Quickly into the wedding planning process my husband and I realized just how quickly the costs can rack up. You can keep a fairly good grip on this by budgeting right out of the gate, but there will still be a few things here and there that take a pretty solid jab at your wallet. Flowers were no exception to this conundrum…
I walked in to a local florist’s shop one afternoon and decided to ask for a quote. There was a $150 minimum on a bridal bouquet.. and that was for the cheap flowers… now imagine my face after asking for the cost of all white calla lilies. $225 for a handful of flowers that would inevitably die before I returned from my honeymoon sounded like a pretty terrible shakedown. For a whole set of corsages, boutineers, bouquets, and a bridal bouquet, I was going to be spending $500 on flowers I didn’t even like. Something had to be done.
The internet is a wonderful thing… and so is hobby lobby. We started out just making some corsages and boutineers out of the higher quality fake orchids, then I went digging around looking for ideas for my bouquet on Etsy. That’s when I found THIS: http://www.jewelboxballerina.com/wedding-bouquet-fabric-flower-tutorial. The husbeast and I spent $20 on the pattern, another $50 on the supplies, and a grand total of a week, a few hours a night, working on this beautiful bouquet for our wedding that we can keep forever.
A few tips:
- It’s customizable. Sure.. I followed her colors to the T, but that doesn’t mean you have to.
- Keep in mind that it’s nice to have some stronger hands to deal with bending the florist wire if you’re going to be using the heavy duty stuff.
- If you can help it, don’t buy the florist tape you have to stretch out to make stick… you’ll save yourself some time and frustration.
- Have fun finding those millinery stamens and beads… they’re sneaky little creatures that hide from craft stores. I found mine in the WEDDING (not floral) department at Hobby Lobby.
- Other than mentioned above, stay away from the “wedding” areas of craft stores.. it’s the same stuff.. just marked up because of the label.
Overall, it made for a fun project. We saved a lot of cash and had so much fun working on it together.
Pattern Credits: http://www.jewelboxballerina.com/
Photo Credits: http://amberdavisphotography.com/