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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Wedding Flowers

Whenever you plan a wedding, my advice would be to think about how much you think you can spend, then add half again and that's a more realistic budget!

To be fair, we ran pretty much on budget until the last couple of months. All of a sudden money didn't look as tight as we thought it would be so started adding extras:

First of all we splashed a load of money on having the hall draped. That was Scott's major input and I am so glad we did it. It was expensive but worth every single penny! Along with the bunting, it did look amazing!

I had also planned on having hyacinths in vases, and it was all looking good to go until a few days before. I researched it a lot and tried to time it so they would all flower in time, and it almost worked...

As you can see, they came up!! and they looked great... BUT they were about a week too early!! I was hopeful that some of them might still be ok by the day. Unfortunately most of them either started wilting off or they got too heavy and nothing I tried worked to keep them upright.

Stupidly, five of them would have made them on the day, if we had remembered to get them there. We had all Friday afternoon to set up the hall but still ran out of time, in the end we were lucky to get the tables dressed let alone worry about other things. Somehow 7 of the name place settings managed to disappear too. I know full well I made them so all I could assume was that they got left in Bristol... well they didn't, so that's still a mystery to this day. All I know was I was up late that night redoing them. GRRRR!!!!

In terms of the hyacinths though, we did have a back up.

We never planned or budgeted for real flowers (apart form the hyacinths of course). Instead I had brought silk flowers and made my own bouquets for me and the girls.

But then I had a change of heart, about a month before the wedding! It wasn't until this point we really realised that we were getting married the day before mothers day, which meant that pink and white flowers were expensive!

Myself and the bridesmaids had matching bouquets and we had a large centerpiece on the top table, all matching. We then had a variety of matching flowers which we arranged ourselves in the vases which would have had the hyacinths in. It was perfect!

As you can see, it was SO worth the money! 

.............Though, we did leave them at home and had to get my friends husbands (who didn't come to the ceremony) to go to my parents house, pick them up and run them to Taunton for us which held up the ceremony! Whoops! 

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