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Budget Wedding Planning: The Floral Bouquet, How To Save

Sorry my post is late, guys! I got so wrapped up with editing photos from this weekend’s wedding, that I completely forgot! But, I’m ready and roaring today! If you remember from last week’s post, I had no idea what I was going to do for this week. Today was no different! I racked my brain, and I finally just decided I would do floral bouquets. So, for next week if you have any special requests or input on what my topic should be, please let me know! If you’re planning a wedding and there is a specific thing you need help budgeting, I want to hear about it because I can help!

Anyway, flowers. Flowers are expensive!! I mean, rightly so. It takes your floral designer hours with you to plan the bouquet and get the finalized details. First it’s anemones, then it’s roses, nope…maybe ranunculus…before you finally settle back on roses. Once assembly time hits, it takes hours to assemble. Let’s not even mention the fact that they have to order and stock, do inventory, pay people’s paychecks, rent…the list goes on & on. So, you’re not just paying for flowers. You’re paying for expertise and a professional who knows what they are doing. And let’s face it, Saturdays are VALUABLE and this person is giving up part of their Saturday to get your flowers to you without a hitch so you can have these gorgeous babies that everybody will be talking about for days.

However, with all that said…I don’t blame you for wanting to figure out some ways to save your pennies when it comes to flowers, so I’m going to help by sharing some of my ideas.

#1. Choose flowers from ONE color family. Let’s say peach. So many flowers come in peach. You can choose roses, carnations, lilies, peonies, daisies, ranunculus, callas, hydrangeas, the list goes on & on. By choosing a monochromatic color scheme you can mix many of the less expensive flowers in with your bouquet and no one will know the difference. It will still be beautiful, just at a much lower price point. Add to the fact that monochromatic wedding color schemes are so beautiful, and you have a perfect money saving idea. Chatting with your florist, they should be able to help you choose the less expensive buds. If you feel the prices are still outside of your budget, ask another florist for a second opinion. You may be surprised at what you find.

(Source: Create A Wedding)

#2. This next one I think is stunning. Some people may disagree, but personally I feel that this looks SO romantic and not cheap at all. Especially in photos, these look so beautiful. BABY’S BREATH. Get a nice, giant bouquet of baby’s breath and saunter down the aisle knowing that you just spent about $15 on your gorgeous floral bouquet. You also don’t see this done very often, so you can be a trend setting bride as well. Even if you’re not on a budget, I think this is a great idea. If you’d like, you can even add tiny white buds to your bouquet to add a little bit of visual interest. This is definitely something I would consider doing, without a doubt!


(Source: OneWed)

#3. Let’s say you’re planning a fall wedding, you really want something fall’ish or even something inexpensive for your ‘maids. Add a few pinecones to your bouquet, but then have your ladies walk down with bouquets of pinecones. Sounds strange, and honestly I didn’t think anyone would have done it when I searched for it, but it seems that some people do think like me and have done it. And it’s surprisingly so much prettier than I had expected. When I had the vision of pinecones in my head I almost laughed at myself…but, done right this one CAN be pulled off, and well!

Unique ideas for Floral Bouquets

(Source: Lisa Berry Photography)

#4. Sticking on the track of non-traditional floral bouquets, let’s take a trip to French country. The French do everything with a romantic flare and penchant for sweet & soft, and just a little bit country. With bridal trends still sticking with the rustic and outdoors vibes, this next bouquet fits in perfectly and will be guaranteed not to break the bank. French lavender is also very pungent and aromatic, not to mention calming and soothing. Feel a little stress coming on during the big day, stick that gorgeous bouquet under your nose, take some deep breaths through your nose and count to 10. Your bouquet has just pulled double duty and helped calm & relax you. Not to mention, looked very chic and trendy while saving you your precious dollars you can put toward an actual honeymoon in the South of France. You can thank me later. 🙂

Calming Wedding Ideas

(Source: Bouquet Bridal Blog)

#5. Last, but definitely not least: BE CREATIVE. With so many brides now, using various different beautiful and heartfelt ideas for wedding bouquets, the sky really is the limit. Do you and your husband to be have a favorite book you love? Make a floral bouquet out of the pages of that book. Grandma’s brooches can make a gorgeous statement added to your bouquet, or do an entire bouquet of brooches and ask your family members to donate one or two that are special to them. Make fabric flowers from clothing of relatives who cannot be with you that day because they’re no longer with us. This works especially well if it’s your father, grandfather, mother, grandmother, etc. Getting married near Christmas? Arrange a bouquet with Christmas ornaments. There are so many things you can do to make your day special and unique while on a budget, and no one will be the wiser. All it takes is a bit of creativity.

