In the last issue we talked about finding the perfect gown for your special day. In this issue we are going to talk about how to have beautiful flowers on your wedding day without busting your budget. DIY doesn't mean that you have to skip on quality for the sake of saving money. Especially when it comes to having beautiful flowers for your wedding. Flowers are la must and it's no secret that they can cost a bundle from your local florist. But there are many little tips and tricks that you can use that will save you a small fortune. The first decision to make is whether or not you want silk or real flowers. I recommend silk flowers because of the ease. However, real flowers can be a beautiful addition to your wedding. Keep in mind that real flowers need to be nurtured even up to the moment you say “I Do”. If you have someone who can monitor the freshness of your real flowers, by all means, have them! If you want to save yourself and your loved ones a little stress, choose silk! If you do choose fresh flowers, make sure you check with several florists before you make your final decision. When you speak with the florist, avoid using the word "wedding" because they will often charge much more for wedding flowers as opposed to a few bouquets for around your house. Keep in mind that a professional florist will not save you any money. They come at a premium price, so make sure you factor that into your budget.
One way to reduce the cost is to order fresh flowers from an online wholesaler. You can get some of the best prices around. However, as I mentioned, unlike at a florist, you will be responsible for all of the prep work of cleaning and trimming them, and keeping them alive until the wedding. If you’re going for a simple look, you might want to contact a local farmer. Where I live, there is an iris farm who will sell you bulk irises at a discounted rate. Find your local farmer’s market and pick up some freshly cut flowers for a simple bouquet. Consider also picking flowers from your own garden. Did you know that many local colleges offer courses in flower arranging. Try giving the colleges in your area a call. For a small fee, they may be quite accommodating in allowing their students to “practice” for your wedding for a discounted price, often for the cost of the flowers alone. Of course, making your own flowers is probably the most frugal choice. But where do you start? There are plenty of wholesale stores who will sell silk flowers at a discounted price. Working with silk flowers isn't and can be done by almost anyone. You or a talented family member can put together all the bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages for you weddings. Just make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get the job done. Tips for creating your own flowers are abundant. A beautifully simple idea for a gorgeous bridal bouquet is to take several white roses, bunch them together into a bouquet, wrap the bottom with floral tape tightly, and wrap satin ribbon around the stems. Attach long pieces of satin ribbon to flow down as you hold the bouquet and it will be stunning! You can use this technique with either silk or fresh flowers, and it doesn't have to be all roses. For a unique look, try out different flowers in your wedding colors. You can also buy plastic nosegay holders at many discount stores that make preparing bouquets super easy! As far as flowers and plants as decorations are concerned, this can be a great enhancement to your ceremony. Many churches already have floral adornments on their altars. If you get married around the time of a church celebration, you may be able to buy a few flowers and take advantage of those that are already there. For example, around Easter, lilies are the flower of choice in most churches. Many people will buy Easter lilies in remembrance of their loved ones. Offer to buy a couple of Easter lilies to add to the existing ones, and you have a beautiful decoration on the altar. The same applies around Christmas. Poinsettias are the flower of choice at this time of year. Offer up a few poinsettia plants to add to those already there and you'll have some beautiful altar decorations. Large arrangements on an altar will only be seen from far away. Use inexpensive flowers such as carnations, or large filling flowers such as snowball mums. If you are getting married in a church, almost all have some type of floral decorations. All you need to do in this situation is to add a few personal touches and you'll have a beautiful backdrop for your ceremony. Talk to your venues and see if any other brides have booked for the same day. If the two of you can coordinate flowers and split the cost, you'll save a lot of money. I would imagine both of you wouldn't turn your nose up at saving a ton of money on church decorations and flowers! Some party rental places will rent large potted plants such as tropical palms or fichus. They visually fill a lot of space, and will help frame your ceremony site or warm up your reception. Best of all, renting a potted plant is far cheaper than buying large flower arrangements. Just make sure that you know what you want, do your research and there is no reason that you can't have beautiful flowers on your big day without busting your budget! Make sure you look for your next issue soon. We will be talking about talk about decorating the sanctuary or venue with beautiful bows while sticking to your budget. Cindy Lieber Accredited Event Designer OC Brides Event Coordination www.weddingplanneroc.com Cindy@ocbrides.com (714) 970-6380 P.S. Can't decide whether to go with fresh flowers or silk? Don't know what flowers might be in season for your wedding? Just hit reply to this email. I can help! Sponsored Ad ... Sharing a vendor we love!