Monday, July 12, 2010

Flora Faux Pas

Let’s get one thing straight: I like flowers. I do. I think they’re really pretty, and I think it’s super fun to get them. (The fiancé once sent me a bunch at work for our 6-month anniversary and I was a goofy grins-a-lot for the rest of the week.)

But even though I really like flowers, they have just never been one of my wedding priorities. Meaning, I just can’t bring myself to spend a gagillion dollars on something that is going to wilt and die within a day or so.

Which isn’t to say I don’t think you should! Last summer we had an intern who was one of the most petal-crazed girls I’ve ever met. She was willing to dedicate a substantial percentage of her budget to her wedding, and I say more power to her. It’s your wedding day -- your money should go toward what you love. For me, that’s photographs and food, but for you it could be paper goods, linens, music, or, of course, really lovely flowers.

That being said, I do still want SOME flowers. Just inexpensive ones. Which is why for the bulk of my flowers I plan on using baby’s breath and carnations -- stay with me.

I know there are probably high-brow flower connoisseurs out there who think I just named a couple of weeds, but I actually like the look of these blooms when they’re grouped together. I like the natural, soft shape they take on. Who cares what the price tag says if I like the look, right? Which is why it’s especially thrilling when I find something like this on one of the wedding blogs I follow:

(See the full shoot here!)

Dreamy, right?

Anyone else prioritizing their wedding budget? Or does anyone have any other inexpensive flower suggestions for me?


  1. I lucked out...a friend from high school worked at a local flower shop and did everything at cost. They were gorgeous! I guess that's what happens when you get hitched in your Iowa hometown. :) Good luck on the flowers, they'll be gorgeous!

    P.S. Kind of flower-related: I have a friend who is making boutonnieres out of vintage buttons. Adorable.

  2. Aw, I love that! I definitely think I'm going to make my own boutonnieres.

  3. Aster of any sort can be really beautiful when gathered together. Spider mums in bright colors like lime green are pretty fabulous. And button poms in pink yellow or green and very inexpensive but funky and fun, especially when embellished with things like wire or feathers.

  4. I just spent a nice low price on my flowers I got everythign from centerpices, to bouquetts and i 1000 on it all. I did yellow tulips mixed with white dasies as the bulk of my flowers. My bouquette has a few extra things thrown in the mix but it was always my favorite flowers and had them picked since I was a little girl I just lucked out that they were also in expensive.