Flowers are EXPENSIVE. These vendors have got to be making a killing!
I refuse to have fresh flowers at my wedding. For one, they die in two days. For two, I am not going to spend 1/4 of my budget on something that will not last. A year from now, who is going to remember what flowers I had in my bouquet? So, an alternative you ask... I have just the ticket.
Here are just a few alternatives to having fresh flowers:
1. Paper Bouquet
If you'd like to try your hand at this DIY project check out this website: Origami instructions
2. Brooch Bouquet
You can find these on Etsy.com pre made. But, if you'd like to DIY this project go to your local thrift store every week to discover new treasures.
3. Baby's Breath Bouquet
How charming is this?? You do NOT need a florist to make this for you. All you need to do is going to your local florist and pick these stems yourself, wrap a decorative ribbon around them, and whala! a beautiful addition to your wedding. These could also be used as aisle runners and/or centerpieces.
4. Hand Fan's
This is my absolute favorite, and will be doing this for my wedding. It is such a classic look. And, think of all the photo opportunities!
Here is a website that I absolutely LOVE. You can get them for just the bridal party, or as favors for your guests.
Parasol's make for great photo opportunities as well. You can also decorate the ceremony and reception site! Think of the possibilities!! Check out this blog for more ideas.
6. Ribbon Bouquet
You can find these pre-made on Etsy.com. But, I'm sure if you are YouTube savy you could find some easy tutorials to get your feet wet.