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Video: How To: Floral Hoop with Eucalyptus

Orders Pioneer - Monday, October 15, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Floral hoops are one of the most exciting trends transforming the landscape of wedding décor. They make fantastic centerpieces, brilliant hanging decorations, and serve as an on-trend alternative to traditional bouquets for brides and bridal attendants. 

Learn how to create a gorgeous yet super easy hoop-shaped bouquet with this quick video demonstration lead by Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD. This design uses permanent botanicals readily available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale – a versatile faux silver dollar eucalyptus bush and realistic silk rose in a soft cream tone – but you could adapt this design to use any faux flowers or foliage from Pioneer. 

This design starts with an ordinary embroidery hoop that you can purchase at any craft store. These are especially useful because they are available in such a wide variety of sizes, suitable for any purpose. 

Vonda begins by layering sprigs of faux eucalyptus around the hoop, starting at the hoop screw and radiating outward. Matching green floral wire secures the faux eucalyptus on both sides. Vonda takes a moment to fluff up the eucalyptus for a fuller and more realistic appearance before moving on.

Silk roses are the next addition. She starts with the largest silk flowers near the center and continues with progressively smaller ones along one side, with each stem trimmed accordingly. More floral wire secures these silk roses in place. 

To finish the piece, Vonda wraps a bit of cream white ribbon around the hoop screw, coordinating with the silk roses and giving the entire composition a clean and professional appearance. If used as a bouquet rather than a decoration, the ribbon also gives the bride or bridal attendant something comfortable to use as a handle. 

The result is a sleek and stylish permanent botanical bouquet with a contemporary twist. The power of this design is its simplicity – easy to create with just a few ingredients, and easy to customize to suit any style of event or occasion. 

Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website to find all the permanent botanicals used in this video demonstration along with useful accessories like wholesale ribbon and decorative accents. Pioneer has everything you need to create distinctive pieces just like this one. 

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Video: Sydney Eucalyptus Bouquet

Orders Pioneer - Monday, October 01, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

The versatile silk Sydney eucalyptus from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale perfectly captures that rich organic look that so many brides ask about.  

In this quick video demonstration by Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI, learn how to build an elegant custom bouquet that takes only minutes to create. This design is perfect for displays, decorations, for larger groups of wedding attendants, and other situations where you might need a gorgeous high-quality design that takes almost no time to put together. 

For this project, Vonda uses three of the premade real touch silk rose bouquets – available wholesale from Pioneer – along with the silk Sydney eucalyptus bush in lovely dusty green. 

Vonda removes the ties from the silk bouquets before joining them together as one voluminous grouping. She takes trimmed sections of the silk eucalyptus and creates a collar around the bouquet itself. You can see how the addition of the silk eucalyptus immediately enhances the profile and color palette of the arrangement for an unforgettable composition.

Experiment with different combinations of the silk Sydney eucalyptus bush with other silk flower designs to see exactly how versatile this selection really is. Silk eucalyptus is a fantastic starting point for bouquets that are quick, easy, and exceptionally beautiful.

You can find the supplies used in this video within the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website, along with a wide variety of other silk flowers, silk foliage, and accessories like wholesale ribbon and dazzling accents. Let Pioneer help you make standout arrangements for any type of event.

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#PWR0140WH – Real Touch Rose Bouquet x5, 10”

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Video: How To: Autumn Bounty Cascading Bouquet

Orders Pioneer - Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

In this easy-to-follow video demonstration, learn how to create an attendant’s bouquet with an elegant trail. This piece uses gorgeous autumn-inspired wholesale silk flowers from the Autumn Bounty Collection available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. 

Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD begins this tutorial by introducing each of the permanent botanicals used within the bouquet – large silk mums in deep orange, silk cosmos in a shade of burgundy called “flame”, silk autumn boxwood bush, and the silk long baby grass bush in red and yellow.

The large silk mums serve as the heart of this design. Prior to the beginning of the video, Vonda prepared these permanent botanicals by cutting the blossoms from the foliage. She then gathers the silk blossoms into a rounded shape that will inform the rest of the arrangement.

Next, Vonda begins adding the vine-like silk baby grass. Its long and elegant tendrils hang low to create the trail or cascade of the attendant’s bouquet. She adds a few shorter sprigs toward the back for balance. 

Silk boxwood works like a bridge between the deep orange of the silk mum blossoms and the mustard color of the silk baby grass vine. 

Vonda places this selection all the around the edges of the arrangement. As Vonda points out, there is no reason to worry if the design looks bunched together at this point – there is plenty of time to rearrange before finalizing the bouquet. 
Vonda adds the silk cosmos last. Using some of the longer-stemmed picks with foliage removed, she creates a small trail that continues down the cascade. The rest of the silk cosmos find their home carefully placed throughout the bouquet. 

Take time to ensure the various silk flowers are inserted at different heights within the overall composition to give the bouquet a dynamic sense of depth.

Fasten the finished bouquet together with a zip tie or floral tape, whichever you feel more comfortable using. After tightly binding the stems, Vonda takes a wire cutter and trims each stem to the same length. She finishes the design by wrapping the stems with coordinated ribbon.

The result is a well-balanced attendant’s bouquet with an elegant cascading trail, immediately catching the eye with its rich autumn tones. 

You can find the supplies used in this video – and so many more – available through the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Pioneer offers a wide range of wholesale silk flowers and accessories in color palettes to suit any season or event. 

Shop products from the video:
#PWB1042MURD – Baby Grass Bush – Mustard Flame (Sold Out)
#PWB2031RDYL – Boxwood Bush – Red/Yellow
#PWM3314DPOG – Mum Bush – Deep Orange (Sold Out)
#PWC206 – Cosmos Bush

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Video: Dusty Miller Bouquet

Orders Pioneer - Monday, September 17, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Find your new favorite accent for permanent botanical arrangements with this video demonstration featuring Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD.

Vonda introduces an especially versatile pick from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog – the silk dusty miller stem, a gorgeous soft green silk foliage option that can easily enhance any type of project. Vonda creates a simple bouquet as an example of its incredible potential. 

This bouquet demonstration uses one stem of silk dusty miller, one bush of artificial tealeaf for the decorative berries, and a bouquet of Real Touch silk calla lilies. With just these simple ingredients, Vonda creates an event-ready composition. 

A time lapse shows the construction process. First, Vonda trims the silk dusty miller into a few smaller sections. She places the smaller sections around the group of silk calla lilies as a collar. She places the larger bunch into the center, ensuring that the leaves go between the silk calla lily blooms to create separation and volume. Vonda places the silk tealeaf stems in a halo around the edges of the bouquet.

As Vonda notes, all that is left to finish the arrangement is to bind the bouquet stems together. 

You can find this exceptionally versatile silk dusty miller stem available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog, along with the silk tealeaf bush and the real touch silk calla lily. Pioneer offers a diverse range of other silk flower and foliage options as well – explore the Pioneer catalog to find the right permanent botanicals and accessories for any occasion.

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#PWT2053 – Tealeaf Bush with Berries, Gray/Green

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Video: Wedding Bouquet with Premium Eucalyptus

Orders Pioneer - Monday, September 10, 2018
Written by Lisa B. with additions from Sarah Botchick

Weddings are notoriously challenging, especially when you’re working with fresh product and you’re not sure what the quality will be. 

Sometimes the fresh flowers and you suddenly find yourself in a panic situation – the hydrangea is falling flat in 90-degree weather, the coloration of the dahlia is different than expected, or the stephanotis has already started turning brown. 

In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD explains the benefit of keeping high quality permanent botanical backups on hand. Keeping a range of gorgeous silk flowers back at the shop ensures you will never be stuck in a situation that leaves the bride without what she needs to make her important day as spectacular and perfect as possible.

Vonda starts by introducing a range of quality permanent botanicals available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. She begins with the beautiful silk hydrangea and silk dahlias – together, these two permanent botanicals offer the ideal shape and color for traditional wedding bouquets. These are powerful staples to keep on hand, able to solve a variety of common wedding worries. 

As a quick demonstration, Vonda quickly builds a sample bouquet starting with the silk hydrangea around a central focal point of silk dahlia. She adds texture in the form of the permanent botanical tealeaf bush with their distinctive decorative berries. Silk stephanotis and silk real touch roses add bright white that pops out from the backdrop of smooth cream tones. Vonda finishes the bouquet with a collar of silk silver dollar eucalyptus in a dusty grey green. This particular Eucalyptus bush is absolutely stunning. The leaves are created using a special screen printing technology that makes them look ultra-realistic.

