Wedding Flowers + How to Save Money

Flowers can easily be one of the major costs of a wedding but does not have to be.  It is very easy to go over budget with wedding flowers so here are some tips to save money:

1. Use local flowers.

2. Use in season flowers.

3. Be selective about where you will be placing the flowers.  I suggest place them in noticeable areas like centerpieces and alter flowers.  I thought about placing flowers elsewhere but decided it would not have much impact.

4. Skip “extras” like boutonnieres, bridesmaid flowers, practice bouquets, and flower crowns.

4. Many florist have minimums but that does not mean they are not willing to work with you.  I found that the minimum really meant that was the minimum cost for them to justify setting up and taking down the flowers.  If you spend less than that you just have to set up and tear down the flowers yourself.

5. You can go to a flower warehouse and make your own arrangements but I don’t recommend this because your taking the time out of your wedding day to focus on something trivial and not what actually matters.

6. If you have vases, ask the florist if you can provide your own vases for a discount.

7. Ask for smaller, compact arrangements.

Red Sea Moss Benefits + Recipe

We all know I LOVE trying a new food trend. When I heard all the hype surrounding red sea moss, I had to try it.  If you are unfamiliar with red sea moss, it is popular in Ireland and Jamaica.  It has a ton of health benefits including the following:


Vitamin B12, B1, and B2




Amino Acids

It has also been shown to treat diabetes, the cold, and the flu.


Red Sea Moss Recipe


4 tbsp red sea moss puree (you can purchase red sea moss here).

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

Cinnamon to taste

1/3 cup honey

1/2 tsp vanilla extract


24 hours before making the smoothie, rinse the dried red sea moss to remove all sand and salt. Note: I used an entire bag.

Place the dried red sea moss in about 4 cups of water to begin re-hydrating it.

Replace the water every 6 hours (I went 8 hours without replacing the water overnight and it was fine).

The red sea moss should be fully hydrated after 24 hours and should have a slippery gelatinous feel similar to seaweed. Puree it in a blender and set aside 4 tbsp. You can place the rest in an airtight container and store it in your refrigerator.

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until well incorporated.