Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Budget Tip One | Use Fresh Flowers

There is nothing I love more than a bride's bouquet - lovely in every way, smelling of wedding day bliss, and the perfect accessory to that killer gown. Flower budgets can get out of control quickly, especially with all the ideas out there in magazines, books and blogs. Brides-to-be fall in love with Platinum Wedding centerpieces that blow the budget out of the water.

So, what's a girl to do with her modest flower budget? Get to work. Do some research. And fall in love with flowers you can afford.

Kate, Amy and I spent a couple of hours putting together four different flower options. We are not florists by any means, but we can be resourceful and creative. We used in-season flowers easily available to us to get the most for our money. You can see more photos on WZZM here.

The first arrangement is made of wheat grass and yellow button mums in a yellow pot. Total cost? Under $12 with tax. A few of these would be lovely lined up along banquet tables with crisp white linens and white garden chairs. Lots of votive candles on either side would make a lovely and inexpensive way to dress up your reception tables. If you grow your own grass, you'd save even more.

The second arrangement is made of a variety of mums and daisies - all in shades of yellow and white. Total cost? $17 with tax. This arrangement is large enough to make a statement on a standard dinner table of eight to ten guests. Add some tealights and beautiful DIY paper products such as menus and place cards, and you've got a designer table top for a fraction of the cost.

In the video, you also see a yellow rose arrangement that totaled $13 and a purple hydrangea that was $12. These are smaller options and would be perfect in groups, or on auxiliary tables such as the bar, cake table, or on the cocktail rounds.

There are so many fresh floral options, and the key to sticking to your budget are keeping it simple, picking in-season blooms, and working with a florist who you trust and will give you the biggest bang for your buck.

**I must pop in my own disclaimer here that I do NOT recommend putting together bouquets or boutonnieres for the wedding party unless you know what you're doing. Personal flowers should be left to the professionals, in my opinion.**

3 lovely comment(s):

Kristin May 27, 2009, 2:08:00 PM  

Absolutely love the modern look of the wheat grass and button mums... such a fresh look! Plus who doesn't love running their fingers through freshly cut grass! :)

Aletha | Pearls Events May 27, 2009, 6:24:00 PM  

Kristin - this was so easy to make too! The grass continues to grow in my living room, and it currently needs a "haircut" - so fresh & modern, though. Love it!

Emmanuel@Fun Wedding Reception Ideas May 27, 2010, 6:11:00 PM  

Fresh flowers+centerpieces=great wedding reception centerpiece. Fresh flowers really do a lot of budget for centerpieces yet they still look amazing. :D

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