The most important thing, as Vonda points out, is to keep in mind what the bride is expecting. If she is expecting fresh, make sure to choose permanent botanical options that look as fresh and realistic as possible. Or, consider incorporating fresh and permanent botanicals together to strike a workable balance.

If you cannot get what you are looking for with fresh flowers on an everyday basis, Pioneer offers a wide range of permanent botanical solutions that can step up and perform right when you need them. When it comes to weddings, there is never any room for doubt – if the bride expects to see her favorite flower, having access to the right permanent botanicals can save the day. 

You can find a diverse selection of wholesale silk flowers ranging from budget options to ultra-realistic premium pieces available through the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Let Pioneer help you delight your customers and clients through every step of wedding season. 

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#PWT2053BE – Tealeaf Bush w/Berries 18”, Beige

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Video: How To: Create a Brooch Bouquet with a Bouquet Armature

Orders Pioneer - Friday, August 24, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Learn how to create a stunning brooch bouquet using a bouquet armature with the help of this easy-to-follow video demonstration by Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI.  

Vonda begins construction by attaching a pair of simple rhinestone chains to the armature using small lengths of wire for security, trimming the excess as she works her way around.  

Next, Vonda adds reflective flat beads for decoration and shine. She has already prepared each bead with Uglu Dashes – a convenient adhesive strip – for quicker application. She applies each bead to the flat round platforms built into the armature for added security and stability. 

Once the armature features a satisfactory coverage of beads, she slides a padded handle cover into place. Not only does this cover make the bouquet more comfortable to hold, but it also provides an insertion point for the Spot On picks she will place during the next step.

Uglu adhesive dashes are the easiest way to attach the brooches to the Spot On pick platforms used in this project – Vonda has already prepared the necessary picks prior to the video just as she did with the beads. She inserts each pick through the top of the armature and firmly into the padded handle. 

Carefully layering the brooches adds a greater sense of depth to the overall composition for a more dramatic impression.

Next Vonda turns her focus to the task of finishing the handle. She gently trims any bits of wire that may have poked through the handle during the insertion process before setting the bouquet aside to prepare the next ingredient. 

Vonda creates a backing for the armature using a piece of cardboard from a large roll of ribbon. She has already prepared the backing by spraying each side with spray adhesive and attaching sheets of glittering rhinestone wrap called River of Diamonds, also available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. 

Vonda slides the completed backing over the handle until it rests firmly against the body of the armature. This backing helps to make the composition look neater while also giving the bouquet a more solid and filled-in look from every angle. 

She then takes the remaining rhinestone wrap and wraps it around the length of the handle, securing with corsage pins to hold it in place. The very bottom remains exposed which Vonda remedies by attaching a coordinated piece of “bling” to complete the look.

The result is a dazzling brooch bouquet that exhibits impressive attention to detail from top to bottom. 

This quick project is easy to complete using supplies from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale – Pioneer carries a wide range of wholesale Fitz Design, bouquet armatures, and any accessories you might need to customize a brooch bouquet according to the unique needs of your clients and customers. 

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Top 10 Best Sellers in June

Orders Pioneer - Wednesday, July 11, 2018

1. EUCALYPTUS GARLAND 6' - #PWG1098GR

This beautiful eucalyptus garland is perfect for weddings and events!


2. HANGING WISTERIA BRANCH 67" - #PWW2330WH

This spray is absolutely stunning and works perfectly for wedding arches and decor.  


3. EUCALYPTUS BUSH 22" - #PWE1096GR

This beautiful eucalyptus bush complements any bouquet or floral arrangement.  It is an excellent choice for including greenery in weddings and home decor.


4. BOXWOOD BUSH X6, 12" - #PWB2030GCR

Boxwood is perpetually a customer favorite. Therefore, it's not surprising this beautiful boxwood in green/cream was a top seller last month. This item is also available in natural green.


5. HANGING BOXWOOD X5, 32" - #PWB2033GR

Greenery continues to be a hugely popular wedding trend.  This boxwood is perfect for adding hanging elements to your event.


6. SILVER DOLLAR EUCALYPTUS BUSH x6, 23" - #PWE1090GWH

This beautiful silver dollar eucalyptus bush complements any bouquet or floral arrangement, and it is still a very popular choice for brides.


