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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Wedding Flowers on a Budget from Tori

Tori Shelton is a talented homeschool Mom whose side business is wedding flowers. Her specialty is making gorgeous arrangements for brides on a budget. Listen in to some great ideas:

Wedding flowers are, in my opinion, one of the most creative ways to express yourself in your matrimony planning.

Maybe you’re simple and elegant, and dream of clean lines and pure white calla lilies. Maybe you’re colorful in actions and in words, and have a preference for loud, bold displays of many textures of poppies, hydrangeas, and berries. Maybe you’re classic, and have always hoped for a beautiful blushing bouquet of red roses. Maybe you’re perfectly sweet, and you dream of that ideal mixture of peonies simply because their meaning is “happy marriage”.

Whoever you are, being a bride allows you the opportunity to express that beauty in the display of your own unique arrangements of flowers. “Unique” sometimes sparks the thought of “expensive”, although it doesn’t always have to. There are many ways to make your wedding flowers all yours without breaking the bank.

✿ After accumulating several ideas, decide what’s most important: always allow for your favorite flower, even if only in small quantities.

✿ Visit your local florist, but don’t be discouraged by price. Sometimes, they can assist you in figuring out what is in season and what can be substituted for your wedding day, which will save you immensely.

✿ After precisely deciding what you want, it is often very much worth the trip to visit your local farmer’s market to contact the florist there. Most of the time, it will cut your cost at least in half.

✿ Go by referrals. If a friend raves about a florist, at least give them a shot. Take your budget, and be clear about what you can spend… then allow the florist to do what they do best… and often, together, you can create arrangements that both fit your budget and live up to your expectations!

✿ Add something to your bouquet. It doesn’t have to be costly, just special. If your personality allows, maybe you could add feathers or twigs. Polka dot ribbon adds character to a bouquet, and doesn’t spike the budget. A bride I knew recently added a small picture of her mother to her bouquet. Although it only cost her a few more dollars, it was priceless that she had a reminder of her mother, who had passed away two years earlier, with her on her wedding day. She made her bouquet uniquely hers.


✿ Remember that small pops of color and variation of flowers add dimension, and texture. And, monochromatic bouquets speak loudly when in contrast to a dress. Bouquets of simplicity sometimes make the most impact, and cost the least.

The most important thing for all brides to remember, is to enjoy the planning and preparation. Spend evenings with your mother or your best friends finding pictures of those perfect flowers. Make memories, be yourself, and give purpose to all you do. A wedding is a grand event, but it’s also so much more. It is the beginning of a marriage… and that, is even more beautiful than any floral arrangement known to man.

Now it's your turn: What is your favorite flower? Tell about your bouquet? Did you do anything special or have you seen some unique use of flowers at a wedding?

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10 Comments:

Blogger Ellen said...

If I was to have a wedding bouquet I would want azalea flowers as I really like them but I don't know if they could be worked into a bouquet.

July 17, 2008 at 9:48 AM  
Anonymous JoLynn Backes said...

My bouquet was purple roses with white calla lilies. The girls carried large bouquets of calla lilies.

July 17, 2008 at 10:38 AM  
Blogger Brandy said...

My favorite flower is a white rose. I am a fan of the bouquet that is simple. I like the idea of a polk-a-dot ribbon. *g

July 17, 2008 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger theysaywordscanbleed said...

thanks for the tips!

arlene,
Lakewood florist

July 17, 2008 at 5:35 PM  
Blogger catslady said...

I think the neatest thing my daughter is doing is having glass containers of various sizes (3 to a grouping) with some chosen flowers emersed in water instead of huge boquets that you can't talk over.

July 17, 2008 at 8:01 PM  
Blogger Cheri2628 said...

I had a bouquet that was made up of silk roses. Then I had it made into a table arrangement for my home.

July 19, 2008 at 2:20 PM  
Blogger robynl said...

I had a beautiful bouquet of real orange and yellow roses the first time.
The second time I had a dusty rose silk bouquet.

July 20, 2008 at 12:45 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

My wedding bouquet was full of Gerbera Daisy's. I loved them and it was big full of different colors. I also had a bright pink sheer ribbon that wrapped my bouquet. I used fresh flowers and decided against a bow. I really wish that I still had my bouquet because it was perfect.

July 24, 2008 at 8:33 AM  
Blogger Nathalie said...

Lovely flowers. I find gardenias beautiful for a wedding!

July 27, 2008 at 3:42 PM  
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