Tuesday, September 15, 2015

5 Wedding Traditions that are Here to Stay

Recently, The Knot released an article featuring the 5 traditions that they think are here to stay. Their list included:

1-The Wedding Cake
2-The Bridal Shower
3- Not Seeing Each Other Before the Wedding
4-Carrying a Flower Bouquet 
5- The Rings

We have to a agree these traditions are still a big part of most ceremonies today.  In fact, the bouquet is one of our favorite wedding traditions.  Our team understands how important the bouquet is. Bouquet styles range from textured and wild to traditional and tight and everything in-between.   Most brides have a idea of what their bouquet will look like before they ever walk in the door.  And, when they don't we are happy to help them explore their options!  It is important to pick a good floral designer and make sure that they understand your vision.  It is also important to let them know what flowers you love, a good planner will help you find the blooms that you desire.   There are so many ways to design your bouquet and there is literally no wrong way to do it.

 Call Blumz by JRDesigns today and let's a keep this beautiful tradition alive for years to come!

~Blumz by JRDesigns 

Friday, September 4, 2015

Planning a Wedding: Wedding Flowers

We have seen the face and we know what your thinking, why do my wedding flowers cost so much?
You were envisioning something like this:
And you can afford something a little more like this: 
A lot of couples underestimate the importance and cost of flowers, so before you set your floral budget for your wedding here are a few things to consider. 

Wedding flowers require a lot of preparation- Floral wedding preparation includes a lot more than you might think.  Most couples will meet with their florist multiple times, first to discuss their ideas and then to go over a mock up of the wedding.  The florist has to order all the flowers weeks before your wedding to ensure that they have all the materials needed to make exactly what is discussed on the big day. 

Wedding flowers must be processed-  Your wedding flowers will arrive about a week before their big day and the florist will begin to prepare them.  This includes counting, clipping, cleaning, and re-hydrating the blooms . Then the flowers are monitored to make sure that when we bring them to you they are in their most beautiful state. 

Wedding flowers are works of art-  Have you ever looked at a wedding bouquet up close? The work that goes into making a single bouquet would blow your mind.  It takes a lot of wires, tape, glue, and love to make a bouquet and centerpieces for wedding.  There is an art to it.  It takes a lot of flowers to make a bouquet look full and a lot of knowledge to make sure that it stays together exactly the way that you want it to. We know,  everyone knows someone who thinks that they can just go to the market and pick up some flowers and put them in a vase, and you can. But, it will look like you want to the market and bought some flowers and put them in a vase. You get what you pay for and in this case you pay for expertise and artistry.  

Wedding flowers need to be transported-  Can you imagine having to pick up your flowers and set them up on the big day? Of course you can't!  This is the last thing that anyone should be worrying about on their wedding day.  Plus, we have trained professionals that will ensure that every
thing arrives safe and in tip top shape.

The art of making and transporting flowers is a lot more detailed than you would initially assume.  
The best way to ensure that you get exactly what you hoped for is to be open and honest with your florist from the start. Talk to them about what flowers you hope to use and what kind of budget you are working with.  A good florist will be open and honest with you too.  They will discuss other options if what you are looking for won't work with your budget and they will make sure that in the end you arrive at an end product that you both can agree on!

~Blumz by JRDesigns

Monday, August 10, 2015

Blumz by JRDesigns: Wedding Bouquet Giveaway

Blumz by JRDesigns  is your one stop wedding and event planning shop, we can assist you with everything from your engagement to the ‘big day”. This includes invitations and stationery, linens, table decor, lighting, tenting, flowers, officiant services, tuxedo rental and more. We can make the process of picking out all of you vendors as easy as possible by putting together a team of proven winners to make sure that your vision is carried out seamlessly.  Getting married and planning large events can be one of the most stressful times in your life if you do not have the right people on your team. We can make sure that they all the right people are making sure that your special day is as stress free and memorable as it should be.  

Blumz has two retail locations, one in Ferndale Michigan and the other in Downtown Detroit.  We also have a by appointment only studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  To schedule a time to meet with one of our event planning specialist please fill out this form  and get the planning started. In the meantime, take the opportunity to look through our gallery to see some of the beautiful weddings and events we are already worked on to get inspiration for your big day.

We are gearing up for a busy fall and holiday season and we cannot wait to meet our next round of clients!  In honor of the end of one wedding season and in celebration of the next, Blumz by JRDesigns is running a contest through the end of the summer. Blumz by JRDesigns invites you to enter to win a FREE bouquet for your wedding day. The prize is valued at $200 dollars and the winner will get to work with our talented events and floral design team to create a one of a kind bouquet for their special day.

Are you getting married soon, do you know someone else who is?  If so, email your full name to Please use the hashtag #blumzgiveaway as the subject line of the email. We will be drawing a winner on September 30th announcing their name on our Facebook Page. Make sure that you are following us so that you can keep up with this contest and future contests from Blumz by JRDesigns.  We have been part of a lot of weddings over the last 14 years and somehow it never gets old, we still get excited when a couple lets us be part of their big day.

