- 6 years ago
- Wedding: August 2012
Hi Bees! As I dive head first into this wedding planning thing, I’ve been thinking of ways to try and save Fiance and me a little money. Browsing around on the boards (and Pinterest) always gets my creative energy flowing and gives me enough courage and inspiration to try my hand at new things.
It was a few days ago after meeting with a florist that I was lying in bed trying to think of how I could reduce my floral budget—“Budget” being a lucrative term being that we haven’t really set a limit on how much we were willing to spend on flowers, just that we wanted that number to be as low as we could possibly get it without feeling like we’re “going without.” I’ve never really tried my hand in floral arrangement, but having confidence in my creative capabilities, and seeing what other Bees have come up with, I decided to give it a shot.
So…with a general idea of what I wanted, I took a little field trip to Michaels Arts and Crafts the next day. I knew what I wanted my color scheme to be, and I knew I wanted my flowers to look real. I’ve grown up with the general sentiment that silk flowers looked tacky—clearly that sentiment spawned from my dislike for dusting my Mother’s 20 year old, cloth flowers that she proudly displayed in our living room all 18 years of my youth. Needless to say I was not a fan. HOWEVER….with a determination to save a little extra money, I decided to leave my biasness at home and give it a shot. Needless to say, I am VERY pleased with my results.
I spent a good two hours at Michaels browsing the various flowers. I chose my flowers based solely on the fact that I felt they were the most realistic looking flowers in my desired color. Other than that, I had no real flower preference.
The assembly I felt to be rather easy. I had no real rhyme or reason to my assembly and ended up just playing around with what I felt looked good. After I got an arrangement that I was satisfied with, I wired it and taped it. Easy peasy! I still have to clip my stems and wrap my handles with burlap, but other than that I’m done!
For anyone trying to save money, I highly recommend considering silk flowers. It can cut your floral budget up to 90% AND (if you’re like my Mother) you can keep them and display them in your home to remember your special day by. I actually plan on doing this, because I love how they turned out!
This is my bouquet.
This is one of three bridesmaids bouquets (they are all the same)
This is one of two flower girl bouquets (they are the same as well)
These are the bouts.
This is everything!
All together it cost $126 and took a total of about 5 hours (I played with it a bit). I can’t be happier with how they turned out!