- 5 years ago
- Wedding: April 2013
Flowers were one area that I chose to scrimp – all centerpieces (including 60 vases and 24 mirrors I can hopefully resell), head table decor, and flowers are coming in at just about 3.5% of my overall budget. My understanding is that 10% is more average.
I just wanted to splurge elsewhere (aka draping the entire venue and uplighting) and am not a fresh flowers fanatic. I think they are gorgeous but even DIY’ing fresh flowers, it was easily going to cost me nearly double plus the headache of doing them the day before the wedding and transporting them.
It was really encouraging to me to see photos of other people’s silk flowers. Now, these are terrible photos taken in my basement craft area with an iPhone, not beautiful pro pics, but I hope they are encouraging to someone else. Are they as beautiful as elaborate, professionally designed fresh flowers? No. But they are more beautiful to me than what I was willing to pay for in real flowers.
All my flowers came from Afloral.com – I was very happy with them! The only ones that are “real touch” are the mom’s corsages. Everything else is normal cheapo silk. I ordered a couple of smaller bouquets and combined them into one for mine, rather than trying to figure out what looked good together.
Craft supplies came from a mix of Hobby Lobby & Michael’s, of course always using coupons! I spent $23 on supplies like floral tape, wire, ribbon, pins, and some wire cutters/stem cutters. I don’t have that factored into the below cost but it is factored into the $140 total.
Guys’ boutonnieres (6 of them) – $1.67 each (HOT GLUE IS YOUR FRIEND)
Mom’s/Grandma’s corsages (5 of them) – $6.80 each, including the pearl wristband – Real Touch Gardenia
Bridesmaids’ Bouquets (3 of them) – $12.41 each (Girls’ dresses are almost identical to David’s Bridal plum)
My Bouquet – $22.74The stem is wrapped in white with four pearl-head pins and the bottom of the stems sticking out – couldn’t get a decent photo of that angle.
And to store them safely until the wedding without getting crushed, I cut a piece of cardboard to fit inside a rubbermaid tote, then cut X’s in the cardboard and put the stems of the bouquets down through them. So they aren’t leaning on any part of the flowers. This works for transporting real flowers too.
I probably will get those clear plastic corsage boxes at Hobby Lobby (75 cents each) to put the corsages and bouts in, just for safer storage and easy dispersal the day of the wedding.