Flowers for your Office or Business…. A Practical Practice!

17 May

Busy Bee Design Studio is happy to provide your company with a beautiful fresh flower arrangement every week. Do you know that flowers are not only a decoration in your workplace but also promote the workers’ productivity? According to Dr. Roger Ulrich of Texas A&M University, both men and women demonstrate more innovative thinking, generating more ideas and solutions in the Environment that included flowers and plants, Additional research recently showed that when you see fresh flowers even for a few minutes in a day, stress and anxiety are reduced and even depressions are relieved.

We are pleased to announce our newest program for our corporate or business customers:
“Busy Bee’s Buds – Corporate.”
 In this program, you agree to a regular delivery (weekly, bi-weekly,) of flowers to your office; in exchange, we offer you several different discounts for these arrangements.

Program highlights

We deliver flowers to your office weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly.

You decide the value of arrangement, and pay only for the flowers, no delivery, vases, or labor.

You choose the style, and can specify any flowers that you do or don’t want in your arrangements.

Receive special discounts on gifts and deliveries to your clients and Employees. (with 48hour Window)

Program Details
The flowers can be arranged in a vase that you provide us.  Or we can provide a vase at no extra charge, and will exchange the vase at each time we deliver. We will deliver flowers to your office weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly.  You decide on the value of the flower arrangement, and pay only for the Flowers plus tax. There is no delivery charge, vase charge or labor fees.  At the end of each month, we will Charge the flowers to your credit card or send you a copy of the months invoice so you can pay be check.

And depending on your level of commitment, you will also receive discounts on any other purchases your company makes throughout the month, so sending flowers to a co-worker or client who is celebrating a milestone event, like a birth, marriage, promotion, or birthday is easier than ever before. Just simply call or email us the delivery information and the account number you would like to use and we will get your gift out as quickly as possible (48 hour Advanced notice Required).

Join the program today and take advantage of this great opportunity, not only for you personally, but also for your Clients and Employees!

“Busy Bee’s Buds – Corporate.”Order Form
Company Name:

Address:

City:
State:
Zip Code:
Contact Person:

Phone:
Email:

Delivery Address:

City:

Zip Code:
Delivery Cycle : Weekly / Bi-Weekly
Day of Delivery : Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday
Business hours:
Billing Cycle: Weekly / Monthly
Billing Contact:
House Account Number:
Phone:
Credit Card:

Expiration Date:
CVC Number:
Price Points
Modest: 45.00 -60.00 Per Delivery
Premium: 60.00 – 95.00 Per Delivery
Deluxe: 95.00-175.00 Per Delivery
Amount Per Delivery:
Colors Preferred:
Tall / Med / Low
Round / One Sided
Discount on other purchases:

Special Request: (please include any flowers or colors that you would not like to see in your arrangements, as well as favorite flowers and items)

Busy Bee Design Studio
11500 Jollyville Rd Suite 2321
Austin, TX 78759
512-696-2371
busybeeaustin@yahoo.com Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns about your corporate or personal floral and gift needs. We are always happy to serve!

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History of Bridal Bouquets and Styles

16 May

The History: The custom of bouquets has its origin in ancient times. Women carried aromatic bunches of garlic, herbs and spices to ward off evil spirits. 

In ancient Greece and Rome, the bride and groom wore a garland around their necks, symbolizing new life, hope and fertility. Traditional Celtic bouquets included ivy, thistle and heather. The garland was not made of flowers but of strong-smelling herbs and spices. The strong-smells were thought to have mystical powers and meant to keep away evil spirits. 

When Queen Victoria married Prince Albert, the herbs and spices had been replaced by fresh flowers, especially marigolds. Edible flowers were still included in the bouquet. The bride would carry her arrangement as she walked down the aisle. The dill from the bride’s bouquet (also known as the herb of lust), was consumed by the bride, the groom, and their wedding guests during the reception, as the herb was meant to increase sexual desire. 

In Victorian times, flowers became the secret messengers of lovers; each flower having its own meaning. It is believed that ‘the flower language’ began in Turkey during the seventeenth century. Lovers began using floral exchanges to convey messages. Thus bridal flowers were chosen with regard to their traditional significance. 