~Blumz by JRDesigns

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A Blumz by JRDesigns Feature: Tracie Morris of You're The Bride

Blumz by JRDesigns is in itself a one stop wedding shop. We frequently say if you have the dress and the rings then we can help you with everything else. But, we are not always the first place that brides come when planning their wedding. Sometimes they work with a great wedding planner that chooses to refer their clients to Blumz because they are aware of our great service and one of a kind work. These event planners are all amazing and talented in their own right so, we thought we would start a new series where we highlight a few of the local wedding and event planners that we like to work with.

The first wedding and event planner that we sat down to talk with was Tracie from "You're The Bride". She has been planning weddings since 1999 and knows what she is doing. We had a chance to ask her some questions about herself, the business and of course Blumz. Here is what she had to say:

B- When did you become a wedding planner?
TM-I have been a wedding planner since 1999. I can’t believe how fast 16 years in this business has went so fast.

B- What inspired you to go into this business?
TM-I have always loved weddings since I was a child. I was fascinated by the brides dress, the d├ęcor and the wedding cake!

B- What is your favorite and least favorite part of your job?
TM-I love helping couples plan the day and to see the look on their face is priceless when we show them the reception room before guest arrival if time permits. The least favorite thing is when I meet with a bride and they really want to book us but can’t due to funds then later they let us know that if they could have done it all over again that they would have. They wish they could have avoided stress on their wedding day that could have been handled by our team. This makes me sad to hear. Our service is an investment and can be split into payment arrangements to help brides.

B- What is the most important thing to consider when picking a wedding planner?
TM-I think it is important to choose a planner whom you feel comfortable with and trust. You will be spending a lot of time with them as they will be guiding you through every single detail.

B- What is your favorite venue in this area? 
TM-I love the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester and would love to book more weddings there. The building itself is gorgeous and is wonderful if you want to have one place to have your ceremony in their conservatory, then the reception. The creek offers a beautiful backdrop for pictures and is close to downtown Rochester for more pictures! We actually started our season there back in May with Blumz at a beautiful wedding!

B- What is the one thing that most brides overlook when planning their wedding? 
TM-Many brides forgot to factor in service fees and tax. This can add several thousand dollars onto your budget so it’s important to factor it into the budget before you start shopping for your dream reception location. Service fees can range anywhere from 16-24 % and up!

B-What are your favorite current wedding trends?
TM-I really like the different bars that brides have at their wedding receptions. The possibilities are endless from the traditional dessert bar, ice cream sundae station, trail mix bar, popcorn bar, late night coney and sliders, taco bar, chocolate chip cookies and milk, there are just so many things you can do !

B-Whats your favorite flower? 
TM-I LOVE pink peonies!!!

B- Why do you like to work with Blumz? 
TM-I love working with Blumz because of their friendly and efficient staff. They get our clients vision and exceed expectations every time!

To see some of Tracie's work please visit her website here. We always enjoying working with Tracie and when you meet her we think that you will know why! 

~Blumz by JRDesigns

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Floral Crown

The floral wedding crown has become a huge trend over the last few years. This are a great way to skip the veil and do something different (although they can also work with a veil, depending on what you are going for). They can be created more more natural for a bohemian look or made to be a bit more upscale for a classy more traditional wedding look.  We have fallen in love with this trend and are glad to see it catching on.

Some wedding parties even order floral crowns or hair accessories for everyone in the bridal party.  This is a great way to keep all your girls matching without making them wear the same jewelry.  Everyone from the maid of honor to the flower girl can participate in this trend.
Blumz event and marketing team even made a few crowns to wear to the Grand Circus Gala last week.  It was a fun way to dress up our outfits.  Floral crowns are also a great trend for nights out and for music festivals.

If you would like to learn more about floral crowns or find out how to order one for your event, festival or wedding contact Blumz by JRDesigns at 248-398-5130 or 313-964-5777.

~Blumz by JRDesigns

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Trend Alert: Floral Chandeliers

Every wedding season we fall in love with a new trend, this year we have become obsessed with floral chandeliers.

We have seen a  lot of brides use chandeliers in lots of different ways. Some couples hang small displays over each table and some have huge arrangements made to cover the head table, the dance floor or the entrance to the reception. 

Some of the displays have a more rustic look and include items like branches and twigs and some are very formal and feature actual chandeliers or other shiny items. 

Whatever way you decide to go , floral chandlers are a way to take your special day to the next level.

~Blumz By JRDesigns

Friday, June 5, 2015

Vote for Blumz: Vote 4 the Best

Blumz by JRDesigns is the best. We are good at what we do and we are proud of it. We strive to bring our customers the best flowers, the best designs, and the best service.  We are proud to have two stores in Metro Detroit (Ferndale and Detroit) and we are honored to be part of the surrounding communities.  We are also proud of all the awards we have gotten throughout the years, but we wouldn't mind winning a few more!

 That's why we wanted to remind all of you to vote for Blumz to win Click on Detroits Best Florist award this year. You can visit the Best of Detroit website here to vote.  Their website is also mobile friendly so you can even click on the link and vote right form your phone.

