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Making of Mother’s Day: Charmed Cube arrangement

It’s Mother’s Day, but many days go into making it a truly special occasion.

Our central design department in Lebanon is handcrafting thousands of arrangements across eight days in order to help meet the needs of our stores.

Below are photos of one team making our Charmed Cube arrangement. It comprises a four-inch raspberry-colored cube; hot pink carnations; pink mini-carnations; lavender daisy pompons; lavender button pompons; and babies breath.

Think Mom would like it? You can click here to send her one.

We’ll make your wedding day: flowers customized to your vision and budget

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The HGTV series “Property Brothers” always starts with a couple oohing and ahhing over a gorgeous home that, ultimately, they can’t afford.

Never fear, the twin-brother hosts help the couple find a fixer-upper that affordably mimics their dream home.

That dynamic is not unlike what we encounter with some prospective brides who come to us with photos of gorgeous photos they’ve found online, such as on Pinterest. Sometimes the flowers in those photos are more expensive than a wedding budget will allow.

Erica Bixby, store manager for us in Hershey, cited the example of a bride who fancies peonies.

“Well, they’re available in the spring, but in the winter you’re going to pay five times the amount for them,” Erica explained. “But there are flowers that we could get in that could create that look.”

Peonies in the winter might run $25 per stem. As an alternative, she suggested polo roses, which open like peonies.

“It’s very pretty, and it’s more affordable,” she said.

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‘CREATING THAT VISION’

Erica and the rest of Royer’s wedding designers can customize a wedding plan that captures the bride’s vision but also falls within her budget.

“You can have centerpieces and bouquets and boutonnieres and everything you need, but sometimes your vision might be $20,000,” Erica said. “Well, I can create that vision for you for less.”

Royer’s has more than 30 designers and store managers trained in weddings, many of them with 25 or more years of experience. In a single year, we’ll serve more than 500 brides, big wedding (photos above and video below) or small, start to finish.

We offer wedding packages, but we also do lots of custom work. For instance, Beth Ruf, wedding designer at our Lancaster North store, helped bride-to-be Valerie Beyer with her “Alice in Wonderland” theme.

FREE CONSULTATION

Royer’s wedding consultations are free.

Erica said most wedding work begins with a phone call. She will ask the bride-to-be a series of questions: name, wedding date, venue, vision. If the future bride has pictures that capture her vision, she can email them to Erica ahead of their consultation or bring them to the appointment.

Erica also keeps her own book of ideas. She sets aside an hour for each consultation and recommends three months for planning purposes; flowers are ordered one month prior to wedding day.

“Everything should be finalized a month before your wedding,” she said, “but three months gives us enough time if you want anything out of the ordinary.”

Whether it’s Erica and Stephanie Allen in Hershey, Beth Ruf at Lancaster North, or a wedding consultant at any of our other stores, you can find contact information for them here.

Our wedding consultants are always happy to answer any questions that brides may have. 

Previewing prom season on Fox 43

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Erica Bixby, our store manager in Hershey, brought along a prom primer for her latest appearance on Fox 43 Morning News.

Joining Melanie Orlins of Fox 43, Erica said “bling is in” for this prom season.

Erica shared an array of bracelet options to which a corsage can be attached.

“These are great keepsakes,” Erica said of the bracelets. She suggested rhinestones and ribbons as nice complements to the bracelets.

As for flowers, orchids and roses are traditional favorites; this year, succulents are popular.

“It’s always best to complement” when it comes to flower colors for corsages and boutonnieres, Erica said. “Sometimes people will get held up trying to match exactly. It always looks nice when you have a contrast or a little bit of color against the dress. And it makes the pictures look really nice, too.”

You can view the segment here:

Magnetic ceramic pot + hardy plant = minimal care

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Talk about having magnetic personality.

LiveTrends Design Group has come out with what the Florida-based company calls “magnetic living art,” pairing non-scratching magnetic ceramic pots with hardy plants that require minimal care.

“Water once a month and display anywhere,” according to LiveTrends.

How about sticking one on your refrigerator at home or on a filing cabinet at work?

A pot would make a great Administrative Professionals Day gift or end-of-school year present for a teacher or bus driver. Plenty of customers are buying pots for themselves, which is OK, too.

The pots (each one fits in your hand) come in multiple colors with one of two plant families: succulents or bromiliads. They retail for $8.99 each and are available in all of our stores.

LiveTrends has only been around for a few years. Bisser Georgiev started the company after 20 years with Hermann Engelmann Greenhouses, a leader in the indoor houseplant industry.

Of his new venture, Georgiev said: “I want to see it as a playground more than just a company.”

Who wouldn’t want to play with one of these fun magnetic pots?

