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Video: Sydney Eucalyptus Garland

Orders Pioneer - Monday, October 22, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

The versatile silk Sydney eucalyptus garland from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale is a great piece to use down the center of tables to breathe life into the décor of weddings, receptions, parties, and other events. 

In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI shows how to make the most of this gorgeous silk garland. Vonda notes that, like any permanent botanical product, even the most beautiful pieces can be enhanced by leveraging existing strengths with a few smart display techniques.

Vonda begins by manipulating the garland – twisting and lifting the silk foliage for a more realistic and lifelike appearance. 

To make this silk eucalyptus garland look even more impressive, Vonda takes a second silk garland selection and lays it atop the first. She chooses to orient this second piece in the opposite direction to make the composition look even more full and lush.

Watch as Vonda takes time to interweave the two garlands together, overlapping sections of silk foliage to obtain an enhanced sense of volume. She works her way down the entire centerpiece to ensure uniformity before returning to give the middle section just a touch more height for a balanced and striking composition.

As you can see, a few extra seconds of care and attention is all it takes to make these silk eucalyptus garlands spring to life. 

You can find this silk Sydney eucalyptus garland – along with a wide range of other silk flowers and permanent botanical selections – readily available within the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Let Pioneer help you find fresh and exciting ways to take your permanent botanical projects to the next level.

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Video: Sydney Eucalyptus & Hoop Design

Orders Pioneer - Monday, October 08, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Floral hoop designs are a modern and stylish mainstay used in many parts of a wedding. These distinctive accents are so quick and easy to create – and the customization options are truly endless.

In this quick video demonstration by Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI, learn how to create a simple hoop-shaped centerpiece using gorgeous permanent botanicals. This design starts with an exceptionally versatile base of silk Sydney eucalyptus from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. 

Vonda begins with a simple plastic hula hoop, the kind that you can find in any department store toy aisle. She has taken the time to wrap the hoop in white satin ribbon before the video. You would normally cover the entire hoop with ribbon, but Vonda has left the bottom exposed to show that any kind of hoop can be used.

The handsome “Woodland” rectangular planter from Pioneer will serve as the centerpiece base. Vonda wedges small blocks of floral foam between the hoop and the planter to ensure a snug and secure fit. 

After the hoop is secured into the planter base, Vonda begins attaching the silk eucalyptus around the body using one full garland to start. You may need to trim the garland or use more than one piece of garland depending on the size of your hoop. 

Vonda has trimmed another silk eucalyptus garland into smaller pieces to complete the base. She gently slides each one into the floral foam, radiating outward from the center. If you do not have enough garland to conceal the foam, consider adding some other type of cover like moss.

There are so many ways to customize this centerpiece. Here, Vonda completes the design by hanging four natural touch silk calla lily stems from the top of the hoop. This draws a lovely rich eggplant color into the arrangement along with a bright pop of green. Experiment with other silk flower or foliage options for a bounty of inspiration.

You can find the silk calla lilies, silk Sydney eucalyptus garland, and “Woodland” rectangular wooden planter all available through the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website – along with a diverse range of other permanent botanical and silk foliage options to suit the theme of any event. 
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Video: Fall Greenery Design with Grape Ivy

Orders Pioneer - Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

With its sophisticated form and color, the grape ivy series from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale offers endless possibilities for creative embellishments. In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI demonstrates two ways to use grape ivy bushes and garland for enchanting table displays. 

First, Vonda begins by drawing attention to the gorgeous colors that make up the grape ivy foliage – rich wine burgundy and earthy green undertones. She chooses an on-trend geometric vase to hold the leafy sprigs, its rustic colors bringing out the inherent warmth of the ivy selections. 

A small block of floral foam supports the ivy cuttings. Vonda pushes the stems into the foam one by one, each with slightly varied length and density for a more natural effect. Lightly fluffing the ivy afterward enhances volume. 

The finished vase arrangement would look wonderful as a table centerpiece, or as general decoration on a mantle or window sill. On their own, both the wholesale ivy and the vase are versatile design tools that transcend seasons. 

To wrap up the video, Vonda shows how to elevate this design with the addition of a long grape ivy garland – its length makes it perfect for use as an eye-catching table runner, equally appealing by itself or paired with the centerpiece vase arranged at the beginning of the video. 

Explore the rest of the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog for endless inspiration – both of these decor ideas lend themselves to modification and reinterpretation through the use of wholesale greenery, containers, and other accessories from the extensive Pioneer collection. 