You can vote once a day though August 2nd, so feel free to log on and help us out everyday until then. Winners will be announced on August 10th, we will let you know if we take home the prize, but we will definitely need your help to do it.  Please take a second, give us a vote, and then share this with your friends!

Blumz By JRDesigns

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Blumz "It's All Coming Up Roses" Contest in Celebration of National Rose Month!

Did you know that June is National Rose Month?  In fact, the rose was named our national flower in 1986. Roses are used to celebrate, morn, memorialize, and to decorate.  There are 150 known species of roses, which means that they come in a lot of different colors, styles and shapes. 

To celebrate National Rose Month Blumz by JRDesigns wanted to do something extra special this year. We will be giving away a dozen roses every day during the month of June!  That's right, we will be giving out one dozen roses all thirty days of the month.  To enter to win please email your full name to We  will be randomly picking out a winner everyday of the month, that winner will be able to come into one of our stores (Detroit or Ferndale) to pick up their roses when they win. You only need to enter once (we will keep your name in the hat until you win or until the end of the month) and you can only win once!

Make sure you are following us on InstagramTwitterFacebook, andPintrest. We will be posting lots of rose facts, giveaways, pictures, and much more throughout the month. We will also be running some really great specials throughout the month including a buy one dozen red roses and get a second dozen for free promotion on June 12th, which is National Red Rose Day.

If you would like to send out roses to celebrate National Rose Month you can also head over to to visit our 24 hour a day online store. We can deliver roses anywhere you need us to. We promise their is nothing like sending roses to make someone else smile, so lets celebrate National Rose Month and create a lot of smiles this June!

~Blumz by JRDesigns

Create Your Own Hashtag to Get Access to all the Best Pictures from Your Wedding

Hastags  are one of the coolest and most confusing trends on the internet today. Everyone is using hashtags but a lot of people don't understand why they are using them. For those of you that don't know, a hashtag is a word preceded by the pound key, as in #blumz.  When you use a hashtag when you are posting on social media you create something that can be searched. For instance , have you ever clicked on a hashtag on Instagram?  If you do, you will see every picture that was ever posted using that hashtag. We suggest trying #whitehouse as your first search. It is fun to see how many different people take pictures in front of the historic home on a daily basis. Hashtags can also be very useful if you use them in the right way. For instance, you can create your own hashtag and have access to every picture that anyone ever posts using that hashtag. In fact, hashtags can become very useful if you are planning your wedding and you want to make sure that you capture as many candid shots as possible.

Sure, your going to hire a photographer and you will see a lot of the pictures that get posted on Facebook when someone tags you but a unique hashtag created for your wedding is the best way to get access to all of the pictures that are taken on your wedding day. We even have a few handy tricks to make sure that you save all the pictures before they get lost on the internet. Here are some tips and tricks to help your create and utilize a unique hashtag at your wedding.

1- The first thing that you need to do is come up with a unique hashtag to use for your wedding.  A lot of people try to come up with clever ways to incorporate the bride and grooms names, the date of the wedding, or the location of the wedding. It can be something as simple as #ryanandstacy2015, just make sure that its unique enough that people aren't already using it very often.  If you are having a hard time coming up with a good hashtag, head over and use the Wedding Wires Hashtag Generator, this app will help you figure out something special to use on the big day! 

2- Your guests need to know that you are using a special hashtag, and there are a few ways to makes sure that they are in the loop. First of all, you can send that information in the wedding invitation if you plan it out a little in advance.  You can also post it around the wedding.  We suggest making a flier promoting the hashtag and putting copies of it into frames throughout the reception.  Some people have used chalkboards, or even put little cards at each table. It doesn't matter how you tell your guest just make sure that they know! 

3-After the wedding you can use the hashtag on all forms of social media to search for photos but there is one more important step that most people forget, you need to make sure that you store and save all the photos that you find! You can download all the photos of Facebook and upload all the Instagram photos to your Dropbox. it doesn't really matter how you save them just make sure that you save everything as soon as possible. You will be able to see what everyone was up to all night and have a unique look at your wedding from everyone else's perspective.

4- The last step is printing the photos.  I know its old school to have hard copies of pictures, but in this case it is totally appropriate.  You can create a one of a kind unique photo album that truly captures the day before you ever get a single picture from your photographer.

~Blumz by JRDesigns

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Groom's Tuxedo Tips

A groom's tuxedo doesn't have to make you look like a penguin anymore. With new designers, new cuts, and new looks, guys can look both classy and unique on their wedding day. Here's some hints and tips for looking great on the greatest day of your life.


Do you really want to remember your wedding day as the one where you split your pants doing the Electric Slide? We didn't think so. To avoid this embarrassing scenario, make sure you try on everything a week before the wedding, to see if it still fits. That way, in case you're sporting a new pair of highwaters or you feel like you're wearing a straitjacket, there's plenty of time for last-minute alterations.

Another part of ensuring a good fit is getting it right the first time. Make sure you get measured for your waist size, inseam (the length between the crotch of your pants and the bottom of the leg), and jacket size. Make sure that you are measured around the upper arms and thighs as well, especially if you are a beefy or muscular guy.