Valerie’s wedding ‘Wonderland’

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Valerie Beyer married Patrick Tully on March 14, 2015. The Lancaster County couple held their wedding and reception at Pheasant Run Farm.

Having just celebrated her first anniversary with Patrick, Valerie spoke with us about the inspiration behind her “Alice in Wonderland” theme and about working with Beth Ruf, wedding designer at our Lancaster North store.

The bouquets comprised orange gerberas, orange alstroemeria, hot-pink roses, hot-pink carnations and lime-green button poms, with ti leaves looped around the outer edges like a collar. Two topiaries adorned the altar. The centerpieces were the main attraction.

What inspired your wedding theme?

Patrick knew I loved “Alice in Wonderland,” so being the creative person he is decided to propose to me with that in mind. The night he proposed, he placed an image on my car windshield of White Rabbit and a clock from the book and a handwritten note: “You’re late, you’re late for a very important date.”

I arrived at Patrick’s parents’ house to find a kitchen side table with lit candles and the “Alice in Wonderland” book on it. There were lights hanging from the wall leading to the basement. As I walked down the stairs and around the corner, there was Patrick on one knee.

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What led you to Royer’s for your flowers?

We stopped in the Royer’s near my parents’ house one day to talk about flower arrangements for my wedding, and they suggested going in town to talk to Beth Ruf because she is super-experienced, creative and passionate. The Lancaster North store was convenient, and Beth’s willingness to set up my flowers was a big plus to relieve some stress on me.

What are your memories of the flowers at your wedding and the reception?

Just extremely beautiful! That is all that comes to mind.

You had roses made from musical note paper. What’s the story behind that?

That was my idea. My husband is a huge music lover, and I just wanted something in my bouquet and his boutonniere to connect the both of us as one.

Can you describe what it was like working with Beth?

Amazing! Perfect! Beth was willing to do whatever to make my special day perfect. There were a few times where I thought I was being a little too picky, but she was willing to make those changes while always keeping the customer (me) in mind.

Photos courtesy of A Reflection by Sherry

 

Making of a Mixed Spring Garden arrangement

‘Freedom’ on the march when it comes to roses

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We’ve all heard the line from Shakespeare: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose/By any other name would smell as sweet.”

Far be it for us to quibble with “The Bard,” but names do matter when it comes to distinguishing among rose breeds. This certainly is the case with our standard red rose, which is anything but standard.

Known as the “Freedom” variety, it has been our primary rose since its 2004 introduction by the rose-breeding experts at Rosen-Tantau in Germany. The pure-red Freedom rose, which is grown in South America and Mexico, is known for being a productive plant that is highly resistant to pests and diseases.

What’s more for consumers, the Freedom rose makes a big impression with its deep color, size (flowers range from 5 to 7 centimeters across), and long vase life.

ROSE PETALS

Some tidbits about roses courtesy of aboutflowers.com:

  • Shakespeare referred to roses more than 50 times in his writings.
  • Napoleon’s wife Josephine grew more than 250 rose varieties.
  • Archeologists discovered fossilized remains of wild roses that were more than 40 million years old.
  • The world’s oldest living rose is 1,000 years old and flourishing on the wall of Hildesheim Cathedral in Germany.
  • The rose hips (the part left on the plant after a rose has finished blooming) contains more Vitamin C than almost any other fruit or vegetable.

Royer’s Kids Club gets head start on Easter with free event March 12

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Royer’s stores will be hoppin’ on March 12. An egg-cellent time is sure to be had by all.

The Royer’s Kids Club is getting a head start on the Easter Bunny with a free event in all Royer’s stores. Children ages 5 to 12 will have an opportunity to make a special Easter arrangement and will receive a balloon.

Time slots are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Registration is required by calling your nearest Royer’s store.

Our proposal: join us Feb. 21 at wedding shows in Mechanicsburg and York

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Here come the brides-to-be — and we’ll be there to greet them Feb. 21 at two area wedding shows.

WINTER WEDDING EXPO
5401 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg

We’ll be among more than 45 vendors from noon to 3 p.m. at this event, hosted by Weddings Harrisburg and Park Inn Harrisburg West, where Royer’s is a preferred floral vendor.

Click here for more event details, including tickets.

BEST WEDDING SHOWCASE
2000 Loucks Road, York

We’ll be at Wyndham Garden York from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Look for our garden theme and free mini-bouquets for prospective brides, while supplies last.

Click here for details and tickets.

Football just had its biggest day, now it’s our turn

Valentine’s Day is to the floral industry what the Super Bowl is to professional football.

But it’s not a perfect analogy because everyone wins when it comes to beautiful flowers, whether you’re on the giving or receiving team.

Our pre-game festivities are in full bloom, as evidenced by these photos from our Lebanon distribution center and central design department.