Category Archives: Weddings

Planning for the Perfect Holiday Wedding

holiday weddingIf you are planning for a holiday wedding this year, your plans should be in full swing. And to help you along, we are writing this “Christmas in July” post – because the holidays will be here before you know it, and now is the time to begin to finalize your plans. By now you have likely chosen a venue, as well as the bridesmaid’s dress color palette. With these two crucial pieces in place, you are perfectly poised to find the perfect wedding florist.

Are florists all the same? Not by a long shot. You’ll want to choose a florist that has experience staging weddings, as well as one who is capable of providing florals for your wedding at one of the busiest times of the year. That is why we recommend that you make an appointment with an Ah Sam wedding consultant as soon as possible. As experts, we will discuss many important points with you, including:

* Be sure to contact the church/ceremony location as well as the reception venue to determine if they will already have holiday decor in place. You do not want your chosen theme to clash with the venue, nor duplicate efforts- the decorations that will already be in place may be perfect!

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* Consider working within a chosen color scheme, not necessarily a specific set of flowers. During the winter, some flowers may not be available locally. We will discuss options, including alternate blooms or even filling in your natural bouquet with some silk blooms.

* The most popular holiday wedding palettes are red, white or a combination of both. But to make a truly beautiful seasonal statement, also consider evergreens, white branches or pine cones as additional natural elements. And how about a little mistletoe? It is, after all, a very romantic occasion!

* The use of metallic accents is a great way to bring holiday sparkle to your decor; from vases to silverware. Crystal baubles and flickering candles are also lovely holiday touches.

The talented wedding planners at Ah Sam have many more options, ideas, and suggestions that are sure to make your holiday wedding truly memorable. But with most industry experts advising that you select wedding flowers at least 4-6 months in advance, now is the time to give us a call.

Mothers Roles in Weddings

mother rolesCongratulations! Your wedding day is approaching, and by now you’ve likely realized how much planning goes into this special day. Although every bride thinks she can handle everything, there are many people who are just hoping you’ll ask them to help – and the good news is, there are established roles and customs that they expect to play. According to, here are some of the customary ways that your mother can get involved in your wedding – and she will be happy to do so!

Mothers can help the bride and groom scout out ceremony and reception sites, as well as take on the “first responder” role for vendors calling with questions – even the wedding florist!

Mothers are invaluable in helping to choose a wedding dress, as well as trousseau, and wedding-night peignoir. Don’t be surprised if there are tears!

Mothers can compile your side of the guest list and confer with the groom’s family about whom they want to include on the guest list. Therefore, the bride and groom need only review and revise as necessary, instead of starting from scratch.
Mothers should consult with the bride as to her vision for the mother-of-the-bride dress, and if possible, shop with the groom’s mother for a cohesive, elegant look.

Mothers should be present at the bridal shower. Mom should ask the maid of honor if she needs help organizing, but respect the wedding party if they have it under control.

Mothers may escort their daughter down the aisle if the father is not there. In a Jewish wedding ceremony, both parents accompany the bride. In a Christian wedding, mothers should be seated in the first pew directly before the ceremony; and be the first to follow the couple out after the ceremony.

Mothers should be available to greet guests in the receiving line; custom states she is first in the line as the hostess of the reception.
Mothers should be ready to dance with the father of the bride (or another escort) and the groom during the traditional first-dance sequence.

This day is as special to your mother as to you. Involving her in decisions will help her to feel a part of the day, and will take some stress off of you! When it comes to wedding flowers, come into Ah Sam Flowers in San Mateo, and bring mom. We’ll help you to choose the perfect bridal bouquets, venue floral arrangements, and centerpieces for your perfect wedding day.

Strange Wedding Traditions – Myths and Facts

wedding traditionsFrom proposals to ceremonies, weddings are steeped in tradition. Whether founded in practicality, romance, or superstition – many couples find it hard to “break tradition” and do things differently. However, the real story behind some of our most treasured engagement and wedding rituals can seem stranger than fiction.


Consider the proposal – in our time, it seems the pressure to create a proposal that is worthy of a social media campaign is intense. But from some of our earliest recorded traditions, we see that there was an entirely different kind of pressure surrounding the proposal. The groom often did not ask the question himself, instead he sent a member of his family to ask his prospective bride and her family if they would consent. The journey itself was meaningful, however. If along the way they encountered either a blind man, a monk or a pregnant woman, the marriage was thought to be doomed – and they returned home without asking the question, in order to stave off the bad luck. However, if they crossed paths with a nanny goat, pigeon or wolf, the marriage was considered to be favorable.

The selected day of the wedding was considered to be fraught with meaning as well. One should never be married on their birthday – although if the bride and groom shared a birthday, that was considered an exceptionally good omen for the union. Of course, that shared birthday had to be several years apart, or the good luck was revoked. Contemporary wedding ceremonies often take place on Saturdays, but in the past Saturday was considered the second worst day to be married; second only to Friday, which is the unluckiest day of all. The best day for a wedding in medieval times? That would be Wednesday.