More fit facts:

Your tuxedo jacket should fit well and give you a full range of motion, both buttoned and unbuttoned. Remember that you will be dancing, hugging, and shaking hands. Make sure you are not constricted.
You should be able to fit one finger between the collar of your shirt and your neck, but no more than that. The shirt cuffs should not ride up when you stretch your arms. If you are wearing a button-cuff shirt, the cuffs should break exactly at the wrist; if it's a French-cuff shirt, the cuffs should break about 1/2 inch further.

Your vest should button comfortably and hit just below the waistband of your pants. If you are wearing a vest to a summer wedding, make sure it has a full back, so that you are still looking good when the jackets inevitably come off. 

Pants should break over the instep, about 1/3 of the way down the shoe.

You want to look dashing and debonair in your duds, not like a kid getting swallowed up in his dad's sportcoat. If you're a shorter guy, stick to single-breasted jackets – double-breasted jackets will give you that drowning-in-fabric look and make you appear smaller. If you're bigger around the middle, wear a lower-buttoning jacket rather than one with a higher placket. It will give you the long silhouette you're looking for.


While this is a formal occasion, you need not spend your honeymoon nursing the blisters from your shoes, or spend a July wedding sweltering under heavy wool. Make sure you can walk around in your shoes, and pick a fabric for your wedding suit that matches the season and the climate. If you're a guy who sweats easily, consider getting a second shirt to change into halfway through the day. That way, you'll stay looking crisp and cool.


Today's formally dressed man shies away from the frills in favor of a more tailored, classic look. You're going for Cary Grant in An Affair to Remember, not Tom Hanks in Big. With that said, you have plenty of opportunities to express yourself in your choice of tuxedo. Depending on the level of formality and time of day of your wedding, you have a wide range of options. If you're having a formal daytime wedding, you may want to forego the standard tux for a dapper morning suit, with a cutaway jacket, gray pinstripe trousers, and an ascot. Or, if you're getting married in the summer, you could opt for a white dinner jacket instead of a standard black jacket. Let your formalwear dealer know what season and time of day you'll be getting married, and they'll likely offer you more choices than you even knew you had.

The Groom's Attire: 
Accessories, Ties, Vests, Cummerbunds and Cuff Links

It's not enough to just have a dapper suit on your wedding day; accessories turn a nice tuxedo into a great ensemble. Here are some ways you can really own your wedding day outfit: 

Neckwear. You've got a few different choices here. While, in general, you should tend to the conservative side in your choice of color and pattern, you can really juice up a nice tuxedo with a classy tie, be it a long tie or a bow tie. Try a silver silk tie with a black tux, or a subtle stripe or weave. Long neckties tend to be slightly less formal with a tux than bow ties. Also, white ties are ultra-formal, black ties formal, and colored ties can suit a range of occasions. 

Vests. Also known as waistcoats, these are a good way to personalize your tuxedo. Again, white vests are the most formal. You may also want to choose a color or pattern in the vest that complements what your wedding party is wearing. You'll find that a backless vest is typical in a rental tuxedo, but that a full-backed vest is more stylish.

Cummerbunds. A cummerbund is a large band of pleated fabric worn around the waist in lieu of a vest. Again, you can go for the complementing effect here, or stay with classic black. Two things to remember: the ruffles point up, and while you're wearing one, your jacket should stay on. A cummerbund with no jacket looks unkempt and uncool. 

Cuff links. These tiny flourishes can make a big statement, and you should absolutely have them as part of your accessories. You can go with a classic silver square, or again take an opportunity to express yourself. Football fan? Wear cuff-links with your favorite player's number. Devoted to cars? Try ones featuring your favorite ride. Many jewelers will custom design cuff-links to your personal tastes, or you can look around for ones that suit your style. Ebay can be a great resource for unusual cuff-links. 

Stud set.These four little pieces of jewelry are used instead of buttons on a formal shirt. If you're renting your tuxedo, they should provide you with a set to wear. Since these are typically not high-quality, many men own their own studs. Often a stud set will include cuff links. If you're going for a creative touch with the cuff links, find studs that will complement but not match. 

Shoes. Above all, don't forget to get some great shoes! If you're wearing a tuxedo, you'll need a simple yet elegant patent leather shoe. Most guy's renting a tuxedo rent shoes as well, but don't worry; rental tuxedo shoes have gotten far more comfortable and attractive over the years. For guys wearing a nice suit, don't be afraid to wear shoes you already own, as long as they match and are in good shape. Put in the time and effort to shine them to a rich polish, or get a professional shine to have them looking their best.

Whether you are a jeans-and-T-shirts man, or wouldn't be caught dead leaving the house in sweats, your wedding day is a time where you get to show the best side of yourself. Make sure you look and feel your best, and your wedding day will be one you'll always remember. Blumz by JRDesigns has a full service tuxedo rental stores inside their floral shops, stop by, get measured and we will make your you look good!

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A Few Great Ideas to Make Your Wedding Day Unique

Some couple's take the traditional route when they are planning their weddings and some couples try to shake things up. Here a few unique ideas for the couple who wants to try to do something different on their big day! 

