Carl Alan Floral Designs Ltd

February 11, 2012

Tu-Lips are better than none

Valentines Day is fast approaching. While all of you are relaxing this weekend, out staff is busy at work de-thorning roses, picking pollen off stargazer lillies and designing, designing, designing! We have hundreds of dozens of roses all set to go out to your sweetheart for Valentines Day.

It’s not too late to place your orders today 

February 2, 2012

Be Our Valentine

The Society of American Florists (SAF) asked some of the country’s top florists and floral designers to describe what’s in style for flowers this Valentine’s Day, from popular flowers and color combinations to trendy flower design styles and flower delivery advice. Here is a compilation of their Valentine’s Day flower trends and ordering tips. Click the images to see a larger picture.

Surprise Your Sweetheart at Work

  • There is nothing like the “wow” factor when flowers come through the office door. Make her Monday and start her week with flower power.
  • Place your order early for Feb. 14 delivery.
  • Ask the florist to deliver the flowers early in the morning.

Order Flowers Early

  • The earlier you order, the more options you have.
  • Placing your Valentine’s Day floral order early can pay off. Some florists offer discounts for ordering early.
  • If you place your order on Valentine’s Day for same-day delivery, call your florist first thing in the morning to see if they still have delivery options available to help ensure your sweetheart gets flowers at work before her office closes.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day All Weekend

With Valentine’s Day falling on a Tuesday in 2012, it’s a perfect opportunity to celebrate your love all weekend long.

  • Send flowers to your sweetheart at work on Friday, Feb. 10 with a note reading, “Looking forward to a romantic weekend” or “I couldn’t wait to say I Love You.” She’ll be the first to receive Valentine’s Day flowers.
  • Surprise your sweetheart by having flowers delivered to her at home on Saturday, Feb. 11.

Create a Romantic Destination with Flowers

Florists can play an important role in helping romantics be creative. If you can’t actually go to a desired destination, why not create it at home? Flowers can take you places and help you relive fond, romantic memories … whether it be reminiscing about a Caribbean honeymoon, creating a relaxing spa retreat feel, or reliving a wine country getaway – flowers can set the stage for a romantic evening. HAPPY VALENTINES EVERYONE!

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January 27, 2012

Ways to WOW your wedding guests

Try these simple, ways to give your wedding that little something special your guests are sure to never forget!

Reception Ushers

You may already be planning to have your ushers escort guests to their ceremony seats, but consider having reception ushers. These “live escort cards” walk guests to their tables for an upscale restaurant experience. Ask your reception venue or caterer if its waitstaff can do this double duty, or assign a few ushers to the job.

Upgraded Welcome Bags

Make your guests feel like VIPs with welcome bags that go beyond a map and a few snacks. Stuff personalized tote bags with mini bottles of bubbly or a six-pack of a local microbrew, a gift certificate to your favorite local coffee shop and an individual “Welcome!” note from you.

“To-Go” Valet Gifts

Send guests home feeling taken care of by having your valets place small favors or end-of-the-night snacks in guests’ cars before handing over the keys. No valets? Set out baskets of the gifts — such as soft eye masks with notes that say “Sleep tight!” or even hangover kits — for guests to grab on their way out of the reception venue. If you’ve arranged bus or shuttle transportation, have a favor waiting on board for guests.

Note: Hangover kits (if you’re sending guests home on a shuttle) should include Aspirin — not Tylenol — for safe headache-busting

A Bubbly Bar

Make toast time delicious by letting guests customize their champagne. Dishes full of fruit purees, lavender sprigs, citrus twists and flavored ice cubes that can be spooned into glasses of bubbly will make clinking that much more fun.

A Video Confessional Booth

For a fresh twist on the hot photo booth trend, rent a video booth where guests can record a quick on-screen message for you. Ask your videographer to edit some of the best clips into your wedding video. Then, post your other favorite video “confessions” on your wedding website and encourage guests to check them out in your thank-you notes.

January 24, 2012

Bride’s Choice award 2012! Our third year running…

{Philadelphia,PA} – January 24, 2012 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding Marketplace, is excited to announce Carl Alan Floral Design LTD has been selected to receive the prestigious WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2012 for Flowers & Decor!
The esteemed annual awards program recognizes the top local wedding vendors from the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism within the wedding industry. While many industry awards are selected by the organization, Carl Alan Floral Design LTD was selected based on its stellar reviews from past newlywed clients.

Carl Alan Floral Design LTD is recognized as part of the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire local vendor community, comprised of over 200,000 wedding professionals throughout the United States and Canada. The Bride’s Choice Award recognizes the best local wedding vendors across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their overall professional achievements throughout the past year.

“WeddingWire is thrilled to honor the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Community,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “Since the launch of the Bride’s Choice Awards™ program four years ago, thousands of outstanding wedding professionals have been recognized by the bridal community for their supreme service and dedication to the wedding industry. It is with great pleasure that we congratulate Carl Alan Floral Design LTD for their continued professionalism and commitment to enriching the wedding planning experience for engaged couples.”

We are happy to announce that Carl Alan Floral Design LTD is one of the very best Flowers & Decor within the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding planning sites WeddingWire, Project Wedding,, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. Thanks to their positive feedback we were able to receive the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ for 2012.

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January 20, 2012

I do… but can we afford to??

Meaningful Ways to Add to the Celebration, and Still Cut Costs:

1. Have a clear idea of what you want to. This will help you say no to the upsell of items that would put you over budget.

