In the Daily Telegraph on Friday they featured an article about DIY brides, essentially cutting the cost of weddings. It seems the cost of the average wedding is now £24,000!!
In fact most of the brides I work with enjoy making and planning things for their own weddings, it makes it all more personal I feel.
As the article mentioned in order to save costs you can buy buckets of flowers from local growers and arrange your own flowers. Brides that do this often like their bouquets, headcirclets and buttonholes made for them. It can be very stressful as these things have to be made at the last minute and require some skill and experience to get right. I call this my buckets and bouquets option. Locally grown flowers are usually (but not necessarily) cheaper, particularly if you buy blooms that are in season. There are a lot of other good reasons to buy them of course! I also find I can do a lot with single stems given the right containers.
Talking of containers I buy a lot of vases from charity shops along with filling jam jars and bottles. This can save tremendously on cost, as vases can be very expensive. Some florists will also hire them to you.(I have a small range). The only issue that can arise with hire is that obviously breakages have to be paid for but also you will have to return the vases and this can be a hassle after the wedding is over.
Buying other items preloved can also help, even the dress! Above I have some pictures of the Big C shop in Norwich which sells second hand wedding dresses, shoes, hats and lots more.
The largest cost is usually the venue for the reception along with food. If you go DIY for this, you can make large savings. Having the reception at home or in a village hall, friends and family making the food, buying in your own drink etc...My brides can be very enterprising buying in wine and beer as offers present and stock piling. Decorating village halls and DIY marquees with green leaves and bunting ( My daughter makes wonderful bunting which will be available on our site shortly). I will also help decorate if you have your own materials but don't know what to do ( I charge an hourly rate for this).
Taking your own photographs...well asking friends and family to! This has been made so much easier with digital technology although it is always best to make sure a nominated person is responsible as otherwise everyone thinks someone else is doing it and you may end up without snaps!
Most real weddings are not money no object affairs and they decide which aspects of the wedding are the most important to them and spend their money accordingly. The most important thing of all being the gathering of friends and family to witness the marriage.
Just a small note if you are planning a wedding in 2015 and already know your date and think you might want my flowers please contact me, it is not too early, I already have some bookings and I don't want you to be disappointed if I can't fit you in!!
My story in flowers started as a child growing a tiny patch of London Pride Saxifraga...also known as Whimsey or Look Up and Kiss Me! Fast forward to 8 years ago when I started a City and Guilds training in floristry. I qualified as a florist and then to deepen my growing knowledge and skills I trained in horticulture as well. I trained under a WRAGS scheme at Darsham Nurseries and at Somerleyton Hall. Developing a passion for both growing and designing/arranging British garden flowers, I planted a cutting garden. Having become increasingly concerned about where and how flowers are grown, coupled with a love of British grown flowers. and natural styling, I now specialise in growing and using beautiful British grown flowers to make romantic natural designs. for weddings, events, gifts and much more.