I am all about saving money for your wedding day, especially on flowers. I love how this bride and her mother-in-law bought flowers from Sam’s Club and put the arrangements together.
Need money saving ideas for wedding day flowers? Choose flowers that are in season. If you have the time, buy the flowers directly from the flower market and get a friend to make them for you. Try to choose only a few types of flowers and fill in the rest of your bouquets or arrangements with foliage. If you have a limited budget for flowers, try to only focus on where the flowers will show the most: altar, bridal bouquet and the centerpieces.
Don’t worry about the smaller details like decorating each chair in the the aisle way or sprinkling rose petals down the aisle. These will both add up and you are spending money for something that will only be used for the length of the ceremony. If you can’t enjoy it the whole day or evening, it’s probably not worth spending the extra money. If you really are tight on money, then add a sweet golden retriever (like this couple did) to your ceremony and you won’t need flowers at all!
Thanks to Fete Photography for the lovely submission.
Garden Flower Wedding
What was the overall theme for the ceremony and reception?
(Bride’s Comments) “We were really inspired by the location and venue of our wedding. The mountains of Asheville and the gorgeous gardens at the North Carolina Arboretum made us realize a simple, classic, wedding was all we needed to compliment our beautiful surroundings.”
Describe the bride/bridesmaid’s attire
“My wedding dress was definitely a compromise between my mom and I! She and I have very different tastes. I prefer a very classic simple look and she likes a more eclectic, bohemian style. We both fell in love with this dress the second I put it on. The asymmetrical sweetheart neckline made it just different enough and the a-line skirt gave me the classic look I wanted.
I absolutely love navy blue, so it was no question that my bridesmaids would be sporting the color. They wore navy J.Crew dresses with a sweetheart neckline and looked fantastic. The short length was also key for the choreographed dance they performed during the reception.”
How many guests were invited and what was the final guest count?
“We invited about 125 people to our wedding and were lucky enough to have 100 close family and friends attend.”
What challenges did you face while planning your wedding?
“Figuring out music was a huge challenge for us. We both absolutely love music, so everything from whether to have a DJ or a live band, to what music would be played during dinner was a huge discussion for us. It took forever for us to make any type of decision and finally booked a DJ only a few weeks before the wedding. We took it very seriously!”
Which pieces of music did you use during the ceremony?
“Our Recessional was to Wouldn’t it Be Nice by The Beach Boys. I have always loved The Beach Boys and when I heard that song again, when James and I just started dating, I thought it was perfect. I’m so glad we used it during our ceremony.”
What were the highlight from the ceremony & reception?
“I absolutely loved our ceremony. One of my best friends from college, who was attending Duke’s Divinity School at the time, performed our ceremony. It was so special to have someone who had known us for so long, as a couple, be a part of that time with us. I’m so glad we decided to write our own vows. It was so much fun to anticipate James’ reaction and have them be so personal. Both of our vows were the perfect mix of funny and sentimental!
Another highlight during the ceremony was James’ father. He read a Cherokee prayer and his emotions took over – he almost wanted to give up trying to do the reading. James gave him a huge hug and told him to take his time. It was such a special moment.”
Did you have buy your wedding invitations or DIY?
“For the wedding invitations, one of my bridesmaids and I used a template we found online and adjusted it to our liking. We then had it printed using an online printing service. It saved us a ton of money and came out beautifully!”
What types of flowers did you have?
“Our flowers were primarily blue hydrangeas and pink roses. My wonderful mother-in-law is a master gardener and did all of our centerpieces and the bridesmaid bouquets with flowers delivered from Sam’s Club. She did an absolutely amazing job. The boxes for our centerpieces were made by my bridesmaid, Kate. It was definitely a group effort.”
Did you go over or stay under your budget? Where did you save money?
“We tried so hard to stay within our budget for the wedding. We primarily paid for our wedding ourselves and I had just graduated law school a year before, so we didn’t have a lot of wiggle room. We ended up going over a bit, but overall I am really happy with how we did. We really tried to save everywhere we could, except for what we thought were the most important things: food and photography. My mother-in-law is a master gardener and was a complete saint when it came to helping with flowers. She did all of the centerpieces and the bridesmaid bouquets using flowers from Sam’s Club. They looked absolutely amazing. We also saved money by using a free template for our invitations and printing them through an online printing service. I was really happy with how it turned out!”
Any tips you learned along the way to share with other brides?
“Don’t leave for your honeymoon the day after the wedding! Someone told me that when I was planning and it was such great advice. It was so nice to have all day Sunday to relax with friends and family and get ready for our trip.”
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
“We went to France on our honeymoon- it was a dream! We started out in Annecy, which is near the border of Switzerland and then ended in Paris. Annecy was the perfect place to start our honeymoon. It was low key and absolutely beautiful, with a gorgeous lake surrounded by mountains. Paris had a lot more going on and we loved walking around and seeing all the sights! My goal was to try as many macaroons as humanly possible and I’m happy to say I succeeded.”