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Nothing says shabby chic like blue mason jars filled with flowers or tea lights. They add that charming look that almost every bride is after. But darn can they be expensive/hard to find! Well no more, I say! You can find clear mason jars anywhere (and for cheap). Add in the some transparent glass paint for around $4 and you’ve got some new and blue jars for about $1.50 each. Saweeeeet.

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Winter bouquets

The weather outside is frightful, but the floral options for your winter wedding are so delightful! Take a look at these awesome winter bouquets, featuring flowers in bloom this season, ensuring the lowest cost for your floral arrangements. Enjoy!

pink roses, mini paperwhites, and pinecones make this bouquet dreamy, romantic, and perfect for winter

This cascade of amaryllis, hypericum berries, and sprigs of arborvitae is perfect for the Christmas bride.

For the New Years bride, this bouquet of white hydrangeas dotted with black-beaded flowers is sophisticated and classy. And looks great with a glass of bubbly.

Casablanca lilies along with silver mesh leaves make for that perfect winter white bouquet. And Casablanca lilies are large, requiring less blooms (and less money) to make a beautiful, full bouquet.

Calla lilies are in their second bloom in the winter, and blooms in dark mauves and purples are gorgeous during this season

Other flowers in bloom this season:

Bachelor’s Button


What more appropriate flower for a wedding than a Bachelor’s Button?  Botanically, it is called Centaurea. It is one of the rare, strikingly blue flowers.  It is appropriately used at weddings since the groom is no longer a bachelor and no longer blue. Ushers frequently wear this flower in their lapels.

Freesias

Freesia is one of the most popular flowers, possibly because it is so distinctive. Freesia have long, narrow, sword-shaped leaves which grow in two rows.The flower stalk is branched with 8-14 flowers growing from the top of the stalk at a 90 degree angle, forming a comb.  Some compare this comb of flowers to a wedding party, with the two largest blossoms signifying the bride and groom and the remaining buds the attendants.

Star of Bethlehem


The Star of Bethlehem, botanically known as Ornithogalum, features white flowers with either a white-green or a black-grey center. The Star of Bethlehem was so named because it reminded the priests of flowers that were found in churches of the sacred city of Bethlehem. In medieval times, this flower was used to signify the religious commitment of the bride to the groom.

Happy planning!

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There are so many ways to kill two (sometimes three or four!) birds with one stone that can equal big savings for your big day. Here are some quick and easy ideas that you can customize and incorporate into your wedding:

Wine bottles doubling as table numbers:

Bouquets doubling as centerpieces:

Programs doubling as fans:

Menus/programs doubling as activity books for the kids:

Escort cards doubling as favors:

Favors doubling as centerpieces:

Gotta love multi-tasking! What ideas have you come up with to “double up” and save money?

Happy planning! 🙂

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October weddings do not always have to equal orange…if you like orange, great! but if this bold color doesn’t make it into your color scheme and you still want the look and feel of fall, using white pumpkins is a great (and cheap!) way to bring your favorite colors and the autumn vibe into one space.

Place beautiful flower arrangements in them:

Adorn them with moss, glitter, crystals, whatever you like!:

little ones make great table numbers!

Carve your initials, wedding date, favorite quote, or design:

There are so many ways to personalize pumpkins to make them not just quintessentially fall, but quintessentially you! And at under $10 a piece, they’re quintessentially under budget. 🙂

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I know I’ve been MIA for almost a month…between getting a new job and doing some work for Oregon Bride Magazine, time (and energy) seems to be hard to find. But don’t fret, I am back. And still dedicated to finding and reporting on all things chic and cheap! So since it is now October (again, where does the time go?!), I thought I’d provide you with the 411 on the flowers blooming in October, which also equal the flowers that will be the cheapest during this month. So, without further ado….

Mums

One of the primary flowers of October is the mum. Although most mums are fairly similar in make-up, there are actually 13 key types that you may wish to employ in wedding designs. The key differences across mums are the size of the flower itself (in both fullness and diameter) and the petals.

Spider Mums

The Spider Mum is a unique flower within the Mum family. Each stem has a single head with long, tubular outer petals and a bulb-like center. Resembling an exploding firework,  spider mums are sure to bring excitement to any wedding bouquet, table centerpiece or flower arrangement.

Anemones

The Anemone is also called the Windflower,and Lily-of-the-Field.  The name is derived from the Greek word ‘anemos’ meaning ‘wind’. In Roman times Pliny wrote that the anemone flower was opened by the wind. The flowers of the taller types are carried on long, wiry stems and nod gracefully in a breeze.  Anemone flowers come in vibrant shades of red, pink, blue, purple, and white, and have a dark center, sometimes ringed with white. But a white Anemone flower usually has a yellow-green center.

