I am nearing the end of my budget for the wedding and I still need flowers. I put this off because flowers are not my top priority. How do I save money in this area? Any recommended vendors in the Chicago area? Or ways to make up for the lack of flowers in the wedding?
Do you want real flowers? For me, I didn't want fake flowers at all. I love flowers so it was important to me that my flowers be real. The best way to save money on real flowers is to make sure you pick flowers that are in season. You could also do centerpieces with petals rather than full flowers or one's that don't include flowers at all then you'd just need flowers for the bridal party and ceremony decor. For our wedding, I had small bouquets which consisted of one or two roses and baby's breath. Baby's breath is rather inexpensive. My bouquet did have more roses. I liked the simplicity of the bouquets I picked plus they weren't outrageously expensive. Also, using a lot of greenery would cut on costs. I've included some inspiration photos below. Not sure what your colors are, but you could adjust the centerpieces to incorporate your colors. My mom bought vases/candle holders very similar to the ones in the last picture from the dollar store so if you got greenery from a florist you could very easily pull off something similar to that photo for rather inexpensively.
I went with fake flowers, real flowers are beautiful however I couldn't justify spending 2 or 3 times more on things that would die. So I am actually working on my flower arrangements right now. I have spent probably $400 at Jo-Anns on flowers at this point.
They weren’t a priority AT ALL to me either, in fact my mom and I went to florists 2 weeks before my wedding 🤦🏻♀️😂 they all gave me SUCH judgy looks when I said I was getting married in 2 weeks and had no flowers lol. We ended up wrapping our own bridesmaid bouquets with flowers from the grocery store (cost $30 total for 4 of them) and we got my bouquet from a florist for $70. In hindsight it would’ve been fine to DIY mine as well but we weren’t sure how they were going to turn out so my mom insisted on buying mine professionally just to make sure I at least had one lol. They all turned out great though! And the bouquets were the only flowers we had at the wedding. It wasn’t missed.
We used old bath and body candles and cleaned them out. Placed water and floating white candles throughout the space. Family members gave me their old ones too, which I cleaned out and used! Minimizes the rental fee for candle votives ❤️