Floral Fantasies

Many of us have been to a wedding or event and have seen the beautiful, elaborate floral centerpieces. Or we’ve seen them online or on some wedding reality show. We are captivated by their vibrant colors, and their beauty. The fragrance is intoxicating and conjures up images of peaceful romps in a garden, or the first time we plucked a flower from the neighbor’s yard to bring home to Mom. The arrangements are artistic and awe inspiring, and we’ve determined that we must have It for our wedding.

We rush to the florist and explain our vision to them. In our floral dream, there are flowers everywhere; in the centerpieces, on columns, on the backdrop, and maybe even hanging from the ceiling. Our exuberance quickly turns to disappointment as we’re informed of the price tag of our floral fantasy. We begin to think that that fresh flowers are no longer an option. Don’t give up hope yet. There are some ways to still have the beautiful flowers you dream of.

  • Have your centerpieces on a select number of tables. Rather than having the floral centerpieces on every table, use them on ½ or ¼ of your tables, or even just on the head table. The other tables can have vases with floating candles, or other non-floral centerpieces

  • Use the bridal party bouquets as centerpieces on the head table. Have the vases already in place. Once the bridal party enters, and they place their bouquets in the vase.

  • Use local and seasonal flowers. They cost less than imported flowers.

  • Instead of having a centerpiece full of expensive flowers such as roses and calla lilies, have them as accents and use less costly flowers for most of the arrangement.

  • Use grocery store flowers. They’ll cost less and no one will know if you don’t tell them

  • Use flower wholesalers. You will be able to buy in bulk, at a lower price.

With a little creativity and some adjustments, you can have beautiful floral centerpieces at your wedding.

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