Amy Child Marella

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How to create fabulous wedding flowers on any budget.

Setting your Wedding Flowers Budget

The first thing most brides discuss with their wedding florist is budget, which is often followed by frustration and hopelessness because of comparisons with other people's budgets and weddings. But don't despair; it is possible to create a fabulous wedding look without a movie star budget.

The first step is to be realistic with the budget given. For example, one bride might have $10,000 for a 100 guest wedding, while another bride has $10,000 for a 300 guest wedding. One might assume that the 300-guest event would not look as fabulous as the 100-guest event. This is absolutely not the case. If the bride is willing to concentrate the money in places that give the most `bang for the buck', her florist can create a gorgeous affair she and her special guests will love. The key is to maximize focal points and minimize the less memorable areas.

A bridal bouquet is an important and very personal choice for each bride and one that deserves to be high on the list. However, when it comes to other details, there are several ways to stretch the budget by using common sense. Here are some important factors to consider:

This is one of two locations that will garner the most `stares' from guests. Friends and family will be seated around this arrangement for several hours, with some hoping to take it home. Brides should consider devoting more of the budget to centerpieces.

Ceremonial Structure
Whether vows are exchanged in a church, temple, hall, or outdoors under a gazebo, guests will be focused on the happy couple in this surrounding. This, too, will be immortalized in photographs and should be dynamic.

Bridesmaid Bouquet
This is an excellent opportunity to trim the budget in an area that is less likely to be remembered. A smaller, tasteful arrangement also looks great in photographs without taking attention away from the bride.

Gift Table
The gift table is for gifts. Most guests will not notice whether a centerpiece was present at all. This is a `drop-off' area seen briefly as guests find their way to the bar. Minimal is best when it comes to this particular area. If all goes well the arrangement will ultimately be overshadowed by gifts.

Powder Room
There is no need for a formal arrangement in the ladies room. Although an important detail, it can be done minimally and still look great. For example, lay petals around a fragrant, votive candle for a nominal charge rather than a full floral arrangement.

Any bride will agree that $10,000 is a great deal of money to spend on flowers. But whether your budget is $3,000 or $10,000, when the money is spent wisely, brides can achieve a gorgeous look that is sure to be remembered. It is important to pay attention to details, however, remember to keep them in perspective. A great wedding florist can help determine where to concentrate the bulk of your budget and where to scale back.

Amy Child Marella is owner of Hidden Garden Floral Studio, Inc. in her native Los Angeles, California. The Hidden Garden Floral Studio caters to a who's who in Hollywood and has been featured in top bridal magazines, local news, and MTV's 'Till Death Do Us Part with Carmen Electra and Dave Navarro. Thanks to a love of flowers, a desire to learn, and an entrepreneurial spirit, Amy Child Marella is considered a premiere floral designer in one of the most competitive industries. For more:

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