How to get Married without Breaking the Bank

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We all know how expensive a wedding can be.

It’s one of the biggest days of your life and can often come with the heaviest price tag, and catering to all your long-forgotten family and closest friends in a celebration of your special day can place a dent in your finances for years to come – no matter how worthwhile it may be!

There are, however, simple and savvy ways to save on your wedding without having to cut back on all the frills and fun of the day, with some common sense and some curveball options allowing you to chip away at some of the spend on food, locations, and other elements of your booking.

So get that dress for less and bag a bargain on your meals with the help of Vouchercloud – and have the wedding of your dreams at a price that can let you sleep at night…

 

Marriage costs infographics

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It’s that time of year again – I’m sure it comes around faster and faster. The Christmas ads have descended upon us and the shops are starting to fill up with eager shoppers trying to beat the last minute rush. Yes, say it quietly, but Christmas is definitely approaching.

Of course, the season of goodwill isn’t in full swing just yet, so why not indulge in a bit of selfish behaviour just once this year and try to bag yourself a free iPhone. We’ve teamed up with Lovefone and are giving away a free iPhone 6. All you need to do is fill in the widget below, and tell us what colour iPhone you’d like…and that’s it!

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Fancy winning an all expenses paid dream wedding, well confetti.co.uk are giving one lucky couple the change to do just that, and with just 3 simple steps its dead simple to enter:-

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And as if you need any more of an incentive to enter, Sarah’s flowers are offering a complete silk wedding flower package for the lucky winning couple.

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May News Round Up From Sarah’s Flowers

Time for a catchup here at Sarahs Flowers – time often flies, we can’t believe we are heading into June already – where has the year gone?

We’ve been so busy over the last couple of months here at HQ – we work continuously to keep adding new designs and styles to our bouquets to make sure we can tailor for every style and colour scheme of wedding – we like to think it’s what we’re good at. For those of you who don’t often get to log onto the website as often as you’d like, then here is our May round up of everything we’ve been up too:

• Our Flash Sale is still going on! Oh yes, get 10% off every online order. That Brides bouquet you’ve been looking at – 10% off, those buttonholes you’ve been wondering shall I? Shan`t I? Well, 10% off! But do hurry people, it is only for a limited time! Click here for more info.

• We’ve created our very own ray of sunshine with this superb Brides bouquet. Filled to the brim with sunflowers, buttercups, calla lilies and dill this bouquet is perfect for the up and coming Summer weddings. Would look great teamed on any nature inspired wedding. Priced only at £77.50

 photo Brides Bouquet of Sunflowers, Buttercups, Calla Lilies and Dill

Brides Bouquet of Sunflowers, Buttercups, Calla Lilies and Dill

 

• Barn weddings are proving very popular lately and to help with the more rustic approach, Sarah’s Flowers have created a really different, but beautifully simple bouquet: Dried wheat bouquet. Teamed with a mocha ribbon, don’t forget you can get matching items for your bridesmaids and groom!

 photo Brides Natural Dried Wheat Wedding Bouquet with Mocha Ribbon
Brides Natural Dried Wheat Wedding Bouquet with Mocha Ribbon

• Our shower bouquets have gone bigger and better! This stuning purpole orchid and cream rose shower bouquet is a bit of a show stopper we think, if the sheer size and beauty wasn’t nouh, then how about the diamante centres of some of the Chloe roses. Priced at only £119.00 you are getting a lot for your money for sure!

 photo Artificial Purple Orchid & Cream Rose Bridal Shower Bouquet
Artificial Purple Orchid & Cream Rose Bridal Shower Bouquet

• Something for the very important Bridesmaids – this brooch bouquet will show your favourite girls off to a tee. A simple, classic bouquet is shown off with a glittering silver brooch centralised on the bouquet. Priced at £69.00 with the 10% discount – making it an ideal time to buy

 photo Burgundy Brooch Bouquet with Ivory Isabel Roses
Burgundy Brooch Bouquet with Ivory Isabel Roses

• Corsages are often overlooked but with this dark silk anemone and lilac rose they certainly won’t be at your wedding! These fabric corsages make for great lasting wedding favours for people to keep also!

 photo Dark Purple Silk Anemone & Lilac Rose Wedding Corsage
Dark Purple Silk Anemone & Lilac Rose Wedding Corsage

• We’ve had two new customer testimonials for the month of May! It is so lovely to hear back from our very valued customers – it always finishes the stories off so well! Go have a read of this months and the others here and if you have your own, please do send them in to sales@sarahsflowers.co.uk We’d love to hear and see pictures from you!

