Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wedding Flowers for Less-Making it Happen!


If you are in the midst of planning a wedding, you are surely worried about the budget for flowers....and you should be!
I did a little research and discovered that the average cost for wedding flowers is a whopping $1500...Yikes!
Wait 'till you see what we were able to do for a fraction of that!


Tonia and Michael's Wedding was two days away.


We were off to Market Flowers at the Minneapolis Farmer's Market:

We had a plan....
We had vases.....
We had ribbon, raffia, floral tape, floral foam, packing boxes

And
The Bride and her faithful worker bees.

We just needed the flowers and some time to make the vision a reality!
Come along and see the fun we had!


Our Goal:
1 Bridal Bouquet
3 Bridesmaids Bouquets
20 Table Arrangements
6 Boutonniere's
4 Corsages
3 Large Table Arrangements
10 Chair Decorations
Mantle Flowers
Flowers for the Cake Stand

Could we do it?
Of Course we could!
And the best part was the fun we had!
So Many Choices

The Recipe for Success!

1 Flexible Bride
2 Friends with some experience with floral arrangement
  5 Willing Helpers
2 to 3 Planning Meetings (parties in our case)
1 essential notebook with all the lists and notes
A great workshop area
Helpful Flower Market Staff
A huge cooler with every flower you can imagine

Mix well with a lot of laughter for about 3 hours
Leave the flowers in the cooler for 2 days
Refresh the workers with some beverages
 Wait patiently for the big day!
DUM DUM DE DUM!

Close view of the bridal bouquet
Simple Corsages!



                                            

A little tweeking and it will be perfect!
Perfect....and she did it all herself!
And they said they didn't know how to make a bouquet!


1 Table Decoration-Done-19 more to go!



An Interruption-The Groom stops in to give his stamp of approval!

Almost done!


The Flowers Just Chillin'

We DID IT!
It seems to me that this was a wonderful alternative to walking into a floral shop and ordering the flowers.
It felt joyful work together to create something truly beautiful and memorable for this special couple.

Stay tuned.....the next installment will let you see all the flowers at the wedding....I bet you can't wait.
In fact....here is a sneak peek!
Could She Be More Beautiful?



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Related Posts:

Wedding Mantle on a Budget
Wedding Flowers For Less-First Steps

The Wedding Day


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Stuff and Nonsense

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Happy Hour Projects

Whipperberry

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12 comments:

Karen said...

What a beautiful bride, and what a clever you! I have definitely not got a green thumb, so I would have been scared to touch the flowers, but you did a fabulous job. Well done!

Miss Kitty said...

Gosh! that looks like so much fun! I'm your newest follower...it looks like we have a lot in common with things we like to do AND our taste. I started my blog a couple of months before you did...I picked out the background you have and the same font! I have done a couple of posts on doing wedding flowers but they were not as popular as other posts I have done. I think people assume flowers are "too hard" and "I could never do that" when that is not the case at all. The bride is really beautiful and she made her own bouquet!

Nicole@Thrifty Decorating said...

Wow! That is amazing that you accomplished all of that!! The arrangements that you made were gorgeous!

Nicole@Thrifty Decorating said...

Oops...thanks for linking to Thrifty Thursday! :)

Christie, Describe Happy said...

You all just waved your hands and out came those beautiful arrangements!! I really like the colors and textures and the can do attitude!!

Sky @ Capital B said...

Thank You for your nice comment on my blog about the paint chip notepads! I love the idea of using them in a classroom :) You sure have some ambitious and fun ideas here! Looks like the flowers turned out awesome! And your chair recover too! :)

Marilyn said...

WOW these are awesome.. Pretty Bride : )) ;)) Love your blog.. The title is awesome too.. Following ya from Design It Chic's blog hop Friday today. Hope you can stop by and visit me sometime.. I'm Marilyn from http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com? - have a great weekend..

Party Of Four said...

The flowers are beautiful! Wedding planning is so stressful. I remember I waited to the last minute to order flowers. Ugh. haha. Have a great weekend!

Love your blog. Stopping in from Design It Chic. Feel free to visit any time.

NanaDiana said...

Hi- I just found you and signed up as your newest follower. You are one state West of me- WI here...and I think we have lots in common. Any woman that is EMPOWERED by tools is okay in my book! (teacher-book- get it?;>) Never mind. I'll be back! Hugs- Diana

Jenni said...

Thank you so much for linking up with the Frog last week! It means so much to me! I hope you will join the party tomorrow! Plus, I am giving you the Versitile Blogger Award so stop by and check it out.

Adrianne said...

I've featured this post from Freestyle Friday, thank you for sharing! Come on over and grab a feature button if you like!

Adrianne
www.happyhourprojects.com

Michelle Ordever said...

Being able to DIY elements of any celebration is so satisfying! You did a great job!

Thanks for sharing this at #FlashbackFridays!