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Based near the Beach in the South Bay of LA, Kit & Casey take you on a jour­ney each month to our events we cre­ate and share with you the hottest trends in flo­ral design.

As sought-after flo­ral design instruc­tors, you’ll learn the lat­est tips and tricks of the trade.

Floral Crowns: Past, Present & Future

Floral Crowns for Weddings

Flo­ral Crowns have been pop­u­lar since the time of the Ancient Greeks. Read more about the his­to­ry of flo­ral wreaths we wear. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz

Every­where we look, we are see­ing fresh flo­ral crowns on mod­els in mag­a­zines and on run­ways.  They are not a new idea! Now we’re see­ing not just flower girls and brides wear­ing flo­ral crowns, but all types of peo­ple for all types of occasions!

The halo of fresh flow­ers has been a pop­u­lar acces­so­ry for hun­dreds of years.  Ancient Greeks wore crowns at spe­cial occa­sions in hon­or of their gods.  Dur­ing Medieval times, flo­ral crowns fell out of fash­ion since many pagan reli­gions used them dur­ing their rituals.

Our own indige­nous Cheyenne peo­ple worn crowns made of wil­low, cot­ton­wood or sage dur­ing cer­e­monies and rituals.

And, in Decem­ber, Nordic cul­tures still cel­e­brate St. Lucia Day where a young girl wears a crown made of leaves and can­dles in a pro­ces­sion of light.

St. Lucia Day — December 13th

In Swe­den, The Lucia Day, is ven­er­at­ed on Decem­ber 13 in a cer­e­mo­ny where a girl is elect­ed to por­tray Lucia. Wear­ing a white gown with a red sash and a crown of can­dles on her head, she walks at the head of a pro­ces­sion of women, each hold­ing a candle. 

St. Lucia Christmas card.

The Nordic obser­va­tion of St. Lucia is first attest­ed in the Mid­dle Ages, and con­tin­ued after the Protes­tant Ref­or­ma­tion in the 1520s and 1530s. The mod­ern cel­e­bra­tion is only about 200 years old. The pre-Chris­t­ian hol­i­day of Yule, or jól, was the most impor­tant hol­i­day in Scan­di­navia and North­ern Europe. Orig­i­nal­ly the obser­vance of the win­ter sol­stice. The Yule sea­son was a time for feast­ing, drink­ing, gift-giv­ing, and gath­er­ings, but also the sea­son of aware­ness and fear of the forces of the dark. (Source: Wikipedia.com).

Floral Crowns

These days, the flow­ers in flo­ral crowns are big and bold. Go big for full impact of the flow­ers. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz

Wedding Floral Crowns

Wedding Party with Flower Girl Wearing a floral head wreath.

Flower girls have been priv­i­leged in recent past years to be adorned with fresh flow­ers. Now, brides are show­ing inter­est, too with large flo­ral wreath designs. Flow­ers by Flower Duet.

Queen Vic­to­ria made the orange blos­som flo­ral crown pop­u­lar (along with the white gown) for wed­dings when she wore one for her nup­tials to Prince Albert in 1840; how­ev­er, there are many cul­tures around the world whose wed­ding attire includes fresh flo­ral head wreaths.

Ancient Poly­ne­sians, tra­di­tion­al Ukraini­ans and the Chi­nese all wore flo­ral crowns for wed­ding cer­e­monies to sym­bol­ize fertility.

Floral wreath floral crown for weddings by Flower Duet.

One of our love­ly bride’s receives a love­ly kiss from her flower girl who’s wear­ing a flo­ral crown and car­ry­ing a lit­tle posy. Flow­ers by Flower Duet.

 Floral Crowns & Personal Flowers for Parties & Events

Floral Fascinator

Casey shows a guest at the South Coast Botan­ic Gar­den’s 53rd Annu­al Meet­ing and Foun­da­tion Din­ner how to make a flo­ral fas­ci­na­tor. Pho­to by Kristi­na Lee Photography

For the past few months, we cre­at­ed flo­ral crowns and per­son­al flow­ers as a par­ty event fea­ture. For a Foun­da­tion Din­ner at the South Coast Botan­ic Gar­den, we showed guests how to cre­ate their own flo­ral fas­ci­na­tor and for a lit­tle girl’s birth­day par­ty in Pacif­ic Pal­isades at the Bel Air Bay Club, we cre­at­ed cus­tom flo­ral head wreaths using fresh flow­ers on-the-spot for lit­tle girls and grown-up women alike! That par­ty will be fea­tured in an upcom­ing blog post on karaspartyideas.com.

