The Unbudging Budget

No matter what I did when it came to wedding planning, the one thing I vowed to respect the entire time (besides my future husband and the many hands helping me) was our budget. To be honest, we didn’t have a huge one as far as the average cost of weddings are concerned. Mr. Orchard and I decided firmly on $10,000 total and then eventually accepted we would have to increase it to $11,000 because we wanted to be able to spring for some lodging for our bridal party that weekend, as well as gifts and a few other goodies. While I am glad (especially in hindsight!) that we stuck to what we could comfortably afford, it definitely created times when wedding planning felt a little like a game of financial Tetris. This block fit, but this one didn’t. We could do this if we were willing to change other things but that meant giving up some space in the budget down the road.

The one block I just could not make fit was flowers. No matter how I turned and flipped that block, it was just the one that was going to push us over the top and I didn’t want to do that. It was time to break up with my floral dreams.


Bye bye flowers. / gif via OK! Magazine

Once I accepted the reality of situation, I called Shannon and she was completely wonderful about it. She understood exactly where I was coming from and didn’t make me feel badly about it in the least. Thank you, Shannon!

Back at square one, I did what I always do when I am stumped. I called my mom.


Bridesmaids gif via Pictures that Move

Mama O listened as I explained my dilemma. I explained that I had a very special idea in mind for the bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres and while she was dubious she got on board (tentatively). But where I was really stuck was our tables and centerpieces—after hunting for months for milk glass, I couldn’t just let my original idea go. I remembered somewhere reading about Sam’s Club (same thing as Costco) selling bulk flowers. I logged in to their site and low and behold they had exactly what I would need to fill my vases. I shared this information with Mama O and she generously offered to pay for our bulk flowers. We ordered 125 light pink roses, five bunches of baby’s breath, and some greenery for just over $200.00!


Success!/ via AndBeThere

I’ll talk more about it during our vendor reviews, but I was so impressed with the flowers and how well ordering like that worked. If you’re thinking about it, do it!

With all of that squared away it was time to get to work on my bridal party flowers!

Did your budget ever cause you to change your original plans?


Mrs. Orchard

Morgantown, WV
Wedding Date:
November 2013

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    Mrs. Wallaby 2809 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:50 am

    I’ve seen some of the most elegant DIY floral arrangements here on the Bee, I think there’s no shame in saving a buttload of money and going the DIY route! Can’t wait to see how yours turned out, I love pink roses. And definitely agree about what a relief it is once the wedding is over to have stuck to your budget – I’m so glad we didn’t buckle under pressure and spend beyond what we originally allocated.

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    aarol 11 posts, Newbee @ 8:16 am

    Ooo, I hope you post a tutorial of your centerpieces. I’m planning on doing DIY centerpieces with flowers from Sam’s Club too!

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    red_pepper_gal 1754 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:33 am

    I did DIY centerpieces from Costco. I don’t regret it for a minute!

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    Mrs. Bicycle 619 posts, Busy bee @ 9:34 am

    Love that LC GIF!

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    bridesmomma 427 posts, Helper bee @ 12:01 pm

    I love Sam’s Club flowers! I’ve had such a great experience with them!

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    Cristina, Guest @ 2:51 pm

    Thank you SOOO much for the heads up on Sams Club flowers. I immediately looked online and they have EXACTLY what I am looking for. I am in the same exact boat as you and it is so helpful to have this info. Thank you!!!

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    Miss Filly 625 posts, Busy bee @ 2:51 pm

    I can’t wait to see how your centerpieces came out! $200 sounds like a steal for all those flowers.

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    jessc4343 219 posts, Helper bee @ 6:09 pm

    We used Sam’s and Fifty Flowers to DIY our bouquets, bouts, and arrangements (I use that word loosely as our centerpieces were made up of bloom vases).

    I absolutely recommend both companies; Fifty Flowers’ communication is amazing (read: borderline annoying.)!

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