Wedding Decor: Flowers 101: In Season

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Happy Sunday Birdies! I hope you’re all relaxing! As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m in the process of trying to find a florist for my big day! Because of this, I’ve become floral-obsessed! A lot of brides may think that flowers is a HUGE wedding day expense. But it doesn’t necessarily have to be. The first step is doing your research. One really great way to save but still have gorgeous flowers is choosing flowers that are in season! Here are some popular wedding flowers and when they are the cheapest!

  • Calla Lily
    • Calla Lilies are generally available year-round. Late winter to early spring is peak season.
  • Dahlia
    • Dahlias are so gorgeous and they come in varying shades. Purple Dahlias are my favorite! They are in season late summer through early fall.
  • Hydrangeas
    • I love Hydrangeas! I love them on their own, and I love using them as a base for arrangements. They come in so many lovely shades as well. They cost of Hydrangeas depends on the color, as the color is contingent upon the season. You’ll find these beauties most abundant July through November
  • Orchids
    • Orchids are gorgeous and so versatile. They aren’t super expensive either. They’re great because they come in varying shades and they are available all year round.
  • Peonies
    • Peonies are so stunning! They are one of my favorites. Peonies are usually mid range to higher end when it comes to cost. Getting them in season will keep the costs lower. They are in season in the springtime.

There are plenty of other flowers out there! My advice is to keep your options open. Planning my vow renewal, I wanted peonies everywhere! But they aren’t in season in August, so they’d be super expensive. So I kept my eyes open for other flowers that we more cost efficient and just as gorgeous! A good florist will be honest with you about what’s feasible in your budget, and suggests other ideas and options that are equally lovely. Check out a more extensive list of flowers and their seasons on the Knot (see link below).

Have a great week and happy planning!

Sources: The Knot Flower Guide

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Pinterest Inspirations

Hi Birdies! It’s been a long week, but it’s finally the weekend! I just wanted to tell you about my latest update to my site! I’ve added a link to my Pinterest page so you can keep up with all of my latest inspirations for my vow renewal!

Here you can see all of my ideas and favorite looks! Maybe you’ll find some inspirations for your big day! Happy Pinning!

 

Flowers Flowers Flowers: To DIY or Not To DIY

Hello Birdies! Hope the week is going well! Just wanted to update you guys on my planning! The next vendor I need to check off my list is…florals! I love flowers and I definitely want beautiful flowers for the vow renewal. Wedding floral design usually start around $3,000 depending I the size of the wedding and what kind of design you’re envisioning. Budget aside, I can’t decide if I want to hire a florist or do it myself. Our party is so small, I could handle 6 center pieces, and it would be so fun to be hands on and play with flowers. At the same time, doing your one flowers is another thing is have to worry about and make extra time for. Decisions, decisions. Luckily, Chicago has so many options to choose from, all depending on the level of design you’re looking for. Here are just a few awesome florists in the city!

Steve’s Flower Market

I love the concept of Steve’s! They do event floral design but they are also a wholesale flower shop! So they’re a great place to start for brides who are kind of torn between doing their own flowers and having them done professionally (like me) 🙂 They even have items that you can rent like vases, votive candles and pedestals. They are located in the west loop.

Scarlet Petal

Located in the west loop, Scarlet Petal is awesome. I’ve had the pleasure of working with them and seeing their work in the industry! They can cater to any bride’s vision and isn’t wildly expensive. The consultations are wonderful, they really listen to your vision and are open to any ideas. My favorite set-up I saw was this beautiful wedding design that consisted of gold touches with white and blush flowers (see post from 11/30/14 on their blog). Scarlet Petal does a wonderful job of keeping you up to date on their work on their blog. Check it out here!

Juliet Tan Floral Design

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Juliet in action over the past couple of years. Her shop is also located in Chicago’s west loop. Juliet Tan’s work is always blows you away! First off, hope that you get to work with Juliet directly. She is a little ball of fire, very energetic and fun. I love Juliet because she has away of taking your vision to the next level. One of my favorite designs she did was a rustic wedding this past summer (July 18 Facebook uploads) She made the rustic theme come to life in very unique ways and it was so creative, yet still looked like a wedding! Check out her Facebook page here!

Marguerite Gardens

I absolutely love this place. They are right in  my neighborhood, and I can’t help but pop in every weekend to see what they have in stock for the week. The feel of the store is very calm and earthy, and the staff are so down to earth and helpful. I was so excited to find out that they do wedding flowers! They always have a wonderful variety of flowers, and awesome selection of succulent plants as well. I feel like they are perfect for a bride with a vintage or rustic vision, but they can do it all! They have two locations: one in (the one i frequent) Andersonville and the other in Ukrainian village. You can see the wide variety of work on their Facebook page!

Until next time and Happy Planning!

Friday Tips and Tricks: Budgeting

Happy Friday Birdies!

IMG_5384I hope everyone had a productive week and looking forward to the weekend. Today I wanted to touch on budgeting. Disclaimer: This is in no way financial advising. I want to share with  you all my personal experiencing having to budget for the big day. As I’ve mentioned previously, my husband and I are in the process of planning our vow renewal to celebrate our anniversary next year. The process has been pretty smooth so far, as I locked down most of the major pieces early on. But now we’ve hit the point where my husband brings me back down to planet earth and asks me, “How’s the budget looking?”. Thankfully we’re in pretty good shape, but establishing a budget and sticking to it is always stressful on some level. So below is my tips and tricks on budgeting for your big day!

  • Establish a budget
    • Have a budget. You need one. And if you don’t, it very well my come back to bite you in the butt later. This may be a two-part process for some people. If this is your first rodeo, you may want start out by doing some research about how much an average wedding costs. Please keep in mind that this will vary based on how many people you’re planning to invite and the city that you live in. And look at multiple sources to get a realistic idea (not one glance at Wikipedia). If you already know how much you want to spend, then I suppose you can skip this step. If you’re getting outside financial assistance, that’s wonderful. If you’re not sure if you are getting help from parents or other family members, plan your budget as if you’re paying out-of-pocket, because the last thing you want is to budget and end up having less to work with than you originally planned.
  • Prioritize
    • Once you’ve got your budget, it’s time to prioritize. This is where you decide which area of your wedding are the most important to you. If you care more about the venue and food than flowers, than those things will probably be budgeted higher. Sometimes (like me right now) you’ll find your self at a point where you have to cut costs. For example, in our budget venue and food is the largest area. We don’t want to touch the photographer, and we’re already getting a wonderful deal with or DJ. So we’re compromising with the flowers, by either reducing our budget, or possibly doing our own flowers (which would actually be fun for me). If you’re hiring a planner, they can help you prioritize and stick to your budget.
  • Stay organized
    • It always helps to have a visual aide to keep you on track with where you’re at with your budget. The Knot  has a very helpful budget calculator. You can also find an excel template for a wedding budget sheet. Whatever is easier for you, this will definitely be a useful planning tool.
  • Compare costs
    • When looking at vendors for your weeding, don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Even if you have your heart set one certain vendors, look around and compare costs to see what’s out there. But do this with decisiveness. Don’t get overwhelmed looking 20 different florists. Select from a small pool of realistic contenders, so you don’t end up going nuts. When I was looking for my photographer, I looked at five ranging in budgets, then narrowed it down to three. I ended up going with the most expensive one because I loved her work so much and was willing to cut elsewhere.
  • Stick to it!
    • As you start booking vendors, and looking at all the things you’ll need, stick to your budget! If you know you only have $3000 for a wedding dress, DO NOT pick up, or try on a dress that’s $10,000. You’ll just make your planning more difficult. You’ll have to decide if going over is worth having to rearrange your entire budget for your wedding. Keep in mind, you can find things to fit within your budget if you look in the right places. The Overwhelmed Bride is another wonderful resource that I stumbled upon during my planning. There’s a great blog post about budgeting that I found very helpful.

Have a wonderful weekend and happy planning!

I Want To Here From You: Bridesmaids!

Photo Credit: SideStreetDesigns, Etsy.com

Happy Labor Day weekend Birdies! I’ve been so deep in planning I finally had to come up for air. I’m somewhere in-between  work, deciding on bridesmaid dresses and trying to decide on a florist! As I mentioned previously, I’d go crazy without my friends Jillian and Katie. Jill is my maid of honor and Katie is my VIB (very important bridesmaid)! They are so supportive and easy going, and they keep me excited and positive about planning! I couldn’t have asked for two better ladies to stand up with me. I want to hear from YOU! How did you ask your closest ladies to be your bridesmaids? With novelty socks (like I did 🙂 )? A cute note? I’d love to hear your stories! Let me know in the comments or send me a message through the contact page and I’ll select a few to share next week!

Bridesmaid Dress Shopping: Jenny Yoo Collections

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From Left to Right: Me, Jill, Katie

Hi Birdies! I hope your week is off to a great start. As you know, I am currently on the road planning my five-year vow renewal. This past weekend, my lovely bridal party of two and myself went on the hunt for their bridesmaid dresses! First stop: Jenny Yoo! Before I get started, I just have to say that these are the Ginger and Baby to my Scary Spice! I absolutely love them and they’ve been amazing through out this planning process. Shout out to Katie and Jillian! From first look, it’s super chic and super intimidating. Appointment only, you have to ring the doorbell to get in! But once you’re there, the staff is very welcoming and helpful. The theme of our affair is classic and grand, 1920’s art deco. My philosophy with bridesmaid dresses is I went my lady loves to be comfortable and feel confident. As long as the dresses are long and within a certain color palette of champagne, ivory, and blushes, my lady loves can choose whichever dress they fancy. Here are some of our favorites!

Below are the links for all of the dresses!

The Gwenyth Dress

The Annabelle Convertible Dress

The Sabine Dress

The Sabine Liquid Charmeuse

The Scarlett Dress

The Blake Dress

The Madelyn Dress 

Until the next adventure!