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Hi BSBers!  Today I have to reach out to all of you for some help and guidance.  The current wedding conundrum is picking my flowers.  After every up and down thus far, this decision has been by far the hardest.

I started researching a few local florists and have been overly shocked at the price of flowers.  Jaw dropping shocked.  Just the bridal bouquet was $400 alone.  Luckily for me, I DIYed my bouquet for $30!  I love the look and feel of it.  It was completely trial and error arranging the flowers until they had the look I was going for.


 But the rest of the flowers….I am stuck!  I am very intimidated by floral arrangements and the price.  They can either look really professional and amazing or really cheap and since I have no idea what I am doing, I am afraid my arrangements will look cheap.  Here are a few photos of inspiration I have been looking at:


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yellow wedding bouquet

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yellow wedding bouquet

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I still need basically ALL of my flowers.  I need bridesmaid bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces, and I feel like there should be some sort of arrangement at the ceremony (outdoors).  The problem I am having is my total budget for all of these things is about $400 but that includes my other reception decor.

I have been eyeing the flowers my local grocery stores have on display and if I choose to go down the DIY, real route, Whole Foods seems to have the biggest selection of flowers.  Of course, if we DIY real flowers, that is another item to add to our to do list the night before (not against it, but when you are DIY heavy, that can turn into a lot).  My main concern is really the bouquets.  I can make the bouts and the centerpieces do not have to be anything elaborate (lets face it, I want people on the dance floor, not oogling over flowers and mason jars).

So I turn to all of you.  What are you doing about your flowers?  Are you making your own arrangements?  Real or fake?

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