1. Flowers (bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages)
When searching for florists, I got some crazy quotes. I needed 4 bouquets (mine + 3 bridesmaids), 3 boutonnieres (Dads and Grandpa), and 5 corsages (Moms and 3 Grandmas). I was getting quotes of $1,000 to $1,600. That is CRAZY. I was outraged and I was just going to buy the flowers and arrange them myself. Better yet, I was going to GROW the flowers and arrange them. Never mind that I can (and have) killed a cactus, two spider plants, and multiple poinsettias.
Luckily, I was talked out of this idea. I ended up going to a local grocery store (Kroger) and talking to the florist there. She was wonderfully nice, though I wasn't sure she was exactly getting the look I wanted. Flowers weren't a humongous deal to me, though, and I let her do her thing. When we picked up the flowers the morning of the wedding, I was stunned. They were gorgeous. And huge. And $200. Amazeballs! I'm so happy I went with this option instead of the DIY.
My bouquet was so stinkin' amazing!2. Centerpieces
I didn't want to spend a lot of money here, either. I opted for a slice of tree topped with three mason jars--one for a candle, one for flowers, one for succulents. I love my family. They jumped right on board with this project. My father-in-law grew the flowers for our centerpieces and the man can garden. He also sliced a tree for the base. Well, actually, he and Brad sliced multiple trees to give me options for thickness and type of wood. Amazing, I tell ya. My mom happens to make candles, so that automatically went to her. She also helped me make succulent terrariums (which I killed. See: gardening abilities above.) and then made final versions with my sister. I printed the table numbers from a template from Martha Stewart and had them printed on kraft paper. Beautiful. Exactly what I wanted.
So pretty. Yes, I'm narcissistic.11. Old, New, Borrowed, Blue