Post # 1
I am trying to save money, but also have pretty bouquets. I am having an outdoor wedding in April, and am not sure if there is another option besides flowers. All I need is a bridal bouquet and 2 for the bridesmaids. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!
Post # 3
there are some blogs on this topic you should check out
I looked into non-real-flowers, but in the end I thought it was worth it & cut back in other areas.
Post # 4
there’s been some great posts about using baby’s breath recently. it’s cheap filler so it will cost you next to nothing for three bouqets.
also greenery – fern leaves etc – would look great with some bright ribbon.
there was also some pictures either on the knot or martha about non-flower bouquets. I can’t find them at a quick glance right now but I’m sure you can google them.
Post # 5
FEATHERS! They live forever, so it’s a great keepsake. This website makes me wish mine was out of feathers, or at least had feathers in it: http://www.emplume.com/gallery.html
Post # 6
I totally agree with Habibi. There are so many options with cheap but beautiful flowers. For instance: carnations (I found them through fiftyflowers.com 150 stems for $129.99) I did the flowers for my best friend and with that packaging I was able to do the bridal bouquet and 5 brides maids bouquets. I enjoyed that experienced a lot!!
Post # 7
For various reasons (cost, Bridesmaid or Best Man allergies, etc.) we’re not doing floral bouquets. I considered faux flowers, but didn’t really like the way any of them looked, and the really nice looking ones can be as expensive as the real ones. We decided to do Bibles, and I just received white Bibles with the Bridesmaid or Best Man names engraved in them. I’m also going to create green and white ribbon bookmarks to hang out of the Bibles. They’re pretty to carry, and also a keepsake for the girls.
Post # 8
I also agree carnations are always great and good if you are on a budget
Post # 9
I went to a wedding recently, and the bride combined real and artificial flowers in the bouquets to save money. She arranged the artificial flowers well in advance, and just stuck in some real flowers and greenery the morning of the wedding to make the bouquet look fresher. Looking at it, you didn’t even notice that some of the flowers were fake!
Post # 10
Just a thought (since I haven’t even considered this idea– tho it’s an excellent one)….
Glass christmass bulbs (clear)– or even better: plastic if you can find them!
Remove the hanger/top of the bulb and fill the bulbs with something in coordination with your wedding theme or colors (beached glass, jewel toned stones, tiny flower buds, baby’s breath, rhinestones, etc)
Now here’s where I’m stuck (tho I’ll brainstorm until I figure it out): How to attach them in a bouquet fashion? Obviously you’ll need a styrofoam ball to anchor everything (the ones used in artificial flower arrangements) but I’m not sure if you could maybe push the opening of the bulbs into the foam, or figure out how to attach a little dowel rod or wire pin (or toothpicks) to the bulb so you can push them into the styrofoam
Anyhow– the mechanics of it would be trial & error but I think the idea is novel 🙂
Post # 11
On the note of the above suggestion, my plan for my maids (though it’s a January wedding where this may be more appropriate) is to use holiday ornament balls arranged in a cascading cluster. The latest issue of Martha Stewart Holiday has the how-to in it. I plan to do this in my wedding colors in lieu of bouquets. For spring, you could use clear ornaments filled with little flowers or baby’s breath or arrange something else in the same fashion.
Have you thought of fresh herb bouquets? They’d smell wonderful, and something like lavender, lilac, or rosemary (or all three) can be purchased at a farmer’s market and hand tied by you and your maids for a FRACTION of the cost of bouquets.
Post # 12
I completely forgot to mention this in my earlier post, but you could make beaded flowers. I went through a "beaded flower phase" a couple years ago. They are time consuming, but look stunning. I’m not sure if they would be cheaper than real flowers…but if you searched online or found coupons for Michael’s or Hobby Lobby, you could get some great deals on the beads. Below is a link to some instructions, but if you google "beaded flowers," you can find more picture galleries and patterns.