Budget Bride Tip for June 30: Shop for flowers at the farmers market
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 ...
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Thanks to Angela and Walter for sharing these personal photos from their wedding album.