Peace, Love, and Paper

Flower budgets tend to be a headache in the wedding planning world.  Flowers are so freakin’ expensive!  They look lovely, and lush, and I-want-to-stick-my-face-in-them-for-the-rest-of-my-life amazing, but goodness do they cost an arm and a leg to buy them.

The average wedding budget, according to, has the bride and groom spending anywhere from $500 to $2000 on flowers alone.  ALONE.  It comes from all of the bouts, corsages, bouquets, centerpieces and random decor.  Guys, my dress didn’t even reach those totals, and I got to wear it all day!  Ridiculous much?

I think Ms. C was starting to feel the same way.  The florist is one of the last, if not the last, vendors she has yet to book.  She just kept going over how much flowers where going to cost and dreading having to receive the estimate.  I can’t blame her.  Mr. Library and I were incredibly lucky to have his aunt M step up and pay for all of our flowers.  It probably saved us $1200, no joke.  I will forever be grateful for that.

But there is no way I can do that for Ms. C, as much as I would like to, so I decided to check out other options.  Fake bouquets made out of different materials have become really popular in the wedding world as of late, so I thought I would see what there was to be had.  Ms. C is a pretty traditional girl, so nothing crazy or too out there.  We needed affordable, easy, and normal looking.

Enter:  Coffee Filter Roses.(Source)

These lovelies are made out of coffee filters, which can be purchased at BJ’s or Costco for $4 for 400.  How is that for price?  You get watercolors, floral wire, and floral tape, print the templates, and then follow along with Martha Stewart’s guest.  Pretty cool, huh?

I also thought we could round out the bouquets with some other cool looking flowers:


Ms. C was pretty excited to see these ideas, so we shall see what we can do!  We have some school vacations coming up, so I hope to try them soon.  I’m not sure what colors C will want for her bouquets, but with these babies running pretty cheap, we could do a whole bouquet for next to nothing.

What did you do for flowers?  Anyone else out there with nontraditional (or real!) bridal bouquets?


2 responses to “Peace, Love, and Paper

  1. Wow, those look gorgeous! And not bad news-DIY at all.

    I don’t care much about flowers. I tend to think they’re all pretty, even the bouquets we get from Whole Foods. As a result, I’m pretty sure I’m just going to order a bunch through WF and DIY the bouquets. I’m okay with them looking a little rough!

  2. I love paper flowers! I can’t believe how realistic they turn out! Cleary, I’m a fan of non-living floral arrangements.

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