What kind of bride are you?

Take the quiz and find out...

1.  How long have you been thinking about your wedding?

a.  Since I was five
b.  For a few years, since I met my partner
c.  Since we got engaged
d.  I was never even sure I’d have one!

 

2.  The day after you got engaged you;

a.  Tried on gowns
b.  Started on a healthy eating plan
c.  Same as usual, just your regular routine
d.  Had a day in (feeling a little overwhelmed)

 

3.  What is your dream venue?

a.  Ornate ballroom
b.  Your family Church
c.  Friends backyard
d.  Refurbished barn

 

4.  How many bridal magazines do you have right now?

a.  10 or more
b.  4 - 9
c.  1 - 3
d.  0

 

5.  What would be the perfect date night?

a.  Romantic dinner at your favourite restaurant
b.  Gallery opening followed by martinis at a rooftop bar
c.  Acoustic night at the neighbourhood cafe
d.  Picnic under the stars

 

6.  What is your favourite romantic movie?

a.  The Notebook
b.  Titanic
c.  50 First Dates
d.  Dirty Dancing

 

7.  What’s your favourite flower?

a.  Rose
b.  Peony
c.  Natives
d.  Hydrangea

 

8.  What does your dream wedding dress look like?

a.  White ballgown dress with a train
b.  Fitted satin dress with a veil
c.  No white. I want to wear something colourful and fun
d.  Something soft and flowing, maybe a little lace

 

9.  What tradition are you ditching?

a.  Nothing!
b.  Garter removal
c.  Bridal Party
d.  Seating Arrangement

 

10.  What is your dream honeymoon location?

a.  Caribbean Island Resort
b.  European Tour
c.  A trip across Australia
d.  Trekking through Southeast Asia 
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Mostly A’s - You’re a Romantic Bride

You’ve been waiting for this day your whole life. You love a good love story, and your wedding day is turning out to be a true fairy tale! - Beautiful

Your dream bouquet: Beautiful teardrop bouquet with a touch of bling

 

 

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Mostly B’s - You’re a Classic Bride

You love a timeless look, and your wedding will still look picturesque in years to come. You love the idea of a traditional ceremony - stunning!

Your timeless bouquet: lush, all-white bouquet hand-tied with satin ribbon

 

 

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Mostly C’s - You’re a Modern Bride

You’re edgy and fun and you naturally gravitate towards colour. Your ceremony is super quick and the reception will be super fun, because all the people you love are in one place having a great time. Your wedding is colourful and unforgettable. - Rockin' it!

Your fun florals - funky and free with an unexpected palette

 

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Mostly D’s - You’re a Boho Bride

Your down to earth and love the great outdoors. With flowers in your hair there will be vintage and handmade details throughout your reception. Shoe’s are completely optional. - Gorgeous

Your natural bouquet - very textural, a beautiful mix of seasonal flowers

BIG CHANGES ARE COMING!

It’s with mixed emotions we announce the next phase for Orchid & Vine Florist!

We are moving!! 

Don’t worry we aren’t leaving just yet! 

I have decided to put the shop up for lease, and we will continue to trade from our shop front in Hackett until someone takes over the lease.

It’s not been an easy decision, but I want to do the right thing for my family and be the best Mum I can be. Weddings are my passion and my dedication to my wedding clients is still a huge priority so we have decided to create a home based studio to balance the workload! I look forward to creating beautiful flowers for all our existing brides and for new brides into the future. 

We wanted to say a BIG thank you for your love and support these past 2 years.

Caroline & the team at Orchid & Vine

WORKSHOP UPDATE

We had so much interest in our Workshops last year, and as much as we would love to host our workshops again this year we’ve had to take a break. Unfortunately It isn’t an easy decision, but with our wedding business growing and our baby girl, we have limited free weekends to offer these courses.

We’d like to assure you that all workshop vouchers are still valid, make sure to get in touch with us and we will organise a date for your workshop or if you would prefer the voucher can also be redeemed as store credit.

Thank you for your understanding,

Caroline and the team at Orchid & Vine

Janaya & Scott's Wedding

Our first wedding of the year, and what a way to start. The day was absolutely perfect, and the love between Janaya and Scott was palpable!

When I arrived to drop off the flowers, I found Janaya dressed to the nines in her stunning gown with sneakers on! She’d just been out getting pre wedding shots done out in the paddocks at Poacher’s Pantry. The flowers for Janaya's bouquet were a gorgeous mix of roses and dahlias with soft grey dusty miller foliage. For the tables we used Dahlias in Mason Jars to tie in with her bouquet and the rustic theme of the wedding.

THE LITTLE DETAILS

Flowers: Orchid and Vine Florist | Photography: Henry Paul | Venue: Poacher's Pantry | Dress: Affordable Bridal, Gundaroo NSW | Hair: Steven Lloyd | Makeup: Zoe Barton |  Shoes: Shoes of Prey | Suits: Roger Bartholomew | Entertainment: Jake Edgley | Catering: Poacher's Pantry | Celebrant: Amanda Corbett.

Nick & Jola's Wedding

It was an absolute treat to do Jola and Nick's Wedding. I have known Jola since we were 5 years old, we went to school together through Primary School and High School, so it was really special to be able to make the flowers for her big day.