1- Serve pre-ceremony cocktails-  Invite your guest to have cocktails before the fun starts, it's a great way to get everyone to show up on time and ready to party.  This is especially easy to do when your ceremony and your reception are in the same space.  Just come up with a special cocktail that represents you as a couple and have them passed out before the wedding even starts.  Everyone has a lot more fun when they have loosened up a bit, so why wait till the reception?

2- Create a D.I.Y flower station- We recently saw this idea presented on The Knot and it blew our minds.  Couples have been setting up flower stations at their wedding receptions where guests can stop and create their own corsage or boutonniere to wear for the evening.  It's easy to do, just order flowers and pick up some ribbon and pins, and creativity will do the rest!   Everyone will enjoy making their own body flowers and it will make your wedding an extra special night to remember.

3- Have pizza delivered at the end of the night-  Traditionally, the meal is served right at the beginning of the reception. But, sometimes guests end up drinking and dancing so much that they are hungry again before the party is even over. Instead of making them leave to get their late night fix, have some pizza delivered a half hour before the end of the night.  They will appreciate the end of the night snack and leave with a full belly!

4- Change your dress after the ceremony- Most women dream about wearing their wedding dresses but don't realize how confining they will be. After a few hours the corseting and layers can get heavy and are usually hard to dance in.  Think about changing into a more party friendly dress after the ceremony to give yourself some room to move around and have fun. Plus, what lady doesn't want two dresses? We say, why not three!

5- Buy wedding favors that will make for memorable pictures-  You would be surprised how much fun a group of adults can have with a few props.  Think funny glasses, a mask, or funny hats. Your guests will love taking pictures with  gag gifts and posting them online. A few selfies with grandma wearing a sticky mustache, yes please!

6- Choose a Hashtag for guests to use so that you can look up all the pictures that they took after the wedding- A hastag is a searchable link on social media.  You can come up with your own hashtag for the night and post it around the wedding. Ask guests to tag their photos when they post them, then you can look up the photos after the party and see all the things that you missed.  This is a great way to get your hands on all the photos from the wedding without bothering people or waiting for the photographers shots!

There is no right or wrong way to plan your wedding. A good wedding planner will work with you and make sure that your ceremony is special.  Just make sure that your wedding is true to you as a couple and most of all, that it is a fun night that you can remember for years to come!

~Blumz by JRDesigns

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Wedding Checklist

Your Wedding Checklist: 10 to 12 months before your wedding

____Tell your parents, important family members, and close friends the good news!

____You might also want to announce your engagement in the newspaper, on a wedding website with an email sent out to all your friends, or in the most traditional way, with mailed engagement announcements.

____Have an engagement party, if you'd like.

____Envision the tone of your wedding: Formal or casual? Day or evening? Religious or secular?

____Consider having a wedding theme, which will help pull together the style, look, and feel of your wedding.

____Choose your wedding colors, which will add visual unity.

____Set your budget.

____Decide who will pay for the wedding. Will your parents cover it all? Can you contribute? How will expenses be split?

____Start your guest list.

____Select date and time. Have backup dates in mind, in case a key element is unavailable.

____Select and reserve your ceremony and reception sites.

____Hire a wedding consultant, if you're using one.

____Choose and book your wedding officiant.

____Choose bridesmaids, groomsmen and ushers.

____Meet with florists, caterers, and musicians.

____Arrange for a tasting with your caterer.

Your Wedding Checklist: 8 to 10 months before your wedding

____Shop for and order your wedding dress and accessories, including veil, gloves and shoes.

____Sign a contract with your wedding caterer.

____Book wedding florist and choose arrangements.

____Book your musicians and/or DJ for both ceremony and reception.

____Select and confirm your wedding photographer (and your videographer, if you're using one.)

____Look into wedding insurance and decide if it's a good option for you.

____Plan your honeymoon.

____Shop for and order your bridesmaid dresses.

____If you're making your own wedding favors, start doing so now.

____Meet with wedding cake designers or bakers and arrange for a tasting (Yum!)

Your Wedding Checklist: Four to six months before your wedding

____Send save-the-date announcements or call out of town guests to let them know the final date, time, and location of the wedding.

____If you're purchasing wedding favors, do so now.

____Start planning your rehearsal dinner. Give the host(s) your guest list.

____Examine your beauty regimen. Read Five months to perfect wedding day beauty.

____If your caterer isn't doing it for you, reserve any rental equipment you'll need, including dishes, tables, chairs, linens, tents.

____Register for gifts.

____Select your wedding cake designer, and order your wedding cake.

____Arrange wedding transportation.

____Order stationery.

____Select a calligrapher, if you're using one.

____Select the groom's tuxedo or other attire, what the groomsmen will wear, and arrange to purchase or rent.

____Purchase your wedding rings.

____Book wedding night accommodations and accommodations for out-of-town guests.

____Buy gifts for your wedding party, parents, and each other.

____If you're changing into "going away outfits" before you leave the reception, purchase those now.

Your Wedding Checklist: 2 to 3 months before your wedding

____Give a list of "Must Take" photographs to your wedding photographer.

____Discuss your wedding menu with your caterer.

____Meet with your officiant to discuss the wedding ceremony.

____Write your wedding vows.

____Attend any bridal showers.

____Mail your wedding invitations.

____Think about your wedding hair and makeup - If you're doing your own, try out hairstyles, purchase any extra makeup, think about having a "makeover party" with your girlfriends.