Like us on Face­book and you’ll see when we update our fol­low­ers with the live link to the blog post.

NEW! Wedding Series Classes Offered by Flower Duet Features Floral Crowns and Hair Flowers

We are excit­ed to announce a Wednes­day evening Wed­ding Flo­ral Design Class Series t0 be offered through­out 2015.

Three times next year, we’ll offer a month­ly series of three class­es. You can sign up for one class or a whole series. These will con­cen­trate on three areas of wed­ding flow­ers: bou­quets, cen­ter­pieces and per­son­al flow­ers — which will include cor­sages, hair wreaths/floral crowns and boutonnieres.

This class series is geared toward those who want to increase their aware­ness of wed­ding flow­ers and work with tricky wed­ding tech­niques. It can be use­ful for casu­al flower arrangers who want to round out their flo­ral skills.

Floral crowns for all by Flower Duet

Any­one can wear a flo­ral crown now! It’s in style, it’s hip and it’s not just for wed­dings! Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Self por­trait by Kit Wertz

 Think Pink for your Holiday Decorations!

Pink Metallic Wreath

This mini pink glit­ter wreath is my inspi­ra­tion for a pink hol­i­day! Orna­ment from Michael’s. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

When you are won­der­ing how to mix up your hol­i­day dec­o­ra­tion col­ors this year and want to shy away from tra­di­tion­al red and green and metallics, why not go for pink?

Pink Christmas Tree

Pink-themed Christ­mas tree. Orna­ments by Roger’s Gar­dens. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

It’s fun, it’s cool to throw some Design Mas­ter Glit­ter spray on to give it some jazz and there are a pletho­ra of pink flow­ers and pink metal­lic orna­ments to choose from this hol­i­day sea­son. Here are a few ideas for you to use pink in your hol­i­day flo­ral and tree dec­o­rat­ing for 2014.

Pink Sea Horse Ornament

Pink sequined sea horse for a pink hol­i­day! Orna­ment by World Mar­ket. Pho­to by Kit Wertz

Pink flow­ers are read­i­ly avail­able this time of year for a pink flo­ral hol­i­day. Here are a few ideas for how to use pink in your hol­i­day designs.

Pink Peonies in December

Pink Peonies are not only around in June. We bought some last week just like these. Flower Duet Flowers.

Pink tulips for Christmas

Pink tulips can make a del­i­cate state­ment in a black or sil­ver vase for the hol­i­days. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz

Pink Poinsettias.

Pink var­ie­gat­ed poin­set­tias are a great option to light­en the mood dur­ing the dark days of win­ter. Pho­to by Flower Duet.

Green lantern ornament.

Pink cher­ry blos­soms are fea­tured on this Japan­ese lantern orna­ment from Roger’s Gar­dens. Per­fect for a florist’s Christ­mas tree. Pho­to by Kit Wertz

pink roses

Pink ros­es would look extra fes­tive with glit­ter spray from Design Mas­ter. Flow­ers by Flower Duet. Pho­to by Kit Wertz.

Flower Snow­man How-To Craft Ideaflowerduetsnowman_lg We cre­at­ed Do-It-Your­self Flo­ral Snow­man instruc­tions for any crafter from young to old. Chil­dren as young as four, with an assis­tant helper, can eas­i­ly make this arrange­ment and proud­ly dis­play it as a cen­ter­piece. If you live in a place which is snow chal­lenged like we are in Los Ange­les, it would be a per­fect win­ter touch to the hol­i­day cel­e­bra­tions this month.

Order one today and let us know if you have any ques­tions or please share your cre­ation with us. We would love to see the snow­man from around the world. It’s an easy PDF down­load from our shop­ping site.

Shop for our FLOWER SNOWMAN INSTRUCTIONS.

