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Wedding Flowers? The Trick to Getting the Most for Your Money!

Updated on May 18, 2018
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Deborah McCoy is president of the American Academy of Wedding Professionals and is the author of bridal-reference books.

My mother-in-law's wedding! Flowers forever immortalized in her bridal-party photos!
My mother-in-law's wedding! Flowers forever immortalized in her bridal-party photos! | Source

The Best Bang for Your Buck? Your Bridal-Party Flowers!

When I look at my mother-in-law’s wedding photos, I’m in awe. The flowers flow like abundant cascades of blooms from her hands and the hands of her bridesmaids. They are opulent! Once you look at that picture, you never forget the flowers (or the wedding).

And therein lies the value of your bridal-party flowers. They will be forever remembered in your wedding photos for generations to come. The flowers and the photos (in which they appear) are priceless! So how do you make the most of your floral/decorating dollars?

Put the majority of your flower/decorating budget in your bridal-party flowers. These will be the ones forever captured in your wedding photos and video, the ones that will be treasured by your future children and grandchildren.

Make your own non-floral centerpieces and save money!
Make your own non-floral centerpieces and save money! | Source

Save Money! Make Your Own Non-Floral Centerpieces!

Make your own non-floral centerpieces. Peruse the Internet and you'll find all kinds of designs from the informal to the formal. Once you're set on a design, go to crafts' stores to buy materials and party-rental stores to rent things like mirrors.

Create them well before your wedding date and then give them to friends and families to set-up and place on reception tables on the day of the wedding. (Designate a friend or family member to retrieve them the next day and to return all rentals, if applicable.)

* Candles of all heights, sizes, and colors, placed on mirrors from a party-rental store and accented by "glass pebbles" (found at crafts' stores in the flower department), make stunning wedding centerpieces, so do candelabra.

(c) 2018, Deborah McCoy, AAWP. All rights reserved.


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    • Deborah McCoy profile imageAUTHOR

      Deborah McCoy 

      9 years ago from Florida

      Hi... that's the idea! :-) Brides-to-be before the wedding day should not be worrying about making bridal-party flowers. Those flowers take the skill and expertise of a professional wedding florist. Having been one myself, i know from experience the work involved.

      Making "non-floral" centerpieces for the wedding reception is a different story. They are easy to make and are cost effective. And the best news? They can be made well in advance of the wedding date.

    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 

      9 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I love wedding flowers, they just make a huge impact. Another idea is to use a professional florist for the bouquets but make your own (or have a talented friend or relative) make the centerpieces.


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