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The Budget BrideThis week on the Budget Bride series we’re talking about how DIY can help you save money on your wedding. We know that DIY can often mean trading your time for cash, but we feel the trade off is well worth it.

Guests will appreciate handmade favours from the bride and groom more than a personalized shot class or a photo frame with your wedding date engraved on it. You are essentially thanking your guests for attending and supporting you and your partner as you make the transition to husband and wife, and what better way to thank them than with something made with the care and attention only you can give?

There are many options to explore when making handmade favours. You will want to pick a project that you can complete well before the wedding for little cost. Some brides make jam, cookies or other edibles for a fraction of the cost of buying these items in stores. The benefit to these types of items is that they will be enjoyed well after your wedding and will not sit on a shelf collecting dust.

Another option is to create items that your guests will use either at your wedding celebration or past the date are functional items such as golf balls, magnets, or keychains. These type of items are best when they reflect your wedding theme and do not have your wedding date or name plastered all over them. There are many ways to DIY these items such as borrowing a button maker, looking up your local office supply store to buy some sheets of adhesive magnets, or hand-painting onto pre-exisiting items bought in bulk.

Many brides still wish to give traditional favours at a lower cost so we suggest giving small items like bags of confetti or vials of bubbles for the send-off as a favour which can be customized and personalized for your guests. The level of personalization all depends on how crafty you wish to be.

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It is the festive season and Christmas colrs are all around us, Christmas lights reflect on the freshly fallen snow.  At BunchesDirect, we are busy decorating our office with festive colors and flowers.  Below are traditional and untraditional flowers to us as Christmas decorations with the traditional red and green colors.



Green Hydrangea: Green Hydrangea is a beautiful flower with a large bloom. The bloom is made up of little clusters of flowers and offers a mix of bright and soft tones, which allow the flower to stand out. Fresh cut Hydrangea will enhance the beauty of your wedding bouquets or floral arrangements.
Red Roses: A fresh Red Rose offers a large bloom. Its numerous petals open harmoniously to create an elegant bloom. Our peach colored roses can be used to decorate your centerpieces or bridal bouquets.
Red Hypericum Berries: Hypercium Berries are exceptionally beautiful filler flowers, as each stem bears 12-14 exotic berries. Our Red Hypercium Berries are of excellent quality and will surely boost the beauty of your flower arrangements, such as Wreaths during the holiday season or winter themed wedding bouquets.
Red Carnations: The romantic red Carnation is a classic flower. When it blossoms it reveals bold red waves of petals circling to create a beautiful bloom. This flower makes a strong yet beautiful statement when placed in your wedding bouquets and flower decorations.
Tiki Tree Fern: Tiki Tree Ferns are green decorative fillers. It has a bushy green, hair like, foliage of premium quality. It can be introduced to any flower decorations like a wedding bouquet to act as a filler. The bright green color of Tiki makes your flower decorations look vibrant.
Red Spray Roses: Our fresh cut spray roses are available in a range of colors, and can compliment any wedding bouquet, flower centerpiece, boutonniere or special event arrangement.
  Green Hypericum Berries: Green Hypercium Berries are exceptionally beautiful filler flowers, as each stem bears 12-14 exotic berries. Our Green Hypercium Berries are of excellent quality and will surely boost the beauty of your wedding bouquets and flower arrangements.
  Red Mini Calla Lilies: Red Mini Calla Lilies are an extravagant beauty. The bloom is supported by a long slender stem and opens exotically to form a trumpet shape. Mini Calla’s can stand on their own or be added to your wedding bouquets or floral arrangements.
  Green Cymbidium Orchids: This Orchid has a lovely bloom which is smaller than the original Cymbidium Orchid. A typical small Cymbidium orchid will display 8 to 14 blooms on each stem. When placed in your bouquet or centerpiece this graceful beauty will make your flower decorations stand out.
  Red Gerbera Daisies: Red Gerbera Daisies are a classic flower that display a beautiful large bloom on a long wavy stem. These Daisies come in a vibrant red and are sure to heat up any event. The California grown Gerbera Daisy is known to be of premium quality.
  Bells of Ireland: Bells of Ireland, also known as Molucella, is a very enchanting product from the line of our fresh bulk greens. Each stem of the bell is long and clustered with approximately 15 to 25 lovely bell shaped blooms. Bells of Ireland will give the needed height to any wedding bouquets or flower arrangements.
  Red Asiatic Lilies: Rightly referred to as queen of flowers, the red Asiatic Lily has a regal presence. The deep red coloured Lily exhibits shades of mauve with burgundy freckles giving the bloom its outstanding looks. This marvelous red Lily will surely add glamor to your special flower arrangements, like your wedding bouquets.
  Green Button Mums: The Daisy has held its importance in wedding ceremonies since ancient times, symbolizing loyal and everlasting love. This traditional flower holds multiple blooms per stem. The bloom of the Daisy looks spectacular; its petals evenly blossom outwards from its button like center.
  Red Mini Carnations: Red Mini Carnations are a classic flower with elegant circular blooms that blossom ruffled layered petals. They offer multiple blooms per stem, making our miniature Carnations look fuller. These beauties will make your wedding bouquets and arrangements stand out.
  Red Alstroemeria: Red Alstroemeria, or red Peruvian Lily, is a romantic flower that unfolds semi heart-shaped blooms. The blossoms reveal twin colour shading and freckles of red and yellow on its petals. This flower is sure to add richness to any floral arrangement. It would certainly add glory to your wedding bouquet.
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Tips and Tricks from an Insider

One of the first things that most brides and groom need to discuss before starting their wedding plans is a realistic budget.  According to Projectwedding.com the average wedding spends 10% of its total budget on ambiance. That includes lighting, decorations and flowers (including bridal bouquet, bridesmaids’ bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages and centerpieces).  The average wedding spend is approximately $20,000.00.  This means that the average wedding would spend close to $2,000 on all these elements.  For a more cost-conscious bride with a modest budget of $5,000 it may seem almost impossible to include lighting, decorations and flowers for just $500. You should not despair.


