Simple Ways to Save Money on Wedding Flowers

Unless you are one of the lucky few, most brides are looking for ways to save money and stay within budget.   Even though you want to save money, you don’t want to sacrifice your vision.  Flowers, to me, are an essential part of a wedding but as long as you are smart with your choices you can get the look you want without having to break the bank to get it!

  1. My first suggestion is to choose flowers in season.  If you are getting married in the fall you may want to think twice before you choose the color pink as your wedding color; red and orange flowers will be easier to find in the fall making them less expensive.  There are some flowers that are in season year round including roses, lilies, and gerber daises and all three flowers are usually very cost effective.  If you are on a limited budget, peonies, tropical’s, and some varieties of orchids are usually more expensive so be careful when choosing these flowers.  Many florists can order these for you at a premium cost but I would suggest only using them in your bridal bouquet to cut down costs.

 2. Use non-floral embellishments in bouquets and centerpieces. This is one of the easiest ways to create large bouquets and centerpieces without using as many costly flowers.  You can use leaves, berries, jewelry (brooches), or seashells as fillers between the flowers.  I love the idea of fruit being incorporated to give color, size and texture to your centerpieces and bouquets.  I have seen artichokes incorporated in a bouquet that was stunning as well as limes and lemons used as table décor in centerpieces.

3. Another thing to keep in mind is the number of bridesmaids in your wedding.   A full size bouquet will cost anywhere from $60-80+ for each bouquet.   If you have a
large bridal party, this can add up very quickly….if this is not in your budget don’t panic.  There are ways to keep your costs down and still keep a large bridal party. One way is to have the bridesmaids carry a posy which is a very small bouquet usually consisting of 5-8 stems of flowers.  This will reduce the cost to approximately $35-40 per posy.  I have also had brides carry a purse with a corsage attached to it…very cute and practical.

 4. Keep it Simple!  Candles are a great way to keep things simple and elegant on your guest tables.  My favorite idea is to use water in assorted vases with floating candles.  It is such a classic look that can be dressed up with rose petals around the base and you have created a beautiful centerpiece for less.  If you don’t have an evening wedding or don’t like candles you can use a cluster of bud vases with one stem of flowers and is a great DIY centerpiece (although I would have someone in charge of doing this for you so you don’t have to worry about that on your wedding day)!

5. Re-Use!  Re-use as much as you can especially with the ceremony arrangements.  They can be reused as table centerpieces or buffet centerpieces.  Another idea is to ask the florist to make the bridesmaids bouquets bigger and re-use them as centerpieces.

If you have any other ideas to save money on flowers I would love to hear about it!!


Wedding Colors for Spring 2012

If you are trying to decide on a color palette for your spring wedding in 2012, make sure to check out the Pantone Fashion Color Report. Look at mixing and matching these colors to pick your favorite combination.
The new trend is to take a neon color and mix with a pastel color.  Pantone also suggests combining this with a more neutral color like Driftwood, or Starfish, to complete your perfect color combination.

Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2012

In 2011 many brides were incorporating one of my favorite colors in to their wedding….purple! I love the idea of picking a bold color like Cockatoo to compliment Sweet Lilac.  It gives a great contrast and new color combination for 2012!


Or if you want to be bold mix Cockatoo with Tangerine Tango…almost makes you feel like you are at the beach enjoying the sunset!

Another favorite is the Sodalite Blue and Solar Power….classic color combination with a twist!

  Just gorgeous!

For all the brides that love pink try Caberet and Granita to give a soft romantic feel to your wedding….I think it’s just the right amount of pink!

I hope these color combinations have helped in your search for the perfect wedding colors for you!  We would love to hear what new color combinations you have chosen!

Happy Planning!

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Top 5 Trends in Wedding Dresses for 2012

1. Lace Sleeves

You can thank the Royal wedding for the 2012 trend that some people are calling the ‘Kate Middleton effect’.  There is no doubt that Kate M. looked stunning in her lace sleeved dress and many designers for 2012 are creating similar dresses.  These ball gowns are satin with lace bodices and sleeves with long satin trains (and the best part is many designers are making the train detachable for the reception).  If you are looking to have your own royal wedding this may be the perfect dress for you!

  If you like the idea of lace sleeves for the ceremony but not sure you want sleeves the whole night, designers are also making beautiful lace shrugs that can be worn for the ceremony and taken off for the reception!

2. Illusion necklines:

An Illusion neckline is sheer fabric over a bodice extending up to the neckline.  There are many different styles of illusion necklines and some are using the sheer fabric as straps or over the entire chest up to the neck line and are usually accentuated with embellishments.  If you want to feel classic and modest but sexy at the same time this is a great choice.
The sheer fabric makes you feel covered and modest while still giving a hint of skin….love it!

3. Decorative Belts

If you are a little on the non-traditional side and want some color in your dress but not sure if you want to plunge in to an all color dress, then a decorative belt might be the perfect
touch for you.  These decorative belts come in all different colors and have different embellishments depending on the dress shape and style.   An idea I love is to wear an ivory belt for the ceremony and switch it up by changing in to a different belt or sash with a pop of color for the reception.  It will look like a whole new dress!

4. Color

I know we talked about this in the previous post Color is In: Wedding Trends 2012 but color is everywhere in wedding gowns. If you want to suprise your guests with something they haven’t seen before then a colored ball gown may do the trick!

More and more brides are changing in to different party dresses for the reception and what better way to wow people than to change in to a short colored party dress!

5. Texture:

Designers are using creative fabrics and designs to create volume and texture in wedding gowns for 2012.  Tulle and lace are creating beautiful flowers, layers, and ruffles making a bold statement.


Trying on wedding gowns is one of the most fun and exciting times you will have in the wedding planning process.  Have fun with it and make sure to try on every style and trend…you never know what you may end up liking!!  If you want more information on the dresses pictured make sure to contact Etain Bridal Boutique!