I am excited to introduce Robina Sutharsan from Ananda’s to you today as part of my Mother’s Day series. Here is what Robina shared with me about being a mother and a business owner.
“I am proud of many achievements in life but my proudest title is being a mother. Being a mother to five little children and running a business is not easy. Every day is full of surprises but I would not have it any other way. My mother loved to decorate and I grew up watching her work. I enjoyed helping her and in school I would incorporate flowers into all of my school projects. In September 2008 I designed my own bouquet for our wedding and whenever I look back at that moment I feel proud of myself. It was only in 2014 that I realized I wanted to share my love for flowers with the world and registered Ananda’s as a business. We named our company Ananda’s because “ananda” means “perfect happiness” and “great joy” and that is what I want my clients to feel with our unique creations”.
In today’s post Robina and I are sharing with you 7 Tips For Picking a Bouquet For Your Wedding, For A Special Event, or For Someone Special– like your mum for Mother’s Day!
1. Place your bouquets in water as soon as you get home. If your bouquet is a gift for someone special and you are not able to put it in water right away, cut one inch off the bottom of the stem in an angle.
2. On your wedding day, keep your bouquet and any floral pieces in the refrigerator until they are ready to be used so that they look their best!
3. Ensure that you clearly communicate your vision as well as your budget to your florist. If a type of flower that you wanted to use does not work with your budget, ask your florist to recommend cheaper alternatives. For example, a cheaper alternative for peonies are garden roses. Garden roses are beautiful and available all year round!
4. If you are ordering hair pieces for an event that will last for longer than 8 hours (like your wedding ceremony or an e-shoot), opt for sturdy florals like orchids or spray roses- they will look fresher for longer.
5. Do not choose the majority of the flowers for your bouquet in the same colour as your outfit because it might camouflage. You can, however, choose to incorporate hints of your outfit colour. For example, if you are wearing a red outfit, you can incorporate hints of red in your bouquet. This tip also holds true for your bridesmaids’ bouquets!
6. Destination brides can order silk flower garlands and hair pieces to take with them! Robina has a line of faux flowers so that destination brides (and guests) and brides living abroad can wear her beautifully scented garlands and hair pieces on their big day! Robina dropped off some scented roses from her line of faux flowers to me last week and I am giving them my stamp of approval! They smell amazing and look beautiful.
When I asked Robina to share her best piece of advise for young women, she shared the following quote by Oprah Winfrey (I love this quote as well):
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”
Her favourite inspiration quote is, “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have”—Maya Angelou.