Inexpensive Alternatives to Expensive Wedding Flowers

Inexpensive Alternatives to Expensive Wedding Flowers … While your floral budget is not your largest wedding expense, it is not insignificant either.  What are some fun, cute and reasonable ideas?  Read on…

Above are paper flowers, made by a dear friend of the bride.  She must be a VERY dear friend. Imagine what work that went into these beauties!

“But this is just a wedding cake,” you may say.  Yes, yes it is. But if you choose to have a wedding cake, and not all brides do these days, consider having it be a focal point. This can be a lovely decorating item.  One way to make it a focal point?  Order a cake that is larger than you need, and include some spectacular decoration. This was my daughter, Maggie’s, wedding cake, gifted to the bride and groom by her generous mother-in-law. Photo by Stephen Wang

What about candles?  Not only are they pretty in the daytime, but standouts, literally, in the evening hours.

Daughter number one, Kathleen, cherished spending time with her grandparents in California. One way she honored her history, and her family, was to incorporate oranges as her ‘escort cards’.  And yes, they came from the tree in the photo above in her grandparents’ yard! Above photo: Hannah Rachael Photos

Sometimes decorations are just staring you in the face.  Don’t discount the natural beauty of your venue!  Love the lighthouse and flowers above.

Don’t forget your own crafty side! Brides from two of my weddings created these adorable props.

The above photo is another example of a crafty family member (mother of the groom).  She created a beautiful vase with a wine bottle, a little spray paint, ribbon…and nothing more in it than beautiful, yet inexpensive, baby’s breath.

And while not particularly inexpensive, I’m sure, I love the above fruit carving.  Remember, think outside the box, and you’ll come up with some great innovative ideas.

Photos, with the exceptions of #2 and #6, by Mary P. Karnes

DIY Wedding Flowers

DIY Wedding Flowers!

One of your larger wedding expenses is that of your flowers.  You can save a good deal of money if you do it yourself – or DIY!  Here are some tips:

1 – Go on youtube.com or pinterest, or MY BLOG!  to find out ways to make desired flower items, i.e., centerpieces, bouquets, boutonnieres, etc.

2 – Research local sources for best possible prices.  Remember, when you buy local, especially in snow country, you will need to have a spring or summer wedding.  There is some availability in fall, but not as much.

If you’re lucky enough to live Southern New England, check out Jennys Flowers 

I know from personal experience how lovely Jenny’s flowers are, how long they last, and how personable and easy to work with Jenny is.  Even if you’re not from New England, give the link a click, you’re in for a treat.

3 – Practice, practice, practice.  You’re not a professional, so you’ll need lots of PRACTICE.

4 – Recruit help.  Many hands make light work.

5 – If your wedding day is hot, make provisions to keep the blooms cool.  Refrigerate as long as possible.  Make sure water levels are sufficient in stationary vessels.

6 – Recruit help for flower arrangement.  You, as the bride, will be getting your hair and makeup done.  Who will be arranging the flowers?  Consider a “Day Of” Planner for such needs.

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Love the above centerpiece display.  This can actually be created with artificial flowers using a hot glue gun and a styrofoam ball.

 

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The same is true for the series of photos above.  Click in the link for more info.

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The above link gives a great set of photos on how to create a bridal bouquet. Bouquets are very expensive if designed and made by a florist.

 

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The above series walks you through making “Tall Centerpieces” a fad that grew out of favor with modern brides about five years ago, but they still have their use.  If you choose this style, be careful they don’t overtake your table.

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DIY flower items don’t have to be complicated, or lavish.  Just look at the lovey chair adornment above.  Good luck!

How To Carry Your Wedding Bouquet

Do you know how to carry your wedding bouquet?  There is no etiquette that mandates the proper way, but there IS a way to do so that optimizes photos, and your “live” appearance at your wedding.

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The bride in the photo above has nailed it!  Not only do I LOVE her choice of NON- flowers, she is holding her bouquet to make the most of her dress, her figure AND the bouquet. Bridal flowers are to be held with arms akimbo, (slightly out from your waist, so we CAN see that you have a waist), and at belly-button level.  This way your do not cover up the bodice of your beautiful dress.

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The bride and her attendants in the next picture need a little help with staging their photo.  The flowers are being held too high, hiding the top of their dresses, and obscuring whether they have waists or not.  And what is with the floral paper?  It appears the bouquets need to be unwrapped before their photo session.

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While a beautiful floral arrangement, there is just so much wrong with the “bouquet” above.  It overwhelms the bride, and one focuses on it and not HER, or her dress.

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The bride above has it just right.  She is no longer in a standing position, but still wants to showcase her bouquet in this photo; so she holds it to the side.  It looks pretty, adds to the photo, but in no way takes away from the shot.

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The same is true with the couple above.  You can still see the bride’s beautiful dress, her slim figure, but the flowers are an accent, not a focal point of the photo.

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The bridal party above has struck a lovely floral cord.  I love the small, elegant bouquets.  One’s focus is on the pretty ladies, and their dresses – not their flowers .

Interesting Ways To Use Perishables At Your Wedding

Have you thought of this?  Interesting ways to use perishables at your wedding!  We all know “wristlets” are an iconic way to display flowers for you attendants or honored guests.  But have you ever seen something like the photo below?  Not only is it a very cool bracelet, but the “flowers” of choice are succulents.  I LOVE this.  Would I pick this option?  Probably not.  But I’d love to see it at a wedding.

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How about the bow tie below?  It could serve as the gentlemen’s tie AND their flowers!  No need for a boutonnière.  I find it surprising how few men AND women know how to attach a boutonnière.  Remember, use two pins, cross them, and go in through the BACK of the lapel.

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It’s quite common for couples to use their dogs as ring bearer/flower girl attendants.  The large wreath on the pup below is rather novel, however. What a cutie!

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While using flowers as table decor is not new, the extravagance of the photo above is.  I love the opulence of this.

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In my opinion…mason jars can not be overused.  Unless you are having a formal affair, that is.  The above jars offer triple service: a lovely centerpiece, an aromatic device and a candle!  And I bet they weren’t cost prohibitive, either!

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We’ve all seen photos of brides with flowers in their hair, from Sarah, Duchess of York’s orange blossom wreath, to gentle halos.  But how about the full-blown roses in this bride’s hair?  One would need to have long and full hair to pull it off, but I think it’s spectacular.

Just think outside the box when considering perishable/natural products and you will amaze even yourself at your options!