Wedding Flower Alternatives

Flowers in weddings started out simple and were traditionally incorporated as a symbol of fertility. Today, flowers continue to play a significant role in weddings, but have become much more elaborate and expensive – the bridal party bouquets, the flower girl’s basket of petals, confetti, the guests boutonnieres, decorating the cars, church, reception…the list goes on. And, before you know it you’ve eaten into a huge chunk of your budget!

If like me, you’d much rather spend that money on entertaining your guests or that designer wedding gown you’ve been admiring, then here’s some wallet-friendly, alternative wedding flower ideas.

1. Baby’s Breath Wedding

Ok, so it’s still technically a flower, but  a fraction of the cost, and oh so versatile! No longer just the “filler flower”, baby’s breath is becoming increasing popular among the modern brides as bouquets, centerpieces and venue decorations.

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2. Shabby Chic Theme

Shabby Chic, where eclectic meets elegance. Think vintage teacups, mason jars, birdcages, bunting and books. Many of these items you can pick up cheap in your local thrift shop or better still by raiding your granny’s cupboards….Look, not a flower in sight!

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3. Fruit Wedding

For a fruitful wedding, wrap seasonal fruit in tissue as healthy wedding favors for guests or get creative with edible centerpieces. If you really want to get your guests talking, be bold and have a fruit bouquet!

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4. Flower-less Bouquets

A flower-less bouquet? Yes you heard right, it is possible! Wow your guests with these unique non-floral bouquets…And best of all they last forever!

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5. Child’s Play

Wedding inspiration for the young at heart and those that dare to be different!

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7 Unique Save-the-Date Ideas

Can you believe it’s almost September?! Time seems to be creeping up on me pretty quickly – it’s less than a year now until I get married and I’ve been so caught up in my full-time job and helping others plan their weddings that my own wedding plans have taken a bit of a back-seat lately. I’m pretty much sorted with the major things like the venue, celebrant, band and photographer, but I can’t afford to become complacent, after all, a wedding planner planning her own wedding kinda needs to do a good job!

Given that we’re getting married back in the UK and 4 hours away from our hometown, I need to give our guests plenty of notice, so Save-the-Date cards are next on my to-do list. I’ve been searching the web for inspiration and sites like Etsy and Notonthehighstreet are great for handmade, quirky and unique wedding ideas. Here are my top seven Save-the-Date ideas…

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Love mason jars? Who doesn’t! These hand stamped round wood magnets by Etsy shop owner RedCloudBoutique are perfect for rustic and eco-friendly weddings.

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These fun and interactive Save-the-Date balloons are guaranteed to get your guest into the party spirit and looking forward to celebrating your big day!

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Roll-up, roll-up! Announce your big day in style with a beautiful, vintage Save-the-Date ticket.

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For vintage themed or Alice in wonderland esque weddings, why not send your guests a mini message in a bottle?

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Hanging or displaying cherished photos at your wedding? Keep the theme and give your guests a taste of what’s to come with these handmade photo string magnets.

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Having a shabby-chic or travel themed wedding? These vintage postcard Save-the-Dates are the perfect way to let everyone know in advance about the date you are getting married.

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Tech-savvy couples, send these unique QR code keyrings to your guests and have it send them to an online image, message or your very own wedding website.

Keep calm and marry on!
Jacqui.
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