Thursday, August 30, 2018

9 Fresh Wedding Centerpiece Ideas to Try in 2019

Nearly 2.2 million weddings take place in the U.S. every year. That's a whole lot of centerpieces, many of which get plopped onto a table with little thought behind them. Your reception gives you an opportunity to make your centerpiece as unique as you and your partner are. If you're looking for some fresh new ideas for your wedding, you've come to the right place. Here are nine wedding centerpiece ideas to consider that are trending or predicted to be popular for 2019.

1. Hanging Bouquets

If you don't want to clutter your guests' tables with flowers, suspend them instead. The effect is magical, floaty, and ethereal, the perfect feeling for any wedding. It doesn't have to be a bouquet. Your florist can wrap flowers and foliage around a dowel for an elongated effect. You need to install them so they're high enough above each table and don't invade any personal space.

2. Pampas Grass

Weddings and receptions featuring pampas grass started sweeping across social media sites a few years ago. For 2019, the trend shows no signs of slowing down.

Once a fixture in 1970s homes and yards, the soft, feathery plumage is being incorporated in everything from the bridal bouquet to ceremony backdrops.

Its availability in a variety of colors (pink pampas, anyone?) makes it a perfect match for any color theme. For centerpiece ideas, add a little pampa to a floral arrangement or place it alone in a tall vase on each table. Or include pampas in a hanging chandelier.

Want a Gatsby-inspired look? Lush bouquets of pampas in vessels decorated with beads or fringe invoke the Art Deco era.

3. Go Tall

A long, slender vase is another modern way to make a statement at your reception while saving space. Perch a rounded floral bouquet atop a glass or crystal vase or fill it with baby's breath or another delicate flower.

If the reception tables are round, one centerpiece per table is enough. If the tables are long and seat several people, you may be able to get away with two on each table.

You can also place greenery and branches in tall vases as well as any kind of foliage that will cascade down the sides such as hanging green amaranthus. Delphiniums make a perfect wedding flower for this kind of arrangement, as they are tall and give off only a very light scent.

Tall centerpieces tend to look best in reception areas with high ceilings or celebrations taking place in tents. This way, they bring overall balance.

4. Unseasonal Arrangements

For decades, brides having weddings during off-season months such as October and December matched their centerpieces to the time of year. According to some wedding planners, however, anything goes for floral arrangements in 2019.

That means if you want to go with pastel centerpiece flowers for a fall wedding, you can go for it. What's more important than matching everything is that you're happy with your wedding details.

5. Fairy Lights

Ideal for evening weddings, using battery-operated fairy lights placed in jars and wrapped around vases will definitely put the focus on your centerpiece.

The possibilities are endless, as fairy lights are available in several colors. Coiled inside bell jars, they look like dozens of captured fireflies. They look beautiful placed inside a tall vase beneath the floral arrangement.

You can also shape them into branches and place them into vessels.

6. Succulent and Cactus Centerpieces

Depending upon your wedding's location and theme, cacti and succulents may just make the perfect centerpiece. Floral designers have been experimenting with incorporating these unique plants into wedding receptions.

Prickly cacti and whimsical succulents come in a variety of shapes and sizes making them versatile and modern. One fun idea is to place several mini cacti, including the flowering variety, on a table runner along the length of the table. Your guests will enjoy taking home one or two of these memorable favors home as a memento.

Succulents are grown in several pastel shades that make them perfect for weddings. Have them placed into small pails adorned with custom message pail stickers to set a playful tone at your reception.

You can also incorporate some cactus leaves into traditional flower displays.

7. Make it Sweet

Who says you need to use any plants for your wedding centerpiece? You can offer your guests a fun snack instead.

Some sweet ideas that couples have displayed include a tiered dish full of mini cupcakes or doughnuts, vases full of lollipop bouquets, and jars of colorful candy.

You can also have your caterer create their own version of Edible Arrangements. They can display melon and chocolate dipped strawberries and pineapples as a bouquet.

8. Elegant Vases

Swapping Asian print pottery for the same old glass vases adds a touch of elegance and international flair to your wedding. Think of the much beloved Blue Willow pattern or vessels that feature chinoiserie. These classic designs will enhance any kind of floral arrangement.

