Category Archives: suzanne M Smith Designs

2014- A Vibrant year ahead – Pantone color of the Year “Vibrant Orchid”

Echos of Tropical Punch with a hint of lavender. This years trending color for weddings is

Vibrant Orchid

It is a fun color that will blend well with the popular deep purples and romantic tones such as the soft Mint green that has been trending in Bridesmaid colors on the runways of all the formal fashion houses.

Some easy to  locate flowers that are available in this new Rave Shade are. Dendrobium and Phalonopsis orchids. CA. Roses, Freesia, Field Dahlia, Alstromeria , Mini Carnations and for a fun addition Decorative Kale.  Complimentary tones of silver, pewter grey, Black & White and bottle green work well with this color.

Whether adding a hint to your Bouquet, or using various tones of the Vibrant Orchid palette , It is sure to be fashion forward throughout 2014

 

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Cali Prom Trends 2011

With Valentine’s Day coming and Spring events on the mind of Ladies & Gents.

I thought I’d jump on the trends for 2011 and let my Fans and friends Know what’s Hot and Rockin in So. Cal

 for Prom season ( ours start as early as March this year!)

                                     Short & Sassy

Sweet But sassy for dancing the night away

The Short Party dress is still popular and allows for fun and flirty floral accents,

 Ankle Corsages, or pearl rock candy Bracelet corsages accent this look
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  And the unexpected  fun of a Satelite Bracelet and ring with fresh flowers
 
 

 

 

 

  

  

Hot Color for 2011
Pantone the Gods of color have announced that the top pick color is Honeysuckle.
This pink tone is

rich and can be seen from Vinatge inspired romantic to Hollywood Glam.

Other tones that will compliment are Industrial grey, Rich Cream, Subtle pale yellows with a hint of sheer white.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Old  Hollywood Glam.

Think Fred & Ginger Floral choices Fragrant Freesia and Gardenias, Magnetic backed Corsages with Crystal and gilded ribbons placed at the waist or bustline or in your hair.    

Love flowers But active and afraid they will be crushed? Try a Handbag corsage
 
If you want the pin up look or the classic debutante…
 Working with  your local floral designer to accent your fashion will take your Prom look to the next level.
Call us today to arrange for a prom design session to accent your look!
Corsages and Boutineers as well as floral wearable art for your Big event.
714-892-2241  or smsdes@aol.com
We also take special orders for Graduation leis direct from the best lei makers on Kauai and Maui!!
Please allow 2 weeks for pre orders.

Inside Weddings magazine!!

Fall 2010 cover

ECO FRIENDLY Weddings ?

YOU BET!!!!

we are so pleased to be featured in the Fall 2010 seasons beautiful Inside Weddings magazine

Our wonderful Organic Bride and Groom , Amy & Nick asked us to create an Eco friendly wedding using sustainably grown veggies and flowers, materials and elements for a simply stunning vineyard wedding. Our 8 page feature shows just a hint of the wonderful touches that we created for them.

We hope that you will be inspired by this fun couple and allow us the Joy of bringing YOUR

arbor details

Wedding day vision to life.

Brides Organic Bouquet
Ceremony Dove release

Grooms Picasso calla

The use of rich colors and textures added to the organic elegance of the setting

Organic vegie decor and Lime seating cards By Suzanne
Organic table designs with a theme
The Guys
Ladies in Waiting

The Ladies

Amazing cake with a touch of our organic flowers and votives
Apple Table
In the orchard
Amy the Beautiful Organic Bride

Prefered Vendors Lists, Quality & Talent or Paid Ads, Brides Beware!

Planning a wedding or special event can be a daunting task.  Great vendors can make that experience a dream instead of a nightmare.

 Especially in our current economy.

So What’s wrong with just going with the Prefered Vendors on your Venues List?  Shouldnt that be the easiest option?

In all the craziness of the wedding biz there are some Venues that are holding the Couples over a barrel as well as vendors who wish to work at their locations, This is known as “Pay To Play” and is the dirty little secret that is creeping into the mix. 

