As the heat of summer approaches, we're doing a throw-back Thursday post to a lovely winter bridal shoot! Take a look at the idyllic setting, the fantastic dress and the sheer ambiance of it all. Enjoy!
Photography: Rebekah Westover
Here’s our next installment in our lovely budget month. Let’s talk beautiful blooms. Though generally a small part of the wedding reception, flowers can easily become one of the most costly items in your wedding! These deceptively simple accents can really wreak havoc with your budget. Here are our tips for keeping your flowers in check.
Tip 1: Get a quote first. It’s very easy to spend months deciding on flowers and creating a motif before a florist will put a cost to your creations. By the time the estimate rolls in at thousands of dollars, you could find yourself up a creek without the time or the energy to start over. Make sure you know the florist’s minimums and their general price range before you fall in love with their products.
Tip 2: Shop in season. Instead of bursting onto the scene with your ideas for exotic orchids or pink and purple daffodils, ask your florist which flowers are in season. If you go straight for a flower that fits your very specific vision, you’ll likely find that the cost of the ideal really soars to new heights. Keep an open mind and talk about the various options that are both in season and local. Florists can work wonders with their products, so put some faith in the masters to pull it off.
Tip 3: Limit the blooms that you need. Instead of creating an enchanted garden, try to minimize the way you use the flowers to give you both beauty and a budget-friendly scene. Instead of placing floral table settings at each table, try every other table, or try creating smaller arrangements that utilize other elements besides flowers. Don’t worry about putting blooms in every corner of the room. Within your arrangements, opt for fillers like branches, seasonal fruits, and other more commonplace details that won't detract from your theme.
Tip 4: Buy your own flowers: If you’re creative and daring, try selecting your own flowers from a more generic store and pay a florist to arrange them as you’d like. Though this risky strategy isn’t for the faint of heart, you could end up saving quite a bundle.
Welcome to our budget month! Nearly every bride is looking to stay under a certain budget, and we’re here to coach you through how to keep from breaking the bank and still have the wedding of your dreams.
Tip 1: Choose what matters most. Choose the elements you find the most important for your wedding and decide that these will be the areas not to scrimp. If you need to have the perfect dress, decide to put less toward your flowers or cut down on the catering. Realistically, it’s probably best to shop for your most important items first. That way, you’ll know what is left in your budget to work in the smaller items that hold less importance for you.
Tip 2: Shop around. As you look for any wedding item, it’s good to shop around. Don’t just settle for the first thing you see without taking the time to really compare some good options. Find a good deal, then seek out two to three more places to really look at the general price ranges and quality of service. You’ll be much more likely to find the best bang for your buck!
Tip 3: Use your connections. Look up old friends, ask your neighbors who owe you a favor, or get chatty with your relatives until you find good references for the bridal world. The community is always willing to lend a helping hand, so take advantage of those who would love to help you! Every little bit helps!
Tip 4: DIY. Get creative with your different options and utilize those long-dormant Pintrest skills. Anything you could fabricate, create, or manufacture yourself, do it! If you don’t feel like you’ve been blessed with the creative genes, tap into someone else’s skills for help. Enlist bridesmaids or friends to help you create your dream wedding without breaking the bank.
Whether you’re the ultimate penny-pincher or just a budget-minded bride, remember that any little effort you put into budgeting for your wedding will pay you back handsomely. Who knows, you may find yourselves saving so well that you’ll have room in the budget for a Hawaiian honeymoon! Happy shopping!
LatterDayBride's newest line of gowns has even more of what brides love this season. Champagne gowns are still surging in popularity, especially accompanied by ivory lace details. Belts can make all the difference for a bridal look, and our dresses really feel fabulous with these stunning accessories. We're also seeing a love for soft and simple, with gowns arriving in soft delicate laces, silky charmuse, and flowing chiffon.