• We’ve recently updated our Awards page! Yes, Sarah’s Flowers are award winners! Go check out the page here.

That’s our May news done, but time to get prepared for a bumper June and when wedding season well and truly kicks off! We hope you all had a good May, why not drop us a comment and let us know what you’re up to.

10% FLASH SALE NOW ON

Flash Sale now on with 10% OFF every Sarah’s Flowers website order, but hurry this can`t last for very long.

10% off the cost of your wedding flower bill regardless of whether you order a bouquet, buttonholes, corsages, single flower samples or any other of the artificial wedding flowers and accessories we have on the website, this will also include any custom bespoke orders we do as well.

And don`t forget to have a look at our sale items category as many of these items have already been slashed to half price or less to clear and with another 10% off as well there are some great bargains to be had.

Fancy Being On The Telly?

Have you ever fancied being on the telly, well if you are getting married in 2013 and have been dreaming about a big wedding day for years, then here’s your chance to make it all come true.
The hit BBC3 series “Don`t Tell The Bride” is back later this year and is looking for fun and vivacious couples to take part, the only downside girls is you have to let the groom plan the whole day!
If you think this sounds right up your street then you can apply via email to…

dttb@applyfortheshow.com

or by phone on 020 7449 3295

Do you trust your man enough?

Ways to save without compromising the dream…

The excitement of planning a wedding is second to none, it should be the time of your life – working out how the happiest day of your life is going to look like but sometimes the thought of budgeting or even affording this day can put a dampener on your plans. We hate the thought that anyone would be worrying around this special time, so here we give you some top tips on ways to save for your big day:

• Think about choosing an alternative time of year to get married: Wednesday’s tend to be a lot cheaper than say a Saturday, March tends to be easier on the purse strings than the middle of Summer. I know the weather plays a big aspect in choosing but if you plan for the weather and time of year, it doesn’t have to be an added worry.

• Get serious when it comes to who you add to your guest list. Just one additional guest can make a dramatic difference to the overall costing’s – you can always add those people to the evening reception. That way you still get to share your day with them without having to pay out.

• Shop around! Never go with the first quote and learn how to negotiate! Sometimes if you shop around or even manage to sweet talk some suppliers, especially around their quiet period you could get yourself a really good bargain deal! It may be hard at first but you’ll soon get the hang of it!

• Maybe think of opting for a long engagement – perhaps not something you want to do, but lets face it, more time you have, the more you can save.

• Use an online invitation template to come up with your design and then only really pay for the printing costs. You still get the opportunity to air your creativity but saving a lot of money doing it yourself.

• Ask guest to RSVP to a designated email address instead of paying for peoples return postage.

• Welcome guests with a champagne themed cocktail instead of just champagne – they look more stylish and they stretch the fiz even further!

• Offer an arrival drink and wine on the tables. Your guests won’t be surprised if they have to pay for additional drinks.

• Add artificial tiers to your cake: it looks just as impressive as costly real cakes and no-one has to know any different!

• Use real or faux blooms to decorate your cake instead of really costly sugar flowers and at Sarah’s flowers we can make cake flowers to match your wedding bouquet.

• To avoid expensive shoes, you brides can go for a longer length dress, no-one will see your footwear choice.

• Weave flowers through the hair of the bride and bridesmaids. It’s a lot cheaper than going shopping for a much more expensive head-dress, again single flowers can be purchased to match your chosen wedding flowers.

• Go for faux blooms for your wedding: bouquets, button holes and table decorations. This way you can re-use them or if you need, you can re-sell! The options are endless.

• Add drama to a small floral centre piece by placing them on a mirrored surface with tealights etc – quick, easy and looks amazing.

• Pick up some second hand vases/jugs/candelabra to use – helps to give off a nice vintage-esque theme, and authentic too!

• Write guest names on the favours – that way you don’t have to buy name cards as well as favours!

• Make your favours! Homemade cookies, sweets or even alcoholic gifts make for fab, memorable and cheap wedding favours for your guest!

• If you’re friends or family have certain talents like cake decoration or hair styling then get busy calling in some favours!

• Listen out for bands at your local college or university if you want live music.

• Alternate live bands and a disco – it might be cheaper to have a live band do a number of live sets and then a disco for later in the evening.

• Rather than flying straight out on honeymoon the day after, how about leaving the week after on a mid-week flight which can sometimes be a lot cheaper.

• Save valuable time by registering on a online wedding gift list – you won’t need to spend hours trawling high street department stores and your list can be created almost instantly.

Phew! As you can see, there are plenty of things that you can do to help keep the costs down!
And we can`t talk about saving money without offering our blog readers a little something as well
so here’s 10% off any new Sarah’s Flowers purchase for the rest of January 2013.

Just enter the code SF1013 when you go though checkout.

What are your money saving tips?

Avoiding the Christmas Rush and Purse Squeeze with Sarah's Flowers…

Am I allowed to mention it’s nearly Christmas? Scary thought but with only 7 weeks until the big day, no we’re not talking about your big day, we mean the day when Santa comes down the chimney and we all know what that means? The somewhat dreaded Christmas shop.

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You know how things can get hectic and stressed around this time of year: remembering who you need to buy for, what on earth you’re going to buy certain loved ones (the males mostly) and most of all trying to stretch the budget, roll all of this into one and you can bet your bottom dollar this makes for a very stressed time! Well here at HQ we don’t do stressing, we like to put the kettle on, relax, chill and take it easy and that is all helped by key planning – that is where Sarah’s Flowers can really help you planning your big day.

Sarahs flowers wedding blog

With our artificial wedding flowers there is no need to worry about the timing when ordering, our silk flowers can be stored for when you need them and not when the chosen flower might be in season or when a supplier can fit you in – this can also add certain pressure onto you and your purse strings. When you order from Sarah’s Flowers you can correctly budget yourself and buy your dream flowers for when you really need them. Another bonus by ordering with us? Avoiding the terrible Christmas and ‘Sales’ rush. We know just how hard it is to keep your mind clued into when the last delivery dates are etc and I know for sure that planning your order in enough time to keep your flowers fresh is probably one of the single most hardest things to do, not to mention hiking up the price! Stop now… Grab a chair, get in your pj’s and relax. Browse online and place your order in plenty of time and let us take the strain for you – this is your day, not time to stress.

Sarahs flowers wedding blog

And don`t forget you still have time to use our special offer code which will give you a whopping 25% off your wedding flowers.
Just enter the code SF2512 when you go though checkout on any new order placed via the website.
That’s right a quarter off any wedding flower order placed from samples to bridal bouquets to custom orders.

Win! £75 to spend on gorgeous silk and artificial flowers at Sarah's Flowers!

Sarah’s Flowers and Confetti.co.uk have teamed up together for a fabulous chance to win a £75.00 wedding flower voucher, YOU could be the lucky Confetti bride-to-be and win the £75 voucher to spend on anything you want at Sarah’s Flowers online store! Enter today at the Confetti website for your chance to choose from a gorgeous selection of everlasting bouquets, corsages, buttonholes, or table and cake decorations!

Sarah’s Flowers have been providing gorgeous and affordable silk and artificial wedding flowers to the modern savvy brides since 2004 – their fully qualified team has over 20 years experience in the wedding industry!

Sarah’s Flowers create stunning handmade silk wedding flowers for every aspect of the big day – bouquets, corsages, buttonholes, and table arrangements! They also offer a bespoke mix-and-match service with any of the bouquets, flowers or ribbons to create that custom made bouquet just for you.

Sarah’s Flowers take much pride in attention to detail and insist everything has to be 100% right before it leaves them – they make it happen by only using the highest quality silk and artificial flowers and supplies.

The hard work and dedication they put into working with brides and bridesmaids has won them the Best Wedding Florist Award at Wedding Ideas Awards in 2010 and 2011! You will now find Sarah’s Flowers products gracing the pages of national magazines and newspapers, and with their flowers used in TV weddings such as Eastenders!

Best of all, the flowers are yours to keep forever for a wonderful memory of your special day!

To enter the competition simply sign in or register via confetti.co.uk, and answer the competition question correctly.