After the proposal, the ring and the engagement party, reality starts to set in as you begin planning your wedding. It’s a shock for brides to see how quickly the costs can add up. Even the smaller details of a wedding ceremony and reception — the flower arrangements and bouquets — can cost a small fortune. Brides are taking advantage of do-it-yourself trends and using creative ways to cut costs for their dream weddings. If you are thinking of creating your own floral arrangements, consider these suggestions on what you can DIY and what you should just buy.
Bouquets for the bride and her bridesmaids are some of the most important floral focal points in the ceremony. They can also get pretty pricey. According to Brides.com, a bridesmaid bouquet can cost more than $100 and a bride’s bouquet can cost up to $300. Depending on how many bridesmaids you have, if you have junior bridesmaids and a separate bouquet for throwing at the reception, it can really add up. Luckily, there are several DIY options for beautiful bouquets that no one will know are not professionally done. The blog A Practical Wedding offers a step-by-step tutorial on how to make your own bouquets. It suggests sourcing your flowers from a store like Trader Joe’s or Costco to get a better deal. You’ll need a couple key items, such as floral tape and pins, but besides that you can completely customize your bouquets to fit your wedding colors and theme.
Boutonnieres & Corsages
Another important element to consider is the boutonnieres for the groom and groomsmen and the corsages for the mothers of the bride and groom or bridesmaids. According to WomanGettingMarried.com, boutonnieres generally cost around $10 each and corsages can be priced around $25 each. While you can make these as well, you also have to consider time management. Although these are small, chances are there are going to be quite a few of them and may take hours to complete. Considering boutonnieres and corsages are some of the least expensive floral elements in a wedding, you may want to consider purchasing these from a florist or online retailer such as FTD.com. They won’t cost a fortune out of pocket and will save you hours for all of the other DIY projects you have.
Flower Girl Petals
If you have a flower girl in the ceremony, she will needs at least 100 to 200 perfect petals to throw as she walks down the aisle. Unfortunately, these are not as easy to come by as you may think. Florists may charge $35 or $40 for traditional petals. To make these yourself, you may need to buy whole bouquets and remove the petals yourself, which can be both expensive, time consuming and frustrating of you rip or damage the petals. If you don’t want to buy the petals, however, there are some alternatives to the traditional flower girl basket you may want to consider. The Huffington Post suggests some easier, cheaper and more creative ideas that flower girls can do that are still just as adorable. Your flower girls could hold balloons or a garland. Another option is to use wildflower blooms that are cheaper and easily found.
Consider Other Floral Accents
Depending on your theme and your taste, you may want flowers everywhere or nowhere. Usual places you might include flowers are aisle decorations, an altar piece or centerpieces at the reception tables. All of these elements will vary by wedding, but once you have an idea of what you want, you’ll have to price everything out and decide if you’ll be buying or DIYing. While you may want to put together your own centerpieces, a decorative arch over the altar may require a professional. As Offbeat Bride points out, DIY is not always the cheapest option and sometimes the time it takes may not be worth it. The work and the cost will depend on your taste and wedding plans.