Unfortunately many lovely flowers were assigned rather undeserved meanings. For many brides, these meanings continue to influence the types of flowers they included in their bouquets. These meanings were based on a science known as Florigraphy, ‘the flower language’. Many flower lovers followed this language as it revealed underlying messages to sending and receiving flowers. 

However in our modern times, brides pick their flowers on their lovely colours and shapes. Lovely blooms that suit their personality, bridal gown and their own unique style and taste. Here are a Few examples of the different Styles, the important thing to remember with your Bridal bouquet is that you do not have to pick one style. For example you can have a “Hand Tied” “Free Form” “Cascade”…. each one is considered a different type of bouquet but when you put them all together you have a bouquet that is as unique as you are! 

 

Nosegay

A nosegay bouquet is round in shape. But, compared to the round, the nosegay has less flowers and more greenery. The flowers for this bridal bouquet type is usually round in shape and equal in size. 

Posy

A posy is also a round bouquet. The stems may be removed and wired or left as it is. Posy bouquets with stems kept are called the ‘natural stem posy bouquet’.  

  

  

 

Beidermeier

 The shape of the beidermeier is also round. The beidermerier is quite unique because flowers of the same type is arranged in a circular pattern. Each ring will represent one type of flower.  It can have as many rings as you would like and can even include  non traditional elements like Nuts, Acorns, Berries, or Jewels.

Crescent/ Cascade

A crescent bouquet can be symmetrical or assymmetrical. As the name suggests, the left and right side of the bouquet is seen to be flowing down. A symmetrical crescent bouquet has flowers and greenery arched at same lengths on both sides. Whereas the assymmetrical, has one side longer. Wedding gowns with a big and wide skirt are suitable with this type of bouquet. And if you carry it just below the waist, the beauty of the bouquet will stand out better.

Freeform / Contemporary

A freeform bouquet does not have a specific or defined shape. In fact, most freeform bouquets have foliage coming out of the bouquet. Tropical flowers are usually used for this type of wedding bouquet. This is a Style that can easily be combined with others to make a more unique look for your bridal bouquet. Often the more unconventional items are used in this style such as Curly Willow Branches, or Tropical Grasses and Foilage, Nuts, Fruits, Berries even things like Moss, and Natural Birds Nest or Mushrooms.  

Composite

A composite bouquet is made of petals wired or glued together to form a single large bloom with a ribbon tied to it. This bouquet is very simple but not so popular these days.  The best types of Flowers to use for this style of bouquet are Lillies, Roses, Orchids and some Tropical Flowers. 

  

  

  

 

 

Pomander

Instead of carrying a bridal bouquet, you can also carry a pomander. A pomander is a ball of flowers carried by a ribbon attach to it.  Often these Bouquets are made up of  Mums, Orchids, Spray Roses, Roses or Gerbera Daisies.  

Teardrop

The teardrop bouquet is the sister of the cascade bouquet. While the cascade bouquet has a natural flow, the teardrop bouquet is more stiff. This bouquet is roundish at the top but pointy at the bottom.   Often this type of bouquet is created in a foam form in order to get the rigid and exact placement more defined. This is more of a traditional and dated style, the more modern version of this bouquet is the cascade or cresent bouquet.

 

 HandTied

 The hand tied bouquet is extremely popular with modern brides and has a natural feel and is unique because it has the ability to use almost any flower that will stay pretty out of water.  Some flowers to stay away from are Pansies, Daffodils, and Stephanotis.

This style has unlimited possibilities. Some of the charm in this bouquet is that it is alway created with the natural stems showing using Ribbons to hold the flowers together. This also allows for an area to personalize the bouquet by adding antique brooches or family heirlooms to the bouquet.

Summer Color Schemes!

12 May

Red

Some people think that red is more appropriate for winter and fall weddings, and ya, maybe it fall and winter themes would be the first to come to mind, but it certainly doesn’t have to be that way. Using red in the right proportion to other colors quickly and easily turns red into the perfect summer wedding color. Think of all the Summer flowers that grow very red in the Texas Hill Country! GeorgeTown Texas has named it self the Poppy Capital of Texas during the Late Spring an Early Summer there are red patches every where you look along the side of the road.

