Budget Bride Tip for June 21: Decorate with locally grown flowers
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 ...
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Thanks to Kristen and Garrick for providing these photos from Yellow Yellow Yellow.