If you can't find a vendor in your area that rents antique looking vases, you may be able to score some on your own at flea markets, consignment shops, and online.

9. Rustic and Woodsy

A rustic centerpiece makes the perfect pairing for outdoor and barn wedding receptions. All you need are some touches that make your guests think of a tranquil forest or field of wildflowers.

One popular idea is to stack your centerpiece on natural wooden slabs of various sizes. These are online on Etsy and other craft sites. The elegant white bark of thick birch slabs, in particular, are lovely for weddings.

Other ideas you can incorporate include mixing wildflowers into your arrangement and displaying it in a weathered watering can. Painted or decorated mason jars also make great vessels for a rustic themed centerpiece.

Contact Us for Wedding Centerpiece Ideas

For any of your floral needs including wedding centerpiece ideas, contact us at Peachtree Petals. We proudly serve the metro Atlanta and Los Angeles areas and ship our fresh floral arrangements nationwide.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

20 Non-Traditional Boutonniere Ideas Both Of You Will Love

Throughout more occasions in life than you might expect, you're going to find yourself in need of a boutonniere.

Whether you're shopping for it yourself or buying it for your man, you could be buying one for a wedding, a formal dance, or simply a fancy party.

But you don't want just any boutonniere out there. Regular flower boutonnieres are tried and true, but they're also boring and what everyone always wears.

Stand out from the crowd by getting inspiration from some non-traditional boutonnieres, and show off your unique sense of style. People will be impressed with your innovation.

20 Non-Traditional Boutonnieres

If you're scratching your head at what a boutonniere is, it's probably important that you learn how to wear one before you go searching for your perfect boutonniere match. The lowdown? It's worn above your heart and attached to the lapel's button-hole.

This Free-Spirited Boutonniere

Yes, this boutonniere is literally called the Free Spirit Boutonniere, because the stunning orange rose looks like a ray of sunshine on your lapel.

It's also accented with berries and a feather, which is a step forward from traditional flowers but gives the perfect accent to the unique rose.

Some Pom-Pom Power

A green satin ribbon and pom-pom finish off this green carnation boutonniere. If you're matching to the theme of a green wedding, this could be a perfect choice to bring the look all together.

Day of the Dead Boutonniere

Not only do boutonnieres not have to be flowers, they can also celebrate your heritage. Put some tradition back into non-traditional boutonnieres by adding a symbol of what's unique to you and your family's cultural background. It can be a trinket, a patch, or anything that represents you.

This boutonniere opted to use the Day of the Dead theme. It plays off the many vibrant colors and adds a pop to the lapel of any suit. When you've got a boutonniere like this, your wedding can never be dull.

A Crystal Boutonniere

Add some sparkle to your wedding by straying from the traditional flower boutonniere and making a crystal boutonniere for the big day. Or maybe your date has a sparkly prom dress and wants some flare to match - this will balance it out and look great in pictures.

The maker of this boutonniere included a how-to guide, so yes, you actually can make this one for yourself.

Origami Art

This origami flower is a unique spin on a classic boutonniere. If you're looking to match a boutonniere and a pocket square, making an origami pocket square can give you endless options. Just find the matching paper, someone who's skilled with origami art, and you're good to go.

Paper Flower Bouquet

This is much like the origami art, but plays off different prints of paper, so it looks like your boutonniere is a mini book. You can get a paper flower bouquet made in the design of any flower that you want. If you're a bookworm, then this boutonniere will help you stay true to your colors no matter the occasion.


Rosemary is a perfect way to bridge non-traditional and traditional boutonnieres together so that everyone is happy.

Because it's still a plant, it gives off that floral vibe. But it also comes with a twist, because when people think flowers, they don't usually think of herbs. Plus, it will also smell great while it's sitting on your lapel.

Floral Burlap

Flowers wilt, but burlap is forever. If you want the look of a flower but not the hassle, make it out of some other material so that you don't have to press it to preserve it forever.