Great summer wedding color combinations for red include champagne, pink and yellow.

summer wedding colors
Whimsy, exotic greens, and hints of softer colors 
make red a wonderful summer wedding color!

Lavender

Lavender works so well for summer weddings because it conjures up images of Mediterranean Europe and gentle afternoons in the park. One of favorite themes for a summer wedding is, in fact lavender! With lavender spilling into favors (lavender tea or lavender plants), and even your menu (lavender shorbet or lavender pork) it’s a uniquely beautiful start to a summer wedding theme. A great Venue to think about along with a Mediterranean Theme is the Villa Antonia, located just outside of Austin on Lake Travis with a Beautiful Tuscan feel. Also think of locations like the Mandolla Winery or Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center!

Great color combos for lavender include terra cotta, blues, greens and bright pink or yellow.

summer wedding colors
Various shades of lavender give depth while hints of pink or yellow add a cheery feeling to lavender themes

Yellow

Yellow is a cheery color, so if you’re after a bright cheery wedding yellow is a really simple and obvious choice. Give yellow a more traditional feel by incorporating the the with yellow accents, or the brightness of the sunflower with a dramatic brown. Another great, and unique color combo is yellow and silver. Images of sexy silk dresses and and minimal decor come to mind for a sleek but cheery wedding.

Great color combos for yellow include white, brown, fresh green, and blue.

summer wedding colors
Use yellow on it’s own or mix it with brown, white or green for an interesting and unique take on cheery

Pink

Pink is one of the summer wedding colors that jumps to mind when thinking of a summer wedding. Mixed with almost any color it adds a feeling of romance and innocence. Strong shades of pink are dramatic and if used on it’s own is great for outgoing brides looking to make a statement and have loads of fun. Using different shades and tints of pink add a sense of depth, subtly and romance to your wedding.

Great color combos for pink include brown, mix of tints and tones, a delicate purple.

Use pink on it’s own for drama, mix with different shades of pink or brown for a subtle and romantic feel.

White

White is one of the first colors that comes to mind when planning a wedding, regardless of season. So, to make your white wedding work as the perfect summer wedding color additions of green, bold blues, and free-flowing bouquets are small things to make it really fresh and summery.

Great summer wedding color combos for white include blue, green, and pink.

summer wedding colors
Mixing with green or bold blue and pinks gives it a distinctly fresh and summery feeling.

Summer Wedding Ideas!

11 May

May through August is the number one most popular time of year to get married, and for good reason too. Summer weddings are full of sunshine and warmth, ( and HEAT!!! in the Austin Area) and allow you to get married outside in good (Hot) weather. Take full advantage of the season and all it has to offer you when planning your summer wedding. Here are some ideas of place and things to do to help beat the heat in the Texas hill country.

When thinking about venues the City of Austin has some wonderful park locations that also offer remodeled home and buildings on site that allow for a cool hide away from the texas heat! One of my favorites is Mayfield park and Water Gardens,  this public park is availible for rental for a nominal fee and features water gardens, live peacocks, and a historic home on site which makes for a beautiful wedding. Here is a picture of a wedding we have done there.

Another nice location for a Summer Wedding where you can stay cool but still enjoy all the beauty of the Texas Hill Country is “The Terrace Club of Jack Rabbit Ridge”. With stunning views of the Texas Hill Country located in Dripping Springs just minutes from Austin this a perfect venue for your summer wedding!

For all the men in a summer wedding bridal party, a classic navy blazer with khaki slacks are perfect. For a more formal affair, perhaps consider morning suits or tuxedos depending on whether the affair will take place during the day or evening. A white dinner jacket is fabulous too and perhaps even a bit more comfortable than a tuxedo. Almost anything goes when it comes to proper summer wedding attire.  Another popular alternative for your Summer wedding in Texas is a nice linen suit or light pants with a simple button up, sometimes it is better to avoid ties and jackets in the summer heat.

Summer wedding decorations should reflect the joy and bounty of the season. Use fresh fruits and vegetables to decorate your reception area. Consider clementines and cumquats in flower arrangements and fill the room with bright and cheery blooms like roses, sunflowers, red and yellow calla lilies, dahlias, mums and zinnias (just to name a few). You can also create an airy summer look with mostly white and light colored flowers such as roses, stephanotis, white phlox, hydrangea, white calla lilies, snowball mums and Shasta daisies.