____Book your hairstylist and/or makeup artist, if you're using them. Meet with each of them to experiment with styles and colors.

____Schedule your wedding rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.

____If your state requires it for a marriage license, make blood test appointments.

____If you're going to change your name, complete those documents.

____Send wedding announcements to local newspapers.

Your Wedding Checklist: The month of your wedding

It's finally here! There's just a few more things to do to make sure everything's perfect.

____Apply for your marriage license.

____Have your final gown fitting. It's helpful to have a bridesmaid with you to learn how to bustle your train and fasten any tricky buttons (and help you go to the bathroom, if you've got a big wedding dress!)

____Check with your bridesmaids and groomsmen to make sure they've gotten their attire, confirm arrival times, and answer any last minute questions.

____Contact your vendors (caterer, officiant, cake baker, photographer, videographer, florist, musicians, transportation, hotels) to confirm arrival and delivery times.

____Write and print your wedding program.

____Create welcome baskets or bags for out-of-town guests.

____Send change-of-address information to post office.

____Write thank you cards as you receive wedding gifts

____Ask your mother or maid of honor to contact any guests who have not RSVP'd.

Your Wedding Checklist: One to Two Weeks Ahead

____Arrange seating plan, and write place cards.

____Give your final head count to your caterer, and confirm any last minute details.

____Write toasts for the rehearsal dinner and reception.

____Try on your wedding shoes, and wear them on carpeted surfaces around the house.

____Arrange for a plant waterer/pet sitter/babysitter while you are on your honeymoon.

____Pick up your wedding dress.

____Attend your bachelor party or bachelorette party, if you're having them.

____Send your travel plans and contact information to a family member and your house sitter (in case of emergency).

____Finalize seating chart.

Your Wedding Checklist: The Day Before Your Wedding

____Do something to relax and enjoy the company of your out-of-town friends.

____Assign responsibilities to your wedding party (handing out corsages and boutonnieres, greeting and seating guests, checking on vendors).

____Confirm wedding day transportation.

____Have a manicure and pedicure or other pre-wedding spa pampering.

____Give your wedding party gifts.

____Rehearse ceremony.

____Hold the rehearsal dinner .

Your Wedding Checklist: Day of the Wedding

____Give thank you gifts to your parents.

____Enjoy your wedding!

Blumz by JRDesigns

Monday, May 11, 2015

Planning a Wedding: Frequently Asked Questions

Here at Blumz, we love questions; they help us understand your needs and concerns and allow us the opportunity to explain our products, services and policies. Many times, we have not had the pleasure of meeting you and getting to know you prior to our first consultation. It’s through these questions that you will feel comfortable with us and confident in our commitment to excellence.

Below are listed some questions most frequently asked by brides. We hope this will answer some of your questions, too. Additional questions may be directed to us at or call us at 248-398-5130 or 313-964-5777. We will be happy to discuss any questions or concerns with you.

When should the flowers be ordered?
Four to six months before your wedding and after you have chosen your bridesmaids' dresses is usually the best rule of thumb. The color of the bridesmaid dresses typically influences the overall color scheme of the wedding. If your wedding date falls on or near a major floral holiday such as Valentine's Day or Mother's Day, then you should probably order sooner as this will allow us ample time to staff sufficiently for both the holiday and your event.

I don’t really know a lot about flowers… does that matter?
None what so ever! If you already knew everything about flowers, you probably wouldn’t need us. Surf our web site to get familiar with things that we have done for others. Then make an appointment to meet with one of our wedding consultants. During the consultation, we will discuss flower availability, floral challenges, solutions and expectations, and design. We want you to feel confident and comfortable with all your decisions, and we want to help you make your special day beautiful and memorable. It is a good thing to remember that certain types of flowers may or may not be available due to season, weather, and other factors. These will be discussed during the consultation so that you will have a clearer understanding as well as allow you a better opportunity to make the right decisions.

Can Blumz… by JRDesigns also help us with other decorative rental items?
Absolutely, our wedding consultants can show you all the wonderful options. Blumz  has many items such as trellises, arches, candelabras, pedestals, rises, cake plateaus, gift/money holders, plants, chair covers and sashes, runners, lighting and much, much more. Give us the opportunity to show you all the possibilities.

Are all flowers available year round?
While many flowers are available throughout the year, there are those that bloom during specific
seasons. Peonies, heather, tulips and lily of the valley are seasonal in availability and while they may be available out of season from other countries, prices may be prohibitive. Other flowers, such as roses, fujis, gerbera daisies, and alstroemeria are readily available yearlong. Our wedding consultants are knowledgeable concerning which flowers are most readily available during specific times of the year.