Choosing a floral burlap boutonniere looks great, and still has a hint of that traditional vibe.

She Sells Seashells

If you're having a beach wedding or occasion, chances are you're already looking for something that strays away from traditional norms.

This starfish boutonniere is classy and simple and adds a unique touch to any suit. You can choose any type of seashell you want for your boutonniere for that beachy touch.


Feathers can be worked into many different designs, and are a common alternative to traditional boutonnieres. If you're going for a more hipster vibe, then feathers are essentially the prime way to get there.


You can wear your heart on your sleeve, and you can also wear it on your chest when it comes to wearing heart boutonnieres. What better way to show someone that you love them by wearing a heart-shaped boutonniere?

You can wear a heart made out of felt, or you can opt for a more sleek material like silk.

Lego Men

Got a groomsman party full of personality? Give them each their own custom-made boutonniere according to what Lego figurine they most match up with.

This is a great option for anyone looking to add a little extra fun to their occasion with a hilarious play on a traditional idea.


Cactus decorations have been all the rage lately, and the trend is not dying down soon. Show everyone how fashion-forward you are by choosing a succulent boutonniere to adorn your chest.
Because cacti are so low-maintenance, they'll also preserve well. You can even replant them after you're down for a unique keepsake of the day.


You can really custom make your boutonniere by making them out of text. Add nicknames and inside jokes to the max. Make them all matching, or give everyone their unique boutonniere to have as a keepsake forever.

On the Map

If you're someone who loves to travel, you can show it by making a boutonniere out of a map.
This is an excellent selection if you have a travel themed wedding and want to keep the idea going even with little touches like the boutonniere.

If you and your date met somewhere meaningful to you, you can make your boutonniere out of a map of that location.


Pinwheel boutonnieres look great on suspenders and are a choice for someone looking for a more whimsical touch to their outfit.

The pinwheels are most commonly made out of paper, and add a lighthearted vibe to the occasion at hand.

Tee Off

Not all guys are into flowers, but a lot of them are into golf. By making a boutonniere made out of golf tees, you're sure to make your man happy.

You can paint the tees on the boutonniere to match with the theme of any formal occasion and also to match with whatever tie it's being paired with.

A Brooch

If you have a family heirloom that's particularly important to your family, you can wear that as a boutonniere as well. Not only does a brooch look classic, it can also show off your family pride.

An Edible Decoration

If you're going to make a bunch of boutonnieres, might as well make them useful. If you choose an edible boutonniere, you might have to worry that they'll be gone before the end of the day, but at least you can say you all had a lot of fun.

A Custom Boutonniere

If you're dreaming something up that you haven't seen on this list, then you can actually request to get your own non-traditional boutonnieres custom made. Perhaps you like certain elements of the boutonnieres you've seen, and want to combine them all together to make the ultimate boutonniere.

Find a Great Florist

If you're shopping for an Atlanta florist, then you need to look no further than Peach Tree Petals. No matter how cool your non-traditional boutonnieres are, if you don't get a good florist to make them, all your hard research could be ruined.

And now Atlanta's number one voted florist is available in LA, so if you're on the West coast, you're still in luck. Make sure anything from Atlanta weddings to LA proms are decked out in style with the freshest flowers available.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Atlanta Florist to Do Your Wedding

You're getting married, congratulations! You've probably got a ton on your mind, including what florist to go with. With so many florists around, you want to make sure you pick the right one. So how do you choose the right florist? What makes one florist better for you than another one?

To help you have the best experience possible we've compiled a list of important things you may want to know. Keep reading to learn some important questions you should ask before hiring an Atlanta florist.

Have You Done This Before?

There's nothing wrong with startups. You may be just fine going with someone who's new on the scene. But your nerves will thank you for going with someone who has an established and positive history.

Flowers are a huge part of your wedding. They set the scene for the ceremony, clothing, reception, and every other element of the event. You want them to be done right.

Ask to see examples of their work. Don't just take their word for it. A well-established florist will have albums or other records of the work they've done in the past. Look through the examples carefully and make sure they have the style and options you're looking for.

Are You Available On My Date?

