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8 Tips to Save Money on Your Wedding Flowers

Yes, you CAN have a beautiful wedding with wonderful flowers -- without breaking the bank. All you need is a little creativity and these eight tips to help cut your floral costs.

Integrate festive balloons with your floral arrangements.
Balloons are decidedly less expensive than flowers and they can be used at your reception venue to provide an elegant and festive atmosphere. Many balloon artists are now mixing balloons with pretty white lights for evening weddings. These are beautiful!

Select flowers that are in season.
Selecting flowers in season will dramatically cut your costs. If you have your heart set on exotic flowers that either out-of-season or hard to get in your region, consider using silk flowers instead.

Limit the size of your wedding party.
The math is simple ... fewer bridesmaids, groomsmen, and ushers means less money spent on…

Popular Wedding Flowers & Their Meanings

A rose is a rose ... but what does it symbolize? When you understand the meaning of the flowers you select, you can use your wedding to send a special message through your floral arrangements. Highlight your selection and its meaning in your wedding program to share with your guests.

Here are some of the more popular wedding flowers and their meanings. A
Adonis Recollection of Life's Pleasure Alyssum (sweet) Worth beyond beauty Aster Daintiness, Symbol of Love Azalea Fragile and Ephemeral Passion B
Baby's Breath Happiness Buttercup Childishness C
Camellia Excellence and Steadfastness Carnation, White Pure Love, Sweet Love, Innocence Chrysanthemum, Red I love you Coreopsis Always cheerful D
Daisy Gentleness, Innocence, Loyal love Day Lily Emblem Of The Mother E
Edelweiss Daring & Noble Courage Everlasting Constancy F
Fern Sincerity, Magic, Fascination, Confidence, Shelter Fir Time & Evaluation Forget-me-not Faithful Lov…

Wedding Flower Checklist

When it comes to wedding flowers, it can quickly become confusing (and a little overwhelming) trying to keep track of what type of arrangements you need, where they go, and who gets what. We hope to make it a little easier with this wedding flower checklist. This is a common checklist of the wedding flower arrangements you should consider for your event, but should be customized to meet your budget.

Print this checklist and take it with you when you meet with your florists. This can help you get an idea of what your total cost will be for each floral arrangement and may help you narrow down your "must have" arrangements versus your "nice to have" arrangements.

ItemCostWedding PartyBride's BouquetMaid (Matron) of Honor's BouquetBridesmaid's BouquetsFlower Girl's Bouquet/BasketFloral HeadpiecesGroom's BoutonniereBest Man's BoutonniereGroomsmen's BoutonnieresUsher's BoutonnieresRing Bearer's PillowFamilyMother's Corsag…

Frequent Questions About Wedding Videography

Can't a friend or family member videotape my wedding?
Yes, but don't expect professional results. Most friends and relatives don't have the training, experience or the equipment of a professional videographer. Camera technique is more involved than knowing how to point and shoot. A wedding can't be re- staged for the camera if sound on the tape is inaudible, a battery runs out of power, or the videographer hasn't planned his camera placement and misses key parts of the ceremony. A professional videographer offers digital mastering, titling, special effects, editing equipment, professional microphones, tripods, lighting and sufficient back-up equipment to produce a high quality production.

Also, keep in mind that a friend or family member who is intent upon recording your wedding day cannot enjoy this occasion as a guest...he is too busy working for you. And if the video does not meet your expectations will you feel comfortable expressing your disappointment? Will you…

Sample Wedding Reception Schedule

Whether you are planning a formal dinner reception or an informal gathering of well-wishers, it is important to establish a schedule of events to prevent confusion on the big day!  Don't get too hung up on exact times — the idea is to keep the party moving in the right direction.


While the order of events is entirely up to you, here's a sample of a traditional reception schedule.
Cocktail Hour. 
This is the time between the wedding ceremony and the reception in which guests are served champagne and hors d’oeuvres while the wedding party is having formal photographs made.  Grand Entrance. 
This signals to everyone that the wedding party has arrived.  The traditional order of entrance is Groom's ParentsBride's ParentsFlower Girl and Ring BearerBridesmaids escorted by UshersMaid of Honor escorted by Best ManBride and GroomWedding Couple's First Dance. 

Selecting the Perfect Wedding Reception Venue

Choosing a wedding reception location can be a little daunting.  It doesn't have to be, though. By considering the following, you will save yourself time by quickly narrowing down the choices.
Availability
Ascertain which venues are available to you on your wedding date. It doesn't matter if the location is perfect but not available.

Budget
Your wedding reception budget is the single biggest thing to consider when choosing a location. It is far better to choose a less expensive venue with excellent food and entertainment than to opt for the fancy local only to scrimp on the catering.  Another budget saving idea is to hold your wedding and reception in the same place.


Central Location
If your wedding reception is going to be somewhere other than where you are getting married, choose a location that is centrally located. This will be greatly appreciated by your out of town guests who may be unfamili…

10 Ways to Get the Groom Involved

Planning the wedding is no longer the sole responsibility of the bride and her mother. If
your fiance is happily going about his life while you are out talking to the florist, caterer, wedding cake baker, and  DJ,  it's time to get him involved in the planning. After all, planning your wedding will probably be the first major project of your life together. It's important for both of you to feel connected to this process.


10 Ways to Get the Groom InvolvedRequest His Help. This may sound like a "no-brainer," but often the groom doesn't get involved because he has been under the mistaken impression that his help wasn't desired. Sit down with your fiance and ask him what he would like to have at the wedding/reception. Tell him what you would like and develop a plan together.

Give Him The Knowledge. The fact that almost every bridal magazine is directed at brides is not lost on your fiance. He may be hesitant to help with planning because he simply d…

The Ultimate Wedding Party Responsibilities Checklist

Planning a wedding and participating in a wedding can be a daunting task. Traditionally, wedding party members all have very distinct roles to help with the process and make life easier on the bride and groom. This wedding party responsibilities checklist can serve as a guideline to help you get a grip on who does what. Customize this list to meet the unique needs for your wedding party.

Bride and Groom : Together
Decide on your budget. Consult with your parents, if they are paying for or contributing to the wedding.Decide on and set the style, wedding theme, date, time, and the place of ceremony and reception. Make the reservations and deposits.Meet with your wedding officiate and participate in any premarital counseling required.Order your Save-the-Date card…