November 23, 2016

#teamwhywedding: The Flowers

Flowers might be the thing that I stressed out about for this wedding than anything else. There was huge debate on whether we should hire a florist or do them ourselves, because I really wanted a "curated" look, and nothing too traditional. Since we went with all white flowers, we thought it would be somewhat easy to accomplish with a bulk floral order.

Now here is my PSA: DO NOT DO YOUR FLOWERS YOURSELF. IT ISN'T WORTH IT.

At one point, we were planning to make a bulk floral order from Wegmans, and set everything up that morning. I can just imagine myself running around, probably crying because they didn't turn out right, and stressing out on my wedding day. Can you see which side of the debate I was on?

A couple of months before the wedding, my mom and I went to see the wonderful people at Fabulous Flowers "just to see what they say." We were very firm on the budget, and I told the florist everything that was on my wish list. Guys... she made it happen. All of it.


We did this on suuuuuch a tight budget by swapping different flowers for similar but cheaper versions. I like the look of peonies (who doesn't) but certain roses are so much cheaper, and look similar. Oh, and greenery is pretty cheap too, so we went with that.

I was SO surprised when I told the florist that my dream was to have a flower arch for the ceremony, and THEY MADE IT HAPPEN WITHIN THE BUDGET.


Moral of the story... don't just assume it will be too expensive if you go with a professional. They should be able to work within your budget, and help you to find everything you are looking for. But PLEASE remember to be flexible! How many people do you think will be able to spot the difference between a David Austin Rose and a Peony? (hint: probably nobody).


I asked for all white flowers with lots of greenery included. I'm so glad that the florist added in those little ivory touches too, just to have some depth. All the bouquets were hand tied, and of course mine and Caroline's had ribbons.


In my bouquet, I asked for a few touches of Lavender. I am THRILLED with how it turned out. Unfortunately, it didn't survive, and couldn't be dried, which I'm really sad about.


One way that I did save a ton of money, was creating the boutonnieres myself. I ordered the dried Lavender and the lace tape online, and dried a big bunch of Rosemary. These were SO easy to make, and I love how they look masculine in the photos. They smelled really good, too.

Would you guys be interested in seeing a tutorial on making your own boutonnieres?




Now it’s your turn to link-up and share your wedding tales. I love reading all about your big day, someone else’s wedding adventures, or anything else wedding related. Nikki and I just can’t wait to read all about it!


Always Al

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