1 Flowers!!!!! I love them. You love them. We all love them. I'd rather buy flowers than bread, but they can get expensive.
Consider where you'll get the most impact for your flower-buying buck. Here are some great ideas culled from our fave florist partners.
1. Keep your ceremony decor simple. It's a short period of time and everyone is looking at you. You don't need to spend a fortune on arches or arrangements unless they can be used elsewhere.
2. Repurpose your centerpieces as decor for the aisle and ceremony space. Add a few columns or pedestals to a few centerpieces and you're good to go!
3. Pick the most picturesque spot at your venue; it may not be the same place that they automatically suggest!
4. Don't spend a lot of money on decor for the cocktail hour. Again, it's a very short period of time and literally no one is paying attention to what's on the cocktail tables. A votive candle, a little bubble ball with a single bloom; keep it simple.
5. Ask your florist how to save money. A good one will use your money well.
6. Be flexible. If your dream flower is five times as expensive as something just as nice (that you didn't think of....) maybe use a few in your bouquet and move on.
7. Greenery is your friend. Votive candles are you friends too.
8. Boutonnieres? Skip them (except for maybe your groom, if you have one, and your dad). No one will miss them.
9. If you haven't picked your wedding party? Keep it small. Less people, less flowers.
10. Consider alternative containers; wooden wine crates, fishbowls, antique flea-market teapots, those cute tin cans that tomatoes come in, a grouping of craft beer bottles with single stems, even GASP mason jars.....