When deciding on our wedding flowers, I knew I wanted something very simple, yet elegant. My favorite flowers are hydrangeas, so I knew I wanted to incorporate them into the wedding. However, when researching flowers I found out that they are one of the more expensive blooms, but luckily are in-season for our May wedding. I knew I would have to get creative to keep our expenses low, but with proper research I was able to do just that.
Since our wedding venue doesn’t require a lot of decoration because of its pure beauty and our table numbers will also serve as part of our centerpieces, I made the decision to bulk order blue hydrangeas (this also fits PERFECTLY with our color scheme) and place them in small milk vases. Luckily, our wedding planner (owner of CLTBoutique) has an abundance of milk vases we can use, so the only cost we will accrue is for the bulk flowers we purchase.
This is probably one of the major ways we’re saving money (minus the alcohol allotment). We will only include 2-3 small milk vases on the table w/ 1-2 hydrangeas in each vase. The nice thing about hydrangeas is their bloom is so large you do not need as many to fill up the milk vases.
Although we are doing our wedding centerpieces, I knew I wanted to leave the bouquets and boutonnieres up to a professional. I read a lot of wedding blogs (especially from local photographers) and would always check out the flowers to try and find something I liked. When I came across pictures of a wedding at The Stockroom (a sister site to All Saints Chapel) and saw the bouquets and boutonnieres, I was immediately in love. I loved that the bridesmaids were carrying full baby’s breath bouquets and the bride had a different look altogether. I knew immediately I had to contact their florist – North Raleigh Florist.
Once I set up my appointment, I took the pictures of the bridesmaids bouquets, along with pictures of what I wanted my bouquet to look like (blue hydrangeas to pop against my white dress and compliment the bridesmaids look) to give them a starting point for our wedding party's flowers. Samantha, from North Raleigh Florist, was wonderful to work with. She even recommended tying the entire look together by using ivory ribbons and adding in blue delphinium, so the groom could have a slightly different look than the groomsmen (who will just have baby’s breath boutonnieres to compliment the bridesmaids).
I am so excited to see what our florist creates for us, but what I am most excited about is that we should spend less than $1,000 on all of our flowers: $750 for North Raleigh Florist (they are also doing the altarpiece on top of the wedding party’s flowers) and $200 for 3-4 boxes of bulk blue hydrangeas from Sam’s Club. This is well below the average cost of flowers, but I am still getting the simple, yet elegant look I am wanting.
Are you using fresh flowers?
What ways are you saving money when it comes to decorations?