Thursday, October 8, 2009

Backyard Wedding / Sacramento Wedding Flowers & El Dorado Hills Wedding Flowers

I was so happy to help Mom Kristen with her gift of wedding flowers to Melissa and Chris. She had a definite budget in mind, and I was able to help her afford this wedding arch spray by increasing the foliage (don't you love the lacy plumosa fern, with the organic-looking lemon leaf?) and tucking in some matching sheer ribbon.

Melissa and Chris had a lovely backyard wedding at grandmother's house in El Dorado Hills. The arch was already set up and the moms had decorated it with white tulle. There were about 5 round banquet tables, probably to seat up to 40 people, and Kristen had decorated them with pillar candles, glass hurricanes, and rose petals. The cake was set up indoors, and I decorated it with red roses, stephanotis, and white spray roses. Melissa's bouquet was a classic red rose and stephanotis hand tied. The guys' bouts had an industrial/zen look with fern wrapped in wire. The grandmothers were hip with my new flower brooches instead of corsages - they have an easy to pin brooch back.

My dear readers, weddings don't have to be $20k to be lovely and meaningful. You can have a small wedding with close friends and family and it can be wonderful. Before I left, Texas Back Forty delivered the food...folks, they make seriously delicious food, and I'm sure those guests were happy! If you are on even a smaller budget, do a potluck, or finger foods that are not temperature sensitive, and have friends serve, or hire a couple of servers...

This is a reason to be honest and upfront with your vendors regarding your budget. Kristen told me how much she had to spend and I came up with ideas to fit her budget. When you go to a florist and play games about the budget, nobody wins....the vendor doesn't know what the target is, and may quote a lavish wedding, and you have a $500 budget. By telling your vendor upfront what the budget is, they can get their creative thinking caps on and come up with something lovely for you. Otherwise, you and they have just wasted a lot of time and energy on something that wasn't realistic in the first place. You don't have to worry about that with my new website, however! Get a sneak peak now for Sacramento & El Dorado Hills & Lake Tahoe wedding flowers. It's not completely done, but it IS open for business!

Kristen, thanks for giving me the opportunity to create flowers for Melissa and Chris, and to be your El Dorado Hills Wedding Florist! And visit MY website at :

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