These days, the choices are wide open for couples looking to get married. From a clever proposal, to an unconventional venue, to the most beautiful wedding flowers – it all comes down to the right choice for you. At Ah Sam Florist, we have helped hundreds of San Mateo couples create the wedding of their dreams – bridal bouquets, altar flowers, venue décor and floral centerpieces, we design them all with loving care. Call us to help set up your wedding day today.

Summer Weddings, Beat the Heat

summer weddingOutdoor weddings are especially beautiful, and in the summertime the open air beckons. In San Mateo, balmy temperatures are easy to rely on in the summer months; a successful al fresco wedding during these months can be planned for with a few simple safeguards.

Summer palettes always brighten up a bit, and this year is no exception. Rustic bouquets of bright blooms that are reminiscent of a wildflower meadow are as popular as ever. Although we do not have wiltingly hot days in this part of the country, it is prudent to make a few simply preparations to make sure your flowers look their best all day long.

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  • If your entire day will be held outside, from photos to reception, consider two bouquets – one for photos and one for the ceremony, just in case flowers begin to wilt.
  • Some cut flowers do better in heat. Using hardy flowers – including roses, orchids, calla lilies and the colorful celosia and lisianthus – will yield bouquets and centerpieces that withstand the sunshine.
  • Arrange with Ah Sam to schedule two deliveries – one for photo bouquets prior to the ceremony, one for reception arrangements a bit later – in order to limit the time flowers will be outside.
  • Look for ways to keep your flowers in water as much as possible.

summer weddingAs you plan your summer wedding, contact Ah Sam’s expert florists for ideas as to how to create stunning bridal bouquets and centerpieces that will hold up to any weather you may encounter. You have one shot at your wedding day, so let the floral designers at Ah Sam of San Mateo help you to ensure that your flowers stay as fresh as possible, from beginning to end.

Tall Wedding Centerpieces for Your California Wedding

wedding centerpiecesThe 2016 wedding planning is in full swing, and as always the trends are emerging. From dresses to color palettes, the most popular themes this year are returning to classic romance. When it comes to floral centerpieces, that translates to untamed bouquets, mismatched flowers and unique arrangements inspired by nature herself.


The romance will tower over your event with these tall centerpiece creations by Ah Sam of San Mateo as they welcome everyone. As sophisticated and beautiful as these centerpieces are, they also serve a practical purpose. By elevating the bouquet, guests can more easily converse and mingle around the table.

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More and more couples are trending away from monochromatic and perfectly matched florals, instead opting for mixed arrangements that vary from table to table. This centerpiece brought together several of the more popular aspects of modern weddings; including bright flowers in soaring glass vases.

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Tall, willowy containers also offer the opportunity for elegant design touches; like these orange calla lilies from the bouquets which are displayed in the stem of the vase as well. You can also suspend orchids, rose petals, or other floral accents in water or crystals for delicate details.

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Tall centerpiece displays can be made even more striking by adding floral stalks, creating a piece that reaches romantically towards the sky. Lupines, larkspur or snapdragons are popular stalk flowers; while natural elements such as twigs can also be utilized.


If you are interested in looking into tall centerpiece arrangements for your 2016 wedding, talk to the wedding experts at Ah Sam Florists. We will create a floral landscape just for you, that captures all the romance and elegance of your special day.

A Few of Our Favorite San Mateo Wedding Flowers

wedding flowersAre you planning a wedding in 2016?


Ah Sam Florist has assisted hundreds of San Mateo area couples with creating beautiful, elegant or whimsical settings and backdrops for their dream day – and we look forward to helping you. As you embark on choosing your venue, color palette and dresses, we’d like to offer some inspiration. These photos represent some of our favorite past wedding flowers, and we look forward to including your photos next year!

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Rich palettes that incorporate jewel tones bring a luxurious ambiance to any venue or setting; red gerbera daisies and roses mixed with purple accents and wispy black feathers create a sophisticated look. For a more simplistic, yet equally opulent bouquet, choose exotic white blooms with a single accent jewel tone.

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Show off your originality with a creative and unique centerpiece that defies convention. These brides chose towering calla lilies in orange or white to bring a stately elegance to the reception.

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This wooded setting was illuminated in pink stargazer lilies and roses; cascading bouquets of white flowers adorned the sides of the wedding gazebo. Complementary arrangements fill the setting with vibrant color and beauty.

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This stunning cake was part of a white winter wedding; while the bride carried an all-white bridal bouquet, the venue arrangements added splashes of color to the elegant neutral palette.

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From San Mateo to San Jose, Ah Sam is your premier wedding florist. Congratulations to all newly engaged couples – we look forward to working with you to create your dream wedding in 2016.

New Year’s Engagements- Top 2016 Wedding Trends

wedding trendsStatistically speaking, more couples get engaged between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day than any other time of the year. If you received an engagement ring over the holidays, it is never too early to start planning. While you may have some ideas about what a traditional wedding looks like, in 2016 the trend is towards expressing your own personality throughout the planning process. From dresses to backdrop, brides and grooms are getting creative and exploring innovative ways to celebrate.


