Today I have a little wedding rant for you, and a tutorial on how I’m making my wedding flowers 🙂
So, one of the things I’m coming to realise more and more, is it’s the little things that get you in terms of money when planning a wedding. The big things – venue, food, rings, registrar fees, these things are usually all upfront, you know where you are with the big ones, these are what you’re expecting.
But was I expecting over £150 for hiring table cloths? £700 for flowers? £100’s for dress alterations? No I wasn’t. I wan’t prepared for these costs! Aaaaargh I had no idea!!
We are on a really tight budget for the wedding, my general idea is – do it as nice as I can for as cheap as possible. So all these bits really add up, table centerpieces, confetti, suit hire, insurance, the list is pretty much endless!
Well the question is – What can you do about it? My answer is firstly to pick and choose where you can save money and where you are happy to splurge. For us, the photographers were really important as was my dress. So these were a couple of the most expensive bits – I justify these by saving money elsewhere! Then for everything else I’ve just shopped around to get the best deal. If you have an idea of what you want then great, use this as a basis, or if you’re like me and don’t have a clue, just look around the internet for inspiration! This leads me on to my flowers…
When I realised how much flowers cost, I nearly fell off my chair. So I started looking into my options, which fell into three easy categories –
- Don’t have any flowers
- Have only a few flowers
- Have fake flowers
The first option was out of the question, I definitely wanted flowers, and real ones are soo expensive, so after a bit of research I decided to try out some origami flowers! 🙂
I went with Japanese Kusudama flowers – here is the Youtube tutorial I used. They look great and are quick and easy to make!
I bought some old books from my local charity shops and used a kids Crayola Airbrush Kit to lightly spray them different colours. For the below flower petal I used pink and grey pens.
Following the Youtube instructions I folded the paper – after doing this a couple of times you get used to it and it’s really quick and easy!
I then stuck the petal together with glue.
And stuck five petals together to create a flower.
I then used glitter glue to add some sparkle and a diamante stone for the centre.
Ta dah!! This is my very first one, I know it’s not perfect but you get the idea! 🙂
So, just to summarise here are the costs for making these flowers –
- Crayola Marker Airbrush Kit – £22.94
- Extra Crayola Pens – £15
- Books from Charity Shops – £3
- Glue, Glitter Glue, Diamantes and Pearls – £20
Total = £60.94
(I will also need to get some ‘stalks’ for the flowers, that’s my next job!)
So what do you think? Would you consider origami flowers for your wedding?
I hope you enjoyed my first attempt at getting crafty! xxx
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