Adding the color and beauty of fresh sliced fruit to your wedding centerpieces is simple and elegant. Sliced lemon, lime, orange and even grapes can add lots of color and texture to a centerpiece. If the idea of slicing fruit is not your idea of fun, adding the whole fruit to the vase is a great way to use fewer flowers (savings!) but still add lots of color to the wedding table. Another fun twist is to add fresh herbs to your flowers. Not only are fresh herbs low in cost when bought in bulk, but they add great texture and smell amazing! Rosemary can be used to dress up a classic glass vase, curly parsley can be used as a green filler and purple sage can add a nice subtle soft green to any arrangement.
When you search for wedding flowers, the biggest tip you can listen to is staying in season. No one wants to pay to have flowers shipped from some far away exotic location. The same goes for edible place cards. Pomegranates are in season from September to February and their skin is thick enough to be written on. It’s cute, economical and guests can have a fresh treat to take home! The same can be done in the late summer and early fall with pears, apples and in the spring and summer with artichokes.
If you want to go a sweet route, decorated sugar cookies can be a fun and delicious way to let guests know where to sit. The best part is that undecorated cut out cookies can be made months in advance and frozen. One week before the big day you can defrost the cookies and decorated. They will stay fresh for up to one week in an airtight container. If this sounds like too much work to tackle on your own, be sure to check out your local bakery. Most offer custom cookie decorations and while it will cost more, it could be a lot less stress. If you are unsure about sugar cookies, you can also use cupcakes, brownies and even truffles!
Who doesn’t love an edible wedding favor? Again, staying in season and local can be the best bet for your budget. Having a wedding in wine country? Why not miniature wine bottles? Getting married in Italy? What about miniature bottles of local olive oil? Live in apple country? Caramel apples are a nostalgic and fun favor.
If you have a sweet tooth, giving a box of homemade candies or fancy macarons is a great choice. Buying items in bulk (such as maple syrup, honey, olive oil, etc.) and packaging them into smaller bottles is a great money saving tip too. Canning your own jams, jellies and marmalades is also a sweet way to preserve the taste of summer and they can make beautiful wedding favors.
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