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When budgeting for flowers, I had a difficult time justifying the expense of a lavish decorative feature that will only last a week. Through my research, I learned that a large chunk of the floral budget comes from the time put into arranging them and the delivery fee. The flowers themselves are actually the least expensive part of the overall cost, but the longer a florist spends on arranging, the more they will charge.

Get by with a Little Help from Your Friends and Family

I am fortunate to have a florist for an uncle, and he has offered to arrange our flowers for us. Because we are doing it this way, our flowers will end up costing us about a third of the overall price most florists quoted us after labor and delivery. This brings up another tip: allow friends and family to help when they offer. If you're going it alone, you're going to need help and they'll get a kick out of seeing their handiwork on display on your big day.

Go Seasonal to Save

Our plan is to buy a variety of blooms through a wholesaler near our venue. You can also get your flowers online at any floral retailer. Rather than selecting varieties by flower species, we are incorporating more affordable seasonal blooms in the appropriate color.

My uncle called ahead to make sure the wholesaler would have the correct amount in stock, and he plans to arrange the bouquets and centerpieces the day before the wedding. We are using recycled glass jars wrapped in burlap and lace as vases. I sent him photos of arrangements inspired by sites like Pinterest (a great resource to spark your creative genius). Remember, it's not stealing, it's imitation and it truly is the most sincere form of flattery.

For my bridal bouquet, we'll be wrapping the flowers in fabric trimmed from the bottom of my wedding dress. Ask your tailor to hold onto this fabric for you during the alteration process.

Create a Boutonniere to Last a Lifetime

Since I'm on this creative kick, I am also crafting up flowerless boutonnieres for the groomsmen and parents. I am going to use fabric flowers and other material to create a memorable piece that will last forever (or as long as guests want to hang on to them).

In the end, with a little elbow grease, we are saving time and adding in a few personal touches!

Until next time,

Dina

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