Lilies

October is also a prime month for lilies. While typically thought of as a spring flower, properly tended lilies have a second bloom season in the first blush of cool weather after the summertime heat. For a majority of the United States, this means that these classically beautiful flowers will be available to the October bride.

Pansies

Though not typically seen in wedding arrangements, this fall season flower has one of the widest color ranges of any garden annual. Included in the wide color range are red, purple, blue, bronze, pink, black, yellow, white, lavender, orange, apricot and mahogany. the flowers may be of a single color or have two or three colors with a face. The plant itself is compact, not more than 9 inches in both height and spread, and bears many stems. the medium green, coarsely notched leaves are oval or heart-shaped. Pansies would make a beautiful and unique addition to your floral arrangements.

Snapdragons

Also a garden flower, the snapdragon is known for its wispy jaw-like upper and lower petals. A single stem averages 10-15 of these unique blooms, which are grouped closely together giving the impression of a single lengthy flower. They come in a varietry of colors and would heighten any wedding bouquet, table centerpiece or flower arrangement.

Poppies

These whimsical flowers come in an assortment of colors and sizes that would look fantastic at your fall wedding. From reds, oranges, and yellows to white, pinks, and blues, they are sure to match any color scheme.

Chinese Lantern Plant


OK, this plant is so cool. I think it would look amazing in an October/November centerpiece. This fruit-laden plant gets its name from the calyx, the balloon-like, papery, red covering over the fruit, which resembles a Chinese paper lantern. To use in arrangements, simple hang the plants upside down to dry the flowers and voila! They last for a long time, so they would be great home decorations or used for craft projects after your event!

So, to all of you October brides, take advantage of the beautiful flowers and plants in season this month. They’ll not only look beautiful, they’ll save you some major cash. sounds like a win-win to me!

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The hydrangeas are in season and apples are a fall favorite…put them together and you have a stunning autumn centerpiece that is not only easy on the eyes, but easy on the wallet! If your wedding is in late August or September, hydrangea costs will be at their all-time low (and odds are, you probably have some in your backyard already) and apples are going to run you what…$2.00 a lb? So cheap + cheap = fabulously cheap!!

I attended an event this week (not a wedding…wish it was. It was relatively boring) and they had these beautiful centerpieces adorning the tables.  I thought, how pretty! I must share this idea…so I snatched one (just kidding…they gave it to me) and here it is, to amaze and inspire you!

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Colored pins are placed in the apples to dress them up. Go with rhinestones for some sparkle and glitz!

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If you’re going for an apple theme (which I love), how cute are these apple escort cards with leaf-shaped tags and colored pins?


The change from summer to fall is bittersweet…but at least the air conditioning bill should start to come down…leaving you more money for your wedding budget, right? 😉

Happy planning!

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September is fast-approaching and if your planning your big day during this beautiful Autumn month, and want to keep your flower costs low, these are the flowers you should check out:

Asters

The name is Latin for “star” because of the flower’s shape. Aster is the herb of the goddess Venus. Ancients believed burning the leaves would drive away serpents. One myth is that asters were created from stardust when Virgo looked down from the heavens and wept, thus it is the flower of September.

Roses

You are never going to be disappointed if you choose rose wedding flowers. Roses are the most popular wedding flower and with good reason:

  • They are a beautiful shape
  • They are have year round availability
  • They are available in lots of colours to please just about everyone

They look fantastic on their own, but they mix easily with other classic flowers. This is great if you want a rose bouquet but want the ceremony and reception arrangements to feature other flowers alongside the roses.

Sunflowers

To highlight a country or late summer/early fall wedding, and easily keep within a budget, an excellent selection for wedding and bridal flowers is the sunflower. It’s meaning and adoration fits well into any wedding theme and its size and versatility will enhance both the wedding party and the décor of the reception or ceremony location.

Since the flower head of a sunflower is large, a minimum number will be needed for a bouquet. Complimentary flowers that work well as additions to the bouquet should be simple, such as mums and carnations in shades of orange, white or purple.

Lilies


Elegant, seductive, and lush, with its delicate perfume and rich beauty, the Lily has always had an elusive and inimitable appeal. In recent years, that appeal has broadened, as extensive hybridization has produced a myriad of exquisite new varieties, ranging from vibrant (and scent-free) Asiatic Lilies to snow-white Oriental Casablanca.

Carnations

Carnations are perhaps one of the most popular flowers in the world, though they’ve recently gotten a bad rap for being “cheap.” Well, I ask, what’s wrong with cheap?! Carnations come in a large variety of colors and are very versatile. Due to the fact that carnations last long even when cut, carnations are very popular as boutonnieres, in corsages, bouquets, and in a wide range of floral arrangements. So give those carnations a chance!

So, if you’re getting married in September, these flower varieties will not only look beautiful on your Autumn day, but they’ll keep your budget in check. Happy planning!

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