June 2019

 Carry a preserved wedding bouquet

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

Your wedding bouquet is one of the most important arrangements you will ever choose, and modern brides can feel a lot of pressure when deciding on the type of flowers and the style they want. This pressure means that while some crafty brides have a go at creating their own perfect bouquet, most of us tend to leave it to the professionals.

Of course, DIY and florist-created bouquets are not the only options available to you for your big day. Special techniques have been perfected over the years which have made it possible to preserve flowers in a completely natural state which you can use for your event or have arranged afterwards. These modern preserved bouquets are a whole other class when compared to flowers preserved with older, more traditional techniques.

These older techniques might be reasonably effective, but a lot of the time they affect the way the flowers look; colors become less vibrant and delicate petals seem brittle and dull. Modern preservation methods have led to the creation of a special preservation formula that replaces the natural water and sap within flowers, leaves and stems; and the resulting preserved bouquets are completely true to life, with all the natural colors and textures of the blooms captured in time.

Preserved wedding bouquets can last a lifetime

Why Choose A Preserved Wedding Bouquet?

 Couples have been preserving their wedding flowers for generations and it has become something of a tradition. Not only does it mean you can enjoy your sentimental arrangements for a lot longer, but the preserved flowers can also be used to brighten up your interiors after the wedding, and are as delightful as having fresh flowers without the need to replace them when they start to fade. New techniques allow you to go a step further and purchased preserved wedding bouquets and arrangements.

Preserve a special flower or a whole bunch

This isn’t just a cost-effective way to have fresh-looking flowers all year round, it’s also more eco-friendly. The majority of the fresh flowers we buy from florists have been grown in far-flung corners of the globe and are then usually shipped by air freight, so they arrive quickly and in perfect condition. Longer distances and more frequent shipping add up in terms of emissions, so by choosing to carry preserved wedding flowers helps you to cut your carbon footprint when you turn something bought for one use into a long-lasting decor element.

Displaying your preserved wedding bouquet

Displaying Your Preserved Wedding Flowers

A preserved wedding bouquet can be a wonderfully versatile thing. They can be displayed in the same way they were on your wedding day, or they can be transformed into something else entirely. One of the most traditional ways to display a preserved wedding bouquet is to create a floral shadow box. If you are a bit crafty then you might want to have a go at making your own shadow box, all you need is a deep box frame which is big enough to fit your flowers into, your preserved flowers, a way to fix them within the box, and any extra bits to dress the flowers up such as ribbon.

Of course, you can always leave it to the professionals. As the techniques used to create perfectly preserved flowers have improved, specialist florists all over the world are creating stunning, artisanal displays using high quality blooms. Couples in the USA might like to check out Keepsake Floral, and UK brides and grooms should take a look at Endura Roses for some truly special preserved wedding bouquets.

Timeless red roses


Bio: Hannah Natalello is an avid writer, handcrafter, and reader of sci-fi. Living near the Peak District National Park, she loves exploring the English countryside and is passionate about environmentalism, embroidery and good coffee. Find her on Twitter.

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Book a banquet hall for big occasions

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

From birthdays to weddings, to all the family functions before and after, having a suitable venue to host your events is crucial. Of course, there are plenty of venues to choose from, depending on your preferences. Some love the great outdoors or even the lawn of their residence, while others prefer a restaurant or a more closed environment for a private feel. But going ahead with many venues requires additional preparations such as decor, catering, and more. Outdoor venues also add additional uncertainty with the weather, plus extra preparations to set up accommodations and take food outside.

Banquet halls are your best bet. Why? They save you the extra expenses and efforts as they provide all their services under one roof! Banquet halls are also very popular today because not everyone seems to enjoy events out in open or at home.

Here are some of the wonderful advantages of booking a banquet hall for any occasion:

Great banquet hall service

1. Quality Service and Staff

All customers demand good service today. Most people are educated and have higher expectations than ever before. Banquet halls consist of highly-professional individuals that include managers, coordinates, waiters, chefs, and sweepers.

They are highly-trained and have years of experience. And they know how to attend to all their guests. They manage to efficiently run your event. And in case anything goes wrong, they always have a plan B to execute your event as desired without giving you a chance to complain.

2. Reliable In-House Catering

A banquet hall also offers catering services so that you don’t have to spend time on looking for caterers on your own. You can also choose the menu yourself and customize it the way you like it. Usually, banquet halls charge per head according to the chosen menu so you can easily calculate the total amount. They also hire professional cooks and trained waiters so that you can completely rely on their catering services.

Accomodate a crows at a banquet

3. Accommodates a Large Group

A banquet hall has the capacity to host anywhere from 15-1,000 guests or more. Imagine if you wanted to celebrate your child’s first birthday with all your extended family and friends. Would you be able to accommodate all your guests at home? Maybe not. A banquet hall easily accommodates all your guests with ease, without suffocating everyone.  This is especially true with weddings, which typically involve 100 people or more.

Booking a banquet hall will give you and your guests plenty of space to dance and you can decide how loud you want the music. What’s more? Large spaces are easier to decorate in a grand manner. So no matter what the occasion, there’s ample space for everyone to move around.

Impressive decor at banquet thall

4. Impressive Decor

A banquet hall has in-house event designers who decorate the venue as per your preferences and budget. Whether it’s little details like flowers, ribbons, lights, and table linens, they can personalize every detail. Even if it’s a decoration for a specific theme, you can let them know so that they can put their creativity to use.

5. Cleanliness and Maintenance

Imagine your wedding is going on and you see a filthy stain on one of the table cloths. That can happen if you get services from a random vendor. But when it comes to a banquet hall, their cleanliness and maintenance is unquestionable. From dishes to floors, and table cloths to curtains, everything glitters beautifully.

beautiful lighting & backdrop options

6.  Lights and Photography Settings

Good lighting and exceptional photography is what everyone desires today. Banquet halls have a knack for delivering the backdrop and lighting you want for ambiance and great pictures and videos. No matter what your event theme may be, the team behind your magical night makes every moment count.

Most well-known banquet halls team up with experienced photographers that get really creative to take the most breathtaking shots. Let’s not forget the addition of impressive lights which bring a ton of glam and shimmer to any event! This lethal combination can make your event pretty memorable!

7. Cost Effective

Booking a banquet hall is cost-effective. How? Spending separately on venue, decoration, catering, and even coordinators can be expensive while a banquet hall provides all these facilities at an affordable price.

Beautiful decor at a banquet hall

Organizing an event is no big deal when you have a banquet hall that takes care of all major concerns when planning an event. It’s an ideal choice for most events today. Hoteliers have gotten creative, bringing the outdoors to the indoors! So make sure you start looking for the right venue early before you end up compromising on one that doesn’t leave you with a happy camper!  

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Author Bio: Rishi Kamra works with Grand Mercure Vadodara Surya Palace. He has over a decade of experience in the hospitality and event management industry which allows him to create value-driven content for his readers. Travelling and photography are his two passions and in his free time, he enjoys working with the youth of his city by volunteering his time and mentoring young adults.

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