Friday, February 19, 2010

Too Many Vases In Your Closets?

We are happy to announce that we are starting a Vase Recycling Program!  

It is easy to accumulate too many vases without even knowing how it happens; they are too good to throw away but taking up valuable storage space.  Rose of Sharon has the solution to this problem!!  Simply bring in any vases you don’t want or use and we will do one of the following with them:
-          If they are of a quality that can be re-used by us, we will give you a credit for your next floral purchase.

-          If they cannot be re-used, we will donate them to the Peace at Home Thrift Shop, where proceeds are donated to the battered women’s shelter.

-          If they cannot be re-used or donated, we will take them to the recycling facility.

So when you clean out your closets and cupboards this Spring, give your old vases a new purpose by bringing them in to Rose of Sharon!

Please call us at 479.973.0588 before bringing in your vases.  We are often on location and would hate to miss you.

Thursday, February 11, 2010 Ask The Experts (see our advice below)

Ask the Experts is your weekly chance to get wedding planning advice from a panel of wedding professionals.
If you have a question write the panel at
This week, a bride writes:
Dear Experts,
It’s always looks a little silly to me when the bridesmaids dresses match the tablecloths, which match the centerpieces, which match the groomsmen’s ties, etc. So, I was thinking I just wouldn’t have “wedding colors.” But, whenever I talk about this with my mom and sisters they insist that if I don’t have “colors” everything will look hodge-podge. What are some ideas for making the wedding look unified and together, without making everything “matchy-match.”
From Jeff of Blackbird Images
We photographed a 500-guest wedding at the Congressional Country Club last fall. $100k budget, which typically translates to “matchy-match.” The bride chose color “themes” instead: Bridesmaids dresses with groomsmen’s ties; tablecloths with table settings and lighting; etc. Everything worked as component pieces but didn’t have to match in totality. (She even let her bridesmaids choose different dresses, as long as they were the same color and basic style… since no one style fits everyone.) If you think it’s silly to over-match, don’t! Just give it a little thought… and then move on to making the day yours. You – and your guests – will remember how much fun they it was.. not whether everything was perfectly color-coordinated.
Thea of Rose of Sharon:
A color theme does help unify the event. But that doesn't mean everything has to match exactly. You can pick one or two main colors and a couple of accent colors. The accents can be variations of the main colors or something that compliments the main colors. Another way to have a color theme without being too one-dimensional is to have a seasonal color theme. For example, you might pick 'muted fall tones' giving your burgundy, burnt orange, brown, and golden yellow. Anything that falls within these colors can be used. Or you might go for 'winter whites' and use white, cream, champagne, ivory, an a very pale pink. Color isn't the only way to unify an event, however. You can also pick a theme, such as an wildflowers or fall.
Arti of Zoya Couture:
I couldn't agree more. I think you have the right idea on not trying to go overboard on matching. However, I don't recommend doing away with wedding colors altogether - otherwise you may, accidentally, end up with all of the colors in the rainbow! A very vibrant wedding, but probably not what you have in mind. Instead of 2-3, pick 4-6 colors to maintain flexibility. Start with what you know you must have, and then try adding darker or lighter shades of some of those colors that would still give the palette a sense of harmony.
About our experts:
Arti Anand works with ZOYA Couture, a boutique design and print studio in Washington, D.C. that creates wedding invitations and marketing collateral. The company incorporates work of numerous in-house and freelance designers, offering clients fresh new designs, layouts, and materials.
Thea Daniel, owner of Rose of Sharon Event Florist in Fayeteville, Arkansas, has been designing floral arrangements for events for 15 years.
Jeff Haden is President of BlackBird Images, wedding photographers based in Harrisonburg, VA. Not only is he a well-respected and talented photographer, but has also gained recognition as a ghostwriter.
Thanks to Rose of Sharon Event Florist for providing these photos showing one way to unify without looking too matched!

wildflower bouquets with sunflowers in a yellow, sage green and chocolate brown color scheme
these wildflower centerpieces are featured at a family style table with pink and red accents
* Compiled from OneWed Ask The Experts Article & Blog

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

What's Available: Peonies & Ranunculus

I bookmarked these two blogs last August. . .

What's Available Part I

What's Available Part II

New books available by Rose of Sharon

We have just published two new books.  The first is a collection of wedding designs--great for ideas.

The second is dedicated to sympathy designs.

You can see both here:   
See my published books
as well as other books we've published in the past!