Vase Care - helping your flowers last!

This blog is store related as we want your flower arrangements to last. When florists make arrangements they use a range of flowers - some more blown open to look great now, and some are closed up to look great later. Typically the stems are left longer to have more visual impact. Everyone loves long stems, but it is also one of the main reasons flowers die quickly.

A little flower knowledge - the longer the stem the faster they die. Think of the flower having to pull water up that long stem. Clogs happen as it’s a natural product. Once it’s clogged the flower will start to wilt. It may be clogged only 2” above the bottom of the stem or 8” - both have the same affect. Wilted flowers.

Florists always go on and on about sharp knives/flower sheers. Truly this is the most important part of our job. They need to be sharp and new to cut the stem cleanly. If they are dull or have been used on paper you will crush the capillaries (arteries) of the flower at the base, result, wilted flowers as they can’t drink.

One point I want to make is please do not use flower food unless you do it exactly. Fresh clean water, cutting the stems shorter (you may need to use a smaller vase) as they wilt and good sharp floral sheers will keep your flowers alive far longer.

Does & Don’ts for your arrangement

Keep filling up the water level to keep it high. Gravity helps force water up the stems when it’s high.

Do take out the flowers that are wilting and try cutting them short, put in warm water in a short vase. They often will perk up. Leaving healthy flowers in the vase.

Do keep out of direct sun. It forces the flowers to open quickly and causes fast bacteria growth.

Don’t re-cut unless you have dedicated floral sheers or knife. Keep our cut and keep filling the vase.

We hope this helps and email us anytime if questions.


As the large arrangement ages, cut stems shorter. Break up into smaller vases. The shortened stem length will extend life of your flowers.

How to put on a boutonniere or corsage!

We are usually gone by the time our customers are putting bouts/corsages on. We hope this helps.

The one major rule is they always go on the left lapel. There will be a back and a front to them. The small flower accents typically sit up front. and the greenery are placed on the back showing best at the front.

Photo credit - Monique Sache, email


Under the lapel or dress put one pin in sideways capturing the back of the stems


The second pin just captures the stems from the top. Stab it softly downwards into the stem of the bout/corsage. Not enough to go through to the front. This one stabilizes it from swinging side to side.

Peach vs. Coral - Colour names can be confusing

I remember in the early days arriving at a hotel with coral coloured bouquets and the Bride was frustrated. The flowers were lovely but she had asked for “Coral”. As my heart dropped she showed me the Bridesmaids dresses that had just arrived. They were also coral, an exact match to the flowers. She had wanted peach but thought it was coral. Her whole wedding was coral, flowers/dresses/linens etc, as she thought that was the name of the colour. It had just been a marketing name.

When we read magazines or read colours of dresses, they can have a marketing name that seems like a colour. It might just be a name of that particular product that sounded nice.

Please find swatches to send along with your photos if you want a specific colour. It keeps everything clear. Here are examples of these popular colours.

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Coral with light peach accents

Brix & Mortar - I can't say enough

In June I was lucky enough to be invited to a friends wedding at one of our favorite venues, Brix & Mortar in Yaletown. Until I was able to be a guest, it was a wedding venue I loved due to how great the staff always were to us, and how pretty it is.

Now that I have been a guest I cannot rave enough about this award winning wedding venue. It’s suitable up to 95 people sit down and 120 cocktail reception. The venue itself needs very little decoration, even though that’s my business, I will share the secret that candles are the only necessity. It’s such a great space for ceremony in the atrium and reception in the restaurant & atrium. The atrium in summer is cool and in winter it is warm and rain free. It’s the perfect set up. Yes I am raving but it’s well deserved.

The food! I can’t say enough about the food. The appetizers were delicious and the stand out for me was the “fish & chip”! When we sat down to dinner we received top service. Our meals were pipping hot and delicious. They have enough staff to ensure your wedding is well served.

After dinner the desserts and coffee were served in the atrium. Dancing was in the bar area. By the way the bar is a golden glowing “want to hang out at” area. You just want to order something. I was the DD so it was ginger-ale but it was still amazing to stand at. I won’t talk about my Husband lol! He had a hand signal with the barman. As the dancing continued the staff danced too as they went back and forth.

In short it was professional, relaxed yet managed and business to business I think they have figured it out. 750 plus weddings later - they know how to help you have a wonderful wedding day celebration.


Flowers - seasons, tradition & what's less expensive!

