We have another beautiful summer 2013 wedding to share with you today! Thanks to Jessica White photography. You may have already seen this darling country soiree it was published on Utah Bride Blog back in February and we have a feeling you will be seeing more of it because it simply was so charming. Laura was a very organized bride who knew a great deal about what she found appealing but also about what she had available to spend. What we loved most about her wedding and about working with her is how we worked together as a team to maximize her budget and create the best designs to meet her needs! She knew she couldn’t have every detail she wanted, her budget would not allow, so she was flexible and open to creative solutions which resulted in her getting a beautiful wedding day that came pretty close to her absolute ideal! This wedding serves up some budget inspiration for you brides who don’t have limitless funds to spend! Lets break it down!
One area where we did not hold back was in Laura’s bouquet. The bridal bouquet is such a key accessory and bridal detail it really should not be skimped on, a bride should go for what she wants in this area making it a top priority in the budget. Laura wanted a colorful bouquet with some contrast and we knew that it needed a soft country charm to it for her backyard country wedding. We used roses, spray roses, ranunculus, dahlias, poppies, berries, seeded euc, and maiden hair fern to accomplish this.
The bridesmaid bouquets had some expensive blooms, but some inexpensive blooms as well and this allowed for us to balance them out and create beautiful bouquets in the style and design that Laura found appealing and keep that cohesiveness flowing from her bouquet to theirs.
Boutonnieres and corsages are minimal costs on the floral invoice typically and we kept these ones simple and cute with twine cuffing on the stems. The flower girls carried small clusters of chamomile and spray roses, read country and cohesiveness to the style of the other bouquets.
Down the aisle we used mason jars to house small country arrangements that mostly consisted of foliage with a a few blooms and filler berry, these jars were later used as part of a centerpiece ensemble for the reception, double the use as to not double the budget.
We created some boxed full floral arrangements for places of importance and high priority and even some of these doubled as well making them affordable and budget friendly. First they were used at the front of the aisle where the ceremony took place and later in areas where the dinner and reception took place. We filled these rustic wood boxes up with the likes of camponella garden roses and spray roses, stock, berry, astilbe, and foliage.
One element of this wedding really stuck with us and we hope to see it more in the 2014 wedding season and that was the use of one really long table for the dinner that followed immediately after the ceremony for close family and friends. Such a charming atmosphere that still worked intimately, had a country vibe that was unique to the space and the purpose. Brown Brothers Catering did a great job setting the culinary stage!
Bottles and bud vases of various shapes, sizes, and colors housed just that, a bud or two with a touch of filler here and there. These were placed down the center and entire length of the table every few inches. This filled the space adequately, brought a feminine bridal touch to the table and some beauty of course but without the need for extravagant or full arrangements down the full length of the table and also eliminated the idea of not having floral all the way down by using those blooms in a more condensed version spread apart from each other. This concept created an ideal for Laura without breaking her floral bank. These bottles were then clustered together to create centerpieces for the reception as shown below.
And here we have a look at the reception and all those doubled up elements, you can see a larger boxed arrangement there in the back on a food serving station, each of the tables housed mason jars from the aisle or a bottle collection from the dinner, all on top of cute barrels topped with burlap linens perfect for the country theme.
So there you have it, small floral budget prioritized and utilized to meet its maximum potential. Thank you Laura and Brandon for letting us be part of your cute country wedding!
Floral: Studio Stems
Photography: Jessica White Photography
Venue: Private Residence, Bountiful, Utah
Catering: Brown Brothers Catering
Rentals: Diamond Rental