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As I was planning my wedding last year, I made the decision to save money on flowers by getting myself a simple bridal bouquet and skipping the bridesmaids’ bouquets.
I called around to many florists for price quotes for a bouquet. Not wanting anything fancy, I was getting quotes for a minimum of $125. This surprised me because I specifically wanted a bouquet arranged like something you would buy for your Shabbos table — no fancy waterfall effect or anything.
Then a light bulb went off! A few times when I shopped at Whole Foods, I noticed that they always have gorgeous, quality flowers. I decided to inquire about arrangements for special events, and it turns out they do it all the time.
My bouquet from Whole Foods ended up costing me about $50, and held up beautifully!
As for centerpieces, I just used fake flowers! These were provided by the hall and prearranged in vases with clear marbles in them. I went to check out the hall while I was engaged on a night they had a wedding there and thought they were quite beautiful. I only noticed they were fake because I realized there was no water in the vase! Fake flowers can be really beautiful. Make a few phone calls to see if there is a gemach in your city.