A few topics trending are…

1) When are popular wedding flowers in season?

Peony’s - let’s do the Brides fav first - in the Vancouver area they are in season May through mid-July. Depending on weather they can start or finish a little early/late. Too hot in the spring then they finish early, Too cold and they won’t be ready until mid-May but the bonus is they may go till the end of July.

Dahlia’s start mid-June and typically go till the first frost. They are a nice big flower and come in a lot of lovely colours.

Roses, hydrangea, lisianthus, freesia, spray roses, stock and most of the other wedding flowers that are available locally & imported are available most of the year.

Anenomes - these beauties are available through out the year but there are gaps. It’s one of the flowers you just have to keep your fingers crossed.

Eryngium - this steele blue beauty is available most of the year give or take a few weeks for crop rotation.

Eucalyptus - available all year round but in the spring it can look fairly unhealthy. We had a bad spring with eucalyptus and had to throw a lot out. By mid-summer late fall it’s back to healthy.

2) What are traditional wedding flowers?

Typically hydrangea, roses, freesia and lisianthus are main wedding flowers. There are some lovely flowers that come and go with fashion such as anenomes, ranunculus, eryngium and carnations. Yes carns, most of the hot designers use them lower in arrangements for colour. They come in a million colours - and last!

3) What’s less expensive but still nice?

We love certain mums. The ones without the green centers can fill a vase well and look more like hydrangea than mums. It’s the variety you pick that makes or breaks them. They come in all colours including marsala.

Carnations - I know, I know! They come in every colour and look more like hydrangea when used well. It’s all about what you mix them with. Also they stay low so they are more hidden. If you play with the carn it can look like a scabiosa (terrible name but lovely flower).

Hydrangea - they are an expensive flower but they are so big that you can use fewer of them to make a fairly big arrangement. They can save you money if you use just hydrangea.

Hope this helps. Email us if I have missed your favorite flowers.

Jane & the BB Team

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2019 Floral & Wedding Trends

I was recently lucky enough to go to the Wedding MBA in Las Vegas. I heard Bernadette talk about next years trends and colours for weddings/flowers. Here they are…

1) Moody Hues (navy, black, maroon and deep hunter green)

Suggestions for the more moody colours. We can tint berries or greenery to be black. Anenomes with there black/deep blue centers. Calla’s come in nearly black. Privot berry is a favorite but only available a few times a year. Deep hunter greenery such as the ruscus greens, nagi or Ivy are wonderful in garden style arrangements.

Copy of A letter to prospective clients 2018/2019

Letter to prospective clients of Budget Blooms


Thanks for your interest in Budget Blooms!  We would love to work with you on your big day.  We would like to go over some things that will make it easier for both of us in case we do not get time to tell you during our email conversation.  Please read this through to ensure all goes well on your day.  Please feel free to skip anything you feel isn’t relevant.  Please send us a quick email to ask any questions on below and let us know you have read it.  We don’t there to be any surprises on your day.


Marsala Garden Style!

I wanted to share this gorgeous winter wedding.  Chelsey and Brendan were as chill as the day.  They lucked out with no rain and were able to take these wonderful shots by Clint Bargen Photography.

Marsala is one of the prettiest colour combinations and garden style shows it so well.  Wishing Chelsey & Brendan an amazing life together.

Stunning White September Wedding!

Kelly and Stu were amazing to work with.  They came from Toronto to marry in Vancouver.  They chose our textured bouquets and our 4″ cylinder vases for the tables.  They fit perfectly with Bridges Restaurant, a gorgeous Vancouver location.  Cliff Ma Photography captured these stunning shots.

The store of an event florist!

I wanted to explain our store. We are firstly a wedding, corporate event and holiday florist. What that means is that we do not keep a huge selection of flowers in the store for walk ins unless it’s a holiday time. We always have fresh and gorgeous designers choice bouquets as our weekly deal but we do not have a big selection. If you need something specific it needs to be ordered ahead of time.

In the summers weddings and events have extra flowers. Sometimes we need 5 roses out of a bunch of 25 for a wedding as it’s a small order. What do we do with the 20! We make water wraps & vase arrangements. Neither item can be beat due to how we do things.