For summer wedding tables, consider pairing your favorite flowers with seasonal fruits. Place lemons and limes in tall, clear topiaries and top with a loose floral arrangement. You can also create a lush garden look by planting bright pink hydrangeas in antique urns to flank your outside aisle. (You can plant them afterwards in your own garden.) Select bouquets for the bridesmaids that when placed all together, resemble the horizon at sunset.

Fill your summer wedding menu with the bounty of the season by serving fresh fruits such as watermelon and berries. Granitas and sorbets are refreshing desserts after a summer wedding fare of fresh seafood or even traditional barbecue for a more casual affair. Another Popular Texas wedding tradition is the mexican auqua fresca, here is a simple recipe.

    Watermelon Agua Fresca Recipe Preparation: 10 mts, chilling time Serves 4-5 persons

  •  Ingredients:  2 cups cubed and de-seeded chilled watermelon (or any of your favorite fruit, peaches and strawberries work well)  
  • 1/2 cup chilled water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sugar (adjust according to the sweetness of watermelon)
  • 1-2 tbsp lemon juice
  • mint leaves for garnish (optional)
  • 1 Blend the above ingredients for 8-10 secs. If you want a smooth drink, strain. Garnish with mint leaves and serve chilled.

 

I personaly like to serve theses in big glass jars which is the more traditional way to serve them here is an example of  different flavors in the beautiful colors of the season!

 

Summer wedding favors might include fruits of the season, such as pears or peaches. Small pots of flowers and seeds as well as beautiful wooden fans or crystal oysters with a pearl make the perfect wedding favors.

Make your summer wedding a joyous celebration under the sun, wherever it may shine for you and your spouse-to-be on this your most special day of days.

Helpful Info for your Wedding!

10 May

When To Book Your Florist
9-6 months before your wedding is a good time to start your search. Book your florist as early as possible to secure the best pricing. You need to have your reception and ceremony sites picked out before you can hire a florist because you’ll need to know how many arrangements you’ll need and that the colors you pick don’t clash with the colors of your venue. You’ll also need to know what color your bridesmaids’ dresses are.
What To Bring To An Appointment

•Pictures of flowers and arrangements that you like (magazine clippings or websites)
•Picture of your wedding gown – swatches of material from your bridesmaids gowns – if available, a picture of your reception room
•Bring a Copy of your invitations if you have them.
•Bring a list of all the flowers and arrangements you need and who they are for, so that the florist can include them in your Quote.

Questions To Ask The Florist

•When viewing photos of past work, ask if the flowers where arranged by the same person that is doing your arrangements.
•After giving your florist your ideas, ask for their opinion or ideas. You don’t have to take their advice but at least take the time to listen. This is what they are trained to do, and a good florist should have a lot of experience with wedding flowers. As well as good customer reviews. You never know, you might like their ideas better then your own.
•Is there a delivery charge?
•Is there a setup fee?
•Do they have rental supplies?
•Do they need a map for the different delivery locations?
•Can you change your order if you have another idea? What’s the cut off date for new ideas?
•What times will the flowers be delivered to each location?
•Will the florist transport ceremony decorations to the reception location? Is there a fee?
•Will they write you up an itemized quote?
•Are the flowers you’ve chosen in season? What flowers are in season for your date?
•You’re on a tight budget, can the florist work with a budget?
•Are there any additional or hidden costs?
•Is the florist familiar with your reception and ceremony locations?

Things To Keep In Mind
If your wedding date is around the time of a flower giving holiday (mother’s day, valentine’s,etc) you’re going to pay more for your flowers. The florist will also be very busy during this time and you can’t expect to be the center of attention. Meet and speak to the person that will be making your flower arrangements.
A good place to start is with the bride’s and bridesmaid’s bouquet, work with those colors and flower types to create your centerpieces, alter arrangements and other floral decor.
You don’t have to book on the spot. Take your quote home and think it over.
The more information you give your florist the better they will understand what you want.
If you choose flowers that are not in season and have to be shipped, you’re looking at a bigger expense and you don’t know what effect the shipping will cause on your flowers.