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Corsage - Boutonniere 101
By Jackie, May 27, 2017

Pinning a boutonniere or corsage...seems like a simple task. But try doing it and you may find out that it's not as easy as it looks!!  The special day is here, you're excited, maybe nervous or jittery.  You have the flower and pin in hand. Now, how do you pin it on? Here are some tips on this particularly delicate issue, broken into a few simple steps. 

Traditionally, the corsage and boutonniere are pinned on opposite sides, so they don’t touch each other when dancing. The boutonniere is traditionally pinned over a man's left lapel, and the corsage is placed on the right side of a dress. Many women young and older choose to wear their corsage on their wrist.  In which case, the corsage comes with an elasticized bracelet (universal size) that is just slipped on the wrist.  Very Easy!

1. Hold the flower arrangement by its stem. The flower is at the top and the stem is at the bottom. Have the flower facing away from the person and toward you.

2. For a boutonniere, place it so that the flower is on (or just below) the broadest part of the lapel. Start with the pin under the lapel, and push the point through the fabric, then through the stem of the boutonniere and back under the lapel on the other side.  This provides a sleek look without the pin showing.  For a demonstration watch:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzCaRzGwM4E&feature=related

3. A corsage should be placed lightly onto the surface of the dress and angled slightly to the outside shoulder.  It may be pinned on a dress strap or over the bust. Floral trade website Elegance in Bloom says that the optimal corsage placement "is an average of about 4 inches in from the tip of the left shoulder."

Push the pin through the fabric on the left side of the stem (i.e. your right).  Bring the pin back out of the fabric and through the stem. Secure the corsage by dipping the end of the pin back into the fabric, and out again so that the tip of the pin remains on the outside of the fabric.  For a demonstration watch:

http://video.about.com/prom/How-to-Pin-a-Corsage-for-Prom.htm

 

We hope these are helpful tips. Now you're ready to have a good time!

Fleurifik on Pinterest!
By Jackie, April 12, 2016

Ok so, Fleurifik now has a Pinterest Page.  Yay… break out the bottle of champagne!! Our
virtual bulletin board is set up and we invite you to have a look. 

There is a reason why so many people are on Pinterest.  It’s an amazing tool to discover and organize
new and creative ideas/images etc. onto thematic boards.

In our line of work, a picture paints a thousand words.
Many people really feel more comfortable when there is an image they can look
at and say “Yes! That’s exactly what I’m looking for!”  Sometimes the spoken word just doesn’t cut it
when it comes to describing the perfect centerpiece, vase arrangement or
boutonniere!

Our page already has an array of floral ideas/images of weddings,
boutonnieres and corsages, bouquets and more but like any other social media
project it is a ‘work in progress’.  The Fleurifik
curators (a.k.a Mary Ann & Jackie) plan on continuously pinning new ideas,
themes, etc.  The emphasis on Pinterest
is discovery so our aim is to showcase our own floral work but also present ideas
and content from other websites.

Here is a link to our Pinterest page:   https://www.pinterest.com/fleurifik/

Weddings, weddings.....
By Jackie, May 28, 2015

We are in Wedding season...and at Fleurifik, we've been very busy!! 

Choosing flowers for a wedding  starts with a wedding consulation with the florist.

We usually meet with the bride and sometimes she is accompanied by her mom, her fiance, or a friend.  It's helpful when the bride brings in photos of any flower ideas she has already seen.  These photos help to give us an idea of the style or look that is trying to be achieved for the wedding day.

During the consultation we will discuss your likes and dislikes and help you make the best possible decisions to reflect your personalities and unique style.  We'll be able to help you select flowers for your bouquets, boutonnieres/corsages, table centers, arrangements, etc.

Just like the bride and groom, the flowers will be in the wedding photographs  forever! Call us to make an appointment to discuss your floral needs for your wedding day.

Jackie and Mary Ann Lecomte

514/ 694-4620

Like us on FACEBOOK
By Jackie, September 16, 2013

We've updated our facebook page.  Please go take a look and "LIKE" us.

