Pioneer Blog

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: "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. 

Shop products from the video:

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


Watch the video here!


Tom Is Thinking Wedding Season

Amanda Thomas - Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Wedding season is upon us! We hope you enjoy these tips from Tom Bowling, AIFD, PFCI.

Video: Double Face Satin

Amanda Thomas - Monday, April 16, 2018

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


In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD wants to make sure viewers know just how many different wholesale ribbon options are available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. 


Vonda focuses specifically on double face satin ribbon for this introduction – this type of ribbon is especially versatile and makes a fantastic addition to any bouquet, corsage, or decorative display. Double face satin ribbon is exceptionally smooth and makes a tremendous impression with its silky sheen.

As Vonda points out, Pioneer offers a wide selection of double face satin ribbon in a range of sizes and a tremendous variety of hues. In fact, many of the double face satin ribbon sizes available from Pioneer are available in more than 80 colors! 

In the video, Vonda holds up a bouquet that highlights streaming ribbons from a bouquet. This is a hot trend right now that cannot be ignored. But there’s so much more to explore! Take time to contact Pioneer – or see the online catalog – to find the perfect wholesale ribbon for your project.  

Shop our complete line of Double Face Satin ribbon here.


Watch the video here!

Tour Our Spring/Summer 2018 Showroom!

Amanda Thomas - Thursday, April 05, 2018

Spring is in full swing at Pioneer Imports & Wholesale! Come see our Spring & Summer 2018 Showroom for yourself or take a virtual tour below. Our showroom is located at 500 W. Bagley Rd., Berea, Ohio 44017 and our hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We'd love to see you!



Please note: Vendor’s license in a related trade is required.

Complementary Ribbon Chart for 2018 Prom & Bridal Colors

Amanda Thomas - Thursday, March 22, 2018
We are sure you will find this Ribbon Chart very helpful when ordering for proms and weddings this year! 
To see the full version and to download a PDF copy, click HERE.


Video: Bridal Show Success: Adding Accents

Amanda Thomas - Tuesday, February 06, 2018

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


In this video, Sue Huelsman AIFD reminds viewers to keep a diverse stock of accent pieces to complete your bridal show table. These pieces will later serve as useful add-ons for potential customers, but at bridal shows they work to instantly elevate the sophistication of any table and help to draw more attention toward everything you have to offer. 

Sue suggests investing in small eye-catching accent pieces like votives and other candle pieces, useful items like napkins and napkin rings, and more. 

Having the right accessories on hand is especially important when it comes to bouquets. Sue recommends bringing multiple bouquet styles and a couple of different stands. You can show your bouquets in basic cylinders or decorative vases. Sue also demonstrates how to use the purpose-made stands from Pioneer that look great on any table.


Take some time to browse the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website to find a wide variety of accessories like vases, bouquet stands, stylish votives, and of course, plenty of wholesale silk flowers and foliage to complete your bridal show table.


Shop products from the video:

#PWR2090CHK – Cabbage Rose Bush, Chalk
#FFR004CR – Rose Pomander with Rhinestones
#22-3407-810 – Lace Table Runner
#960528SLV – Striped Glass Votive
#850338SLV – Bubbles Glass Votive


Watch the video here!


Video: Bridal Show Success: Fabulous Chair Backs

Amanda Thomas - Thursday, January 25, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B

Bridal shows are a fantastic place to introduce brides to new, fun, and interesting ideas. In this video, Sue Huelsman AIFD walks through a few examples – including both established trends and new innovative products. 

Sue starts with beaded garland as a reliable example, a neat touch that can add a little bit of detail into fresh and silk flower arrangements. Succulents are going to be popular again this year too, so Sue recommends continuing to use those as well. 

Next, Sue highlights the Acolyte garland, twelve feet of lighted garland useful for a wide variety of decorative purposes. Use this garland for basic accessories like bows, weave it through structures like arbors and other arrangements, or use wherever you want to add a little “pop” of light. 

And finally, chair backs wrap up the video. Sue shows off a gorgeous rhinestone chair back design, attached to elastic so it will fit on any kind of chair. Add details like ribbon or floral accessories to create beautiful customized chair backs for your brides and grooms. 

Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website to find even more ideas for accessories that are sure to fascinate customers and set your bridal show display apart from the rest. 

Coastal Drive Collection

Courtney May - Friday, January 22, 2016

Take a drive on Highway 1 along the coast of California with this cool collection of blues.  This palette includes a range of color that is vibrant and fresh, yet great for decor.  



The collection features Pioneer's signature silks like the ones shown above, as well as many new containers and ribbon.  With these great new products, you can bring your spring designs from standard to seaside!  One of our favorite new containers is the "Elixir" vase in green.  This unique vase has layers of rich color that perfectly compliment the turquoise in this collection.  Stay tuned for our next blog to see a "How-To" video on creating an arrangement with this vase.  

Click here to shop the whole collection.  

Mixing Permanent and Fresh - Wedding Pomander

Courtney May - Monday, June 29, 2015

Add fresh flowers to our permanent pomanders for an elegant, yet simple, floral wedding design.  These pomanders would be perfect for a flower girl or bridesmaid to carry down the aisle or as ceremony decor for a garden wedding!  This design uses our Tea Leaf Pomander with the addition of "Attina" Lace Ribbon to dress up the loop handle.  


Click here to shop all of our Permanent Pomanders.  

Click here to watch a video demonstrating how to make this pomander with Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI