Join us and all the vendors of Apple Blossoms Wedding Center’s Wedding Professionals on Tuesday, August 27 from 6pm – 9pm. There will be some great door prizes, a fabulous Bridal Gown and Formalwear Show along with some great entertainment and much more. This event is free to all the Brides to Be and $5.00 each for the brides guests. All proceeds will be donated to The Tampa Woman’s Club for their continued community and charity support. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
So where do I start?
Oh I know where I’m going to start.
In Karen Bussen’s book Simple Stunning Weddings published in 2004 is an and exquisite publication of some examples of Simple Stunning Wedding flowers and decorations. On page 10 she discusses the “10 simple stunning truths”. Number 1 starts out with “Simple is not the same as cheap.”
With this in mind flowers can range from a dollar or two a stem to well over 50 dollars per stem. I know for many brides not knowing the costs of flowers and the names can be very intimidating. Seeking out a floral or wedding floral design professional is one of the best things to do when planning your wedding flowers and decor to get a better understanding of the costs. Many wedding planners may have a basic idea of what wedding flowers might cost, but in actuality they are only there to help guide you to determine a budget. What we find here at Apple Blossoms Floral Designs is that may times the budget is well under the expectations of the client. There are many factors that come along with creating arrangements. Maybe it’s something as simple as a row of brushed chrome bud vases down a long table with a single flower such as a Dahlia. Taking into account that it may take 10 of these. I have found them on line from anywhere from a couple of dollars a piece to over 20 dollars each. The Dahlia can run somewhere between 9 dollars and 12 dollars a stem from your local florist. Let’s figure the vase at 10 dollars each and the Dahlia at 10 dollars each to be conservative. Now that’s 20 dollars each and you need 10 per feasting table. That’s 200 dollars per feasting table. These will make great favors for your guests to take home with them, so you can avoid those Koosies with your names and wedding date that very few will take and you will have stacks to enjoy for the next 15 years.
When factoring all of this into your budget and you are telling us you will be having 8 feasting tables with 10 bud vases each, 20 votive candles on each table, lace runners, sliver chargers, etc. You could be looking at anywhere from 300 dollars and up per table. That’s 1200 dollars (This doesn’t include all the personal flowers, church flowers, cake flowers, etc.) on the conservative end of the budget.
Another thing no one takes into account of how this is going to be all put together, with the setup the day of your wedding or event. Depending on the location, distance, complexity of setup, and not to mention returning at the end of the reception to collect any rental items. This can range anywhere from 50 dollars to over 1000 dollars or more depending on all the variables.
Are you planning on picking everything up the day of your wedding and setting everything up yourself or having friends do it? If so this is a way to save some money. My question is what happens when your friend picks up your flowers and have to slam on the brakes to avoid an accident or a dog running out in front of them and the flowers are damaged? Once flowers are picked up from our store we are no longer held responsible for how they are handled nor any replacements due to accidents. We handle these items all the time and know how to transport the flowers with no damage. We as professionals will also bring a backup of flowers to make sure everything is perfect just in case anything is blemished on route. Not to mention that extra table that was added the day of the wedding or event to make sure everything is just perfect and no table goes without flowers.
So in closing even though it might be simple, but elegant it’s going to all add up in the end. Take it for my word Simple does not equate to Cheap. Remember when you hire a qualified florist to create you wedding or event it’s not just flowers, but the expertise and quality of service you look for and expect.read more
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Brides often ask me how they can save on their wedding flowers and here a few tips.
1. First look at what date you are picking for your wedding day. Weddings around Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, and Christmas tend to cost more since flower prices tend to go up. Don’t forget if you are doing a destination wedding during peak season such as spring break prices can be a lot higher for things like rooms.
2. Reduce your bridal party. I know it’s hard to make a decision on not having 12 bridesmaids, but your friends will understand that you didn’t ask everyone of them to be in your wedding.
3. Keep your bridal flowers simple. The Bridal bouquet is where you might want to splurge and the Bridesmaids bouquets could be something as simple as a couple of Hydrangea or a couple of Roses with some beautiful foliage.
4. I often hear of seasonal flowers. There are some flowers such as Peonies, Lilac, Lily of the Valley, Blooming Branches, etc. that have very short periods of the season. None the less. Peonies are often available odd time of the year, but are traveling very long distances to get to your florist. It’s the transportation that factors in to the cost of the flower. In place of Peonies you might want to think about Garden Roses. These are normally available year round and will give the a similar look at about half the cost of Peonies.
5. Reduce the guest list. I know it’s hard to do, and you want to invite everyone you know, but it just isn’t always practical.
6. Doing a wedding at a venue where you can do the everything from the ceremony to the reception will save in transportation and be much more convenient for all your guests. For instance a hotel with a beautiful courtyard where you can hold the ceremony and the guest can move easily to the reception.
7. When it comes to centerpieces look into decor for some of your tables. Candles might be the first thing that pops into your mind, but candles can be quite expensive. Also talk to your venue. Most places require candles to be in glass. This will be an added expense unless you want to hire a Fire Marshall to oversee the event, and that can run several hundred dollars as well. Not to mention if the wax from the candles drip on the table cloths you may have to pay retail for the linen to replace them. Using decorative items such as Candelabras, Vases, etc. that you can rent rather than purchase is a way to give some interest to your overall look and theme.
8. Reduce decorations for the church or use flowers from the ceremony to decorate the reception. Pew markers can often be used to decorate head tables, cake tables and even guest tables. Alter arrangements can be designed to be used on guest tables, or possibly buffet tables. Remember that if you are having your florist stay through the ceremony to move these items there will most likely be additional costs for them to wait through the ceremony and even through the photographs to collect these items and move them.
9. Have a plated dinner rather than a buffet. Buffets are much more expensive than a plated dinner.
10. When meeting with your florist find out if there are lesser expensive flowers that will achieve the same look and feel you are trying to achieve. A florist can help you with making the right decision on the flowers that will fit into your budget and still look perfect for your wedding day.
11. Hire a wedding planner. Yes this may cost you a few hundred dollars for a day of planner to several thousand to help you though the entire process, but can help you to make the right choices and help you to budget your wedding needs and keep you focused on not over spending. They also have many resources to help you meet with other professionals that not only fit your budget, but are reputable.
12. Wedding insurance. Yes, there is something called wedding insurance. Life brings all kinds of unforeseen unknowns and changes in our lives. Wedding insurance can cover many things that could happen for just a couple hundred dollars.
These are just a few things to think about when trying to cut costs. I know not every bride has hundreds of thousands of dollars to spend and even if they do they are still looking on ways to cut costs.