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8 Tips for Your Wedding Budget

by Sharon McGukin on March 25, 2014 at 10:41 am

Consultation with your Wedding FloristYou’re planning your wedding, the day you’ve dreamed about for as long as you can remember. As you’re starting to plan the details, reality hits. How on earth will you pay for it? Remember, the ultimate goal of your wedding plan centers on hosting a well-orchestrated event that is memorable to you and your families, and enjoyable for your guests. Careful planning, attention to detail and disciplined prioritizing can help you to achieve this goal — even on a tight budget. Here are eight tips to help maximize your wedding budget.

1. Set a budget

Before shopping wedding sites and services, determine the amount you can afford to spend. Speak honestly with those who will contribute to covering the costs, such as bride and groom or parents. Determine together who will pay for what and decide on an amount that all agree not to exceed. Divide this amount equally into the categories of expense.  

For example:

  • Ceremony: facility, dress, flowers, etc.
  • Reception: food, flowers, linens, etc.
  • Services: director, photographer,  etc.

A wedding spreadsheet is great way to list projected expense and itemize costs. As you make purchases, write down every expenditure to keep an accurate accounting of costs.

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Sweetheart Table - HotHouse Design Studio in Birmingham, AL; www.danieltaylorphoto.com

As brides-to-be plan the beautiful and unique decorations for their weddings, give some thought to the sweetheart table. At your wedding reception, the sweetheart table gives you an opportunity to have an “intimate” dinner — your first meal together as husband and wife — while sitting on display in front of family and friends. This table for two is a special moment for you as newlyweds; often it’s one of the few times you’ll have to talk privately to your spouse on your wedding day. Your florist can decorate your sweetheart table as elaborate or as simple as you’d like, with special touches or quirky accents that reflect your personality. Read More

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You’re Engaged … Now What?!

by Sharon McGukin on January 5, 2014 at 9:45 am


You’re Engaged — Photo by Sharon McGukin, AAF, AIFD, PFCICongratulations! This is an exciting time for you and your fiancé. You have so much to do in making your plans. Relax. Enjoy. These are the days that dreams are made of. Someday you will remember these hectic times with joy. As you begin planning, remember flowers can add beauty and fragrance to your day of celebration.

Develop a plan

If you are like most brides, you know flowers are important and have added them to your list of things to consider early in your planning stages. However, when it comes to actually creating a floral plan, you may be wondering where you should start. After selecting and confirming your wedding day facilities, the real work begins. First, shop for the perfect wedding gown, one that makes you feel like a princess. Then, select pretty bridesmaid dresses that are flattering to your attendants and complement your gown.

Having accomplished those important tasks, it is time to accessorize with beautiful flowers.

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Get Professional Help

by Ardith Beveridge on September 13, 2013 at 9:19 am

Consultation with your Wedding FloristWhen my daughter turned 12, she informed me she was going to start wearing make up. At the time, I was reading “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk” by Adele Faber. In the book, Faber suggests turning to professionals for help. Taking a cue from Faber, I called a beautician and asked if she would convince my 12-year-old Crisi that she does not need makeup. Susie the beautician said she would not do that, but she would assess Crisi’s skin and let her know what was best for her. I reluctantly agreed.

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Beautiful Burlap Weddings

by Mandy Majerik on April 4, 2013 at 8:42 am

Burlap Table RunnerWhen meeting with brides to plan the look of their weddings, they often show me their Pinterest boards to reference their likes. Very often, they have pinned several pictures showing burlap. The coarse woven fabric used for sacking is one of the hottest trends in weddings today, especially for those with vintage, outdoorsy, and field and farm themes. There are so many beautiful ways to add burlap accents to weddings.

A professional florist will wrap the stems of a bridal bouquet with a burlap ribbon, which is a tighter woven form of burlap and feels softer. It has a finished edge so it won’t unravel. The ribbon can be enhanced with print, stamped script or buttons. Read More