'Flowers are love's truest language' . . . Park Benjamin

I began this Blog to share beautiful photos, inspirational thoughts and maybe a tidbit or two that you will want to pass onto to someone else. No one does 'pretty' better than Mother Nature .... Welcome and I hope you stop in often!

A Day in the Life of A Dreamer

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I have always been a 'dreamer' and I think that is the most important quality a person can have in order to be creative. It allows me to view things from all sorts of angles. Whenever I would design for a wedding/special event I made myself 'think like a photographer' and in my mind's eye I wanted to be able to showcase various colors, elements & textures. At the end of 2012 I closed the doors to my Floral Studio and began pursuing new horizons. Flowers and plants have been a part of my life since I was a child and helped my Dad in the garden. Seeds have always fascinated me and one day I will share my 'Lesson Of the Bean' story with you! My other passion is creating beautiful food to share with family and friends -- I have always said that food and flowers go together. For now, I would like this Blog to be a collection of Pretty things that this Dreamer would like to share with all of you!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Bouquets to 'Remember'

Do you want to make your bouquet a cherished heirloom? 
 Try adding a sentimental and treasured piece of jewelry from a special family member or vintage lockets with pictures of family members you want to remember on your special day or the lace sleeve from your Mother's Wedding gown.
Any one of these ideas will bring new meaning to the time honored tradition of 'something' borrowed!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Keep 'Mother Earth' Blooming!

Today we revisit 'Earth Hour' a movement which began in 2007 when over 2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to 'make a stand' against the climate changes our world is currently undergoing.
Since then this movement has grown, and as we begin the Spring Season in this hemisphere of 'Mother Earth's Garden' I am reaching out to all of my fellow 'flower friends' to keep in mind our 'friends and families' in Japan who are trying to recover what is left of their lives and their beautiful country.  We can all do more to keep Mother Earth blooming!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Flower of the Week

Best Buds' Flower of the Week is the Crocus . . .They are the harbingers of Spring and signify 'Gladness and Happiness'. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

More on Bridal Consultations -- Booking Specials & Pre-Consultations Forms

Things have been 'buzzin' at Best Buds this past month . . I have had the pleasure of meeting so many happy couples planning their Weddings and Special Events.  I love talking to people about flowers and helping them select what is right for them and especially in today's economy . . . what will give them the most value for their Wedding Flower Budget. 

 Everyone loves a deal and that is why I offered the Booking Special which ends on 3/31 where you can save $100 on your flower order of $500 or more if you retain my services at the end of our consultation.  This is in addition to the many 'other goodies' I offer to all my clients. 

One of the other items I find very helpful for my clients is the Pre-Consultation Form that I developed this year which they complete and email or fax back to me prior to our meeting.  It allows me to have a first hand view of their personal taste, style and vision as well as providing the necessary information regarding their ceremony location, venue site, etc.  My clients love this service and actually tell me it helps to organize them as well.  This form allows my clients and me to follow their outline as we cover each component of their Wedding and the time just flies when we are talking flowers!!! 

OK . . . that's it for this post.  You still have time to book Best Buds before 3/31.  My goal is to provide you with quality products, personal service and affordable prices -- these are 'bargains' that I offer everyday!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Wedding Consultations

This is the time of year when I have the opportunity to meet with couples who are planning their Weddings. It is an exciting time and there is so much to do.  I decided to do a few posts about consultations that you may find interesting and helpful.  I think one of the first questions I am asked is, "How soon do I make an appointment to come and talk to you?"  I like to answer that one with a few questions of my own.
When you begin your planning there are some very important things to have done before you talk to your floral designer.
Here is my list of what items should be done before we meet:
       Your Wedding Date Selected
       Your Ceremony & Reception Site Reserved
       Your Dress and the colors you plan to use

These are the building blocks that a floral designer needs to begin to create your wedding flowers.  When you have the above items confirmed and purchased, then it is time to come and talk to me.  There is also a lot of benefits to retaining the vendors you want to use especially when you plan to get married in the popular months of May & June. 

The next question I am asked is 'Do you offer Flower Packages?'
Weddings are such an important event and I believe that each one should be treated on a personal level so that the floral designs created will be a mirror image of the couple who plan to celebrate one of the most important events in their lives with family and friends.  When you begin one of life's grandest journeys allow the flowers to tell 'your love story'.

Well stay tuned for the next episode of Bridal Consultations and if you have any questions or comments I would love to hear from you.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The March Lion

The month of March arrives like a 'Lion' . . and I could not resist sharing one of my favorite lions with all of you.  March is such a great time of year here in Pennsylvania
full of events . . like the Philadelphia International Flower Show which begins this weekend . . I will be there on Friday, March 11th . . can't wait to share my pictures and stories with all of you .. . well let me know how your March arrived . . I would love to hear from you!!!