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Simple, but Elegant Flowers

So where do I start?

Oh I know where I’m going to start.

In Karen Bussen’s book Simple Stunning Weddings published in 2004 is an and exquisite publication of some examples of Simple Stunning Wedding flowers and decorations.  On page 10 she discusses the “10 simple stunning truths”.  Number 1 starts out with “Simple is not the same as cheap.”

With this in mind flowers can range from a dollar or two a stem to well over 50 dollars per stem.  I know for many brides not knowing the costs of flowers and the names can be very intimidating.  Seeking out a floral or wedding floral design professional is one of the best things to do when planning your wedding flowers and decor to get a better understanding of the costs.  Many wedding planners may have a basic idea of what wedding flowers might cost, but in actuality they are only there to help guide you to determine a budget.  What we find here at Apple Blossoms Floral Designs is that may times the budget is well under the expectations of the client.  There are many factors that come along with creating arrangements.  Maybe it’s something as simple as a row of brushed chrome bud vases down a long table with a single flower such as a Dahlia.  Taking into account that it may take 10 of these.  I have found them on line from anywhere from a couple of dollars a piece to over 20 dollars each.  The  Dahlia can run somewhere between 9 dollars and 12 dollars a stem from your local florist.  Let’s figure the vase at 10 dollars each and the Dahlia at 10 dollars each to be conservative.  Now that’s 20 dollars each and you need 10 per feasting table.  That’s 200 dollars per feasting table.  These will make great favors for your guests to take home with them, so you can avoid those Koosies with your names and wedding date that very few will take and you will have stacks to enjoy for the next 15 years.

When factoring all of this into your budget and you are telling us you will be having 8 feasting tables with 10 bud vases each, 20 votive candles on each table, lace runners, sliver chargers, etc. You could be looking at anywhere from 300 dollars and up per table.  That’s 1200 dollars (This doesn’t include all the personal flowers, church flowers, cake flowers, etc.) on the conservative end of the budget.

Another thing no one takes into account of how this is going to be all put together, with the setup the day of your wedding or event.  Depending on the location, distance, complexity of setup, and not to mention returning at the end of the reception to collect any rental items.  This can range anywhere from 50 dollars to over 1000 dollars or more depending on all the variables.

Are you planning on picking everything up the day of your wedding and setting everything up yourself or having friends do it?  If so this is a way to save some money.  My question is what happens when your friend picks up your flowers and have to slam on the brakes to avoid an accident or a dog running out in front of them and the flowers are damaged?  Once flowers are picked up from our store we are no longer held responsible for how they are handled nor any replacements due to accidents.  We handle these items all the time and know how to transport the flowers with no damage. We as professionals will also bring a backup of flowers to make sure everything is perfect just in case anything is blemished on route. Not to mention that extra table that was added the day of the wedding or event to make sure everything is just perfect and no table goes without flowers.

So in closing even though it might be simple, but elegant it’s going to all add up in the end.  Take it for my word Simple does not equate to Cheap.  Remember when you hire a qualified florist to create you wedding or event it’s not just flowers, but the expertise and quality of service you look for and expect.

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Mother’s Day Flower Arrangements from Apple Blossoms Floral Designs Tampa

Creating arrangements for our clients that are one of a kind and unique arrangements is what we do best.

Our flowers change on a daily basis, so every time a customer places an order for delivery they can be guaranteed no two will be exactly alike.

Here are a few that have gone out to our Tampa friends in the past few days.

We are now gearing up for Mother’s Day.

Don’t forget Mother’s Day is May 8, 2016.

Visit our website by clicking HERE for more details and to order your Mother’s Day or flowers for any Occasion.

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Beach Wedding at The Grand Plaza, St. Pete Beach

Christine and Todd were an amazing couple.

Married at The Grand Plaza in late February.

They came to me with a color pallet of Blue, Magenta, and Yellow and asked me to come up with some flowers that would look good for their wedding.

She knew she liked Gerbera Daisies, but beyond that she had no idea of what she wanted to use.

Here is what we created just for her.

Bridal BouquetsGerbera Daisy Bouquets

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Flower of the Week {Daffodil}

What reminds me more of spring that the Daffodil.

The Daffodil is the first of springs flowers that will even force their way through the snow.

Also known as Narcissus, Jonquil, and Daffadowndilly.

Narcissus the Greek god became so infatuated with his own beauty that when looking into a river and seeing his reflection he fell in and drown trying to capture his reflection.  At that point the Daffodil sprung to life at the spot where he drown.

The Daffodil symbolizes rebirth, new beginnings, and the coming of Spring.

Some of the more common meanings are:

  • Creativity
  • Inspiration
  • Renewal and Vitality
  • Awareness and Inner Reflection
  • Memory
  • Forgiveness



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Florida Weddings, Tampa

Tampa Downtown Wedding at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and The Vault.

Gold, Peach, and Cream was the color pallet Tammy and Daniel wanted for their wedding.

Their wedding ceremony was held at the beautiful Sacred Heart Catholic Church just a block away from the reception venue.  The Cathedral is one of the most beautiful churches in Tampa.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Tampa, Florida

The Vault located just a block away was where the celebration continued.

This venue is one of our favorites.

With it’s Neoclassic architecture and it’s Chic Elegance set the scene for the reception.

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Flower of the Week. Hydrangea

The flower of the week is Hydrangea.

Thought to be one of the most fragile of flowers these flowers a actually one of the hardiest.

There are 70-75 species of Hydrangea.

Hydrangea are native to Southern and Easter Asia notably Japan, Korea, and China as well as the Americas.

The most common is White and Light Blue although colors can be altered by changing the pH.  The lower the acidity (pH below 7) of the soil will cause the flowers to take on a blue hue and the more alkaline the soil (pH above 7) the flowers will take on a pink hue.

Most of the hydrangea you find in floral shops are of a more temped or tropical variety and don’t dry well.  On the other hand the Antique Hydrangea varieties not only are beautiful as a fresh cut flower, but will dry very well and retain their color.

The White and the Light Blue are less expensive and more readily available.  The deeper colors of Purple, Blue and Pink are typically more expensive and much smaller in size.

We have been able to alter the color of the hydrangeas several ways.  Hydrangeas can be stem dyed, dip dyed, and tinted with floral sprays to achieve any color your heart desires.


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Flower of the Week. Anemone

These have got to be one of my favorites.

Anemones come in a vast array of color.  Whether it be White, Red, Purple, Pink or Magenta.

They are so delicate and beautiful.

Anemone means Daughter of the Wind, form the Greek, Anemos the wind god.

The plant was created by Aphrodite when her tears landed on the earth after the death of her lover Adonis.

The flower is known as the windflower.

Meaning of the flower range from protection from ill wishes and evil to bad luck or ill omens.

This flower will close up with the oncoming rains.

None the less the Anemone is a beautiful flower cherished by many for weddings.


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Flower of the week. Banksia


Banksia is an Australian plant of 173 different species and all but one are native to Australia.

Named after Sir Joseph Banks who was the first to European to collect specimens in 1770.

The flower heads are made up of hundreds of tiny flowers grouped together.  They range from yellow to red.

I find this one of the most unusual flowers and they last a long time.

They can even be dried and used over and over in arrangements for interesting texture.

Typically available in the fall and winter.


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