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Wedding Wows #5: Floral Chandeliers

Orders Pioneer - Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Wedding design and marketing ideas from Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI 
Text by Bruce Wright

Wherever you hang a floral chandelier, it puts a spotlight on whatever is below it—as seen here, where a chandelier draws attention to the sweetheart table. “You’re creating a complete setting, with the bride and groom in the middle,” says Vonda. 

A chandelier can also hover above the spot where vows are exchanged or—enhanced with battery-powered fairy lights—twinkle above the dance floor. It has outsize visual impact because it’s visible from all around the room. 

Floral chandeliers can easily be made small or very large. The key is to use sturdy, lightweight, long-lasting materials, starting with a wired silk foliage wreath and adding other silk foliage and flowers as befits the wedding palette and theme. 

Cascading elements like silk butcher’s broom give a “hanging garden” look and are easily wired into a foundation like the silk eucalyptus wreath seen here. The butcher’s broom is wired at the base, while the tips are unwired for a natural drape. 

Likewise, realistic silk flowers not only are lightweight and long-lasting in themselves, making the chandelier much easier to design and to install, but also avoid the need for water tubes or foam. 

Here, silk peonies bring romantic pale pink up from the table into the chandelier. Of course, fresh flowers are also an option, and just a few can complete the illusion. 

A floral chandelier can be hung with coordinating ribbon, decorative wire, or nearly invisible, clear fishing line (monofilament), all depending on the environment and the design style. 

Versatile and high-impact, floral chandeliers are a trend made for the professional florist to promote and to explore. 

Floral wedding trends you can take to the bank.

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Video: Seating Chart with Orange Calla Lilies

Orders Pioneer - Friday, September 14, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

There are so many interesting ways to handle wedding seating charts. In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD offers up one stylish idea that easily incorporates with the floral themes used throughout the venue. 

Each place card or escort card is made from beautiful wholesale real touch calla lilies and ribbon from Pioneer, along with antique-style keys that you would find at any local craft store. Vonda has attached a number to each of these elegant arrangements. 

Guests can grab a key and head to the table of their choice. Or, they can look for the key associated with their name and head to an assigned seat, depending on the seating chart style you have chosen. This fun idea is open to a wide range of variations.

Find the perfect silk flower accents and ribbon choices to create expertly-coordinated seating chart accessories with help from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website. 
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Wedding Wows #4: Escort cards

Orders Pioneer - Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Wedding design and marketing ideas from Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI 
Text by Bruce Wright

This relatively new idea has quickly taken hold with brides across the country. Instead of referring to a seating chart, guests look for their names printed on cards or tags, displayed near the entrance to the reception. 

The card tells the guest his or her table number. “It ‘escorts’ the guest to the right table,” Vonda explains, where he or she may find a place card, or simply take a seat if there are no place cards. 

“The opportunity for you as a florist is that very often, escort cards double as wedding favors that express the wedding style and theme,” Vonda continues. 

For example: for an autumn wedding with a rustic theme, you might suggest silk calla lilies in a bright pumpkin shade, each tied with satin corsage ribbon to an old-fashioned, cast-iron key—all displayed against a barnboard backdrop. 

For a more formal wedding, you could offer white silk flowers attached to an oversize gold or silver ring. 

It begins with asking your customer, “Are you having escort cards?” and following up with, “Let me give you a couple of ideas.” 

Floral concepts for escort cards can also make a great in-shop display, not to mention an attention-getting post on Pinterest or Instagram. 

It’s all about, not just making the sale, but positioning yourself as the wedding expert who is up on the trends and full of creative ideas. 

Floral wedding trends you can take to the bank.

Wedding Wows #3: The Dessert Bar

Orders Pioneer - Tuesday, September 04, 2018
Wedding design and marketing ideas from Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI 
Text by Bruce Wright

It goes by many names (sweets table, sugar bar). “But no matter what your wedding customer calls it,” says Vonda, “perk up and listen. This is when, during the consultation, you can plant a seed.” 

Paint a picture to your customer of a table that makes an inviting impression—a fitting finale, keyed to the style and palette of the wedding. Dessert bars are in vogue, but your customer will want to avoid a potluck look. 

The current fashion is for a selection of desserts, elevated on cake platters, epergnes, or other accessories. Entwined around these to cover the rest of the table, garlands of silk foliage make a flexible foundation that brings unity and a natural touch to the display. 

A key success strategy is to coordinate the styling of the dessert bar in advance with the venue, the baker, or anyone else involved. Ask the venue coordinator, or whoever is setting out the desserts, if they can place the stands and platters first, then add the desserts after you have your garlands down. 

