BUDGETING FOR WEDDING FLOWERS – REAL FLOWERS VERSES SILK FLOWERS
Our bride, Candice, talks about choosing between real and silk flowers, and finding her wedding florist.
Our latest wedding adventure has been the search for our florist. Initially, I didn’t want to have any flowers at our wedding. I thought they were way too expensive to have for just the one day, only to be thrown out the day after. I was so set on not having real flowers that I began researching into artificial flowers and even ordered a few samples to see what they were like. While the pictures of these ‘silk’ flowers were lovely, they just couldn’t compare with the real thing, in my opinion. So now, I’m having real wedding flowers.
Pinterest has been great at giving me ideas on bouquets, buttonholes, centrepieces etc. I really like the look of tall, grand centrepieces with lots of roses and peonies. I also like the wedding bouquets that are hand tied and full of roses. Pinterest has helped me figure out what I like but disappointment came when I realised the cost of the things that I like.
We went to speak to a florist that was recommended to us. Her shop was near to both the church and our reception venue so that made her a great choice from the start. She listened to our ideas and had great ideas of her own. Ian and I both really liked her but when we received our quote, we had to pick our jaws up off of the floor! I knew flowers would be expensive but not THAT expensive. I spent the next few weeks thinking and re-thinking of how to get the cost down. I just couldn’t justify spending that amount on flowers.
Before we officially started looking into flowers, I did a random google search for wedding florists in our area. A shop came up that was located on the High street in the town near our village. About a month or so after receiving the quote from our first florist, I was walking along the High street and came across the flower shop that I saw online, Orange Blossom in Daventry!
I popped in and enquired about wedding flowers and was able to speak to the owner! She was really friendly and was able to give me a great quote then and there. She made some great suggestions on how I could get the look that I wanted, still with my colour scheme at a more affordable. I went away to think about it and talk it over with Ian. The next weekend, I went back in with a few more ideas and a few more questions and she and her colleague were more than happy to talk through things with me. In the end, we decided that we would go with this local florist and it seems like we will get the look that we are looking for, at a price with which we feel comfortable. A florist is now ticked off of our list. On to the next task!
Looking for a wedding florist in your area? The Silverlinings online Wedding Directory can help find local florists.