- 4 years ago
- Wedding: June 2014
Help, bees! I’ll start by saying I know NOTHING about flowers, and that’s why this part of the planning process is starting to stress me out a bit. I just left the Pinterest dream-world to start figuring out how I can make things work in Reality, and am having sticker shock and timeline stress over… flowers.
(Oh, and for those of you wondering why I’m worried about this now for a June wedding, I’m getting married in New England (home), while I live in Tennessee now, and Christmas is one of our few trips home to take care of things).
Our wedding theme is Italian garden/rustic. We are doing olive oil bottles for wedding favors, have an olive branch on our STDs and invites, and white, tan, gold and rosewood are our colors. In my head I’m picturing old wine crates and barrels, etc. and I’m love with pictures like this:
So here’s my dilemma. At first, I didn’t want to devote too much budget to flowers because I don’t want to spend 1000s on things that will just die. But now that I’m looking at flowers, I do want something special. Of course, like everyone else out there, I still don’t want to spend too much.
My mom was originally hoping we could DIY flowers. FI is very handy and could easily build those rustic planter boxes, and I feel like it wouldn’t be too hard to put some olive branches in a box with a few flowers mixed in. We have some family and friends who could help us out with execution. But… where do you find olive branches online?? Any ideas? Is there anything else that will match this vision that you COULD buy online?
I thought maybe we should just buckle down and get a florist, but I’m afraid of how much it will cost. Are my ideas too out of the box? Will the florist even be able to find olive branches? All these inspiration weddings seem to happen in California or… Italy/Greece. >.< I’m starting to think my idea is crazy, and I should just do something else. But I don’t know what!
Then, I considered buying artificial flowers. Or at the very least, artificial olive branches. My mom thinks fake flowers are tacky, so I might have to convince her on that point, but what do you bees think? Can I mix artificial with real? For example, if we found (good quality) faux olive branches, could I buy real roses/ranunculus/anemones online and mix them in? Like I said, I know nothing about flowers, so I’m not sure if there are “rules” about this kind of thing.
Are there any other good centerpiece ideas that would match this theme that might not be actual flowers? I’ve thought of breads, fruits, etc., too, but not sure how to make that happen.
Please help me brainstorm this idea and if you think it can actually work!