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PLEASE NOTE: THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.
The winner was Sarah I. 
Thanks to everyone who participated!

If you’d like to enter a contest to win a $50 bouquet from BunchesDirect, click HERE to check out the details. Deadline is Nov. 24, 2013.


TELL US YOUR ENGAGEMENT STORY AND

WIN A $1000 SHOPPING SPREE

FROM BUNCHESDIRECT!

CALLING ALL BRIDES-TO-BE:

Think your proposal was romantic, creative, or unique? Maybe it was just a simple intimate moment, or a public proposal that completely caught you off guard. In any case, we’d love to hear your story.

We’re looking for the best engagement story we can find. Whether it’s touching, romantic, funny, wild, heartwarming, or anything else, we want to hear it!

With a large selection of Bridal Bouquets, Centerpieces and Farm Fresh Flowers delivered directly to the consumer, this $1000 giveaway will make one bride very, very happy…

That’s right, just for telling us your unique engagement story, you have chance to win a $1000 credit toward your Wedding Flowers from BunchesDirect.com or BunchesDirect.ca.

HERE’S HOW TO ENTER:

1) Write up your story – it can be anywhere between 100 and 1000 words. If you have any pictures to attach to it, all the better! (but please, no more than 2MB in size per email.)

2) Send it to [email protected], either in the body of the email or as an attachment to enter. Please include the words ‘ENGAGEMENT CONTEST’ in the Subject Line of the email.

3) The contest winner will be announced on BunchesDirect.com and BunchesDirect.ca, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BunchesDirect , and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FlowerGuide at a date to be announced.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

1. By submitting your story and/or photos, you agree that they become, as submitted, property of BunchesDirect, and allow BunchesDirect to post your submitted materials publicly on sites including but not limited to, BunchesDirect.com, BunchesDirect.ca, BunchesDirect.org.

2. You agree to allow BunchesDirect to contact you, and if necessary, others, for the purposes of verifying the legitimacy of your story.

3. The winner will be chosen by a panel of BunchesDirect employees at a date to be specified.

4. Contest is only open to residents of Canada and the United States.

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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