Miami Destination Wedding Guest Activity Ideas

Do you plan to hold your wedding event in Miami but need ideas on activities to spice things up for your guests? Don’t worry, we will give you the scoop on all the hottest Miami attractions. Your guests will snag those instagrammable moments while they count down the days before you say “I Do”! Here is a short Miami bucket list to get them started:

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South Beach Nightlife

The Miami South Beach nightlife scene is famous worldwide. It is a sun-drenched expanse of land great for sight-seeing. During the day, you only get to see the part of the beach that is less noisy with just the stretch of sand, cafes, parks and the beach volleyball. The night brings the art deco neon, flashy cars, rhythmic music, glammed up club-goers, and bars and night clubs of all kinds. At South Beach, you will definitely notice Ocean Drive. It is the major thoroughfare in South Beach. The road starts at South Pointe about a quarter mile west of the Atlantic Ocean. It continues to 15th street and immediately southeast of Lincoln Road, which hosts a pedestrian mall filled with restaurants, shops galleries and different businesses. Ocean Drive is popular for its Art Deco hotels and hot spots such as the famous Colony hotel and the Carlyle hotel. These Art Deco buildings and the array of neon lights define the Miami South Beach. The neon lights are on every corner of the South Beach; the buildings are lighted in neon lights of different colors and creates a gorgeous backdrop against our fabulous sunsets.

Cuban Food

Miami is known for its extraordinary cuisine. You won’t want to miss out on Miami’s signature Cuban dishes prepared in some of the most popular restaurants. A quick search on Yelp reveals some of these popular destinations for Cuban cuisine, which is sure to be exciting for your out-of-town guests:

 

Wynwood Walls

Wynwood Walls has been ranked the number 4 out of 12 things you should do in Miami, more reason why your guests should go there. It was launched during Art Basel in 2009 and has turned into the City’s only outdoor street art park. It features more than 40 murals contributed by different artists and muralists. Wynwood Walls colorful murals are one of the top instagrammable spots in Miami.

Zoo Miami

It is the largest and oldest zoological garden in the state of Florida, formerly named Miami Metro Zoo. See tons of amazing wildlife in large, natural-inspired open habitats. This is a great destination for kids as well as adults. Zoo Miami has plenty of places to rest, restaurants and places for snacks, and lots of great spots to take amazing selfies for your guests to commemorate their Miami destination wedding trip!

Miami Beaches

And of course the most important part of Miami is the beach! You can’t miss Miami Beach on your trip. From the iconic art deco painted lifeguard towers to the miles of white sand, crystal clear blue green water, and blue skies, your guests will be thrilled that you chose Miami for your destination wedding!

 

How to Choose Your Wedding Aesthetic

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You’ve picked the day for your wedding, now conceptualizing all the details begins! You may have things like your favorite colors, or your venue, or even your wedding dressed picked, but how do you tie it all together? A talented Miami wedding event design studio can help you develop your vision, but it might help to have some ideas before you come in to see us.

What is a “wedding aesthetic”?

The term ‘wedding aesthetics’ is a little bit new on the wedding scene, mostly thanks to the continued influence of instagram culture. Your aesthetic for the event is a big picture idea of the style you want to convey. It is the look and feel that you want to create for your guests, wedding pictures, and more and can usually influence everything from your save the dates to your bridal shower and of course your wedding reception. All the individual details such as your wedding centerpieces, table linens, dress/tuxedo, wedding favors and more take style cues from your overall wedding aesthetic. Is it required to plan out something like this? No, definitely not! But some brides have mentioned how it’s helped them in the decision making process. And it’s fun to do!

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You can choose any typical style like classic/traditional, bohemian, rustic, or glamorous. You can also do more specific aesthetics like using something relevant to your cultural or ethic background, or go for a theme like Victorian or Winter Wonderland. The options are endless!

Choosing the wedding aesthetic

In order to choose your aesthetics you have to consider a few things:

1. The venue is important.

Venue plays an important role when you choose your wedding aesthetics. Try to picture your wedding venue’s surroundings, colors, texture. Does it look more beach side cottage or farm house rustic? You can always work everything together using clever design but an antique barn might not be the best fit for a royal glam ballroom style aesthetic.

2. Consider the season.

 In Miami we only really have one season: tropical green! In other parts of the country you may want to consider that January in not the best time for an outdoor ceremony with English garden aesthetic. But in Miami you should still consider the season as far as temperature and rainfall. In the summers it tends to be overcast and rainy on many afternoons, so if a blue sky and bright ocean backdrop is your dream, you may want to pick something outside of the rainy season instead.

3. Assess your personal style as a couple.

Your wedding aesthetics will be extension of your personal style as a couple. so talk with your fiancé and decide together what your wedding day look should be. Are there any colors that they doesn’t like? Compromise is key. Understanding both of your choices will let you finalize the wedding aesthetics together. Once you know these you can discuss matters with your Miami wedding planner. We can always help if you get stuck!

4. Do what makes you happy.

Above all else, do what makes you happy. If you want to have crystal chandeliers hanging from antique barn rafters, or vintage wine barrels decorated with succulents in dramatic ballrooms, then embrace it! The details will tie everything together. It’s your day and you need to do what makes you happiest.

How to find the Wedding Planner who is Right for You

Wedding Planning by Flowers Unveiled.

Wedding Planning by Flowers Unveiled.

You’re engaged! Congratulations! Your first step is going to be share the news with everyone you love. Enjoy the moment, it’s such a rush. But after your engagement you may be left with a lot of questions. Where do you start? There are tons of great lists online to plan your own wedding but if you’re someone who is busy with work, kids, school, social activities etc then you may want to consider hiring a wedding planner to help you design and carry out your event. Especially if you are planning a Miami destination wedding. Wedding planners work along with you to make sure things are successful on your wedding day and that your creative vision is carried out. Here are some tips on how to find the right Miami wedding planner for you:

Consider your personal style

If you can, spend some time envisioning the wedding you want. Browse pinterest, The Knot, consider weddings you’ve been to in the past. Take a few minutes to jot down maybe a few things you know you want and a few things you know you don’t want. Your wedding planner will do an excellent job of helping you with this if you need assistance even with starting your vision, but it may help to have an idea before you start making calls.

Consider also your personal preference for communication. Can you trust your experience event professional to work independently or will you want to be more involved in the day-to-day decision making? Do you prefer talking by text, email, or phone? Do you want someone who will chat with you for a while or do you want someone direct? There are NO wrong answers, it just depends on the style you want in your event coordinator. Keep all your preferred qualities in mind before meeting your prospective wedding planners.

Check out their online presence

Once you have got some references and names, you can start checking out their presence online. While you check their website you will be able check out their aesthetics, performance, designs and how they communicate. Check out their instagram and facebook posts, as well as their reviews online. If you see anything that you question, don’t be afraid to ask your prospective planner about it directly.

Some great places to find Miami wedding planners is on The Knot and Wedding Wire.

Meet personally

If you can, meet with your potential wedding planner in person. Meeting personally is important as this way you can share your ideas and get to know each other’s personality to see if you will be a good fit. There are many more things that needs discussion including the budget - and be prepared with some price ranges for what you’re looking to spend on your wedding before meeting with your planner. They will let you know what you can expect and can help you prioritize where to spend your budget.

Make Your Decision

For some people, making this important decision may be easy and for others it may be a struggle. Since popular wedding dates can sell out quickly, it’s important to communicate openly with your potential wedding planner. Ask them how long you can take to make your decision. They will let you know how long they can hold the date for you. Find the person who fits the right balance of experienced professionalism, understanding your aesthetic and style, and has the right personality to mesh with yours.

Planning a Miami wedding? 4 things you need to know.

Miami FL is a popular place for destination weddings because of the beautiful weather and even more beautiful Miami wedding venues. The total number of weddings in Miami was over 24,000 in 2018 alone! Engaged couples who want a unique and spectacular with a tropical feel without worrying about the need for a passport should look no further than a South Florida wedding. So what are some things to keep in mind before picking your Miami destination wedding spot? Here are 4 tips for your Miami Destination Wedding!

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Event decor rental by Flowers Unveiled

Event decor rental by Flowers Unveiled

1.     South Florida is more than just Miami

If you’ve got your heart set on a South Beach hotel but it’s reserved already, consider broadening your search.

Miami is just one of what makes up a Tri-County area, compromised of Miami, Broward, and Palm Beach and they all share the same fantastic coastline.

The Florida Keys are just a short day trip as well from almost anywhere in Southeast Florida. Cities like Ft. Lauderdale, Hollywood, and Boca Raton have many gorgeous wedding venues for you to explore.

2.     Weather in Miami

As you probably know, Miami has a semi-tropical system with hot, humid summers and mild but short winters. The city’s wet season falls between May to mid-October with the temperature within the period ranging from the mid 80s to the high 90s. Air conditioning is standard everywhere though so don’t worry.

If you want to avoid the showers and the heat this period, then you have to opt for a wedding date between November and March. If you want a wedding on a classically tropical day , you should consider March through May. Don’t be discouraged by the rain though. Most people in the area don’t even carry umbrellas. Rain storms are usually short, and the beach is still beautiful even on an overcast day.

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Miami Wedding Florist and Design Studio Flowers Unveiled

3.     Public Transportation is Limited

If you’re from a city with a robust public transportation system, South Florida may seem like a disappointment in comparison, but we do have some great options like buses, trolleys, and Tri-Rail and they are overall clean and run on schedule. However, there is no denying that the best way for your out of town wedding guests to get around South Florida is by renting a car or calling an Uber, Lyft, or a taxi.

The nice thing about South Florida is that traffic is rarely backed up for long on the highways, except during evening and morning rush hour. Paid toll roads free up a lot of congestion and are not that expensive. One of the benefits of driving instead of using public transportation is that there are ample parking lots around the city. Almost everywhere your guests go will have plenty of parking spots.

4.     Miami is a Melting Pot of Culture and Lifestyle

Miami is know for it’s amazing influence of Latin and Island culture, but its a melting pot of many fantastic people. There is a huge variety of restaurants, night clubs, sporting events, and live shows available. In the same night you can enjoy Salsa on South Beach and Country Line Dancing in Davie. There are fantastic exhibits, museums, and attractions that are family friendly as well. From Zoo Miami to The Museum of Discovery and Science, there are great places throughout the Tri-County area for all of your wedding guests. Make sure to hit up Yelp to and Google Maps for the best insight.



And that’s a pretty good start for planning your Miami wedding! The next step is to hire an amazing Miami Wedding Planner. They will help you navigate all the steps needed for a destination wedding in South Florida.

Tale as Old as Time: A Romantic Biltmore Miami Wedding for your Valentine's Day Aesthetic

We absolutely loved designing this Beauty and the Beast inspired wedding for Paola and Alex! A South Florida wedding venue, The Biltmore in Miami FL is one that conjures images of luxury and traditional elegance. Paola and Alex’s vision of a romantic red and gold wedding palette was a perfect fit.

Flowers Unveiled designed these lustrous, ornate wedding centerpieces without our trademark creative and innovative flair. Photography provided by Dolce Photography, thank you so much! Our favorite shots are below!

Avoid these Wedding Flower Struggles

Your wedding is a great time to showcase your personality as a couple, and the right wedding aesthetic is a great way to do that. But it’s important to avoid unnecessary stress when working on your wedding flowers. Choosing the right flowers and ensuring the perfect floral arrangement can be tricky without the help of an expert florist. Make designing your wedding fun and avoid anxiety by taking these simple steps:

Be honest and open about your expectations

It is important to be open and honest with your florist not just about the type of floral arrangements you envision but your desired price point as well. A good florist will tell you right away if your expectations are unrealistic, but a great one will be able to suggest alternative ways to create the same aesthetic for your wedding décor that matches up with your price point, location, and wedding date.

Don’t fixate on a particular design; instead, use it for inspiration

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Pinterest and Instagram are full of AMAZING inspiration for brides and grooms, but they only tell part of the story. Frequently those viral images don’t share what types of flowers are in those wedding arrangements, what time of year they are in season, or the cost. Some designs may look great in a daytime wedding in an airy repurposed barn, but may not translate well into your indoor nighttime formal ballroom. Instead of focusing on creating a perfect copy of what you’ve pinned or saved online, focus on what you like about the wedding décor. Do you like the colors? Textures? Shape? Little details? Spend some time studying the designs so that when you show the inspiration pics to us, we can design something that’s both unique and honors the wedding aesthetic you’ve curated.

Be open to color options

Some couples may want to use only a single color of flowers, or they will think they could NEVER want to use ivory instead of white, or add any greenery to their bouquets. While it’s fantastic to know what you want, you might want to be open-minded to what an experienced floral designer suggests. Sometimes an unexpected pop of color may bring a lot of visual interest to your décor. Even if you can’t picture it now, there may be something amazing your florist has in mind!

Have a budget range in mind rather than a fixed price

Most design studios will be honest with you about their prices, and it helps if you are open to budget suggestions. Be prepared to discuss what you’d like to spend. Most wedding vendors have costs that have to be covered, such as delivery and set-up fees, taxes, and more. Be prepared to include those necessary expenses in your price point. Many wedding vendors are very experienced and helpful with brides and will suggest ways to achieve the look and effect you want within your communicated price range.

Reserve your florist early

Don’t wait until the last minute to reserve your florist, especially if your wedding date is during the peak months for Miami weddings. Certain weekends tend to be more popular than others and dates can fill quickly. You may also have your heart set on a particular flower only to find out it’s not available for the wedding date you’ve picked! Talk to your florist early and we can help you with some of these decisions and design expectations. The months before the wedding should be spent celebrating with friends and family, so if you reserve your vendors early you’ll have plenty of time to relax and enjoy your engagement!

 

How to Pick the Perfect Flowers for your Miami Summer Wedding

Summer is a surprisingly wonderful time for Miami weddings. The weather may be warm but South Florida wedding venues are frequently indoors, or offer cooling options for your guests’ comfort. And you can’t beat the variety of summer wedding flowers for your reception centerpieces and ceremony decor. Summer is the season of colorful blooming flowers and choosing the right flowers will make the wedding decorations stand out and withstand the South Florida climate.

Tips for Choosing the Best Summer Wedding Flowers

Choosing the perfect flowers for summer wedding in Miami can be tricky. Some of the important considerations for the same are as follows:

Select Local Flowers

The most logical thing to do is choosing flowers native to South Florida or the tropics. These flowers will be better suited to the local climate and can tolerate the hot temperature. Exotic or out of season flowers can work just fine when you work with an expert florist, but the cost may be higher or more care may be needed to keep the flowers looking their best.

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Choose Hardy, Long Lasting Blossoms

For summer weddings, flowers which will last longer should be selected. Flowers which bloom in summer should be selected as they will remain fresh for longer. Flowers like roses, orchids, dahlias, sunflowers, calla lilies etc. are the best choice of flowers for summer weddings. On the other hand, more delicate and out of season flowers like peonies, tulips, and daffodils will require more consideration to keep them stable in warm, humid settings.

Keep the Flowers Cool

Wedding floral centerpieces should be kept cool for as long as possible before the wedding. When you work with a professional florist you won’t have to worry about this. However, if you are accenting any of your décor with DIY efforts, keep in mind that climate control is necessary. You won’t be able to leave flowers out in the heat or direct sunlight the day before the wedding in South Florida in the summer.

Select Bold Colors

Summer is the perfect time to select bold, Miami-inspired tropical colored flowers. Couples can opt for colors like hot fuchsia, magenta, pink, yellow, orange, etc for the floral arrangements.


Hire an Amazing Miami Florist

It is highly recommended to hire a professional and experienced florist for making the wedding arrangements. Florists are experts in their field and they can get the best floral arrangements done and free up the couples for taking care of other important works. Florists can also get the best deals for the couples. Flowers Unveiled is a Best of the Knot Hall of Fame inductee because of our attention to detail, creative vision, and customer service. Call us today if you are looking for wedding flowers from an award-winning Miami florist!

We need to talk about 2019 wedding flower trends

Each year new event floral trends emerge, and there is always some unexpected twist. Take cake pops as an example. What started off as a mistake (seriously, look up the origin of cake pops!) turned into a huge hit at special events, even showing up in centerpieces! And after two decades of gold being considered “traditional” at best and “dated” at worst, gold has been the hottest request for several years now.

But 2019? That is something we REALLY need to talk about!

2019 is about muted bright colors

Oh, that makes no sense? We would have agreed with you, BUT! Here’s the thing! When you think of pastels you usually think of blush pink and ivory and pale yellow. However what we’re seeing in 2019 wedding flowers is pairing bright colors with their pale, muted counterparts. Imagine seeing plum and burgundy next to pale blues and purples. Vivid greens next to pale sage. Color contrast is forecast to be a big hit for 2019 wedding couples.

Here are a few other expected trends in wedding centerpieces for 2019:

1. Tailored greenery for centerpieces

In years past when you thought of greenery in centerpieces, trailing ivy and wildflower inspired bursts of greenery come to mind. This trend passed, with tight, neat symmetry becoming the norm for several years. Now in 2019 we see the desire for a return to nature reflected in bouquets and centerpieces. However, instead of formless profusions of wild greenery trailing all over, we’re seeing thoughtful placement of tailored greenery accents. Unusual accents like ornate succulents, delicate Honey Bracelet accents, and muted Dusty Miller greenery add that natural touch in a structured way.

2. Peonies are still on top

Ah, those ruffly, luxurious peonies! Who doesn’t love these large, delicate blossoms with their fluffy layers of romantic petals. A little goes a long way with these showy blossoms, especially since they are readily available in the US only in the late Spring/early Summer. Pair these blush pastels with pops of brighter tones for a 2019 kick.

3. Glossy and matte mixes are a hit

Just as mixed metals are still going strong in late 2018, you will start seeing a blend of different textures in 2019 wedding flower trends. Pair glossy greenery and blossoms with muted, matte counterparts to achieve that eclectic textured look. Keep everything in the same color temperature family to avoid overloading your design with too many different contrasts!

4. FTDI’s Hanami will stay alive

FTDI’s leading professional florists saw the rise of Hanami in 2018 and their forecasts tell them it will stay alive. Signified by the colors maroon, hunter green, carnation red, coral, peony, and pacific blue, Hanami will be translated into bold statements, gold and champagne overlay, and detailed elements among other things. The flowers used will be anything from peony to willow eucalyptus – as long as the colors lie in the spectrum stated above.

5. Gold accents are going strong

The likes of Sir Botanical and Pom & Splendour are more into painting leaves and flowers with gold. A number of their clients have liked that idea and sensing this, we think such trends would make their way to the next year as well. Certain leaves and blossoms can be sprayed or dipped in gold to give your wedding flowers gold accents. Not every type of flower can hold up to this treatment, but a lot of beautiful options are available to get this luxurious treatment.


Wedding trends in the US will not be the same, mind you. We’ve done our best to give you a head start, but don’t stop here. Look for what your eyes and heart find comfort in. After all, only that way we’ll be happy with our choice.

Top 8 Most Popular Rose Colors in the US

Trying to pick the right color rose for your floral centerpieces? 35 million years old and still ravishing, to many flower enthusiasts roses are the most exquisite creation of nature. There are over 150 million species of roses worldwide, each with a unique color. But no matter what color they are, they will always smell like heaven! But which colors are most popular?

In the US, almost every color of roses is found and owing to the trends of wedding floral designs, some florists are even painting them with gold accents.

Besides providing us with a visual treat, roses tell tales of human emotions that have been associated with them for a long time. Finding which color rose color is right for your event will mean examining each one of the 8 most popular rose colors!

1. Peach color

Peach colored roses are symbols of humbleness and simplicity. Some of the peach colored rose varieties in the US are Sunset Beauty, which is a climbing rose, Renaissance (David-Austen Roses), Flower Carpet Coral (Groundcover Roses), and Buff Beauty (Hybrid Musk Roses). Peach is a warm colored variation of pink and pairs well with other warm colors, or let the orange/yellow tones provide a surprising pop against blue and purple, which are complementary colors.

2. White roses

The white color is a symbol of piousness. According to some sources, it also signifies the beginning of every creation. Catherine Mermet (Tea Roses), Madame Alfred Carriere (Noisette Roses), Blanc Double de Coubert(Hybrid Rugosa Roses), Maiden's Blush (Alba Roses), and Ballerina (Hybrid Musk Roses) are found throughout the US. White roses pair beautifully with both modern, minimalist acrylic and crystal event decor or with romantic, feminine, ornate, traditional event design. A truly neutral color that is beautiful on its own or as an accent to any other color you could want.

3. Yellow Roses

Yellow roses bring so much warmth and freshness, like a ray of spring sunshine! Here are the varieties you can go for if you don’t conform to the societal norms: Mollineux (Shrub Roses), Peace (Hybrid Tea Roses), Arthur Bell (Floribunda), and Graham Thomas (David Austen Roses). Wouldn’t yellow roses look absolutely amazing next to a navy blue linen?

4. Orange Roses

The orange roses signify energy and thus, energetic emotions. Go for Cricket (Miniature Roses) if you want a luxury orange rose. If you’re planning an autumn wedding, orange roses bring rustic warmth to the table.

5. Purple Roses

Purple roses look like lush royalty! Heidi Klum (Floribunda), Charles de Gaulle and Moon Shadow (Hybrid Tea), Blunette (Miniature), Tuscany Superb (Gallica), and Reine des Voilettes (Hybrid Perpetual) are some of the drool worthy purple roses. While they work all year, a purple rose is a deep color and would bring a lot of drama to a winter event theme as a contrasting pop of color.

6. Ivory/Cream Roses

Thought to express thoughtfulness and intelligence, ivory roses are found in abundance in the US in the form of Golden Wings (Shrub), Iceberg (Floribunda), Safrano (Tea Rose), and Madame Hardy (Damask Roses). Ivory roses set a tone of traditional elegance and would work well with rustic wedding decor, or conjure reminisces of luxurious Great Gatsby inspired decadence.

7. Blush Pink Roses

The light pink roses indicate grace and innocence altogether. One of the most popular trends of the last few years, blush pink centerpieces are delicate, feminine, and pair well with modern color palettes of all types. Blush pink and gold weddings are especially beautiful in 2018 and 2019, but if you want to add a layer of surprise, choose to go with blush pink and copper to get ahead in the trends. In the US, there are many varieties of them, including, Sunset Beauty (Climbing Roses), Pink Parfait and Queen Elizabeth (Grandiflora Roses), Sugar Baby (Miniature Roses), The Fairy and the Cecile Brunner (Polyantha Roses), Louise Odier (Bourbon Roses), Rose de Meaux and Bullata (Centifolia Roses), Duc De Cambridge (Damask Roses, La Reine (Hybrid Perpetual Roses), Crested Moss (Moss Roses), Blush (Noisette Roses), Comte de Chambord (Portland Roses), and Duchesse de Brabant (Tea Roses).

8. Red Roses

Certainly when you think of roses, the most traditional and well-known rose color is red! Deep, velvety red tones are a symbol of romance and love. It’s no wonder that red roses are the most popular rose colors of all! While you can design an absolutely STUNNING event around red roses with black and white accents, there are some modern ways to use this popular rose color in exciting combinations! Red and teal wedding color palettes are so fresh and invigorating because of the complementary color palette and high color contrast. Or mix red, pink, and purple for a dramatic ombre effect!

These are some of the varieties and colors found throughout the US. Is your favorite color rose on this list? Let us know in the comments!