While this is one of most basic questions you can ask, it's probably the most important. Before delving into anything else, make sure the florist is available on your wedding date.

Make sure you ask this question early on. Don't waste your time finding out everything else before you find out if they can even be of use to you.

Are the Flowers I Want in Season?

It's possible to use flowers that aren't currently in season, thanks to greenhouses and shipping. However, flowers that are in season will look the best.

In-season flowers will hold up best to the current weather, too. Choosing flowers that grow locally or in a similar climate are an even better idea.

The last thing you want is droopy flowers. So make sure the flowers you want can be provided by your florist, and that they can look good.

Do You Have What I Want?

This may seem like a really obvious question, but it needs to be asked. Florists don't all carry the same flowers and have the same options for getting them. Make sure the florist you choose actually has what you want.

You want to make sure they have the accessories you want, too. Consider the ribbons or other things you'd like added to bouquets and centerpieces. If they don't have accessories you like, don't go with that florist.

Are You Familiar With My Venue?

While this isn't absolutely necessary for a florist who really knows his or her stuff, it's an important thing to consider. If your florist is familiar with the venue, they'll know what looks good there.

You may have a specific look in mind. But the arrangement you're thinking of may not visually make sense. Or your florist may just have an idea that's even better. Either way, having someone who's familiar with the event space definitely isn't a drawback.

Do You Offer Customization?

The florist you like may provide wedding packages. If that's the case, make sure you like their options or that they offer customization.

You'll need a certain number of corsages, boutonnieres, centerpieces, bouquets, and whatever other floral pieces you desire. Make sure your florist is willing to work with what you want and need. If they only stick to their pre-designed packages, you may need to go with someone else.

Can You Work With My Budget?

Chances are, you have a budget in mind. If you don't yet, it's a good idea to figure out what you're willing to spend before you start looking at florists.

If you're looking for higher-end flowers, make sure you have the budget to cover it. And if you're wanting something lower key, make sure the florist can work with your budget.

Your time is valuable, especially when planning a wedding. So make sure you're pursuing florists that match the budget you've set. Don't spend time looking into florists who's pieces cost more than you can afford or won't work with your budget.

Can You Provide Me With References?

A great way to find support for a florist's claims is to ask people who have hired them in the past. So go ahead and ask for contact info for recent brides.

Contacting people who have actually used the florist's services will give you a lot of insight. You'll love getting the customer's side of the story. It will help you make a better decision.

The Best Atlanta Florist for You

You'll need to do your research to find the best Atlanta florist for your situation, but it will be more than worth it. The flowers you choose for your wedding will largely set the scene, so make sure they're exactly what you want.

Take these questions into consideration, and come up with some of your own. Whichever florist you go with should be able to provide what you want, how you want it, and when you want it.

You'll likely have many florists to choose from, so don't settle for an option that isn't perfect. Find a florist that meets all your needs and you'll look back on your wedding decor with joy for many years to come.

Flowers aren't just great for bouquets and centerpieces. Visit our website to see even more ways to use flowers in your wedding decor.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Funeral Flowers: How to Choose the Right Flower Arrangement

Are you attending a funeral and not sure what flowers to bring? First, check to be sure that the family hasn't requested donations to a charity in lieu of flowers. If they have, it's good etiquette to follow the family's wishes.

If that's not the case though, there are still a few more things you'll need to know before deciding on the right funeral flowers. And they may be things you never even considered.

Choosing the Most Appropriate Funeral Flowers

Purchasing flowers for a funeral is not a matter of buying what catches your eye. First, there are certain flowers - terms of both color and type - that are more appropriate than others.

Your relationship with the deceased is also a factor. This will help you determine which sort of arrangement is expected and whether some personalizing is appropriate.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, there are different customs depending on the family's religion or ethnicity. You will want to be aware of these. We'll take a deeper look at these factors.

1. Understand Flower Colors and Meanings

A funeral is an emotional event. So it's a good idea to consider the impact that color will have on the attendants at the funeral.

The most popular choice of colors is white - which is not a color at all. But white is clean and inoffensive. It represents peace and reverence.

