So I guess I've been holding out on you guys long enough and it's time for me to share some more wedding pictures. I swear, every time I go to just "take a look" or "find a few" wedding pictures (whether for printing, blogging, or otherwise) I find myself immersed in them for hours at a time. I seriously can't believe it's been two months!
Today I wanted to share with you all some photos of all my florals and a few other details from the wedding.
Here's the thing about our wedding: we knew we wanted a "nice" (such a relative word when it comes to weddings) wedding but we also knew we were on a budget. Therefore we did most of the decorating ourselves. It was probably the one thing that saved us the biggest amount of money. I mean, do you know how much flowers cost? My planner told me she could give me a quote from the florist she used for my bridal bouquet.... it was somewhere around $300. I believe my response was somewhere along the lines of "Are you freaking kidding me???"
So we decided to do them ourselves. All of our flowers combined (all bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces) were less than that quote for the bridal bouquet alone. For starters, baby's breath was used as the "main" flower, and to make things simple, we just ordered 100 stems from Costco and had them delivered straight to us. Additionally, I bought a large "fall" bouquet from Publix along with some other "filler flowers" for around $50. I turned the fall arrangement into my bridal bouquet and used baby's breath + purple and yellow "fillers" for the bridesmaids. I used a combination of all three for my crown of flowers.
The flat wooden "rounds" that the centerpieces were set on were made by my dad out of a cedar tree that had fallen on our property. The wooden candle holders were mostly made by myself and Derek. A few of them were made by my dad and a good friend of his several years ago, out of a very old crepe myrtle tree from my great-grandmother's property (pictured above with the "Mr. & Mrs." sign). In addition to the handful of candles my parents let us use, Derek and I ended up making over 80 ourselves!
So tell me, did you (or are you planning to) DIY anything for your wedding to save your budget?