- 4 years ago
So I married my best friend on 08/09/2013. About a month before the wedding, we took a weekend camping trip up to Kern River here in California and a morning drive up to Sequoia National Forest to collect the manzanita branches. Tied them up with a tarp on top of my Jeep Liberty and brought them home. Hung them up to dry and brushed all the dry leaves off of them.
A quick trip to Home depot for the wood for the boxes (I highly recommend having them pre-cut them for you) and my hubby-to-be spent a couple hours in his garage assembling them. Lined the boxes with plastic and poured about 2 inches of Quickrete cement in each. Pre-drilled and put one screw into the branch from under the box to hold them in place while the cement set. Covered the top of that with plastic and then placed soaked floral foam to insert the flowers into.
The day before the wedding we went to the downtown LA Flower District and bought just $300.00 worth of flowers for everything (centerpieces, bouquets, bouttaineers, accents). The markup on flowers from florists is so high. So go where the florists go to buy their flowers!Then with the help of my family and friends, the day before the wedding we made all of the arrangements. There are two dozen white roses, along with lillies, daisies (my mother’s wedding flower), and other white flowers in each centerpiece. All together we purchased over 60 dozen roses for the big day. There was one great vendor there that had fresh roses she just got in… 10 dozen for $40.00! That is $4.00 per dozen! Score! Now about $50.00 of that $300.00 were reserved for the larger more expensive roses along with callalilies and rununculus (more expensive flowers) for the bouquets and boutaineers.
We used eucalyptus and other shrub branches as the green filler, all found for free in our condo complex. They sell the same stuff to florists, so I’m guessing we saved about $100.00 by picking our own 🙂
I used real chandelier crystals instead of the cheapo plastic ones. I found a great deal on them at http://www.shabbyelegantdesigns.com/.
I bought the adorable white butterflies you see on the top of each one on eBay. There are 2 on each. The little white porcelain flowers were purchased years ago and just happened to still be in my craft bins waiting for the perfect use.
I visited a couple of florists before the wedding to price out what I wanted, and I about fainted when they gave me their quotes. All in all, with a little ingenuity and creativity, a little planning, and a little elbow grease, I know I saved us thousands and turned a low budget DIY wedding into something really special.
Feel free to tell me what you think?