1) Be FLEXIBLE. I cannot stress this enough. You may have visions of massive rose and calla lily bouquets interspersed with dainty greenery (or whatever your fantasy floral arrangement might be) but chances are you will have to have them special ordered or they will be hard to get, and consequently you will pay more for them. Keep a general color scheme and design in mind and go from there to decide on specifics by what fits best in your budget. For instance, I knew that I wanted autumn-y flowers and that were maybe yellow and orange. One of the prettiest bouquets I found was at my local Kroger store. I didn't end up using it but all it needed was a few supplemental carnations and a silk ribbon to hold it together and it would have been perfect!
$9.99 Kroger bouquet
Have fun and explore different flower options. Roses are pretty, but they aren't the only flower in the world! Hydrangeas and carnations make a big impact and cost so much less than long-stemmed roses.
Top: Gerbera daisy corsage from 50flowers.com
Lower: DIY sunflower bouquets
(Photos ©Polyrhythm Photography)
Some great websites to order wholesale flowers from are
Note: I went with 50Flowers for my bouquets. They turned out absolutely lovely, but a few of the gerbera daisies were already wilting when I got them, and the company didn't include care or storage instructions in the package; I had to look that information up online.
Classic Red Rose Bouquet $64.95 from BunchesDirect
3) Silk flowers- my least favorite recommendation of the bunch. Realistic silk flowers can be hard to find and oftentimes a bouquet made entirely out of silk flowers looks tacky and cheap. However, if artfully arranged, silk flowers can be a valid alternative to a cut flower bouquet. You can also supplement a cut flower bouquet with some silk flowers to "fluff" it up. I should also say here that I have absolutely no problem with silk flowers being used as decorations. You decorations probably won't be photographed as closely as your bouquets so silk flowers are great to use for altar or reception decor. Silk flowers are usually also much easier to work with when decorating because they don't wilt and can be glued and bent in just the right way.
Part 3 coming soon! More on saving money for your ceremony, music, dress, and more!
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