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How to save money but still have beautiful wedding flowers – 7 top tips from Ruth at Natural Favours

I spend my evenings (and far too much of my working days, if I’m honest!) poring over the most amazing flowers on Instagram. I’d love to create the arrangements I see there, but I know there’s tons more to floral design than meets the eye…

Today’s feature is especially for brides and grooms (and mothers of brides!) who would love to save money on wedding flowers without sacrificing quality. Ruth from Natural Favours, who has recently launched a DIY flower service, is here to share 7 super tips with you – I think they’re brilliant!

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“The cost of your big day floristry can creep up to around 10% of the entire budget which can be a significant chunk when the average cost of a wedding can be upwards of £20k.  Here at Natural Favours HQ we are strong believers that it is perfectly possible to have the day of your dreams without the hefty price tag.  If you’re feeling a little bit creative and a lot savvy, then DIY flowers could be the way to go!

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7 handy hints and tips on how to save on money but not on quality of your wedding floristry.

  1. Plan! Probably the most important point. Think about the type of arrangements you want, how many you might need, what sort of vases you’re using and what flowers are in season. Your chosen flower supplier should be able to help answer all these questions if you aren’t sure
  2. Be realistic! If you want an intricate floral arch or complicated structured arrangements then maybe going DIY isn’t for you. If you want something natural, rustic and relaxed then it’s the perfect solution!
  3. Be confident! Creating your own wedding flowers is a lovely way of putting a unique stamp on your day and is something you can look back on and be really proud of. If the thought of it all is still a bit overwhelming, you might want to ask your supplier to make your bouquets and buttonholes but leave the venue decorations to you
  4. Volunteers! Gather a few willing friends or family members to help: the more you have the less time it will take to make your arrangements. If you’re using jam jars or old bottles as part of your display, ask them to help you collect them over the weeks running up to your big day
  5. Research! Creating effective arrangements, bouquets and buttonholes is not as difficult as you might think. For extra help you could attend one of the many floral workshops that are out there, some offer specific courses for DIY brides. There is a wealth of information online that you can also utilise, from videos to articles, that take you step-by-step through creating everything from gorgeous hand-tied bouquets to perfect jam jar posies
  6. Practise! Buy a couple of bunches of cheap flowers from your local supermarket or pick some from the garden and have a play!
  7. Timing! We advise making your floral arrangements the day before the wedding, so arrange for delivery of your flowers accordingly. Ask a couple of your volunteers to get them to the venue so you can relax on your big day

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Natural Favours are suppliers of natural confetti, bespoke wildflower seed favours and seasonal home-grown DIY flowers.  We love all things natural and rustic here and are influenced by the beautiful Derbyshire countryside where we are based.  Growing our own flowers, be it for confetti or arranging, brings us an immense amount of joy.  We recently launched our DIY flower service, selling blooms by the bucket of seasonal florals.  We have found that some people are wary of arranging their own wedding flowers, but there is no need!  If done properly it can be a really fun way so shave hundreds of pounds off your wedding budget.

For more information please visit our website www.naturalfavours.com or visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/naturalfavours

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Photographs courtesy of www.chocolate-chip.co.uk

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Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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