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5 Pretty Wedding Flower Bouquet Designs That You Might Consider for Your Big Day

5 Pretty Wedding Flower Bouquet Designs That You Might Consider for Your Big Day

One of the most elegant accessories at any wedding is the flower bouquet. Nowadays, brides are faced with an endless variety of stunning arrangements for their special day. Here, we’ve gathered 5 of the most beautiful flower bouquets from around the Internet to get your creative ideas flowing. Even if these aren’t quite the right style for your wedding, you’re sure to get some ideas after browsing through them. Selecting matching decor, such as wedding centerpieces, flower-inspired wedding wine labels, balloons, and favors will help tie your color scheme together and solidify your vision.

5. The Modern Bouquet

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    This bouquet works well with flowing or “ruffled” wedding dresses, and compliments color schemes with white, fuschia, or lilac. Floral arrangements at weddings vary in price, with the overall average flower cost ranging from $1,000–2,000.  Bride’s bouquets alone tend to cost anywhere from $100–300.

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    4. The Classic Bouquet

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      White roses are the classic flower chosen for weddings, anniversaries, and christenings, historically representing new beginnings and innocence. This bouquet looks stunning with traditional, fuller wedding dresses, and can mesh well with just about any color scheme. Simple white rose bouquets can run anywhere from $75–150. White roses are often paired with thistle for a greener bouquet, but are most striking on their own.

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      3. The Summer Bouquet

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        This bouquet flows beautifully with a breezy summer wedding gown, and compliments color schemes pink and purple color schemes. Just be sure to match colors precisely, so as not to end up with a hodgepodge of too many hues. Summer bouquet costs vary greatly, due to the variety of flowers available for inclusion. Some of the most common flowers for summer weddings include lilies, peonies, daisies, and hydrangeas.

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        2. The Nontraditional Bouquet

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          Who says bouquets have to have flowers? The biggest upside to this bouquet style is that it lasts indefinitely. You’ll have this as a beautiful keepsake from your wedding day for years to come. This bouquet works well with a more modern, form-fitting wedding dresses, and compliments color schemes with pale blue, ivory, or peach. It’s nearly impossible to predict the price of a nontraditional bouquet because such a wide variety of materials may be used. However, if you’re looking to cut down on expenses, many nontraditional bouquets fall far below the average floral costs, with materials such as paper, felt, and burlap.

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          1. The Baby’s Breath Bouquet

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            Baby’s breath is simple yet elegant, and adds an unmistakable earthiness to your ceremony. This bouquet works well with a more rustic-style wedding gown, and compliments earth tone color schemes like beige and brown. A small handful of baby’s breath will run you only $6, making a full bouquet come in at about $85. This is one of the most affordable flowers for your bouquet. Baby’s breath can also be used as an inexpensive supplement to make your bouquet appear fuller.

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            Regardless of what you choose, your bouquet should make you feel comfortable and confident on your wedding day. If you’re feeling adventurous, a fun activity to do with your bridal party is creating you own bouquets. This can be done with a few basic craft supplies and some flowers sourced from a wholesale supplier. While DIY isn’t always the cheaper route, making your own bouquets will likely cut costs in your overall wedding budget, giving you the freedom to experiment and come up with just the right floral arrangement. Just remember to keep in mind that certain flowers are available during certain seasons and this will impact your price. Most importantly, be sure to consider your dress and overall color scheme before making a decision.

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            Last Updated on December 9, 2019

            5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

            5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

            Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

            Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

            Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

            1. Get Rationally Optimistic

            Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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            This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

            In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

            The result: no more mental stress.

            2. Unplug

            Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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            How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

            It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

            Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

            3. Easy on the Caffeine

            Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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            Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

            4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

            That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

            How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

            • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
            • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
            • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

            While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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            5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

            This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

            The result: mental stress will be gone!

            So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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