Don’t buy them. Brilliant advice, right? Lol, or not. Obviously it’s possible to have a wedding sans flowers, but I can’t think of many brides who go with that option. I am not a flower lover in general (they cost money and then they die … so just buy me something else), but even I have always known that they would be included in my big day. I’ve also always known that my nuptials would be a Broke-Ass Affair, and that my budget would never allow for hundreds (or thousands!) of dollars in bouquets and floral arrangements. So what’s a gal to do? I meant it — don’t buy real flowers.
Other than my bouquet and the matching boutonniere, all of the flowers at our wedding will be fake. Honestly, I really considered going the artificial route on all of it, but some part of me wanted the real deal for when I walk down the aisle. Our florist threw Russel’s bout in for free, so yay for that. I know some people will turn their noses up at fake flowers, but I’ve never been that person. I saw what my mom could do with them when my brother got married nine years ago, and I have no doubt that our bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages and centerpieces will turn out fabulous.
There she is in the pink dress, under one of her creations. P.S.: Forgive the terrible photo quality from 2007.
We’re not making anything quite that big, but there will be about 36 homemade centerpieces, seven bridesmaid bouquets and seven boutonnieres. Did I mention we have a large wedding party? No? Well, we have a large wedding party. I honestly don’t even know how many corsages or other miscellaneous items we’ll end up making in addition. So yeah. Knowing that my bridal bouquet and one boutonniere is costing us over $100, I could only imagine what real flowers would cost us. Not worth it!
This means that my mom is drowning in a sea of Real Touch Flowers, which she is happy to remind me of quite often. That’s what spare bedrooms are for, right?
I seriously cannot thank her enough for buying, storing and making all things floral for our wedding. I know it’s going to save us a TON of money, and we will still get the beautiful, traditional feel that pretty flowers add to a space or event. If you haven’t checked out the quality of artificial flowers that are out there, do it! I think a lot of people are surprised when they see how realistic and beautiful some of them are. You’ll save yourself lots of money, and the beautiful things you create won’t die on you … bonus!