When you walk into the florist to choose your wedding flowers, you are bombarded with bursts of colors, textures and scents. Picking the right ones can be difficult because there are so many different varieties to choose from. The best way to narrow down your selection right from the start is to choose only seasonal flowers for your wedding arrangements.
But, won’t this really limit you? Actually, there are so many signature flowers for each season that you still might have a hard time narrowing it down. But, it is a place to start and a great idea.
One of the main reasons seasonal flowers are the way to go is that they are in abundance during that time of the year. Because they are so plentiful, their price will be nicer. Flowers for the wedding often end up being one of the most expensive aspects of the event. You can cut your cost a bit by choosing seasonal ones that florists can easily get their hands on.
Also, seasonal flowers will look better. They will be more vibrant and colorful during their natural season than if they had come out of a hothouse.
Another good reason to go with seasonal flowers is that their colors and textures tend to match their seasons. This is a plus because most weddings are planned around a seasonal type theme and use colors that say fall or spring.
Some flowers are available year around. The rose, gerber daisy and some lily and orchid varieties are readily available at the florist. Here are some of the common varieties available seasonally that make great centerpieces or bouquets:
* Summer-This is the roses natural season, though it can be found all year long. It is a traditional centerpiece for wedding arrangements, but there are many other options to create unique and beautiful pieces. Gladiolas, snapdragons, irises, calla lilies and blue delphinium are also available this time of year.
* Fall-Chrysanthemums, dahlias and hydrangeas make wonderful accessories to a fall wedding. During this time of year, it is also popular to add fruits and vegetables to the arrangements. Pumpkins, crab apples and even cabbage are used to add texture and color to the floral arrangements.
* Winter-Winter is another time to experiment with different plants. Mix some holly or ivy in with cymbidium orchids, tulips or gerber daisy for a more holiday theme event. Poinsettias also make a nice colorful accessory.
* Spring-Tulips have reached the height of their season in the spring and really add some life to a table or to a bouquet. Peonies, hyacinth, lily of the valley and gerber daisies are other popular flowers used for spring.
The important thing is to have fun and create something that reflects who you are as a couple. The florist will show you ideas for flower and color combination’s, but she welcomes your ideas as well.
This is your wedding day and you want it to be perfect. Using seasonal flowers as decoration is a great way add life and color to your wedding day.
Follow The Right Diet Plan For Your Body
Anyone can lose weight if they are committed to doing so, but it's made so much easier if you are aware of effective strategies on losing weight safely and for the long-term. There are many ways to lose weight, but it's important to do so in a way that is easy for you to stick with. Here are some canny tips that we are sure will be invaluable to you.
Drinking water is essential to losing weight and becoming healthy, but it's hard to drink enough each day. Carry a water bottle, either disposable or refillable, with you every where you go and you can take a sip of water whenever you feel thirsty or feel the first pangs of hunger.
You can consume less calories, and lose more weight, if you take the time to cut up your food. Portion control is difficult for most people, so take a food that contains a large amount of calories (like chocolate) and cut it into smaller portions. You can still eat what you like, but by only consuming a small amount of the food, you will not gain as much weight.
If you're having trouble losing weight, try using some fitness DVDs to give you a structured weight loss routine. Jillian Michaels has some great, proven DVDs that with a little work each day, can have you achieving your dream body in only a few weeks. If you can't afford a fitness DVD try following some fitness videos on YouTube.
Make sure you are getting some exercise while you are on your diet plan. Exercise in any form is great for helping you to lose those excess pounds. You don't have to have a gym membership to workout either. You can run, do sit ups and push ups and that will help you in your weight loss efforts. Walking is also another great way to help you lose weight. Try and stay active, get your body in motion to lose the weight.
Work out for weight loss by not working out. A lot of people freeze and give up when they realize that for true sustained weight loss you need to start exercising. Trick your brain into going along with your exercise by not calling it that. Stay away from the gym and get your "work out" in by washing your car, riding a bike, going on a hike, or any of a million other activities that are exercise without being "exercise".
Stay away from foods that you have trouble stopping at one serving. If you cannot stop eating chips then you should not buy a bag and try to eat one serving. Most likely you will give into temptation. Buy something else that is crunchy but is lower in fat and calories.
Dining out presents a challenge for people trying to lose weight. Even with more healthy options available, restaurant portion sizes are still far too large. One incredibly simple way to control what you're eating is to order your dinner, and ask the server to box half of it up when they bring it to the table. You'll be eating half as much food right off the bat, and can bring home the rest for another meal.
Red pepper flakes are wonderful to use when trying to lose weight. If you eat them early on in the day, it will actually help you to lower the amount of food you eat. You can put some on eggs for breakfast, or use them anyway you would like to.
If you are a potato chip lover like so many of us are, these can really hurt your diet. Try baking some apples instead. The baked apples will give you that crunch that a potato chip will, but offer you the nutrition of eating an apple. Finding healthy alternatives to your favorite foods will boost your weight loss.
There is some very useful advice there, and some of it may even be new to you. What's important however, is to give it time. None of these tips will give you quick results, nor should you want them to. Putting the weight on took a long time, and losing it over a long period is a safer, and more realistic way to go about it. When you don't see results it can be difficult to keep going on the weight loss journey, but if you have committed yourself to accomplishing your weight loss goal, you are unstoppable.