Flowers and wedding decorations can add up to a big chunk of the wedding budget. If this is not an area that made it into the list of top priorities, then there are ways to achieve your dream look while sticking to your budget.
When interviewing florists, make sure to check on the delivery fee and to ask if there is a minimum for floral arrangements. Be honest with your florist about the budget – he or she should be willing to make suggestions to help you achieve the look you want while staying within your budget. Instead of going into a meeting with your florist armed with the exact flowers you want for your wedding, go in with an open mind and ask for suggestions. For bouquets and floral arrangements, using in-season flowers that share the same look (think structured, romantic, wild) as your ideal blooms, will allow you to attain a similar look at a more reasonable price. For groomsmen, pocket squares can add a pop of color if boutonnieres are too expensive.
Candles and white Christmas lights work wonders as decorating elements. Websites such as candles4less.com offer great deals on candles in a variety of colors, sizes, and shapes. One bride was able to buy 75 white tea candles and the accompanying glass holders for only forty dollars – including shipping. The candles, which were scent-free and had a ten-hour burn time, are pictured in the accompanying slideshow.
Only getting flowers for the bridal party? Bouquets pull double duty as flower arrangements during the reception (many florists will provide simple glass vases, or they can be purchased at the dollar store). Another place to cut costs is to cut out the corsages for the mothers and grandmothers of the couple. Check with the moms and grandmas first, but many mothers and grandmothers admit they would rather wear their own jewelry than a corsage.
Even if DIY isn’t up your alley, programs, seating charts, menus and favors can be put together relatively quickly and easily. Or, decide what items are really important to the wedding. If the wedding ceremony is simple and easy to follow, a ceremony program may not be needed. Menu cards aren’t vital to the dinner, and many times favors are forgotten at the end of the night.
Remember, most wedding guests will remember a wedding by the people, the atmosphere, the food (and open bar) and fun. Not many people will be recalling your program or centerpieces a few months from your big day, so focus on what is important to the two of you!