How do I know which florist to select as my wedding florist?
Treat the consultation as a job interview where you are the one looking to feel a position. Listen to all the answers of the consultant. Ask for referrals and surf the internet for references to the business. The best rule of thumb is to find a professional that you feel comfortable with. One that you feel understands your “vision” and desires and listens to your needs. A florist that brings much experience and knowledge to the table and is willing to work with you as it apply to your budget, design style and personal tastes. When you find that florist, then you will feel more confident and willing to trust them with your most special event.

Can I see a sample of my arrangements?
Yes, we do samples however, depending upon the complexity of the design and the flowers selected there may be an additional fee. Simply ask, and we can make a recommendation.

When will the flowers be delivered?
Blumz delivery personnel will deliver wedding flowers when and where needed. We can deliver to your home, church and reception. Bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres can be delivered to the ceremony site along with the service decorations. Typically, he flowers arrive at least one – two hours prior to the ceremony, depending upon the desires of the bride. Do you need the bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres delivered to an off-site for preliminary photographs? No problem, we can do that, too. Flowers for the reception will be delivered to the hall or club as necessary depending upon hall restrictions and necessary set up time required.

What are your guarantees for flower availability, freshness and substitutions?
During the consultation process, our wedding consultants will inform you of the flower choices that will be available to you at the time of your wedding. They will also direct you as to possible substitutions when those flowers desired are not readily available. The consultant will also inform you as to the limitations certain flowers have as it applies to durability, longevity and suitability for the designs you have selected and the time requirements. When your arrangements are prepared, our design professionals use only the freshest, best quality flowers available to us. If a substitution becomes necessary for any reason, we will select flowers of equal or greater value and in the case of specifically requested flowers, we will communicate with the bride. We have many varieties of flowers at all times from which to choose a substitute. You will always get a flower that is comparable to your original selection and complementary to your arrangement.

How do the flowers stay fresh? Will they last all day?
We are frequently asked these questions. Based on the types of arrangements you choose, we advise you how to care for your particular selections as well as give you general flower care information. For example, a hand tied bouquet should rest in a water source, like a glass or a vase, when you are not carrying it. When you receive your flowers, it is best to handle them as little as possible before the ceremony. Flowers are delicate and naturally sensitive to bruises and temperature extremes. It is best to not expose your flowers to extreme temperatures. At 40 degrees or less, flowers can become damaged and discolored when they are returned to a warmer temperature. The opposite extreme can be just as damaging. Scheduling a ceremony and or photographs early in the day may require a second bouquet for the reception, as certain flowers will simply not hold up due to their delicate nature. Wearing coats over corsages or boutonnieres will crush them. It is best to transport your flowers in the container in which they are delivered. A little care and common sense will insure that your wedding flowers stay as beautiful all day as possible.

How do I make an appointment to meet with a Blumz Weddding Representative?
Easy. Simply e-mail us at , go to our wedding consultation request form, fill it out and send it in, or call us at 248-398-5130 or 313-964-5777. We will schedule a time, date and location that is convenient for you. The average appointment takes about 1-1/2 hours. There is no fee for the consultation.

Blumz by JRDesigns

Thursday, April 30, 2015

2015 Trend: Nude Wedding Cakes with Fresh Flowers

We have been following the 2015 wedding trends very closely and there is one trend that we have become obsessed with.  The trend of using fresh flowers on nude wedding cakes, it has us licking our lips for more. Everyone loves cake, but let's be honest the more fondant we were using to make a cake, the less all of us were enjoying it. Fondant has given us the ability to create some of the most beautiful cakes around, but most of the time it just doesn't taste that good.  The latest trend of using fresh flowers on a "nude" cake takes fondant out of the picture and opens up a whole new way to think about cake.  First off when I say "nude" cake this is what I mean:
 A  bunch of layers of cake and filling almost frosting free. In some cases frosting is lightly spread across the outside of the cake and sometimes they skip it altogether.  You can play with the flavors of the filling and the types of cake to change up  the colors and taste.  You start with this bare palette and add some flowers to spice up the cake and give it a special feel. Couples are using everything from roses to succulents and each cake that we find looks more tasty than the last. Here  are some examples that we feel in love with:

So beautiful and so tasty, the options are endless.

~Blumz by JRDesigns

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

10 Great Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding

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Weddings are getting more and more expensive every year, this is causing a lot of brides to cut back on their dream wedding.  We don't think that you should have to sacrifice your dreams for the budget, so we came up with a few great hacks to help you stretch your funds to make your wedding a dream come true.

1- Have your wedding in off peak season-
November, and January through March are the best times too book a lower cost wedding. Plan your wedding during these months and you will automatically get more bang for your buck.

2- Hold your wedding and reception in the same spot- 
There is less to buy, less travel, and some places may even cut you a discount for renting the space out for the entire day.

3- Buy flowers that are in season- 
If you buy flowers that are out of season it could be up to triple the regular cost. Talk to you florist and find out what is is season before you design your centerpieces, bouquets, body flowers and other floral arrangements.

4- Don't serve a main course-
Skip the main course and serve cocktails, appetizers, and dessert instead. Make sure your guests know that you won't be serving a full dinner but there will still be lots of tasty treats to snack on throughout the evening.