Basically the situation rears its ugly head as you sit down to sign contracts on your dream venue and find that you MUST pick from a selection of Planners & Prefered vendors from a list. They may not fit your vision and price range, but you MUST use only these folks!  They do not tell you that the vendors have been asked to PAY a fee to be on the list and that some pay a percentage back to the venue. And who gets the fee tacked on to their bill? The bride of course!

Even worse is the “Outside” vendor fees some will demand if you wish to bring in your own Favorite baker, Florist, Photographer and Dj. I have heard outrageous fees of $500-$1000. to bring them in!  If you trust your selected vendors and they have proof of Business license and insurance and  references and a portfolio, why should they charge you to have them walk on the premises?

So how can this trend be stopped? Brides have More Power than they think. Voting with your Pocket book and selecting venues that allow you to be selective is a start.  After all you have worked hard to pay for your wedding and should be able to get the best fit for your personality and budget.

1. Ask the venue if they allow you to bring in your professional of choice. Most Quality venues will allow you to select florist, and photographers and Dj as long as they are licensed and insured. I stress the PRO aspect of this, as most wont allow DIY other than a favor or gift for the guests. DIY disasters of the past may have something to do with some of the reasoning they demand you to use their list, but most in the industry think it is  a $$$ Grab by venues feeling the economic pinch!

2.Ask if their “prefered ” vendors are PAID advertisers or PROVEN TALENT. If they are upfront they will disclose this.  Many wonderful venues and caterers have favorite folks they have worked with and who are respectful of the venue and meet the credentials and insurance demands of the property.These are the Proven talent and will be “Suggested” . You should be able to meet them and get a feel for their style and then decide. But NOT have to be forced to pick only these suggestions.

You may be into an alternative style of Music or Want RAW food or all organic floral designs. Will you have to Settle for a traditional meal , cookie cutter flowers and the 70-year-old house DJ?LOL  

3. Ask if you need to have an Insurance rider? Yes they do demand these at times and this is again an additional fee that may have to be added to your budget. Most professionals have basic liability, But when venues force  the harpist to show proof of $ million dollar insurance for her 30 minute performance. they can cause last-minute hassles. Day of event coverage can be purchased for your vendors , but some venues try to force out your selections the last week or so with this disclosure. ALWAYS check the contracts!

4. If  couples start opting for venues that allow some wiggle room and Individuality in the planning of their big days and avoid the Venues that demand “their way or the highway” it will  protect future couples from going over budget and not getting their dream wedding .

Above all NEVER go blindly into a contract , ask questions, and get written answers .

 Be pro active and aware that MANY fine independent vendors are being pushed out by this practice, and it is tainting the industry’s reputation.  YOU Have the Right to choose!

A Blooming Magical Day

So what do flower folks do on a day off?

We go to DISNEYLAND!!

I had the pleasure of organizing the first Blooming Magical Day @Disneyland for Ubloom.com On 8/29/10

I had the extreme pleasure of hanging out with one of the Rock Stars of the floral world- J Schwanke.

J is the founder of Ubloom and the fabulous host  of JTV. His Monday fun with flowers webisodes are seen by fans around the world!

J and his film crew were visiting California on their California Grown Experience tour. Filming some of the most awe inspiring flower feilds and meeting the growers who make our state so colorful. 

J and his Partner Graphic artist Kelly Blank joined UBloom Friends and family on a day of fun at the Mouse House.

Arriving at Disneyland as the gates opened we knew it would be a fun day.

A meet & greet at the castle was Blooming magical with a surprise visit from Aurora

and Tinkerbell.

The day was filled with rides, and laughs, good food and fun.

& we topped the day off with the Celebration Parade and a ride on the CA. Adventure Roller coaster “California Screamin'”( hilarious video viewing available on Facebook at Ubloom )

and the beautiful World Of Color Water show.

I invite you to tune in to JTV at http://www.Ubloom.com for the Ca.flower segments and our silly out takes and flower fun with some very talented flower folks!

After all, when we can  get together and have fun Our creative work can only be more inspired!

have a wonderful Fall season and contact me ASAP for your fabulous fall and Winter creations!