Blue flowers are another good choice, as they represent calm and comfort. Muted and gentle colors are generally the rule of thumb. Flowers that are light pink are also popular. Even very light yellow - especially when it borders on cream.

Bright yellow, on the other hand, is a color that symbolizes a fresh start. It's an appropriate color for sympathy flowers, but not for the actual funeral.

The one color you'll want to avoid - light or dark - is green. That's because green represents health and good fortune. It would not be appropriate.

Then you'll also want to consider the different types of flowers:


This is the most popular choice for a funeral. Its beautiful white bloom symbolizes innocence and peace.


The rose is perfect for almost any occasion. As we said above, the color is important here. White roses are a good choice since they're considered the ultimate symbol of innocence, purity, and spirituality.


Not a traditional flower for funerals, the delicate bloom of the orchid speaks of eternal love.


Light pink carnations represent remembrance. White carnations symbolize innocence and purity.

Apple Blossom

Another flower that's not exactly traditional, the apple blossom which blooms in the spring is symbolic of better things to come.

Some other flowers that might be appropriate:
  • Camelia - Gratitude
  • Daisy - Innocence
  • Fern - Sincerity
  • Flowering Almonds - Hope
  • Forget-me-nots - True love/Remembrance
  • Heliotropes - Devotion/Faithfulness
  • Ivy: Eternal Fidelity
  • Lilies of the Valley - Return of Happiness
  • Rosemary - Remembrance
  • Snowdrop - Hope
  • Veronica - Fidelity
  • Violet - Faithfulness
In addition, certain flowers carry different messages depending on the culture. For example, chrysanthemums are especially valued in some Asian cultures.

2. What Is Your Relationship with the Deceased?

When choosing an arrangement of flowers to send, the types of arrangements are dependent on the familial proximity to the deceased.

If you're a part of the immediate family, then the primary choice is a casket spray or a wreath. But it's not unusual for members of the immediate family to pick out the table arrangements too.

You may also want to consider swags inside the casket lid, as well as heart-shaped arrangements.
If you're part of the extended family, your best bet is a standing spray or informal arrangement.

And if you're a close friend or colleague, you could send a spray, wreath, basket arrangement, or even a bouquet in a vase.

It's acceptable to send flowers directly to the funeral home or to the home of the family. Business associates can also have flowers delivered to the workplace of a bereaved family member.

3. Is There A Way to Personalize?

This may not be appropriate for everyone. And if you didn't know the deceased well, then this won't really apply.

But if you've lost a loved one to whom you were close, your choice of flower arrangement could serve as something of a tribute to them.

For example, if the s/he adored all things purple, then you may want to create a customized bouquet of all purple flowers.

If s/he was a huge fan of the outdoors, then tuck some wildflowers in with your arrangement.
You may also want to send a plant along with the flowers.

A plant can be planted outdoors by the family to honor their loved one. And a potted plant has symbolic meaning since it continues to live and grow.

Just be sure if you're sending a plant, it isn't a chore for the loved ones.

4. Respect Religious Beliefs

Considering the religious background of the deceased and their family is important. Of course, it's unlikely that you'll deeply offend a family by sending flowers. But it's still good practice.

For instance, it's never been customary in the Jewish faith to send any flowers. It is not forbidden though, and is becoming more commonplace among Reformed Jews. It should be noted that condolence flowers are not deemed necessary and you should not take flowers to a Jewish home sitting shiva.

There are no steadfast rules about flowers for Islamic funerals. Some people send them and some don't. Placing individual flowers on graves along with palm branches and other greenery is a much more common practice.

For a Hindu funeral, garlands are more common than full arrangements. You may want to ask the funeral home about the possibility of sending a garland instead.

In the Greek Orthodox tradition, most flowers are accepted. But white flowers are decidedly preferable.

And Buddhist funerals favor white or yellow flowers. In this case, it's important to note that red flowers are not acceptable.

Our Condolences to You

We hope that this guide to funeral flowers has eased some of the stress of this emotional time. And for more ideas, be sure to check out our selection of funeral and sympathy flowers. It might be the inspiration you need.