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?
- Morgantown, WV
- English Teacher
- Wedding Date:
- November 2013
- JacksonÃ¢Â€Â™s Mill