A letter to prospective clients

Letter to prospective clients of Budget Blooms


Thanks for your interest in Budget Blooms!  We would love to work with you on your big day.  We would like to go over some things that will make it easier for both of us in case we do not get time to tell you during our email conversation.  Please read this through to ensure all goes well on your day.  Please feel free to skip anything you feel isn’t relevant.  Please send us a quick email to ask any questions on below and let us know you have read it.  We don’t there to be any surprises on your day.


Budget Minded Weddings

When I was prepping for the radio spot I wrote down these notes and I thought they might just help couples decide on dates/budget etc. Did you know that 80% of weddings happen between May and the end of September!

Here are some things to be budget minded about…

  1. What is a budget – a budget is what you can afford.  To me this also goes beyond money.  It’s about budgeting how your time will be spent leading up to your day as well as how much you will spend.

    1. Can you afford to be the person who cleans up after your wedding emotionally.

    2. Can you afford all the time it takes for those little details that will stop you enjoying all the little moments that count the most leading up to your day.  Is saving $10 per table center really worth weeks of your time collecting materials.  Sometimes it is but sometimes it isn’t.

Our radio spot on Sense of Place with Minelle Mahtani – 98.3 Roundhouse Radio

Last August I was lucky enough to be picked to talk on 98.3 Roundhouse Radio about our way!  About how we do things and offering a few tips.  It was so fun to talk to Minelle.  I was fairly nervous as it was the first time.

Here is the show.  Hope you enjoy as much as I did.

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How we work & why we are different!

It’s tough to order online when it’s a once in a life time day.  We get that.  The thing is that if we did consultations we would have to charge for that time somehow.  Margins on perishable products are not huge and we wanted to “be a good deal”.  To provide great flowers at our prices we had to cut out time.

When starting the business and working solo I realized that I would never have the time to meet and spend an hour (plus travel time, organization time), lets say 2.5 hours with each client.  I started to think that I always ordered online.

Our products – lush vs. simple garden style bouquets

Garden style can mean different things to different people.  To us, garden style is lots of loose stems combined in a messy but balanced arrangement.  Our words “lush” & “simple” describe the amount of flowers, as both come with lots of greenery.

Lush is flower loaded, meaning you will see more flowers than greens.

Simple is greenery loaded with a few choice big blooms so you will see mostly greenery.

Lush Garden Style - Loaded with flowers

Lush Garden Style - Loaded with flowers

Simple Garden Style - Loaded with greens

Simple Garden Style - Loaded with greens

We hope this helps to explain our products.



Going Green

We’re all still in love with classic floral blooms, but we’re also seeing a new floral wedding trend emerge. Maybe it’s because we’re based on the west coast, maybe it’s because many of our brides are interested in being a little different, and maybe it’s a cost saving measure? Whatever the reason, greenery-only bouquets are becoming a beautiful and distinctive option for weddings.

It’s not hard to see why. A mix of berries and foliage is perfect for a charming rustic wedding bouquet, but can also be arranged so it’s streamlined and modern. It’s a locally grown, environmentally-friendly choice, and it’s much less expensive (and hardier!) than some pricey, delicate blooms. Finally, it’s a little…unexpected. Dare we say cool?

Marsala Steps Into the Limelight…


Well, it’s arrived. Pantone, the arbiter of all that is colour, announced that the official “It” colour of 2015 is Marsala, a soft brownish red named after the sweet Italian wine. A radical departure from Pantone’s more recent colour picks (2013 was Emerald, and 2014 was Radiant Orchid), Marsala is a softer, earthier tone that will be universally appealing, especially to brides, who may find its hue more flattering on them than hot purple. Already popping up in fashion shows and interior design, we’re starting to see it more in weddings as well.

Not that we’re surprised – Marsala partners beautifully with brightly coloured summer tones such as pink, yellow and orange, grounding them and making them more sophisticated, but can be the star of the show on its own with white or ivory. We especially love it set off by interesting greens like eucalyptus and dusty millar for a modern flair.

Some classic blooms that come in Marsala hues are gerberas, dahlias, peonies and calla lilies, and for those who want to take a more exotic , edgier approach there is kangaroo paw and orchids. It even comes in succulents! Oh, all right, not really, but they’re so cool that we wanted to include them anyway. All of these flowers are gorgeous, but if you’re keeping an eye on the bottom line then stick to gerberas, dahlias and kangaroo paw. They’re less expensive, but will still give you the look you’re going for.

What do you think of Marsala – is it grabbing you, or do you prefer brighter, more traditionally pretty colours for wedding flowers? We’d love to hear your thoughts…