Bridal Bouquets on a BUdget

(Source: One Stylish Bride)

Far too often, when we’re told or even when we KNOW we are on a budget, we have a difficult time in coming up with ideas that will help us save money. We get wrapped up with, “I can’t do this, it’s impossible,” syndrome. Instead of thinking about all of the times we’ve been resourceful when we’ve really had to. We’ve all had those moments where we were stuck in a hard spot and had to make it up as we go along. Planning a wedding on a budget is no different. All you truly need to do is think about who you are, who your husband is, what you mean to one another, and what the special parts are about your relationship. Pull all of those things together, and you’re going to have a wedding people will be talking about for years to come. Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean your day cannot be special and memorable. As always, I am leaving my door open to you. If you have questions on how to make your budget stretch, I am here for you! Just a message away! Until next week, enjoy planning and thanks for tuning in!

Bobbie Sue Portrait SquareHi! I’m Bobbie Sue, I love spending time with my family. Travis & I have two boxer dogs, Kane & Atlas, who are my children. I talk to them, kiss them, carry them around the house (YES!) and they even sleep in my bed. They are my babies and one of the most important pieces of my life puzzle. Read more about me!

Budget Wedding Planning: The CAKE!

With my very first wedding of the season fast approaching, (this coming Saturday! ALREADY!!) I find it even more important to share more of my ideas on budgeting for your wedding. Every single bride I know, has a budget. Let’s face it, we don’t live in Hollywood. Although, we may pretend to or even dream we do…I know I have a very active imaginary life in my mind. But, the facts remain that the majority of us will have to cut something out of our weddings in order to meet our budget or we may have to do a little compromise or get creative. No where is the idea of creativity on the day of your wedding more appropriate than the cake.

I know a lot of people who don’t even like cake, yet they served it at their wedding. Why? Because they didn’t want to disappoint their guests. I know I HATE most frostings. Especially the store bought, thick, heavy sugar variety. In my family, we always do the non-dairy topping if we are getting a grocery store cake and I want to thank my mom for being a rebel! Thank you MOM!

So now it’s your turn to be a rebel! Don’t like cake? Can’t afford the 3 tiered, serves 250 sugary confection? Don’t serve it. Especially don’t serve it just to appease your guests. More cake is wasted at a wedding than any other consumption based item at a wedding. Who wants leftover cake in their refrigerator for the next 6 months? Not me, I know I will have a hard enough time having that 1 year anniversary topper in my freezer. Pretty sure one week after the wedding, that’s already been thawed and eaten. Yep. Yes. Mmmmhhhhmmm. Don’t look at me that way.

So…what do you do instead of cake? What do you love? I love rice krispy treats. Love them. Not sure if I could do this myself, but apparently plenty of other people already have. Yep, a rice krispy wedding cake. And you know what? It doesn’t look terrible.

3 tiered Rice Krispie Wedding Cake

Pretty cute, huh? And the berries and ribbon add a nice touch. Also, with so many options for flavoring you could really go crazy. I even saw cake batter flavored rice krispy treats the other day. Genius.

Ok, so this one isn’t for you. I totally understand. As mentioned, I am an addict when it comes to rice krispy treats and I am not even entirely sure I could pull it off. But, if you want to save $400-$500, this is an easy way to do it. But, we’ve established this isn’t for you…so what next? What about pies? Yeah. Warm, delicious….you know, the one grandma makes that you absolutely love? My favorite from my grandma is lemon meringue. It’s not my favorite pie, but it’s my favorite that SHE makes. Her meringues stand like 3.5 feet tall and they are soooo delicious. Pies also look really adorable, and would be easy to have friends and family help you with. Designate a few family members to make their best pie. I have a few family members myself who all make a different pie, but each one is incredible. Then you have variety, and who doesn’t love options? Blueberry, pumpkin, apple, cherry, rhubarb…the list goes on and on. Plus, the look so adorable! Perfect for that rustic outdoor wedding.

