Budget Bride Tip for June 30: Shop for flowers at the farmers market

Bride and groom with pink piggy bank

We’ve been celebrating the month of June with a daily tip from savvy brides who saved big bucks on the wedding of their dreams. This is the final one for 2012.

Angela Grauer spent the morning of her wedding at the farmers market in Sheboygan, Wis., buying flowers for her reception centerpieces.

Her mom, Linda Olsen, had scoped out the flower vendors all summer with the Sept. 10, 2011, ceremony in mind.

“She was quite confident that there would be tons and tons of flowers for me to choose from that morning,” says Angela, 35, a production sales specialist.

Linda was right, thankfully, as Angela and her husband, Walter, 40, vice president of information technology for a nonprofit, didn’t have a backup plan.

For $68, Angela, along with her mom and her aunt, Joan King, chose enough flowers for 30 arrangements.

“The car looked like a floral shop on wheels as we drove away from the market,” Angela says.

The average cost of reception flower arrangements was $310 in 2011, according to The Wedding Report, a wedding industry research company. Reception table centerpieces ran another $323.

At Linda’s house, family members and friends helped arrange the flowers in vases Angela had borrowed or purchased at a Crate & Barrel outlet.

“It was definitely a work of love,” she says.

Plus, it made the morning of her wedding, when most brides are full of nervous energy, fly by.

Angela liked the eclectic look the flowers and vases provided to the tables at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

“It all looked very seasonal, bright,” she says. “I thought they were beautiful.”

The next morning, mother and daughter pitched the flowers over the bluff in her mom's backyard into Lake Michigan.

“I was very happy, at that point, that I had spent $68 on them and not thousands of dollars,” Angela says.

Here are Angela and Walter walking down the aisle following the ceremony ...

This is one of the arrangements Angela, family members and friends created with the flowers she bought from the local farmers' market ...

Here are all of the the other "Budget Bride" tips we've published this month:

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

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

Budget Bride Tip for June 22: Skip the champagne toast

Budget Bride Tip for June 23: Let guests pour their own drinks

Budget Bride Tip for June 24: Create a homemade photo booth

Budget Bride Tip for June 25: Make the invitations a family project

Budget Bride Tip for June 26: Schedule your wedding on a Friday

Budget Bride Tip for June 27: Wear a bridesmaid dress instead of a wedding gown

Budget Bride Tip for June 28: Find an affordable hairstylist online

Budget Bride Tip for June 29: Let them eat pie

Thanks to Angela and Walter for sharing these personal photos from their wedding album.