Save Vs. Splurge

I am sure many of my floral friends and industry folks would smack me for this post- but you know what? I pride myself in providing my clients an easy, happy and memorable experience. From beginning to end I am always available for them, exceeding their expectations and executing to perfection. During our consultations I am more than happy to make suggestions to stretch their budget and save on their wedding flowers.

Russo Fabulous attended a wedding show back in September. We were asked to do a presentation, so I planned to do a huge spiel about this very topic. That never ended up happening and I have been wanting to share these creative ideas with you all!

The number one thing my couples come up with is repurposing the bridesmaids' bouquets somewhere in their reception. Bouquets look fabulous lined up along the escort card table, placed around the cake table or even used as centerpieces. And those large ceremony arrangements? If your ceremony venue allows it, move those babies to your reception! They make a statement placed at the entrance of the venue on the escort card table. Or on the sides of your sweetheart table so they get plenty of attention and makes your photos that much more stunning! Peep the photos below (courtesy of Katie Slater Photography). Look familiar?! This savvy bride moved her church flowers to the reception. You are spending good money on these items- why not make the most of them?

Whatever season you decide to wed, take advantage of seasonality! Russo Fabulous is proud to have the resources where we can get you almost any bloom any time from around the world, but opting for seasonal blooms can save you huge bucks! Everyday blooms like roses, hydrangeas, gerber daisies and calla lilies are available year round. Spring brings the ever popular peonies, tulips and sweet peas. Summer means sunflower and bold zinnias. Dahlias and celosia make their debut in the fall. Winter wedding have an abundance of woody greenery and amaryllis that come in many amazing colors- from coral to burgundy. Not keen on your flower varieties? No sweat!Trust in Russo Fab to utilize seasonal blooms in your color scheme and budget. We got you!

With this last tip I am in no way endorsing not using flowers. They are my job and my life! But I have a few clients in 2018 using more greenery in bouquets and centerpieces. There will still be pops of focal flowers mixed into the wild green bouquets. Tons of unique greenery varieties are always available The use of lush greenery is not only a money saver, but a very popular wedding style trend! Read more about 2018 Trends here. You know I will be sharing photos of those unique, airy green bouquets when the time comes!

No matter what your budget is, everyone likes to save money. The average wedding costs $35,329. Flowers are not an inexpensive investment. We are quickly booking up 2018 and I encourage any bride or grooms to be to get in touch, see if you date is still available and schedule a consultation. We'll go over everything you're looking for and answer any questions you may have.

Its Friday! Happy almost weekend! We have our second to last wedding tomorrow so we'll be finishing that up today. A lovely mix of creams, blush pinks, greens and merlot. No wine, just a fancy word for the color burgundy. Are you doing anything fun this weekend?

Stay warm, stay cool, stay living that best life!