Our Budget Rustic Wedding

Charlene Kleman (Bride) BIRDSBORO, PA
We chose a very rustic venue, as we are both outdoor lovers, in Northeast PA, close to where we grew up, and where our families still lived. As our wedding was the first weekend in November, we still had some beautiful fall foliage and crunchy leaves under our feet. We chose burgundy mums (bought from another wholesale vendor), eucalyptus, and light pink/peach roses, which went perfectly with our simple, rustic, woodsy wedding. My mother and two bridesmaids and I created everything - centerpieces, 6 bouquets, 8 boutonnieres, and 2 corsages - in about three hours. I anticipated it would take much longer, but had an amazing group of creative girls on my side. Transferring flowers from my parents' ... house to the venue (a two-hour drive) was a bit stressful but worked out okay. We kept bouquets in water in buckets, and everything else in boxes to transport, which worked well. The eucalyptus was full enough and beautiful enough that we did not need any additional flowers. Though the roses we received were not the quality I had hoped for, they looked beautiful in pictures, and at a distance. We ended up having great weather, so much fun, and an amazing day that I will never forget. The best part about a budget wedding, was as I looked around at all the decorations, set up, and flowers, I knew everything was done by us. Even our photographer was a family friend. Though it meant a ton more additional work, it saved us thousands in the long run, and was a ton of fun! Show more
Flowers by Charlene Kleman

Arrangements Made

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    Bridal Bouquet
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    Bridesmaid's Bouquets
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Flowers Used for Charlene Kleman's Arrangements

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets , Corsages, Boutonnieres

I can't say enough good things about the eucalyptus. We used it for everything, and what I ordered was so much more than I thought it would be. My wedding was almost a week ago and it still looks wonderful. The eucalyptus was also very low maintenance to care for.

Used for: Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets , Corsages, Boutonnieres

I was not impressed with these roses. The color was definitely more of a very pale peach/off white than a the light pink color shown in the pictures. The majority of the roses also arrived with browned outside petals. We followed the instructions to a "T" hoping the roses would come back to life, but they remained brown. We started peeling away layers of petals, but had to leave some brown ones on, otherwise we would have been left with hardly any rose! Fortunately, the roses looked fine from a distance, though still not close to the quality shown in the pictures. We received the roses on a Thursday, kept them in water until Saturday- the morning after the wedding, the corsage and boutonnier roses had all wilted and died...


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