All brides know how expensive it is to get married. However, there are certain places in your planning that you can get creative in order to save money and have a truly unique wedding. One way to do this is to consider an alternative to a floral bouquet for yourself and your attendants.
Flowers, especially those that are not in season at the time of your wedding, can really add up to be a huge expense. If you are looking for a place to cut costs and get crafty and creative, think about using something besides flowers to carry down the aisle.
If you are feeling thrifty, this might be a fun project for you! There are a couple of different approaches to take in regards to the brooch bouquet. The first is to just buy one that is already put together. However, these can be quite expensive because you will be paying for all the jewelry pieces and the assembly. The second option would be to make your own. Try visiting some thrift stores like Goodwill and finding some inexpensive brooches and pendants that will coordinate with your wedding colors. You can also check some local antique markets to find older pieces. Decide how big you want the bouquet to be and then purchase one of the spherical Styrofoam balls from a craft store like Michael’s or Joanne Fabrics. You can arrange the pieces however you like, leaving room on the bottom to stick a wooden dowel into the Styrofoam. This will allow you to hold the bouquet just like the stems of flowers. You can wrap the dowel with fabric or ribbon that matches your wedding colors. This trend has even caught on in celebrity weddings as demonstrated by Miranda Lambert’s wedding to country singer Blake Shelton!
If you are wanting a shabby chic or “pinterest-y” wedding, then having your bridesmaids carry lanterns down the aisle can be very unique and perfect for your theme. If you add a chunk candle inside, they make a completed look and would also be adorable with a burlap or colored ribbon bow on the top. Depending on the size that you choose to use, they can double as accessories or centerpieces during the reception. If you will be married in the evening or night, have the candles inside lit for added romance! You can find these lanterns in very simple styles or very ornately detailed and they are generally very reasonably priced. They also come in a variety of colors with white and black being the most popular.
Some brides have their hearts set on the look of flowers at their wedding but cannot afford fresh florals. If you are one of these brides, you can still have your dream ceremony! Silk or fabric flowers are a wonderful alternative and, from a distance and in photographs, can look as good if not better than fresh flowers. Also, you will be able to keep your bouquet for as long as you like after the wedding is over and never have to worry about the flowers wilting or dying. Craft stores are usually always running specials on their silk flowers and you can even find some that feel like the real thing! You can also use your bridesmaids’ bouquets for reception centerpieces once the ceremony and pictures are over. Talk about a money saver!
If you are a bride that cannot even fathom anything besides flowers for her wedding but still need to budget your money, Che’ne Rouge offers great packages that even include your bouquets and boutonnieres! Schedule a tour of our venue today to learn more about these great options and to get the chance to work with our fabulous florist, Gail, from A Perfect Wedding Floral Design!