  • From city skylines to century old barns, couples continue to choose venues that are meaningful to them, rather than opting for more traditional or formal settings. Increasingly, weddings incorporate elements of a far off city or dream location, perhaps even to reflect where the couple met, or where they are headed for their honeymoon.


  • Rather than an open bar, many couples are offering waiters circulating their favorite drinks; which can be colorful, exotic or whimsical. A tropical wedding may include umbrella drinks, while a southern wedding may circulate mint juleps.


  • Brushed metallics join softer versions of our favorite colors to create romantic settings and classic décor. Brides are opting for duskier hues such as 2016 top trending Quartz Rose over hot pinks; and soft ambient bulbs and lanterns over harsh lights.

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  • Mismatched bouquets, dresses, centerpieces and even seating make for a more natural and cozy event that reflects your personal style. Flowers are adding non-traditional elements like succulents, twigs, fruit and more greenery, giving tables a more organic and freshly arranged feel.

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Overall, the top trending tip of 2016 is to be creative and be yourself. Don’t worry about conventional ways to plan a wedding – this is your special, personal day, and everything about it should reflect your personal style. Enjoy, have fun and enlist help from Ah Sam of San Mateo – we are here to help to design the bridal bouquets and wedding venue arrangements that will make your wedding truly unique. Let us help you create the 2016 wedding that everyone will remember.

Ah Sam Winter Weddings

winter weddingEach season of the year offers unique qualities; and wedding ceremonies hosted at different times of year afford couples an equally unique chance to plan a wedding which perfectly showcases their love and personality. Winter nuptials exude a special sophistication; with a little forethought, these weddings are as romantic and warm as any other. Although San Mateo isn’t likely to have snow, we can help you to create a winter fairy tale setting for your big day.


Traditional ivory cascading bouquets with gray accents is the inspiration for one of the most sought after color schemes of the upcoming season. Dark gray bridesmaid dresses and suits for the men can be offset with ivory floral bouquets and boutonnieres; consider interspersing the traditional ivory roses or hydrangea blooms air-brushed to look silvery ice cold. Ask your Ah Sam florist for other floral accents that can draw in the gray palette, from the green-hued grays of succulents to the blue-grays of eucalyptus.


Ivory and gray color palettes can result in innovative an unique invitations, place cards, menus and table settings – a gray charcoal “pencil” effect on frosted ivory cards delivers an elegant impact. Also trending for winter weddings are all white (or all ivory) cakes with metallic gray accents, including embossed snowflakes, painted pine cones or silver ornaments. Utilizing a pewter cake base and plates for the cake continues the theme; as well as tall dark gray candelabras with ivory tapered candles illuminating the table.

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When planning a winter wedding, it is also important to consider any length of time your guests may be in chilly climate. For instance, you may consider moving your reception line into the receptions hall so as to make sure the line doesn’t stretch out into the elements, or perhaps provide portable heaters along walkways and between buildings. Depending on venue, roaring fireplaces also create a dramatic setting, and a gathering place to warm up from the elements.


Like the season itself, winter weddings are magical for many people. To create an unforgettable winter wonderland wedding, look to Ah Sam for innovative floral arrangements and striking bouquets that perfectly express the romanticism of winter. stop into Ah Sam Florist to discuss how we can help with the floral arrangements, inventive décor and creative touches that will impress your guests – they’ll be talking about it for years!

The Chysanthemum & the Wedding

chrysanthemumThe chrysanthemum is one of the most popular flowers in the world, but ask three people what they look like, and you may get three different answers. With nearly 2,000 varieties, the mum offers wide range of colors, shapes and looks; making them easy to incorporate into your wedding day. The mum makes a perfect wedding flower for fall because it blooms well into autumn.


The versatile mum not only fits into your theme, but it can fit into your budget. It is often more affordable than some of the more exotic flowers, but can mimic them to a certain extent, giving the same visual appeal. For instance, if you love peonies, the viceroy or football chrysanthemum will give you the same feel of a lavish, huge bloom that fills in bouquets and centerpieces with lush abundance. The spindly spider mum adds exotic texture to your arrangements, invoking feelings of dramatic wildflowers draped from trees in the tropical rain forest. This makes them especially gorgeous in cascade bouquets.


The spider mum, because of its unique appearance, can also be used in creative and fun ways. Hanging glass bulbs, adorned with a single mum, look much like an anemone in a drop of water; also botanical buffs will love the idea of suspending these exotic blooms in a type of “air garden”. Button or pompom mums are perfect for the men, adding color to their lapel without being overly “flowery”. Some more traditional versions of chrysanthemums look much like daisies and sunflowers, and as such can be incorporated beautifully into a wildflower bouquet.


You may be surprised at the ability of the chrysanthemum to transform your wedding. Bold and lavish, or subtle and graceful, there is a mum for every occasion. Stop into Ah Sam in San Mateo to learn more about this incredibly adaptable flower, and how Ah Sam can assist you in bringing your dream wedding floral arrangements to life.