Click on the following link:

https://www.facebook.com/fleurifik

Valentine Day ordering tips
By Jackie, February 2, 2013

Order early to avoid disappointment!  Last year we sold out of many flowers before the day was over and therefore some of our shoppers had to make other choices.  Also, a last minute call to the florist on Valentine’s Day for a rush order is not a good idea as it is very busy from early morning until the end of the day.  We will not take your order unless we can be sure that it can be delivered on the day you requested. 

Be careful when ordering on the internet as many online florists are not real florists.  Their website may portray themselves as a full-service florist but most likely it is a call centre with untrained staff who will take your order with no guarantee for delivering on time.  Our delivery service happens to deliver for a large national online-only florist and was still delivering Valentine’s Day flowers on February 16th last year.  .

The internet is very useful to locate a florist, however we recommend the following tips in determining whether it’s a real florist or not.  First, perform a Google search with the florist’s name followed by complaints e.g. Pink Blossom complaints.  This will indicate immediately if a company already has a bad reputation and you can avoid being their next victim.  Next, search within the florist’s website to see if they are really a “brick and mortar” shop.  Look at the “About us” page to see if there is a description of the owners or actual pictures or videos of the shop. 

We also recommend calling the florist directly (many have toll free numbers if you’re out of town). They should be able to tell you what they have in their store that will fit your budget, as opposed to ordering a picture of something that may not be available at that time of year. Also, sending an email with some order details and then a follow up call is an efficient use of yours and the florists’ time.

Beware of gimmicks and free offers.  Remember there’s no such thing as a free lunch!  Online florists will often try to get your order by offering free shipping; however the price for delivery is either built into the price or is collected in the form of a service charge at the checkout.  In the end, your order has to be delivered in a car or truck that requires gas and a person to drive!

There seems to be a misconception that retail florists charge more, however we compared our prices to national competitors’ prices and found our prices to be the same or less.  So, before you place your order with them call us to compare, you may be pleasantly surprised.  Our goal here is to educate and raise awareness about some misconceptions in our industry.  Hopefully this has been helpful!

The 2012 color of the year
By Jackie, January 6, 2012


Dance into the New Year with this Vivacious and Appealing Reddish Orange

Every year the PANTONE  Color Institute®. introduces a new color of the year. For 2012,  it is: PANTONE 18-2120 Tangerine Tango, a
spirited reddish orange -  a color that will provide the energy boost we need
to recharge and move forward.

“Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine
Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it,” said Leatrice Eiseman,
executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Reminiscent of the
radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness
and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow,
to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”

Over the past several years, orange has grown in popularity and
acceptance among designers and consumers alike. A provocative
attention-getting color -  Tangerine Tango will surely carry through to
fall fashion as well.

A winner in cosmetics because of its versatility, Tangerine Tango is a
bit exotic, but in a very friendly, non-threatening way.

Be adventurous...go for Tangerine Tango.

Summer, Autumn...
By Jackie, August 23, 2011

We don't really want to admit it but...the summer is winding down. It's that time of year when it's starting to feel like autumn but it's technically still summer.  Which flower to choose for your bouquet??  We thought we'd showcase the following combination of flowers which suit both these seasons.

This arrangement has beautiful sunflowers (very summery); solidago, red hypericum and salal (autumnal colors)... the best of both worlds!

School's out!!
By Jackie, June 19, 2011

Summer's almost here!!!

Congratulations to all those who are graduating.  You've reached a
great milestone in your life.  May all your hard work and dedication pay
off for a bright future.

It's also prom time...come see us for your corsages and boutonnieres.

Mother's Day
By Jackie, May 4, 2011

Sunday, May 8th is Mother's Day.  Remember your mom with a beautiful bouquet of flowers, or an arrangment of flowers in a vase/basket.  It's the best  way to say "I love you!!"  We'll also have plants available for mom...azaleas, calla lilies, rose bushes, etc.  Come in, call or send us an email with your order. We'd love to hear from you.

Easter
By Jackie, April 14, 2011

Sunday, April 24th is Easter and we will be open!.  There will be plenty of beautiful potted plants available such as Tulips, Daffodils, Begonias and many more.  Fresh cut flowers and arrangements as always will be available.