Jola loves yellow (good choice! it's my favourite too) so we made sure her bouquets shone like the sun with a gorgeous selection of roses, sunflowers, and orchids, with lots of lush foliage a few succulents added in for some added texture. Jola had a gorgeous trail to her bouquet which really set her apart from her bridesmaids which held classic posies in matching her theme. All the bouquets were wrapped with Navy ribbon to compliment the girls dresses and the bridal bouquet had trails of ribbon that accented the trail of the flowers.

The ceremony was held at the beautiful Gold Creek Chapel followed by a reception at the Lobby where we used crosscut wood logs with a scattering of yellow flowers in little vases to sit upon each of the tables. 

THE LITTLE DETAILS

Flowers: Orchid and Vine Florist | Photographer: A Shot Above the Rest | Ceremony venue: The Chapel Gold Creek | Reception venue: The Lobby | Reception set-up and styling: Orchid and Vine Florist

Matt & Steph's Wedding

It was lovely creating the flowers for Matt & Steph's beautiful Spring wedding. Matt and Steph choose the National Gallery of Australia as the venue for their big day and it couldn't have been more perfect. They had a stunning outdoor ceremony out in the Sculpture Gardens surrounding the Gallery followed by an intimate reception at Gandel Hall. The choice of flowers really complimented Steph's beautiful dress and we were able to incorporate the same flowers into the bridal arbour that was featured at their ceremony. 

THE VENDORS

Flowers: Orchid and Vine Florist | Photographer: Keepsakephoto by the Keeffes | Ceremony venue: Sculpture Gardens, National Gallery of Australia | Reception venue: Gandel Hall, National Gallery of Australia | Celebrant: Gina Callan, Licensed to Wed | Dress: Nouveau Riche | Bridesmaids’ dresses: Zimmermann | Groom and groomsmen’s suits: InStitchU | Bride’s hair: Sapphire Hair and Makeup | Bride’s shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Makeup: Sapphire Hair and Makeup | Ceremony set-up and styling: dream.hire.design | Cake: Cheryl’s Signature Cakes | Band: Baker Boys | First dance song: Feels Like Home – Chantal Kreviazuk

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BUTTONHOLES

Buttonholes, do you really need them?

The buttonhole (also known as a boutonniere) is a small single flower or cluster of flowers to be worn on the lapel. We get a lot of couples asking us what the importance of these tiny floral displays are, so today we thought we would share with you what we know about the humble buttonhole.

Help! Who should wear a buttonhole at the wedding?

You may prefer the groom to be the only member of the wedding party wearing a buttonhole, but more often than not buttonholes are also given to the groomsmen, page boy, and the fathers of the bride and groom. This makes up the wedding party on the mens side. If your budget affords it, it’s a nice touch to give them to the grandfathers and brothers too!

Our tip: If you decide to give buttonholes to the fathers, grandfathers and brothers it’s always nice to give a corsage to the mothers, grandmothers and sisters as well.

What should they look like?

That’s completely up to you! You can choose a colour that either contrasts or complements the grooms outfit. Or have them match the Bride’s bouquet and use the same flowers that are featured in her design. If he isn’t into flowers, try something a little different and use foliages, berries or even succulents. Make sure to have the groom stand out by making his buttonhole unique from the rest with with a slightly different flourish to the others.

Okay, so how are you actually meant to put one of these on?

The buttonhole should be worn on the outside of the buttonhole of the left lapel, not inside it. Make sure the flower is facing upwards. It is usually secured with a pin from the back of the lapel, but some florists offer a magnet that makes it even easier to put on (check with your florist what they normally do for buttonholes).

Our tip: Your Buttonhole is traditionally worn on your left lapel, because it's above your heart! 

So why get buttonholes?

Buttonholes are a final touch, adding style to formal attire, and helping to distinguish the wedding party from the rest of the guests at your wedding. Don’t forget some of your family members will have never met before, having buttonholes for the wedding party makes it easier for guests to recognise the important people that are a part of your big day!

To make it easy for everyone on your wedding day - here at Orchid & Vine we offer the following as part of our services:

  1. We work together with you to ensure the buttonholes and corsages are packaged in boxes as you need them. Making it super simple for pick ups as there’s no trying to sort out which needs to go where. 
  2. We always label our buttonholes, this way the guys know exactly which one belongs to who.
  3. We use magnets or special safety pins to attach them, this makes it super easy to put on. - Many Grooms have told us this saved the day! :)

6 Tried and Tested Tips to Keep Your Flowers Fresher Longer

WANT THE BEST TIPS TO KEEPING YOUR FLOWERS FOR LONGER!

There's nothing sweeter than a beautiful bouquet of fresh cut flowers. The only downside is that we wish they would stick around for longer. 

We've all heard of the different “tips and tricks” to help keep our flowers alive, from spraying them with hairspray, to placing an aspirin in the water. But we’re here to bust those myths and give you the low down on keeping your flowers fresher for longer. 

Here are our top 6 tips:

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You don’t even need to be a pro florist to pull these off, just stick to these 6 tried and tested tips and you’ll be enjoying those gorgeous blooms for days!