Options other than wedding cake

(Source: Lolalina)

See how cute? Yeah…I love it.

What if you and hubs aren’t exactly sweet lovers, or you’re really into keeping in shape, exercising, all of that. Not only do you not want the cake but you want to be creative? Do a fruit tower! Some dipped in chocolate, some plain. Some white, some dark? This has the potential to be so adorable if you have a creative eye. Again, mid summer strawberries are in bloom this could be such a memory making event for your wedding. Planning a wedding should be all about creating beautiful memories as a couple, but also with your attendants, your family, and his family. Plan a strawberry picking day and go pick your own. Fill your buckets with the prettiest strawberries you can find, and dip and decorate til dawn. I’m totally in love with this idea!

Healthy Wedding Cake option

(Source: Lavish Event Design)

The great thing about this idea, is you can really make your color scheme work for you with different colored chocolate or designs. Be creative!

Do like the French do, serve a croquembouche. Traditional wedding fare, these filled pastries are sure to please the crowd. Not to mention be a visual delight. The options of filling are endless, and decorating it could also be a never ending list of options from drizzled chocolate, to spun sugar. The picture I found for this actually comes from food blogger’s site and comes with the recipe so if you wanted to take a stab at it and see what results you got, you could! I may even put this on Sin & Soul (my own food blog.)

Alternative French Wedding Cake

(Source: Tasty Treats Blog)

I have a friend who loves Paris, I could absolutely see her having a Parisian style wedding and this cake being the star of the show. Besides her, of course.

But, what if you just have to have that wedding cake? It’s a must have. No if’s, and’s or but’s. You love cake, you’ve been dreaming of a wedding cake. It just would not be a wedding without a cake. Okay. To that I say, commission your favorite cake bakery to construct a small version of your dream cake. Two or three small tiers that look just the way you want them, and are enough to serve your husband, and yours & his immediate families and your wedding party. Then, choose sheet cakes with your wedding flavors and just a plain frosting. Cut them behind closed doors where no one else will see and have a couple of your older nieces/nephews, cousins serve for you. Easy as pie. I mean, cake. Easy as cake.

Anemone wedding cake

(Source: London Fashion)

Unless you tell your guests, no one will ever know the difference. Promise.

More than anything though, I think it’s important to remember that this day is about you and your husband. This is the first day of your lives together, and it’s about celebrating your union as a couple. Yes, you want to honor your guests and loved ones, but that’s what toasts and speeches are for. That’s what favors are for. The people who truly love you most, are not going to care what you are wearing on that day, what they eat, how pretty your cake was, etc. They will be at your wedding, celebrating with you because they love you. The lavish affair will not mean as much to them as you think it will. Sure, they want to have a good time. But so do you. Spending more than your budget on your wedding day will probably end up making you feel badly, or resent the fancy wedding cake, or whatever arena you went over budget on. If you stay within budget, the stresses of your day will be less because you can truly enjoy it instead of worrying about that credit card bill at the beginning of your first month as husband and wife.

If you’re creative, you can come up with anything. With a supportive family who is interested in helping, you can curb a lot of the costs and still have an absolutely gorgeous day. I’ve seen weddings that were $5000 look like they were 10 or even $20,000 weddings. It’s all in how resourceful and creative you are. Again, I am a never ending source of information and creativity, if you need help on your big day please let me know! I would love to help you brainstorm.

That’s  it for today’s Budget Wedding post. I hope you like it ! I’m not sure what I have in store for next week, but if you have a suggestion please post it in the comments box below. Thanks for checking out the blog, pass it on to your friends!

Bobbie Sue Portrait SquareHi! I’m Bobbie Sue, I love spending time with my family. Travis & I have two boxer dogs, Kane & Atlas, who are my children. I talk to them, kiss them, carry them around the house (YES!) and they even sleep in my bed. They are my babies and one of the most important pieces of my life puzzle. Read more about me!

