New Wedding Flowers Guides from BridesVillage Teaches Brides to Make Wedding Flowers Affordable by Growing Them at Home

May 13, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Lifestyle News
May 13, 2010 -, an independent retailer of wedding supplies for 18 years, announced it has published two free wedding flower guides to help brides create their own flowers for their wedding day. The guides, available now on the website, teach brides how to reduce their wedding spending by selecting, growing, drying, and making wedding flowers right in their backyards.

"The economy is still hard for a lot of people," said Cathy Ward, founder of BridesVillage. "The cost of wedding flowers can place a huge burden on many couples. I want to show brides how they can grow their own flowers and come up with creations that are just as elegant as anything they can get from a florist."

The first wedding flowers guide explains how to create affordable DIY wedding flowers by growing them at home. It covers gardening basics, tips for ensuring a successful garden, as well as some creative ideas for using flowers in wedding decorations and favors. It also features detailed information on a large variety of popular wedding flowers and is broken down by geographical growing regions to help couples get started.

The second guide provides step-by-step instructions that anyone can use to learn how to dry flowers with ordinary household tools and appliances. Flowers can be dried a variety of ways, and the guide covers the four most popular methods including air drying, sand or desiccant drying, pressing, and using the microwave. The guide also lists some of the best flowers to dry with each method and discusses unique ways that dried flowers can be used as a substitute for table confetti or for decorating wedding programs and stationery.

Ward added that in addition to helping brides keep within their budgets, she also wants to use the guides to raise awareness about the impact their weddings can have on the environment.

"With issues like the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, it's more important than ever to be aware of the environment," Ward said. "These guides can get couples thinking about the effects their own weddings will have."

Ward noted that many florists use exotic or out of season flowers that need to be shipped from distant areas. Growing wedding flowers at home and in season reduces carbon emissions while helping to improve the immediate environment.

"Cultivating local flowers for your wedding is a great thing for the environment," Ward said. "It does make a difference."

About was founded in 2001 by Cathy Ward and is one of the top independent online retailers of wedding supplies. BridesVillage offers hard-to-find as well as popular selections of aisle runners, wedding cake toppers, unity candles, and bridal party gifts. BridesVillage also specializes in theme weddings and features exclusive collections for western weddings, beach weddings, Cinderella weddings, and much more. Located near Erie, Pennsylvania, is committed to providing brides with the service and information they need to create a perfect wedding.