7. SUNFLOWER BUSH x7, 20" - #PWS2400YL

Who doesn't love sunflowers? This beautiful sunflower bush, available in three colors, has seven stems and is perfect for creating a summer or fall centerpiece.



8. RECTANGULAR WILLOW BASKET SET OF 3 - #2003UP

Set of 3 rectangular willow baskets often used for gift baskets.


9. PHALAENOPSIS ORCHID STEM 33" - #PWO1107WH

This elegant orchid is often used for weddings and is available in three colors (white, burgundy and purple), but white was the best-selling color in June.


10. EUCALYPTUS WREATH 24" - #PWW1097GR

This eucalyptus wreath adds a rich, vibrant green to any wall or door.


Video: "Rosie" Ribbon

Amanda Thomas - Monday, June 11, 2018

Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.


In this quick video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD introduces a versatile accessory to instantly elevate any permanent botanical arrangement. 


The wonderful “Rosie” Ribbon from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale is beautiful on its own, but it really shines when used as a decorative accent for other accessories. 

Vonda demonstrates the endless potential of this intricate ribbon by adding it to a simple transparent glass cube. She adds a small adhesive strip to the back of the glass, using it to securely anchor the ribbon in place. Adding a silk peony bouquet finishes the design – now this quick and easy piece is ready for any wedding or event. 

You can find the wholesale ribbon, the silk peony bouquet, and hundreds of other fantastic accessories available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website. 

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#16-2661-40-154 - #40 – 2.5” x 10 yds – “Rosie” Ribbon
#PWP0141TTPK – Peony Bouquet, Two-Tone Pink


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Video: Step Up Collection

Amanda Thomas - Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.


In this video, Vonda LaFever, AIFD, PFCI, CFD introduces a few new additions to the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale product line. The versatile Step Up Collection is a premium line of wholesale silk flowers, featuring top-quality materials and larger, more dramatic, blooms. 


Vonda begins her introduction to the Step Up Collection by highlighting two of the most popular silk flowers for weddings - hydrangea and peony - and explains how these pieces stand out from the standard models. 

First, the video makes it easy to see the impressive size of these blooms. The silk peony features a diameter of 5 inches, while the hydrangea measures up at a spectacular 6.5-inch diameter. 

The wholesale silk flowers in the Step Up Collection also stand apart thanks to their premium materials and incredible level of realistic detail. It’s impossible to overlook these luscious full-bodied blooms in any setting. 

Every piece of the Step Up Collection is sure to capture immediate attention at your next bridal show, trade show, or seasonal event. Your customers and clients are sure to appreciate the visual effect of these statement pieces, and how they can elevate and complement other collections so easily. 

Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website to see the full Step Up Collection – including the wide range of colors – as well as other wholesale silk flowers, accessories, and everything you need to impress your customers by staying “a step above the rest."

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Video: Pioneer's Wedding Silks Collection

Amanda Thomas - Thursday, May 17, 2018

Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.


In this instructional video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI highlights a few of the most popular wedding silks from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog to help businesses prepare for wedding season. Vonda goes on to create a sample bouquet to demonstrate the potential of these versatile selections.  


Pioneer offers a robust range of colors that prove well-suited to wedding bouquets and displays. Vonda shows each one in turn – chalk, vanilla dream, bisque, a rosy pink sand, and classic bridal white. 

These five stunning colorways cover four distinct silk flower styles from the Pioneer catalog. She walks through the versatile garden rose, peony, hydrangea bush, and the single stem version of the hydrangea. 

As Vonda points out, the single stem silk hydrangea is an especially popular choice for those who want to pair artificial silks with fresh flowers. Many wedding planners avoid fresh hydrangea cuttings because of their short lifespan, while these artificial stems will never brown or wither. 

Next, Vonda creates a sample bouquet to showcase the creative potential Pioneer’s wholesale silk flowers in this stunning palette. She starts by gathering together the garden roses and peonies with a touch of hydrangea, arranging the pink selections on either side. 

She finishes the arrangement with silk maidenhair fern that hangs down from the bouquet for an elegant look.  

Of course, this video offers just a small look at the wedding-ready options available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Explore the Pioneer collection for hundreds of artificial flowers, decorative containers, and beautiful accessories in an inspiring spectrum of colors. 

Top 4 Wedding Items in Top 5 Wedding Colors: 

Flowers: Peony, Garden Rose, Hydrangea Bush, Hydrangea Stem