Sunday, November 8, 2009

Budgeting Your Blooms

Three factors determine the cost of your bouquet: the number of flowers, the type of flower, and the hours of labor. But keeping costs down doesn't mean carnations are your only option (not that there is anything wroing with using them. The can be beautiful when done right)! Here's a little bud buying guide to help get you started:

Affordable: dahlias, sunflowers, irises, gerbera daisies
Mid-Range: snapdragons, roses, oriental lilies, freesias
Splurge: calla lilies, stephanotis, sweet peas, peonies

There are many varieties of flowers and it's a good idea you do a little leg work before meeting with your florist. Get to know the flower(s) and the look you like (bring pictures with you) and have an idea if what you like is in season - it will be more cost-effective and you won't be asking for the impossible. Visit to see the many different colors and varieties.

I have a wonderful florist here in New Jersey (Garden Party Sisters), and if you're from this area I suggest you give them a call. They are two sisters who do a great job - honest, cost effective and great work! They are doing my sister-in-law's wedding. (After the wedding in April 2010 I'll post pics). Tell them Michelle Scanzano of All Things Beautiful sent you! Visit Be sure to also check out their blog to see some of the weddings thy have done. Happy Planning!