Planning Your Wedding on a Budget

So this is a new thing for me, and I am excited. I am constantly being asked pricing by brides on a budget, and told how much they love my work but in the end I lose some of them because they are on a budget and they simply cannot afford my services within their budget parameters. I understand that. Completely. I don’t blame them at all, but that also means I can’t lower my prices in order to keep them, as much as I would like to. BUT, while thinking about it recently I thought brides and grooms will spend a lot of money on other things they may not need for their weddings, or they overpay for something simply because they didn’t know or realize they have other options. Like favors. Favors are obscenely overpriced in many situations, and yet they are still an integral part of any wedding. Wedding cake is also one of those things that people spend too much on. Jewelry, the dress, venue, the list goes on and on.

That’s what this new weekly post is going to be about. I am going to scour the web, look on blogs, use my brides as inspiration, every day life as inspiration, and my natural deal finding inner alert system to bring my planning brides unique and fun wedding ideas on a budget.

I’ve always dreamt of being a wedding planner. At one point, I even considered going to school for it and opening up my own business. Maybe someday I will. But, in the meantime, this gives me a creative outlet, and hopefully helps you save a few hundred dollars so you can AFFORD to hire me. Yes, I will admit part of this is a selfish reason, I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t. More than that though, I want you to be able to afford the photographer of your dreams, whether that is me or not, so in 10 years you can look back and remember your day and you can pass those memories on to your children. Because photographs are SO important! And not just any photographs. Photographs you love, and that show the love you have for one another on the first documented day of your lives together.

This first blog post is going to be about WEDDING FAVORS. I have tons of my own ideas, but I also ran across a bunch of really cool ones on the interwebs from bloggers, event planning pros, etc. I also plan in the future to have a guest blogger, in the form of a local planning pro! How exciting is that?! So get ready for some fun, beautiful wedding planning ladies.

#1. I love this idea so much! So much that I might use it for my own wedding someday, and so much that I strongly considered not sharing it, and being selfish. Boo to that, right? So here it is…INDIVIDUAL POTTED PLANTS. Yeah, how cool is that? Not only will they make great, inexpensive favors that everyone will really want…but they will double as reception decor! Saving a bundle on floral arrangements, etc. You can grow these on your own, call them your little love plants, and you can do a variety of different colors, plants, etc.

I found both of these adorable containers at Wedding Star, (click on the name to go to theirsite) The planter is $1.47 each, and the pails are $.77 each! I’m not saying you can’t find a cheaper vessel, but these are pretty good prices. Especially since dirt, seeds, labels, and ribbon will also be a nominal fee. Once you pay for all  that you’ll be around $2 per favor. NOT BAD.

2. This one I am on the fence over, but I really love it. Some of you may not, that’s ok. But what about a donation to a cause close to your heart in the names of your wedding guests? Then you simply leave a small linen card at each place setting stating “Thank you so much for enjoying our day with us. In lieu of a favor, we’ve made a donation on your behalf to: ……” Personally, if I went to a wedding and saw that, my heart would melt into a puddle. I think it’s sweet.

3.  The next idea, I found at Emmaline Bride (again click on the name to take you there). If you’re both coffee lovers, how about buying some coffee beans wholesale and giving coffee beans as favors. If you have a relative who is good at sewing, I am sure they’d be happy to sew a bunch of little sacks as your wedding gift. And from me to you, a little slogan…”Thank you for staying with us until the wee hours to celebrate our special day.” They’ll need that coffee in the morning in order to harangue the kiddos all day!

4. This last idea, I really love and it would be easy, breezy. No stressing over this one. It also plays triple duty. It can be used as a favor, place card, AND decor at the wedding. Fruits or Veggies. Use them in a color that goes with your scheme and you’re good. I particularly like the ideas of apples since I love them, but you can use whatever. Or you can mix them, that’s the beauty of it. It’s also healthy.

And that’s it for today! A few great ideas for favors that will save your budget! We’ll revisit this after a later date, but I don’t want to share all my ideas at once or I won’t have anything to blog about next week. So what do you think of these ideas? Could any of them be the star at your wedding? And, do you have any cost savings tips that I can share with my readers at a later date?

I am so excited about this. It really gets my juices flowing and I hope you love it. Tune in next week, we’ll be talking about DRESSES!

Bobbie Sue Portrait SquareHi! I’m Bobbie Sue, I love spending time with my family. Travis & I have two boxer dogs, Kane & Atlas, who are my children. I talk to them, kiss them, carry them around the house (YES!) and they even sleep in my bed. They are my babies and one of the most important pieces of my life puzzle. Read more about me!