Decor Comparison: Same Look, Different Budget

Oct 23, 2017

When we first seen this creative styled shoot created by photographer Annie Chang from L'Estelle Photography and event planner Sara from Create Weddings and Events via Two Bright Lights, us here at Okanagan Weddings got all the heart eyes.  Planning a wedding can be hard and sticking to a budget can get even harder.


The concept of the shoot is to show that brides are able to achieve the look they have in mind with different budgets, through using different levels of details (a simpler version versus a more glammed up version).

As wedding vendors, we have come to realise that sites like Pinterest can be both a brides best friend and her worst enemy. These sites are full of styled shoots and even real weddings that have top of the line budgets. In many instances this isn't conveyed to the couples who are using these photos for decor or theme inspiration and when they take these ideas to their planner, decorator or florist they can feel very overwhelmed by the cost or let down.

The team of vendors for this styled shoot wanted to try and help with this by doing two looks that had similar feels in regards to decor but that had a difference in overall cost.  The main colour theme is white, grey and gold, with rustic and glam overall feel at a barn location.  The model is wearing Pronovias 2017 collection in both looks.

Look One is a more budget friendly version in which the florist used less expensive greenery and in a way that kept labour hours very limited as well. We used cupcakes in this look rather than a fully decorated wedding cake as in the next look.

Look Two is the higher end look in which we used more linens to add texture and fullness as well as taking it up a notch with both the decor (including using gold cutlery) and florals used.



BRIDAL BOUQUET: This bouquet used a budget-friendly base of white hydrangeas and standard roses, provide a lot of bulk at a lower price. Using hydrangeas can be the most economical way to get a large bouquet at a lower-end price.  Approximate cost: $140


TABLE FLORALS: We cut costs here by using a less labour intensive method to assemble the garland. We simply laid long stems of italian ruscus on the table, and inserted cut flowers into the greens. No tying, no twine, and only one type of greenery (layering greenery for texture can get very costly). Instead of a larger centerpiece, we used candles for height.  Again, using budget-friendly flowers like roses, stock, tulips, etc.  Approximate cost: $75 per table ($35 without flowers)


CUPCAKES: Cupcakes can be a cheaper alternative to custom cakes. However a more elaborate design can cost a little moreApproximate cost: $24 to $30 per dozen (mini), $48 to $55 per dozen (regular)


DRESS/JEWELERY:  The model is wearing the Oreste dress from Pronovias - a suggestive empire line mermaid wedding dress with a bateau neckline. A perfect combination of crepe, tulle, and lace floral motifs.  Jewlery was provided by The Borrowed Collection.  The Borrowed Collection is based in Vancouver and offers bridal jewellery & accessories for rent. The rentals range from $40-$260 while the retail value of their collection ranges from $90-$1750.  Approximate cost: Own: $1080 // Rent: $207



BRIDAL BOUQUET: This is a mix of some very high-end flowers and greens. Garden roses, ranunculus, anemones, orchids, and dusty miller all push the price up well past $200.  Approximate cost: $225+


TABLE FLORALS: To create a more lush, draping garland, we used the more labour intensive method of tying smaller bunches of greenery to a piece of twine. In addition, we used multiple types of greenery to get a layered effect. The extra draping and pooling at the ends also adds up in cost.  A statement piece made of the same high-end flowers used in the bouquet.  Approximate cost: Table Garland: $144 per table, Large Centerpiece: $185, Hanging Hoops: $65 (for all three), Chair Greenery: $5 ($2.50 per chair)


CUSTOM CAKE: The three-tier cake in this shoot is 6”-8”-10”, and can feed about 80 people. The cost depends on a few variables, for example, size, servings, flowers, etc.  Approximate cost: $1000 to $1200


DRESS/JEWELERY: The model is once again wearing a dress from Pronovias and jewellery from The Borrowed Collection.  Approximate price for jewellery: $1916 (own), $426 (rent)



Some other decor and details included in these looks are the stationary and laser cut signs.  Place cards start at $1.00 based on black ink on white cardstock with a $0.25 increase per change. The place cards for that particular shoot would be $1.50.


Lasercut signs start at $25 and is priced by size.  The mr and mrs belong in the small category and is $25 each. Medium size starts at $50, large size starts at $75 and extra large starts at $100.   Pricing details can be found on Rintzy Lee Calligraphy & Design.


Photography: L'Estelle Photography
Event Planner: Create Weddings and Events
Florals: Bootah Jardin Wedding Flowers
Stationary: Rintzylee Designs
Hair + Makeup: Elena Tsang
Gowns: Clara Couture Bridal
Cake: The Cake and the Giraffe
Bridal Accessories: The Borrowed Collection
Venue: Maan Farms
Décor Rental: Valley Weddings
Chair Rental: Vancouver Chiavari Chairs
Model: Ella Sinclair

Category: event panning