Since centerpieces are covered, your flower budget will be spent primarily on bridal-party flowers and, of course, cost varies greatly depending on the types of flowers and size of bouquets chosen, as well as the number of people in your wedding party. (Hint: If you’re on a budget, and you want everyone to have flowers, you may want to have two or three bridesmaids and groomsmen rather than a royal-family-sized party). At Joseph Richard Florals in Armonk, a bridal nosegay bouquet of roses, hydrangea, peonies, and orchids will run you about $200. Bridesmaids’ bouquets with the same flowers will cost $100 ($125 for maid of honor); rose boutonnieres for the guys run $15 apiece; rose wristlets for the mother of the bride and groom are $35 each; flower-girl rose petals are $40.
DIY Music: No fee
Skip the DJ and create your own iPod playlist. Then plug into the Castle’s top-notch sound system.
DIY Photography: No fee
Ask a friend or relative with a good eye to take your photos, but be sure to make a list beforehand of the specific shots you’d like.
Pre-Owned Wedding Gown & Rented Tux: $500 – $1,500
You’re going to wear your wedding dress just once, and, though every woman wants her “very own” dress, it will be yours for the duration of your wedding, and that’s what really matters — especially when your funds are limited. And you’re not alone, either: The pre-owned wedding-dress market is thriving. Check out www.preownedweddingdresses.com and www.stillwhite.com for savings of up to 95 percent! Renting a tux for under $300 (and even as little as $100) should be easy at most places in the Valley, or online at sites like www.blacktux.com.