Ever since I sat down and sketched out my preliminary budget, I knew that I did not want to spend a lot on flowers. They're beautiful for the day, but, inevitably, they'll wither and die. If you want your bouquet to last, there is the added cost of preservation.
Due to my inexperience with flowers, I knew that I did not want to DIY my bouquet. I've tried arranging flowers before and it is just not my forte. I researched many vendors in my area, but all of them were way out of my price range. One florist said she would only accept minimum orders of $1200!
Dried Bouquets are an Inexpensive Alternative to Fresh Flowers
But, after some savvy researching and a luck Pinterest find, I stumbled upon dried bouquets. Basically, they are an Inexpensive Alternative to Fresh Flowers for weddings! They are also long-lasting and go great with a rustic theme. Plus, you'll save on getting them preserved. If you keep them out of the sun and take the proper care, they should last forever. I found a bunch of great sellers on Etsy or if you wanted to DIY your own, saveoncrafts.com sells a variety of dried flowers. I plan on buying bundles of dried wheat, lavender, and baby's breath for my centerpieces.
I'm planning on getting this bouquet with matching boutonnieres and a bridesmaid bouquet. This is from Etsy seller paulajeansgarden. She has a great variety of bouquets that are gorgeous. For this style below, she quoted me $16.25 for the bridesmaid bouquets, $7.25 for the boutonnieres, and $12 for shipping. I only need two of each so that puts me at roughly $60!
Other great dried flower shops to check out: