Yes, you read that right.
YOU DONT HAVE TO HAVE FLOWERS!
First of all, you don’t have to do anything that you don’t want to do. Period. It’s your wedding, your day, your choices. I’ll tell you that a million and one times.
Second, if you don’t want to spend $2,500 on flowers, don’t. I didn’t and either did my blog partner. You do have options, contrary to what wedding planners might tell you!
If you absolutely must have real flowers, shop around. Don’t book the first florist you meet with! Do flowers for your wedding party and family, but look into alternatives for your Centerpieces. You can save a fortune by doing things like candles, books, or even sheet music!
If you’re ok with not having real flowers, opt for paper flowers! They’re a FRACTION of the price of real flowers. My entire wedding (a bridal party of 14, me and hubs, 3 moms, a dad, 2 grandmas, 1 flower grandpa, a flower girl and 2 ring bearers, plus two large arrangements for the ceremony) cost me less than $700. And they won’t ever die. Ever. And what’s even cooler is they will be made from sheet music from our wedding song!
If you’re interested in that idea, visit DanasPaperFlowers in Etsy! She responds fast and she will work with you to create the perfect arrangement for your special day! Here’s something similar to what I’ll be doing:
Now, if you hate the idea of paper flowers and don’t want to spend the money on real flowers, but you still need a bouquet, how about a brooch bouquet? They can get pretty pricy but there are a million DIY tutorials out there that will help you create the bouquet of your dreams on the cheap. Here are some brooch bouquets!
The last bit of advice I have for you comes from my other half… my blog other half. If you 100% still want real flowers for every part of your wedding, make sure you’re getting ‘in season’ flowers. If you’re getting flowers that have to be flown in from who knows where, you’re going to be footing a hefty bill. Do your research before you head to a florist, have prices in mind, and don’t let anyone tell you you need anything extra.
Weddings are a celebration of love, not a competition to see who can get the furthest into debt.
Much love and good luck ladies and gents,