re also about to move! When it rains, it pours!
Maybe I’m weird, but I really like Valentine’s Day. It just falls at a good time of year…after the holiday rush, but before the Mother’s Day and wedding season. Plus, I look forward to Valentine’s Day because of the people I hear from year after year…I like the tradition that our couples have cultivated and how Fleurtacious Designs is a part of that. For example, I have one husband who has always ordered a Valentine’s Day arrangement for his wife. But now that they have two daughters, he also orders mini versions of Mom’s arrangement for his girls! Too cute.
I also love when a customer calls and they want us to put together something a little off the beaten path. A few years ago I had a recently married guy call and ask for an arrangement that was inspired by his wife’s bridal bouquet; he even sent a picture of her wedding flowers! That was a really thoughtful and sweet gesture (especially since she was 8 months pregnant). Of course, we always have the Valentine’s Day standby—your two dozen red roses—and they are always classic and gorgeous (and a sure thing)!
These are just a few examples of awesome Fleurtacious Designs Valentine’s Day arrangements. Don’t hesitate to call us (518.283.7262) and order early—you have less than two weeks!
2013–A Look Back!
It’s really hard to believe that 2013 is over and we’re already well into the new year! We had an amazing season last year and so much fun; I wanted to do a quick look back at all of the weddings, events, holidays, and the “ordinary” everyday happenings at Fleurtacious Designs!
Last February we were SO ready for Valentine’s Day! We even had special t-shirts made up for the day because we’re fun like that!
Delivering flowers for Sara and Eddie’s wedding at the Mount! I LOVED this wedding, despite the rain!
One of the few sunny days in May…Kate and Paul (and Matt Ramos) definitely lucked out. See Kate’s amazing bouquet below!
Showing up at the bride’s house delivering some of our gorgeous bouquets!
The Fleurtacious team processing flowers like nobody’s business!
Enjoying some down time at the Saratoga Race Course! And winning, of course!
LOVED Elizabeth’s bouquet for her Crooked Lake House wedding.
Revealing the room to Meredith and Nick! I think they liked it!
Danielle prepping an arrangement for a wedding at the Carey Center…
Sarah and Brent were not afraid of color for their Canfield Casino wedding. So we went for it!
Halloween arrived at the shop…
We had the opportunity to work with Rob Spring Photography for the first time on Lauren and Josh’s wedding this past fall!
And we had a blast at the annual USA Wedding’s holiday party!
We had a ton of fun in 2013 and we’re so thankful to enjoy what we do—special thanks to our customers who allow us to share in their life events and play a small role in so many special days. We look forward to meeting more awesome clients at our new location in Latham, more flowers, and memories in 2014! Happy New Year from the gang at Fleurtacious Designs!
Anne & Vince: Canfield Casino
Anne and Vince got married on a beautiful day in July. The ceremony was held at St. Pius Church in Loundonville, NY. And the reception took place at the gorgeous Canfield Casino in Saratoga, NY!
Anne explained to us that she wanted a lush, full, and classic styled wedding. We decided the neutral colors with soft pinks and lavenders would give the classic and timeless feel. The use of hydrangea and peony brought the lush and full feelings to the arrangements. Congratulations to the bride and groom!
Anne was absolutely stunning in her dress. Her round, hand-tied bouquet consisted of soft pink roses, garden roses, peonies, antique lavender rose, and white spray roses.
The bridesmaids and junior bridesmaid held small hand-tied bouquets to compliment the bride’s. These bouquets included garden roses, multiple varieties of lavender roses, and both white and lavender spray roses.
Beautiful large arrangements made of white hydrangea, peony, and lavender and pink roses framed the bride and groom on the alter. These large arrangements were then repurposed at the reception location. The pews were decorated with petite nosegays of hydrangea and roses with ribbon accent.
The large arrangements were in silver containers and stood on stone stands, which were both rentals from Fleurtacious Designs!
The beautiful bride and groom!
Beaded overlays and beautiful crystal frames with the table numbers, both rented through Fleurtacious Designs, were used to decorate the guest tables. The place card table was decorated with petite flower arrangements in silver vessles with assorted beaded candleholders which were also rented through us.
The Canfield Casino all decorated and ready for the reception. The guest tables were accented with low arrangements in silver bowls with flowers matching the neutral and pink theme. The bridal party tables were distinguished with taller arrangements in silver trumpet urns.
Beaded votive holders were also rented through us to decorate the guest tables.
These tall arrangements were repurposed from the ceremony arrangements, just placed in different containers!
Congratulations to Anne and Vince!
Photographer: Joe Elario Photography