There are many budget-friendly alternatives for brides look to maintain a beautiful and elegant wedding without the big bucks.  It will however involve a bit of sweat.  Online Floral distributors such as BunchesDirect offer an easy way to include simple and elegant flowers in your wedding that help you come UNDER budget.   I did a trial run on the BunchesDirect site to see how much it would cost me to buy all the flowers that I would need for my wedding.  Here is a list of all the floral arrangements that I wanted to include.
You can either make your own bouquets and centerpieces which will allow you to save a lot of money, or you can still save BIG but have the convenience of receiving the bouquets and centerpieces pre-arranged and tied.   Both options still allow the bride to come within her $500.00 budget.

BULK PRODUCTS QUANTITY COST
1 Bridal Bouquet (18roses)3 Bridesmaids Bouquets (12 roses each = 36
roses)1 Toss Bouquet (7 roses)6 Boutonnieres (1 rose each = 6 roses)

4 Corsages (2 roses each =8 roses)

TOTAL ROSES = 75 Cream RosesCOST PER STEM = $1.39 = $104.25
1 Rose Petal Bag TOTAL ROSE PETALS = 1 Bag = $10.99
12 Centerpieces3 Hydrangeas per Centerpiece (plus some
extra)
TOTAL HYDRANGEA = 50 Blue HydrangeasCOST PER STEM = $3.49 = $174.50
Greenery: Centerpieces and Bouquets5 Bunches of Salal Lemon Leaf = 50 branches
(10 branches per bunch *5)
TOTAL SALAL = 5 BunchesCOST PER BUNCH = $8.99 = $44.95
TOTAL COST (before
tax*)
TOTAL COST
$334.69 + 10% DISCOUNT
= $301.22

You can either make your own bouquets  and centerpieces which will allow you to save a lot of money, or you can still  save BIG but have the convenience of receiving the bouquets and centerpieces  pre-arranged and tied.   Both options  still allow the bride to come within her $500.00 budget.

PRE-MADE PRODUCTS QUANTITY COST
1 Value Package=1 Bridal Bouquet2 Bridesmaids Bouquets1 Toss/flowergirl Bouquet

3 Boutonnieres

2 Corsages

1 Rose Petal Bag

10 Piece Rose Wedding Flower PackageValue of $240.00 Save $41.00 = $199.00
1 extra bridesmaids bouquet3 extra boutonnieres2 extra corsages $44.953($4.99) = $14.972($8.95) = $17.9 = $77.82
12 Centerpieces  =12 Natural Beauty Wedding Centerpiece 12($15.95)=$191.40 = $191.40
TOTAL COST (before
tax*)
$468.22+ 10% DISCOUNT = $421.40

For brides buying flowers from BunchesDirect for the first time, you can apply for a 10% to your purchase.  Meanwhile event planners and wedding planners can register on the BunchesDirect website as event and wedding planners for continuous 10% discounts to apply to all purchase, so that each one of your clients are able to save an 10% on the flowers that you help them pick out for their special day.

*Taxes apply to purchasers from Canada buying from www.bunchesdirect.ca.  There are not applicable taxes in the USA for purchasers buying from www.bunchesdirect.com.  

For your reference we have included a list of industry standard spending percentage averages.  Feel free to use this for your own wedding planning, no matter what your budget it.

 

BUDGET

$20,000

  $5,000

Catering and venue

50%

$   10,000.00

$   2,500.00

Ambiance (Flowers, Decorations,
Lighting)

10%

$     2,000.00

$     500.00

Music

10%

$     2,000.00

$     500.00

Photogaphy

10%

$     2,000.00

$     500.00

Gifts/Favors

3%

$        600.00

$     150.00

Rehersal

3%

$        600.00

$     150.00

Inivitation/Save the Date

3%

$        600.00

$     150.00

Transportation

1%

$        200.00

$        50.00

Dress/Tux

10%

$      2,000.00

$     500.00

 

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Newly engaged couples might find themselves a little overwhelmed when jumping head-first into wedding planning. most likely, neither you or your partner has planned a wedding before and neither of you know where to start.

Here at BunchesDirect our top 3 Wedding Flower orders are:

Popular Bouquet Choices

1 Roses, 2 Gerberas, 3 Hydrangeas

There are a few good reasons for these choices. These are all typically hearty flowers that will withstand a day’s worth of travelling around in a bouquet, as well as being bold and romantic choices.

Velvety white and red roses top our list, and for good reason. Roses are known for being a flower of romance, having a mild and pleasant smell, and being fairly durable. Roses come in a variety of colours and their stems are very hearty. A favourite to give and receive, roses have been associated with romance and love for a long time.

Gerberas come in second due to recent popularity, availability in a number of bold and bright colours, as well as large blooms that really make a statement in mixed bouquets or on their own. Hydrangeas are third on the list for their pleasant scent, large blooms, romantic shape and associations with spring and warm seasons. Hydrangeas are wonderful blooms to use as centerpieces and look great in stem vases or as floating centerpieces.

While these are the most popular options, they are not the only ones! There are many other options including Tulips, Orchids, Carnations, Lilies, and much more. Think about some of your favourite flowers and how you may want to incorporate them into your wedding day. You might be surprised by how easy the decision end up being!

For the newly engaged couples, we hope these tips have helped you narrow down your choices!