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Does your business utilize floral services? Have you ever wondered what benefit a florist could provide to you? Flowers speak volumes and they can be a great asset to many aspects of your business.

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Employee Relations
Need a way to say thank you to your employees for all the hard work they’ve put in? Say it with flowers! Many different occasions are fitting for flowers, ranging from celebrations of newborns and birthdays to comforting employees when they lose loved ones, even if the funeral is out of town.  When an employee completes a large project or gains the status of “Employee of the Month or Year,” flowers are a perfect way to thank them, celebrate their accomplishment and brighten up their office with a vase full of color!

Birthday Cake Flowers

Client Relations
Are you having trouble closing that big deal? Did you make a mistake that you need to remedy? Use flowers to help solve your problem. A delivered floral arrangement goes a long way towards building and maintaining relationships with clients. Sending flowers to a wavering customer can help to put them at ease and show you care about them on a personal level, potentially sealing the deal on an important purchase.

 Teleflora's Make a Wish

When you fall short of expectations, this can sometimes diminish the relationship you’ve built over days and years. Many people send flowers to help repair personal relationships, so why not follow the trend to use them to help fix business relationships? Flowers sent with a personal note can easily show the depth and truth behind your apology.

Teleflora's Basket of Light

Events
Is your company missing an important event? You truly can be there in some capacity just by sending a gift with a note that expresses your sentiment in your absence. Sometimes, this can actually be a useful gift for the event itself. A centerpiece for the food table or head table, perhaps? How about a basket of goodies for the attendees of a smaller event? The possibilities are endless.

Teleflora's Zen Artistry

Teleflora's Chocolate Lover's Basket

Forming a partnership with your local florist can help you build positive relationships with employees and clients both, and even help to network when you are unable to attend events. North Raleigh Florist already manages multiple corporate accounts and has many business-centered flower solutions. Give us a call at 919-847-3381 and we’ll be happy to help you craft a plan to strengthen your business with flowers.

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Have you ever wondered where the saying “Tying the Knot” came from? At North Raleigh Florist we love sharing traditions and where they came from. “Tying the Knot” in many cultures, came from literally tying the bride and groom together to show their commitment and bond in life and in marriage.

Tying the Knot

The great tradition of the toss bouquet didn’t actually start with flowers. It was said that on a bride’s wedding day she was especially lucky so guests would tear at her dress to get a souvenir of good luck to take home. In later times, the bride would toss her bouquet to prevent party goers from taking pieces of her dress. The toss bouquet became a symbol of good look that has come to mean, that whom ever catches the bouquet will be the next to marry.

Catching of the Toss Bouquet

Do you know why groom’s wear a boutonniere? In Medieval times a knight would wear a flower in his Lady’s family crest color as a statement of his love.

Purple Calla Bout

Why do we carry flowers on our wedding day? Where did that tradition come from? Ancient Romans, Europeans and many others carried or wore flowers to ward off evil spirits, bad luck and ill health. Garlic and chives were also popular for the same reasons.

Wedding Bouquet

The superstition of the Bride wearing something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue originated in Europe and symbolized warding off evil spirits. Something Old: Symbolic of the sense of community while making the transition from a single person to that of a married couple. Something New: symbolizes that a marriage represented a transition in adulthood. Something Borrowed: Popular belief that by borrowing something from a happily married couple, good fortune would follow the newlyweds. Something Blue: In ancient Israel, blue was the border color for the Bride’s dress, symbolizing purity, constancy and fidelity .


Although we now know that there is no vein that leads from your ring finger straight to your heart, ancient Egyptians believed that this was true and named it “The Vein of Love”, so putting the ring on this finger to them was a sign of love. In ceremonies in 17th century Europe, the groom would slide the ring part way down the brides thumb, index and middle fingers to symbolize: The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. The ring was then placed on the ring finger since it was the first free finger to use .

Wedding Rings

There are so many great traditions and customs that there is no way we could tell them all. Here at North Raleigh Florist traditions are an important part of each of our weddings. Please share with us your family and cultural traditions; comment on our blog, post on facebook, send us a tweet or write us an e-mail we would love to hear from you.


 

 

 

Pomander Ball In Hot Pink

For many brides, tradition is a necessary aspect of the wedding experience. Take the wedding dress for example. As a symbol of purity and beauty, this tradition can be displayed in the most conservative of manners or be adapted to fit the unique style of the more outgoing bride. The same concept is carried over into decisions about the bride’s personal flowers.

As the desire to be different escalates with each coming year, the question of the Pomander vs. Traditional Bouquet is being asked more often than before. Here at North Raleigh Florist, our brides are finding that.

