Outrageous Wedding Bouquets



Most brides have a wedding budget.  She must pick what means the most to her.  Maybe it’s music.  Maybe it’s entertainment.  And maybe…it’s flowers.  Will you choose an outrageous wedding bouquet? Some brides will.  Bouquets cost anywhere from $150.00 (modest), to well over $ 1,000 –  depending on location, (the exact same wedding flowers in Beverly Hills will cost more than those in Bismarck, North Dakota), and types of blooms.   Always, ALWYAS choose flowers in season.  You will spend far less if you do so.


Perhaps flowers are your thing.  If you choose to make your bouquet your focal point instead of say, your dress, then be outrageous!  Spending an additional $ 300 on your bridal flowers is much less than an additional $ 3,000 on a blowout dress!


Photos # 1, 2, 3 belle the magazine

When designing your bouquet, or directing your florist to do so, there are a few things to keep in mind. One, is your dress elaborate?  Will an over the top bouquet over-shadow your dress?


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Are you a petite bride, or is your figure more statuesque?  While the bouquet like the one above is fabulous, it would overwhelm the tiny bride.  As a side note… I LOVE the red bouquet.  I’ve always been a fan of a dramatic splash of color against the bride’s white gown. As a bride today, that would be my choice.



If you just HAVE to have a dramatic bouquet, then maybe the one above is for you.  While I do favor bright colors against a light background, if your flowers are over-large, then perhaps subtle colors are the way to go.  And the gentle tapering of the bouquet makes is more manageable.


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Not sure which I like better, the chair above, or the flowers – a lovely picture.  Don’t forget to ask your photographer to create some artistic photos around your flowers.



Wedding Photos – Make the Most of Your Weather

Wedding Photos – One thing you can’t plan for is the weather.  Sure, if you get married in December/January in cold weather country, you can be pretty sure it will be chilly.  But what about rain?  Let’s face it — if you want your favorite venue on a Saturday night, you better book it about 18 months in advance.


Can you really predict if it will rain or not that far out?  Well, the answer is obvious. No, you can’t.  You can’t control Mother Nature, so don’t sweat it.  Worrying and stressing WILL NOT CHANGE THE WEATHER.  Neither will prayers.  Maybe someone else is praying just as hard FOR rain…  🙂

So plan ahead like the beautiful couple above did.  They purchased matching umbrella’s and got a delightful photo – that just may be their favorite.  I know it would be mine.  Many thanks for my long time friend, Bunny, for allowing me to share this lovely photo of her son and daughter-in-law.


Planning a winter wedding, and pretty sure it will be cold?  You can choose a fabulous cape, (in your wedding colors), like my cousin’s daughter-in-law.  I LOVE this!  It has such a nostalgic vibe and the red color is magnificent against the bride’s white and the groom’s black.


Will you luck out and have perfect weather on your day?  Then take advantage and get all the outdoor shots you can.  My oldest daughter had the ideal summer day.  The sky was clear, and it wasn’t too hot, but warm enough for a temperate evening.  So they took advantage of their good fortune and had some great evening out-door shots. Photo creds:  Hannah Colt


Did it rain on your day?  Then maybe you’ll get a few shots in a location you might not have considered had it been sunny.  Above is my second daughter and her groom.  They took some photos under the classic, beautiful portico at their venue due to a drizzle.

The NON-Flower Bridal Bouquet

What?  The NON-Flower Bridal Bouquet ?  Believe it or not, this is becoming a huge trend.  And in some cases, it’s less expensive that the traditional bouquet made of blooms.  Sometimes…more.  Just look at he bouquet below.  Have you ever seen one as lovely?  I don’t think I have.  Whoever created it is a true artist.  And I have a feeling that at least one of the embedded broaches has some sentimental value.



I can hardly believe that the bouquet below is made of paper.  It is exquisite, and just think…you would not have to hire an expensive company to preserve it.  Yes, it may become a little “shop worn” through the years, but it should age rather well. Maybe a spray lacquer?  It’s available on etsy.com, I have included a link directly to the company if you’re interested.



The bouquet below is lovely AND novel. I love the sentiments that go with each herb.  While the idea is sweet, the bouquet is not all that attractive.  Not sure I’d choose it…



And this really couldn’t be an alternative bouquet post without one featuring the succulents I so love.  I used to almost hate them…they were ‘such the thing’ in Southern California where I grew up.  I didn’t like or appreciate them.  Maybe that’s why I’m so enamored now?



Hum…not so sure about the next “bouquet” if you can call it that…I find nothing appealing about it, but we are all different.



And last on our list… the pearl bouquet.  Traditional, and once again, no need to preserve it.  It will be forever young.  And I’m sure it will stand the test of time even better than the paper bouquet.


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What will you choose?  Flowers for “the moment” or something more long lasting?



More Wedding Saving Tips


Looking for more money saving tips for your wedding?  What about Breakfast for Dinner?  I know my kids alway loved that theme – who doesn’t?  And the best thing is, it’s less expensive that a dinner menu.  Continuing with the blog suggestions from storymixedmedia.com, Breakfast for dinner is new wedding hit!  To quote one bride from the article:

“Coming up with the idea to do a brunch wedding– not only did using breakfast food cut our bill in half, it was a sentimental choice too. Our first date was breakfast at a diner because we both worked overnights at the time. Plus, who doesn’t love breakfast? People loved the originality of the idea and the delicious food!”



Etsy.com has long been a favorite site of mine for handmade crafts, but especially for wedding items.  The article also suggests using this site as a money saver.  My daughter Kathleen’s wedding invitations were from Etsy.  KK and her husband, Tyler, were able to find a pattern that was sentimental for them (it featured a couple in a canoe – highlighting not only Tyler’s proposal, but their love of the outdoors, and especially fishing).


Another way the article suggests saving money is to use “help from friends” for the wedding.  I agree — to a point.  If people are willing to help with wedding prep, or after, take ’em up on it!  But NOT for the day of the wedding.  A professional is best for that.  (Do you really want the crew below in charge?  🙂  )



Not only do you need clear-headed “help” at your wedding, but you also want to insure that your family and friends have a good time.  Seriously consider a “Day Of Event” coordinator.  The value is large.  Some brides even take it a step further and hire their planner for the week before as well.  Not a bad idea…