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The May Day tradition dates back to the pre-Christian era with the festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers.

So it wasn’t too far of a stretch when in 1929 Hawaii officially made May 1st Lei Day.

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Lei Day is a day to celebrate island culture with lei-making competitions, concerts, and the giving and receiving of lei among friends and family. With the advent of tourism, the Lei became a world-wide symbol of Hawaii. The Lei was actually introduced to the Hawaiian islands by Polynesian voyagers. Leis are constructed of flowers, leaves, shells, nuts, and even bone and teeth of animals. Traditionally, Hawaiians wore them to beautify themselves and distinguish themselves from others. Basically, the best kind of jewelry (and it smells good, too!) 🙂

Lei also symbolize the spirit of Aloha. The giving and receiving of lei is an act of welcoming, love, and family. In fact, in old Hawaii, lei were given to both visitors coming to the island and people leaving the island. It is said that people leaving the island on ships would throw their lei into the ocean and let it return to the island in hopes that they too would someday return.

There aren’t many rules when it comes to wearing lei. Anyone can wear them anytime, anywhere. However, be aware that a lei is considered a welcomed celebration of one person’s affection for another. Always accept a lei that is offered to you. It is properly worn draped over the shoulders, hanging both in the front and the back. It is also considered rude to remove the lei in front of the person who gave it to you, so be careful!

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It seems like every other weekend, you’re getting a new invitation to somebody’s wedding. A brother, a friend from college, a colleague at work, a cousin’s cousin’s son…Well, that is because Spring is one of the most popular times to get married!

It is also one of the most beautiful times to get married. Spring is chalk-full of fresh blooms and new life (perhaps a symbolic reason Brides and Grooms take the plunge this time of the year!)

Whatever your preferences, true wedding-lovers all over the world can agree: there is an allure about Spring weddings that is incredibly unique and hard to beat! (Though, wait until Autumn and we may be saying the same thing about Fall Weddings 😉 )

As a matter of fact, we just had a beautiful Bride and Groom that asked us to provide the florals for their wedding. Mr. and Mrs. Steiner were kind enough to share their fantastic photos with us. And now we are going to share them with you!

We love our Brides and Grooms! ❤

Bride and her Bouquet

Bride and her Bouquet

Bridesmaid and her single flower, blush bouquet

Bridesmaid and her single flower, blush bouquet

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Centerpieces- flowers in Mason Jars :)

Centerpieces- flowers in Mason Jars 🙂

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Don't forget the flowers for the cake!

Don’t forget the flowers for the cake!

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Bride's Bouquet

Bride’s Bouquet

Bride and Bridesmaid bouquets side by side.

Bride and Bridesmaid bouquets side by side.

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Prom Trends!

Prom is over and done for most of us…thank goodness! Just kidding. But seriously, prom is an exciting time for the teens, and Prom season is going on right now. You might want to know what’s on the up and up this year for Prom.

There are a lot of trendy things going down this year. According to an article on http://www.aboutflowersblog.com/omg-top-5-prom-trends there are some pretty interesting things happening.

1.) Neon. Wearing neon to prom can be totally dramatic and electric. Flowers can be made to match! (Yes, there are flowers out there as bright as that dress of yours).

2.) White and Black. This is a pretty timeless style. And (here’s a BIG plus) it goes with everything 🙂

3.) Metallic. This is interesting. Metals can really punch up the look of a flower. Using silver or gold wiring can give a wristlet or boutonniere a cool, modern look.

4.) Tuxedos. For Girls. Jaw-dropping, I know! But who says girls HAVE to wear a dress? Even if your little lady chooses to wear a tux, a beautiful flower will give it a feminine touch.

5.) Princess. Adding jewels or rhinestones to the center of flowers is a really classy way to add some glam.

PicMonkey Collage prom

 

Now. Some non-floral prom trends to help put it all together.

And what else could we mean by non-floral but dresses? Dresses: Lace, high-low dresses, and Ombre dresses are all making the list, according to http://www.seventeen.com/parties/2013-prom-trends (click for pics)

Whatever dress you choose, remember that corsages and boutonnieres complete your look! Or for a bolder statement, go with a clutch bouquet. Visit our Prom page for a selection, or call our store for more information!

http://www.watanabefloral.com/occasions/winter-ball-prom/

 

Happy Prom!

 

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