Silk or fresh flowers can be added here and there to the garlands as a way of bringing the wedding floral theme and palette into the display. Another option is to place a tall vase in the center of the table, with the desserts nestled underneath. The important thing is that at every stage of the wedding, the floral décor enhances the mood and expresses the personality of the wedding couple—right down to the delicious last act. 

Floral wedding trends you can take to the bank.

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Wedding Wows #2: The Sweetheart Table

Orders Pioneer - Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Wedding design and marketing ideas from Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI 
Text by Bruce Wright

“Here’s a question you always want to ask your bridal customers these days,” says Vonda: “Are you planning to have a sweetheart table? 

“If the answer is yes, that’s an opportunity for you as a florist, to create a floral display that will make your customer happy and provide extra profit for you.” 

At a sweetheart table, the bride and groom sit facing their guests, often on an elevated platform so that they can see everyone and everyone can see them. What better opportunity could there be for using flowers?—to make the mood more romantic and to enhance the photo memories to come. 

The sweetheart table is usually small. Flowers need to leave room for table settings. They should lie low on the table and possibly cascade from the front. 

All of those requirements are easier to meet with silk flowers, or a combination of silk and fresh. Silk foliage garlands create a base of mixed leaf shapes and shades of green, to which silk flowers or fresh flowers in water tubes can be added. 

A floral chandelier, hanging directly above the sweetheart table, completes the setting and draws attention to the bride and groom from anywhere in the room. Stay tuned for more about floral chandeliers, another popular and profitable trend. 

Floral wedding trends you can take to the bank.

Wedding Wows #1: Floral Arches

Orders Pioneer - Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Wedding design and marketing ideas from Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI 
Text by Bruce Wright

Floral arches have become extremely popular, especially for outdoor weddings—and it’s easy to see why, says Vonda. 

“During the ceremony, the arch frames the wedding couple and creates that picture-perfect moment,” she explains— just when all eyes are on the bride and groom. 

Brides who are planning an outdoor ceremony will be thrilled to hear that you can provide a floral arch with a lavish look that is also practical and affordable. The secret is to combine wholesale silk flowers and foliage with fresh. 

“If I make an arch that will be seen outdoors, I love knowing that it will hold up in any weather,” says Vonda. An arch made with silks can be set up early on the wedding day. Then, a few fragrant fresh flowers added to the arch complete the illusion of a fresh floral bower. Or, the arch can be all silk, and designs with fresh flowers brought in toward the end of the setup. 

The frame for the arch usually comes in three pieces, so the arch itself can be designed in advance and assembled on-site. All of the permanent components—the frame plus silk flowers and foliage—can be offered as a rental and re-used. 

The arch seen here drips with high-quality, realistic silk wisteria and butcher’s broom foliage—just two examples of wholesale silk flowers that can be woven into an arch foundation easily, with very little wiring required. 

Below the arch, urns were quickly filled with silk delphinium and silk eucalyptus bushes. They visually anchor the arch. Their upright stems beautifully complement the drape of the hanging wisteria and silk butcher’s broom. 

For floral arches, silk and fresh flowers are a marriage made in heaven!

Floral wedding trends you can take to the bank.

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Video: True Cream Event Design

Orders Pioneer - Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

A powerful addition to any designer’s toolbox, soft cream tones are a mainstay of wedding season and a range of everyday themes. But, as Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI points out, finding that true cream color often proves to be quite a challenge.  

Not only is it rare to find that perfect shade of warm yet bright cream, but it can be almost impossible to find cream tones that match across a variety of silk flower styles. But Pioneer Imports & Wholesale is here to help – Pioneer offers a wide range of silk flowers in that idyllic True Cream color, readily available to make your next permanent botanical project so much easier. 

This fabulous True Cream range spans all the most popular permanent botanical requests – silk hydrangea, silk cabbage rose, silk peony, silk dahlia, and so many other varieties you might want for your wedding clients or everyday designs. 

Vonda has created a beautiful arrangement in the Fairy Tale Compote container to demonstrate how well these silk flowers work together. Besides the silk flowers listed earlier, Vonda has also added brilliant trails of silk maidenhair fern to show how easily these True Cream selections work with other common accents. 

Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website to see the entire range of wholesale silk flowers in True Cream along with a vibrant spectrum of other colors. Pioneer offers an incredible selection of silk flowers, wholesale containers, and useful accessories for every style and occasion. 

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