Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Dream wedding with short budget - DECORATIVE FLOWERS FOR THE CEREMONY

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Dream wedding with short budget - DECORATIVE FLOWERS FOR THE CEREMONY (by Ashley), As far as flowers and plants as decorations are concerned, this can be a great enhancement to your ceremony.  Many churches already have floral adornments on their altars.  If you get married around the time of a church celebration, you may be able to buy a few flowers and take advantage of those that are already there.

For example, around Easter, lilies are the flower of choice in most churches.  Many people will buy Easter lilies in remembrance of their loved ones.  Offer to buy a couple of Easter lilies to add to the existing ones, and you have a beautiful decoration on the altar.

The same applies around Christmas.  Poinsettias are the flower of choice at this time of year.  Offer up a few poinsettia plants to add to those already there and you’ll have some beautiful altar decorations.

Large arrangements on an altar will only be seen from far away. Use inexpensive flowers such as carnations, or large filling flowers such as snowball mums.

If you are getting married in a church, almost all have some type of floral/tree decorations that they have all the time.  All you need to do in this situation is to add a few personal touches and you’ll have a beautiful backdrop for your ceremony.  This is what we did for my second marriage.  We took the artificial fichus trees and arranged them around our other flowers to make for a beautiful altar.

If you are getting married outside, take advantage of nature.  Cultivate what Mother Nature has to offer.  When my cousin got married, he did so at a local park overlooking a lake.  The flowers were in full bloom and it was beautiful.

His wife later told me that she had been out at that park every day for two weeks just to make sure that the flowers would be gorgeous -- and they were!

Talk to your venues and see if any other brides have booked for the same day. If the two of you can coordinate flowers and split the cost, you’ll save a lot of money.  I would imagine both of you wouldn’t turn your nose up at saving a ton of money on church decorations and flowers!

Some party rental places will rent large potted plants such as tropical palms or fichus. They visually fill a lot of space, and will help frame your ceremony site or warm up your reception. Best of all, renting a potted plant is far cheaper than buying large flower arrangements. Also, you may consider purchasing these large plants and using them in your home afterwards to get more use out of them.

Almost everyone I knew owned an artificial fichus tree, so I made several phone calls and asked if we could borrow them for our big day.  Everyone was more than happy to offer up their trees and we used them to decorate the reception hall.  More on that later!

Don’t try to move your ceremony flowers to the reception hall.  Many churches require you leave them anyway, but moving large arrangements can be tedious and simply not worth the time or effort.  The last thing you want is to have your reception held up waiting for flowers!

Decorating the place where you will take your vows is just as important as how you decorate your reception.  

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