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Video: Product Spotlight - Hydrangea Stems

Amy Lombardo - Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

You can barely open a shelter magazine, or even Pinterest, without seeing the presence of beautiful bountiful hydrangea. 

Tom Bowling AIFD, CFD, PFCI notes how this is one of those all-time favorite flowers in home decor and especially in event work. In this quick video, Tom takes a moment to introduce a selection of silk hydrangea products available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale and explains how these permanent botanicals can simplify so many of those big events for floral designers. 

Of course, as Tom points out, fresh hydrangea is especially susceptible to wilting. This is even more true when it comes to certain outdoor venues and lengthy all-day events – for example, when a bride wants to be photographed early in the day when the event is scheduled much later. 

Tom mentions the versatility of wholesale silk hydrangea in these types of situations. Many brides may be open to the idea of combining fresh and silk hydrangea to create arrangements that continue looking fresh and delightful all through the event. 

On the table are several types of wholesale silk hydrangea and Tom takes a moment to introduce each one. He points out the lovely soft color palette of the first group. The light pinks, pale blues, and gentle greens – something that will appeal to every bride.  

On the other side of the table is the larger silk hydrangea available from Pioneer. Tom describes these as great not just for bouquets, but also for decoration around a reception venue and other locations. Working these permanent botanicals into venue decoration allows professionals to do some of the work far in advance without ever having to worry about the hydrangeas crashing or wilting in the meantime. 

You can find the silk hydrangeas highlighted in this video available directly from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog, along with so many other permanent botanical products that can streamline your events in style. 

Shop products from the video:
PWH2707CR Hydrangea Stem, 27", Flower Dia.: 7", Cream
PWH2729 Hydrangea Stem w/Small Petals, 19", Flower Dia.: 6", Cream/Green, Light Blue, Pink

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Video: Ashley Bouquet

Amy Lombardo - Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Wholesale premade bouquets are an important staple in any floral design toolbox. Not only are they cost-effective, but they also help cut down on the amount of time spent preparing and arranging supplies for common permanent botanical projects. 

Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD introduces an ever-popular premade silk bouquet in this quick video from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. The lovely Ashley Rose Bouquet is a silk rose bouquet composed of seven detailed heads, each one about four inches in diameter. This piece is a fantastic value – and Vonda demonstrates just how versatile it can be.

This quick tutorial starts with the Ashley Rose Bouquet in a lovely nude color, easy to coordinate for any occasion. Vonda spices it up with a few simple additions to take it to the next level.

The first accent is silk dusty miller in a soft pastel green. Vonda trims away individual pieces, arranging them around the bouquet like a voluminous collar. She then wraps the stems togethers with floral tape. A wide satin ribbon covers the tape, and a sheer pink ribbon completes the look. Vonda uses floral glue to add tiny pink accents of silk hydrangea throughout the bouquet for even more character.

Beautiful light pastels make this silk bouquet ideal for a range of occasions, from prom to weddings and more. Don’t be afraid to get creative and put your own unique spin on the Ashley Rose Bouquet from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale – this design can bring your ideas to life!  

Shop products from the video:
#30399 “Ashley” Rose Bouquet x 7, 12, Nude
#PWDM1142GR Dusty Miller Spray 22”, Green
#PWH2729 Hydrangea Stem 19”, Light Blue & Pink


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Video: Cascading Cherry Blossom Bridal Bouquet

Amy Lombardo - Friday, March 15, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

In this detailed design demonstration, Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD builds a beautiful bridal bouquet – or attendant’s bouquet – using wholesale silk flowers and permanent botanicals from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. 

This bouquet features silk hydrangea, silk calla lilies, silk cherry blossom, and silk miniature ivy. 

Vonda begins with two stems of silk hydrangea, bending the stem just a little toward the front and back so it looks like one larger blossom. To form the cascade, Vonda uses part of a silk cherry blossom garland that has been cut to size and trimmed to reduce visual weight. 

Bringing the cherry blossom toward the front of the design creates the cascading line that defines this type of bouquet. Vonda then adds another piece of cherry blossom on the other side to continue the line upward and through the top, a smart way to balance the composition. A few more sprigs around the edges completes the outline.

Next, Vonda adds silk calla lilies through the hydrangea blossom. She notes that the beauty of permanent botanicals is that you can move and adjust them however you want – much easier than working with fresh flowers. Vonda even bends one of the calla lilies to complete the downward cascading line. 

The final addition to this bouquet is a selection of realistic silk ivy. Vonda begins by using the elegant ivy to continue the cascade, then brings a few cuttings toward the top for balance. She takes care to use the ivy conservatively to ensure it does not take away from the cherry blossom, hydrangea, or calla lilies. 

A clear zip tie secures the arrangement, but you can use floral tape or a variety of other solutions if desired. 

Complete the design by fluffing and adjusting as needed. Here, you’ll see that Vonda decides to add a little bit of cherry blossom to the center of the design using hot glue so that it appears to come through the blossoms rather than just collaring the bouquet. 

The result is a spectacular bouquet that can bring springtime charm to any wedding. Perfect for brides or attendants alike, this piece is sure to capture the attention of bridal show attendees. 

Explore the Pioneer website for an incredible selection of permanent botanicals, wholesale silk flowers, and useful accessories. Not only does Pioneer Imports & Wholesale offer everything you need to create gorgeous bouquets like the one in this video, the catalog includes everything you need to create stunning botanical arrangements for commercial displays, trade shows, and so much more. 

Shop products from the video:
#PWG2300 – Cherry Blossom Garland
#PWH2077 – Hydrangea Stem – White
#PWC0103WH – Calla Lily Stem
#PBI810 – Garden Lace Ivy Bush – Green

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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.

Shop products from the video:
#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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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.


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. 

Shop products from the video:
#PWT2053BE – Tealeaf Bush w/Berries 18”, Beige

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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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