Flower Girl Pomander Ball

Bridesmaid Pomander Balls

 

The Pomander can have a more elegant feel and can also be a nice addition to a garden wedding. Also, brides enjoy the extra accessories available with the Pomander from custom handles to multiple colored ribbons. The best part about them is that they are versatile and can be re-used at the reception for centerpieces over a glass vase, hanging along the head table, or hanging from an arbor… the list goes on. We enjoy finding ways for our brides to stretch their budget wherever they can and still achieve the look and feel that is true to their style.  Here are just a few of the many possibilities for these unique designs.

Pomander Balls On Vases

Pomander Balls on Shepherd Hooks

Aisle Marker Pomander Balls

Your wedding consultant at North Raleigh Florist can help you decide if the Pomander is the right choice for your wedding venue. Let us help you express your unique style for your big day.

            There are many wedding customs and traditions that we all can associate with. The most familiar; something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. North Raleigh Florist would like to share some other traditions from around the world:

                       In Greek traditions, brides often carry Ivy to                                             symbolize never ending love for their spouse.          In countries during the Victorian Era, roses became popular as they symbolize true love.

Also, in Victorian Eras, the bride originally tossed her bouquet to a friend as she left to keep her friend safe and offer her luck. Nowadays, the single woman who catches the toss bouquet is said to be the next in line to marry. Most brides will use a smaller version of their bouquet as the toss bouquet.

In Middle Eastern Traditions, a bitter herb called Artemisia is incorporated into the bouquet to ensure that the marriage survives bitterness. Herbs are also very popular in Swedish and Danish cultures as well.

In Indian traditions, the groom’s brothers sprinkle flower petals over the couple at the end of the ceremony to protect them from evil.

There are many traditions all over the world, from ancient times to present day. Find out what your family traditions may be, cultural traditions and customs are, and incorporate them into your wedding. The designers at North Raleigh Florist love hearing your ideas and coming up with ways to add them to your wedding flowers.

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As youth, we as women dream of the perfect wedding, we plan at a young age with high expectations of what our day should be.  Our budget doesn’t always fit our expectations, and like so many celebrity weddings the budget is absolutely out of reach for so many.  Many brides mimic celebrity style and trends so that they can bring a little of the high life glamour to their special day, the easiest way in doing this for most people is by creating an imitation of a celebrity’s wedding bouquet. Not all the stars have outrageous budgets on their wedding, some are even quite affordable for the average bride. Our hope here is that you can take ideas from stars like Gwen Stefani, Selma Hayek, Megan Fox and Alicia Keyes and build your own bouquet with the style of the rich and the famous.

Alicia Keys married Swizz Beatz on July 31, 2010 on the French Island of Corsica. Keys kept her bouquet simple by using purple & white callas. Calla lilies are normally associated with weddings, purity and rebirth. Keys picked the color purple which is commonly associated with faith, inspiration, creativity, grace, divinity and most commonly royalty. Prices with calla liles vary, ranging anywhere from $8.5-$14.50 a stem. Speak with North Raleigh Florists wedding coordinator Brandi Dennison with definite prices on any flowers that you may be looking for.

 

One of the most popular bouquets we have seen in Celebrity wedding trends is stephanotis bouquets. From A list celebrities like Selma Hayek who used white orchids and stephanotis to Ivanka Trump who had a bouquet of  stephanotis and white roses. Achieving this look will be a little bit harder on the wallet. The average price of stephanotis per stem is anywhere from $4 – $8 .  The look of stephanotis can be achieved with a filler flower called Bouvardia which is a budget friendly substitute for stephanotis.  Stephanotis is meant to symbolize marital happiness and luck.
New trends for the A list also include garden style bouquets. Actresses like Elizabeth Hurley and Rebecca Romjin, even  Former First Daughter Jenna Bush have used flowers such as lily of the valley,  ranunculus, lily grass, thistle, fern, scabiosa pods and other natural greens to adorn their bouquets. With natural alternatives there are so many looks a bride can use and keep cost low.
At North Raleigh Florist we treat all of our customers like A list Celebrities. Whether or not you use our florist  for your special day, make sure that the glamour you want shines through.

Nature has so much to offer us, from colors & textures, let nature add to your special day. Explore new trends in weddings by looking to nature’s beauty as your inspiration. From rich earthy tones to hues of blues, there is no better way to make your day a vision of peace and tranquility.

Incorporating nature in modern trends may be easier than you think, from the use of sheet moss to decorate your table tops to the tall long branches of curly willow with hanging tea lights to light up your reception space. These ideas are a great way to get away from the traditional designs of weddings and set a contemporary, cutting edge look at a great price.

Not having an outdoor wedding? Bring the elements inside. Try lily bowls filled with river rocks, bear grass and water to bring fashion forward zen style to your reception at a low cost. Use live plants to decorate the wedding ceremony and reception, not only will this have a natural look, but plants come in a variety of assortments such as bromeliads and split leaf philodendrons which will add a tropical look to the setting.

There are endless ways to incorporate nature into your wedding. Visit North Raleigh Florist for more ideas on natural modern wedding designs.