Budget Bride Tip for June 21: Decorate with locally grown flowers

Bride and groom with pink piggy bank

We’re celebrating the month of June with a daily tip from savvy brides who saved big bucks on the wedding of their dreams.

Kristen Graham and Garrick Goh faced a challenge when choosing where to get married.

She’s from Philadelphia, and he’s from Los Angeles.

“We wanted to pick someplace that wasn't home for either one of us,” Kristen says, “but that was significant to us as a couple."

They settled on Aurora, N.Y., a small town in the Finger Lakes region.

Garrick, 35, an engineer for Subaru, had gone to school at nearby Cornell. He had taken trips to Aurora with Kristen, 34, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.

The couple chose to hold both the ceremony and reception on Oct. 15, 2010, at the Aurora Inn, a beautiful and historic bed and breakfast built in 1833.

"Not being from the area, we relied heavily on the recommendations of the terrific staff at the Aurora Inn … for vendors," Kristen says.

One suggestion was a local florist, Audrey Norberg, who grows all of her own flowers for her Plenty of Posies business.

They visited Norberg’s stand at the Ithaca Farmers Market and liked what they saw. There was just one big catch.

The exact composition of the arrangements would depend on what was growing in Norberg’s fields at the time of the wedding.

"I didn't know what the flowers would look like beforehand," Kristen says. But that worked for the couple. "I didn't have a 'my flowers must look like this' vision going into it."

The flowers cost less than $300 -- a bargain considering the average cost of flowers for a wedding reached $2,030 last year, according to The Wedding Report, a wedding industry research company.

Plus, they were organically grown by a local farmer, which helped with the couple's goal to go as local as possible for the wedding, and Kristen loved the result.

"I had seen the kind of work Plenty of Posies does and was comfortable that they would come up with something that matched our wedding vibe, and they did!"

Here are Kristen and Garrick on their wedding day ...

This is one of the flower arrangements that brightened the day ...

Here are the other "Budget Bride" tips we've published so far:

Budget Bride Tip for June 1: Throw a potluck dinner

Budget Bride Tip for June 2: Say 'yes' to an affordable dress

Budget Bride Tip for June 3: Bake your own wedding cake

Budget Bride Tip for June 4: Put dad to work

Budget Bride Tip for June 5: Turn your reception into a barbecue

Budget Bride Tip for June 6: Take the ceremony to the beach

Budget Bride Tip for June 7: Cupcakes make tasty wedding favors

Budget Bride Tip for June 8: Hold down the guest list

Budget Bride Tip for June 9: Feed your guests wedding cake from Costco

Budget Bride Tip for June 10: Decorate your reception with Craigslist

Budget Bride Tip for June 11: Buy dishes for the wedding dinner

Budget Bride Tip for June 12: Go with a lunch instead of a wedding dinner

Budget Bride Tip for June 13: Buy your wedding veil online

Budget Bride Tip for June 14: Rent a summer camp for your reception

Budget Bride Tip for June 15: Hire a friend to make your wedding gown

Budget Bride Tip for June 16: Tie the knot on a Sunday

Budget Bride Tip for June 17: Take a pass on gift bags

Budget Bride Tip for June 18: Ask guests to RSVP online

Budget Bride Tip for June 19: Hire a one-man band to provide the music

Budget Bride Tip for June 20: Build, stock and staff your open bar

Thanks to Kristen and Garrick for providing these photos from Yellow Yellow Yellow.