Meet the Masters with Event and Floral Designer Karen Bussen

Karen Bussen, top event planner, floral professional and entertaining expert, has designed more than 100 weddings to complement a wide variety of locations, budgets and tastes.  She is the author of Simple Stunning Wedding Flowers and Simple Stunning Wedding Showers.  Learn how Karen got started in the business of weddings and truly enjoys working with brides and grooms to ensure each event is one-of-a-kind.  Todayâs featured wedding master offers practical advice and fresh ideas on wedding flowers and wedding showers that are sure to excite and inspire.

Itâs time to think outside the vase.  What is your personal flower style? What appeals to you?  Start with the big picture then plan the details and special touches to create a story for your whole event.  You can create a desired mood with color, texture and style thatâs visually appealing.  Karen shares some of the latest centerpiece trends, bouquet choices, and original floral dÃcor ideas you may want to incorporate into your wedding day vision.  Karen tells us that the bridal bouquet should be everything you dream of.  Learn how to talk to a flower professional and focus on your budget.  How much should you spend?  When should you splurge and when should you cut back?  What is the tradition for your groomsâ boutonniÃre?  Should you try to make your own bouquets?  Should you keep the height of your arrangements in mind?  Karenâs insider knowledge will help you focus on your options and consider whatâs really important.

Looking for some fun, fabulous, festive ideas for your bridal shower?  Are showers for women only?  Interested in a coed celebration?  Let Karen help you make your party pop!  There is a theme just for your personality and interests.  The Chocolate Loverâs Lingerie Shower, the Pampered Princess, the Workshop Shower, Cosmopolitan Mix, 24-Hour Shower, and Gourmet Soiree are just a few.  Karen features twenty in her book.  Games and activities, a creative menu and signature cocktails will make this party meaningful and uniquely yours.  These ideas can be used any time you entertain friends at home. Etiquette does matter.  Karen tells us the Doâs and Donâts that all brides must hear.  May you be âshoweredâ? with love, laughter and special memories.

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