As the bride (or member of the bridal party) you’ve probably realized that you have a lot of planning responsibilities on your plate. You have to think about so many things from the food to the color scheme to the decorations to the dress to the cake. Wedding flowers alone have so many different items and arrangements that need to be decided upon. Wedding flowers can also end up being pretty expensive, especially if you have an extensive vision for your wedding. Sure, that picture on Pinterest with all of the overhead installations lining the aisle with dreamy florals is beautiful, but will your budget really be able to fit that?
When you're planning out the different arrangements you'll need for your wedding flowers, it is important to keep in mind the arrangements that are absolutely necessary to include. For example, you'll need a bridal bouquet, a boutonniere for each groomsmen in addition to your groom, and wrist corsages for wedding guests such as your parents and grandparents as well as any other guests of honor. On top of that, you'll have all of the decorative floral arrangements to think about and work into your budget. So, to best prioritize the necessary floral arrangements, start off by planting them into your budget and seeing how you can save money.
Wrist corsages are traditionally used for the mother of the bride as well as the mother of the groom. Many families also like to have wrist corsages for the grandmothers and other important women in their life. If you’re trying to save money on your wedding wrist corsages, maybe limit the number of people that will be receiving them to family only. But, there are other ways to save money while still providing beautiful corsages as well. Here are a few ways to save money by making corsages for your wedding.
Different Flower Options
One way to save money when you’re ordering or creating corsages for your wedding is to use different flower options. There are a few different types of flowers that you can use in your wedding floral arrangements. These flowers have a variety of styles, and the price also varies between the options. Make sure you keep these in mind as you’re determining how to fit your floral arrangements in your budget.
Fresh flowers are most commonly and traditionally used in wedding floral arrangements. They definitely add a romantic and fragrant touch to any special day. However, fresh flowers are often quite expensive. Certain kinds of flowers are only available during particular seasons, which can make them a little more pricey, especially when those flowers become trendy and high in demand. Inflation and supply shortages have also increased fresh flower pricing. Additionally, you usually have to pay a steep price for the experience and labor of your florists. So, although fresh flowers are gorgeous, they may not be the best option when you’re trying to create arrangements on a budget.
Fabric-based Artificial Flowers
One affordable alternative to using fresh flowers is using fabric-based artificial flowers instead. There is a wide variety of fabric-based artificial flowers that can match different budget limitations. One of the most common fabrics used is polyester fabric. Polyester fabric flowers are generally very affordable, and are also pretty easy to access, since they are sold at many different craft stores. However, they aren’t always the most realistic-looking. Silk flowers are generally shaped and styled to look more realistic. Their soft sheen reflects the colors and textures of fresh flower petals. While they’re a little more expensive than polyester flowers, they’re still more affordable than fresh flowers. You can buy a bouquet and reuse it again and again.
If you’re looking for another floral option that is affordable and environmentally friendly, you might want to try using wood flowers. Wood flowers start off in strips of dried natural materials, such as tapioca root or wood, which are then formed into petal and flower shapes. These unique flowers add a natural, bohemian feel to any floral arrangement. However, they can also be arranged to match any style, whether you’re a traditional, romantic, desert, or bohemian bride. One of the best parts of using wood flowers is that they’re essentially a blank canvas. They can be dyed to match any color scheme or shade, according to your personal desires. You can even order wood flowers in bulk to create your arrangements according to your floral needs. Anyone can get started using these beautiful flowers.
How to Make a Wrist Corsage for a Wedding
Now that you know a little more about the different types of flowers that you can use to make your wedding corsages, you’re ready to get started! Fiftyflowers.com has a helpful tutorial for making wrist corsages that will give you some great ideas. Additionally, here are a few steps that should help you through the corsage creation process:
1. Gather Floral Supplies
To start off, you’ll need to get together one or two focal flowers, a few smaller blooms, and some filler flowers and greenery. Remember, a corsage shouldn’t be too huge, or else it will be too heavy to remain securely in place on the wrist.
2. Prepare Flowers
To prepare your flowers, you’ll need to cut down the stems to fit your corsage and remove any extra leaves. Then, you’ll need to arrange your focal flowers, smaller blooms, and filler flowers and secure them together with floral tape or wire.
Finally, decorate your corsage by adding a bow, lace, or even a touch of glitter. Accessorize your corsage to match the aesthetic of your wedding.
You can finish off your corsage by covering the stems with decorative ribbon and securing them to your corsage wristlet, elastic, or ribbon. Then you’ll be ready to go!
So, now that you know how to create customized corsages for your wedding, go get started! Find flowers that are beautiful and affordable to make your floral creations, follow these steps, and enjoy every minute of this meaningful project. Get your bridesmaids or mothers together for a special wedding project that will help you to bond!