2. Enlist help or use your own DIY talents. Everyone has a friend, family member, co-worker, friend of a friend who does something. Start asking around, invitations, flowers, catering, etc. Even in the age of the internet, word of mouth is still how Carl Alan gets a lot of our brides into our door. You might be surprised as to who you know.

3. Learn to say no, politely.  Learning to be polite but firm is one of the greatest cost-cutters and stress-relievers. Having a firm, clear vision of what you want will keep you on track. By the same token, a reputable professional will look for ways to help you achieve your vision without breaking a bank. Carl Alan for example, works with all budgets and will never show you any designs that are out of your price range. To us the worse thing in the workd is when a bride falls in love with something and then realizes she cannot afford it.

4. Talk about your wedding. By sharing some of your ideas with friends, family, co-workers — even those who work in the wedding business — you might discover a great money-saving tip or hear of a great new DIY idea.

5. Avoid the overhead. Look for wedding vendors who run a “side” business or work from home. For example, one of our brides used a photojournalist who also shot weddings (after all, why pay for a wedding photographer who shoots “photojournalist style” when you can have the real thing?).

6. Avoid stores with “bridal” in the name whenever possible. This was a very valuable lesson.  To a lot of people, the word “bridal” becomes synonymous with “markup”. I have one friend who wanted to rent out this pavilion in the poconos for her wedding. Their website said you could rent the entire thing for a whole day for $100. When she called and said she was using it for a small wedding, the gentleman told her that the $100 a day fee was only for small parties and family reunions and told her it would be $1200! While still inexpesive for a wedding venue, that is a HUGE mark up.

7. Be original. Sometimes saving money can be as simple as celebrating your individuality or taking into account unique attributes of your venue. Instead of a guestbook full of names that might be meaningless in 50 years, why not take a huge panoramic shot of everyone in your wedding. Pictures always speak louder than words to me.

8. A word about the honeymoon. Avoid booking the honeymoon package at major resorts. You’ll often save hundreds — even thousands — of dollars. While many couples opt for “all-inclusive” deals, take a look at what you’re really getting. Will you really drink and eat enough to make it worth it? What if you want to travel off the resort? You’ll only be adding costs. Is that bottle of champagne on the sunset cruise really worth the extra $150 you might spend? Compare costs and see whether being in the “honeymoon” class will really save you money — or cost more. For some brides, being “honeymooners” would mean spending extra $$$$$, so more and more couples are deciding to go as regular vacationers and purchase the cushy add-ons as wanted . You can still have a romantic honeymoon — and not spend one minute worrying about money. And what’s better than choosing what’s right for the two of you — and starting your married life without worry?

January 20, 2012

4 Things every DIY bride should consider

Know what you want.
Communication between you and your fiancé is essential. If you want a smaller wedding for 80-100 guests; and your fiance wanted everyone in his large family included — find a way to compromise. Once you determine the number of guests, we moved on to our respective visions of the perfect day. Immediately, we agreed on a number of things: the season (autumn), the location (outdoor), and the colors we wanted to use (burgundy, green and ivory). This gave us a starting point that would allow us to plan and stick to our vision as we did our initial research and later met with vendors.

Research, research, research.
A well-researched couple is one that can more easily stick to their original vision and budget and, in the end, gets the most for their money. The Internet can be an invaluable tool for getting an idea of what things cost. Keep in mind, research is probably the most time consuming part of any wedding, and if you don’t have time to do it all.. hire a planner, or enlist your bridesmaids to do it for you for free!

Create your budget.
A lot of our brides tell us they have no idea how much a wedding costs. Check out our previous blog post on how to calculate the cost of your wedding, Then, comparison shop. Some of the research you’ve already done will help you make some decisions. Once you know what kind of budget you’re working with, you can use some of that information to eliminate vendors that might be inflexible or out of your range. Now you can get serious about choosing whom you want to work with. Keep in mind, things tend to add up very quickly. And while having an entirely DIY wedding might seem like it will save you thousands, all the little extras can add up to a significant sum. How do you avoid going overboard? For a DIY bride, keep track of every dollar you spend.

Don’t make final decisions about vendors until you’ve selected a date and a venue. Word of warning: venues can often book a year in advance, but don’t let a feeling of desperation result in additional fees or paying more than you budgeted. Look for a venue that fits your budget and is meaningful — and widen your idea of what the perfect venue might be. It doesn’t have to be a church and an expensive reception hall, a meaningful ceremony and memorable celebration can just as easily take place at a historic site, a museum — even a friend’s backyard!

January 16, 2012

Tea Time!

Recently, we had the opportunity to design some truly unique centerpieces for a Sweet 16 Party at the Union League of Philadelphia. Several different textures and styles are showcased in this work, and we were so happy to have made the birthday girl smile :-)

December 26, 2011

Happy New Year!

New Year’s Eve is the party of the year, and what better way to start the New Year off right than to get married! Couples who choose to tie the knot on December 31 may want to consider a formal theme when planning their special event.

If you are planning to end the year on a high note by getting married, consider holding a black tie event. The decor you choose for the venue should reflect this theme. You could choose gold and black as the main colors for the wedding, and your table linens and napkins can reflect this choice.

If you want to make your centerpieces truly memorable for your guests, consider placing ostrich feather arrangements on the tables. Available in white and a selection of colors, they bring an element of glamour to the wedding reception.

When you are making plans for your New Year’s Eve wedding, don’t forget to include wedding sparklers. At this special time when the focus is on hope for the new year ahead, adding sparklers to light up the night is a lovely way to help the bride and groom get their new lives together off to a bright and hopeful start.

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