2014 Gift Ideas for the Floral Enthusiast

Each year we lust over lus­cious flo­ral gifts for the flower lover. Whether you are a gar­den­er or flo­ral design­er, it’s fun to shop for and receive gifts that are flo­ral relat­ed. From soaps to softy fluffy throws. Here are a few ideas for that spe­cial some­one on your list!

Floral Magazines

flower magazineflower mag­a­zine

Don’t for­get about our favorite mag­a­zines for flower enthu­si­asts like you!

Right now, flower mag­a­zine is run­ning a 2‑for‑1 spe­cial on sub­scrip­tions!

bloomin newsThe Bloomin’ News

Kit writes for our local flo­ral trade mag­a­zine, The Bloomin’ News.

You can get a sub­scrip­tion mailed to your house!

Each issue fea­tures a design arti­cle by Kit and many oth­er fea­tures on our local Los Ange­les Flower District!

Flower-Themed Gifts

Gift Idea for Flower Lovers: Luxury Throw in Floral Design

Lux­u­ry flo­ral throw at Bed, Bath and Beyond!

Gift Idea for Flower Lovers: Reindeer Moss Wreath.

Rein­deer Moss Wreath from shopterrain.com

Gift Idea for Flower Lovers: Hammered copper pots

Ham­mered cop­per pots from shopterrain.com.

Gift Idea for Flower Lovers: Air Plants Book

Air Plants Book

Gift Idea for Flower Lovers: Plant the Packaging Flower Soy Candles

Plant the Pack­age Soy Flower Can­dles from uncommongoods.com.

Gift Guide for Flower Lovers: DVD from Flower Duet.

Hand-Tied Bou­quet DVD from flowerduet.com

Flower Books

art-flowersArt Flow­ers: Con­tem­po­rary Flo­ral Designs and Installations

The flo­ral designs in this book may be too large for your cof­fee table, but the book will fit nice­ly into your col­lec­tion. Author Olivi­er Dupon has beau­ti­ful­ly com­piled images from 38 world-renowned design­ers and cre­at­ed this amaz­ing look at flo­ral design as true art.  Give this as a gift to any flower enthu­si­ast and you may receive reg­u­lar flo­ral instal­la­tions for your own home.

floral-illustrataFlo­ra Illus­tra­taGreat Works from the Lues­ther T. Mertz Library of the New York Botan­i­cal Garden

Beyond the eye-catch­ing botan­i­cal illus­tra­tion of seed pack­ets, which always catch my atten­tion, Flo­ra Illus­tra­ta is an extra­or­di­nary thought­ful­ly edit­ed col­lec­tion of the over 1 mil­lion botan­i­cal and hor­ti­cul­tur­al works found at the above-men­tioned des­ti­na­tion. From the twelfth cen­tu­ry to today a trea­sury of insight to the world of plants and flow­ers and how they have been a stud­ied, need­ed and admired enti­ty to our lives and the gen­er­a­tions who have come before us.

More Gift Ideas

Find more ideas on our Pin­ter­est Board. We cre­ate a gift list each year to give you some more ideas for flower lovers.  Don’t for­get, Flower Duet also offers Gift Cer­tifi­cates!

As Ama­zon Asso­ciates, we earn from qual­i­fy­ing pur­chas­es. Some­times we link to a prod­uct on Ama­zon in our arti­cles on flowerduet.com.

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Each month, we cov­er a cur­rent event in the flo­ral trade, flo­rals from real wed­dings, our lat­est flower adven­tures and endeav­ors, design tips, cur­rent flo­ral trends, flo­ral design class­es and work­shops, book rec­om­men­da­tions and flo­ral tool tips.

Since 2010, we’ve cre­at­ed a hot list of what’s on for flo­ral design in and beyond South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. As guest speak­ers inside and out­side of Cal­i­for­nia, we know what clients need in the wed­ding and event indus­try. We are your trust­ed resource for flo­ral design tips and tech­niques for all lev­els of the flower enthusiast.

We are Kit Wertz and Casey Schwartz, the sis­ter design team of Flower Duet. We are com­mit­ted to edu­cat­ing our stu­dents and fans since we start­ed our flo­ral design busi­ness in 1999.

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