5- Use fresh flowers on the cake instead of sugary ones-
You can use seasonal flowers that match your theme to decorate the cake instead of sugary ones, this will save you lots of money and look beautiful!

6- Give out one favor per couple instead of one favor per person- 
Give a going away gift to each couple instead of each person, make it something that they both will enjoy and they won't even realize that you cut the cost of favors in half!

7- Serve special cocktails-
Come up with a few special cocktails for the night and list the choices with ingredients at the bar for the guests. Then, you can purchase what you need in bulk instead of having to stock a full bar.

8- Email your save the date cards-
These days everyone is on the internet, even grandma. Save a lot of money on your invitations by sending the save the date digitally instead of through snail mail.

9- Take advantage of talented friends and family-
Do you have a friend who loves to DJ, maybe an uncle whose great at taking pictures? Ask them if they would be willing to help you out as a wedding gift!

10- Talk to people who already got married-
Ask friends and family who recently got hitched what they did to save money. Ask them if there was anything that they would have done differently and learn from their mistakes and triumphs!

~Blumz by JRDesigns 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Creating the Perfect Wedding Reception Tables

When a bride is planning a wedding there are so many things to focus on that it can become overwhelming.  The flowers, the dresses, and the venue are the first things that come to mind, but there is so much more to wedding planning.

Each table at your reception will be a reflection of the new union, and there are a lot of different ways to present yourselves.  Your linens, centerpieces, flowers, and napkins will make the first statement to your guests about your style as a couple.
Here is a list of things that you need to to think about when you are planning out each reception table.

Tablecloths- You will need to choose the size and color.  This can include an under cloth, an over cloth and table runners. The table clothes must hit the floor so pay close attention to the size!

Napkins- Napkins are usually made of cloth and match the underlay on the table.  It is also important to make sure that the catering company folds all the of the napkins the same when they place them onto the tables, presentation is key!

Charger plate- Also known as a show plate, this decorative plate adds color, texture, and elegance to each place setting. It rests beneath the dinner plate and salad plate and usually stays on the table until the entree is finished.

Flatware- You can choose anything from plastic to gold and everything in-between, just makes sure that it matches your table decor and that there is enough for each person to eat all the courses of their meal!

Glassware- What kind of glasses will you need? Will you be doing a champagne toast? Will  your guest be drinking beer or wine? Make sure that you have the correct stemware for all of the drinks that you will be serving.

China- This includes the dinner plates, appetizer plates, soup bowls, salad plates, bread plates, dessert plates, coffee cups and saucers. You can keep them all the same, or switch it up, whatever style reflects your taste.

Chairs- Some venues will provide you with chairs and others will ask you to rent the chairs, this is the first thing that you need to determine.  The second thing that you must decide is if you are going to have chair covers, chair backs, or chair caps. If you are using chair backs or chair caps you must make sure that the chairs are in good enough condition for parts to be showing, if they are not you would want to go with full chair covers.

8-Budget- Know what kind of budget you are working with before you book an appointment, the more realistic you are with your planner the happier you will be with the end result! 
The best way to get what you want is to gather a few pictures that you like and meet with a consultant.  They can go over what would work, give you prices, and make your dreams come true.

~BLUMZ by JRDesigns 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Blumz by JRDesigns Mother's Day Contest

Did you know that every flower has a meaning?  The type and color of the flowers that you give to someone special can hold a lot of significance if you know the meaning behind the arrangement.  Flowers are always a great gift, but flowers that have a special meaning are even better!

In honor of Mother’s Day, we thought it would be fun to teach all of you the meaning of some of the most common seasonal flowers by creating a contest based on some of our favorite springtime florals. Blumz has compiled a list of the meanings below and we are giving all of you an opportunity to win a special arrangement for Mother’s Day.  Using the meanings of the different flowers listed below, write a paragraph describing what you love or admire about your mother, your wife, or someone that served as a mother figure in your life. For example, I would describe my mother as a Sunflower. She is bright, beautiful and resilient. My mother makes it through the hard times with incredible inner strength and a strong faith.

Now, it’s your turn. Describe your mom, or a mom that means a lot to you. To enter, please write a paragraph and post it on our Facebook page. Remember if you haven't “liked” our page we won’t be able to see your post. Please post it on our wall (not your own wall) and tag Blumz by JRDesigns in the post. We will announce the winner of this contest on May 6th.  The Winner will be able to come pick up an arrangement that will include a few of the flowers that they used to describe the special mother in their life.  Imagine how much it will mean to mom when she finds out the meaning behind the floral arrangement that you give her this Mother’s Day.

Roses- Grace
Tulips- Love
Babys Breath- Pure of Heart    
Alstroemeria- Friendship
Solidage- Strength
Statice- Remembrance
Stock- Happy Life
Snapdragon- Gracious Lady
Monte casino- Patience
Lily- Ambition
Liatris- Joy
Daisy- Hope  
Fuji Mum- Honor
Carnation- Lovely
Bells of Ireland- Good Luck
Hydrangea- Gratitude
Iris- Courage
Ranunculus - Radiant
Sunflower - Resilience
Aster- Elegance
Peony- Compassion