Is Pinterest Breaking Your Wedding Budget?

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Browsing Pinterest for wedding inspiration is like browsing romantic comedy movies for boyfriend inspiration. The fantasy of what could be versus the reality of what actually is today can be shocking (or for some, shockingly disappointing)!

There’s nothing wrong with loving Pinterest, just remember to balance your expectations before adding Pins to your secret wedding board. Say this with me “Pins may show inspiration that exceeds the limits of my budget.” See, that was easy, right? Hopefully this helps to ease the shock when you see your proposal for wedding flowers that match your pretty Pin.

Similar to romantic movies, Pinterest is meant to inspire and excite. Actually expecting a Hollywood hunk-worthy hero to sweep us off our feet could leave us bitter, disappointed and miserable in life and love. Likewise, expecting to get the exact Pinterest-worthy look for our wedding that fits within our budget could break hearts in the long-run.


What the Pros Know


Allow me to demystify Pinterest wedding flowers so you can know what the pros know. (Shhh… keep this between us!)

On average, Dallas couples spend around $2,500 on wedding flowers and a bridal bouquet usually starts around $150. That luscious, jaw-dropping bridal bouquet Pin you’re swooning over could come with a $300 price tag!

Here’s a video that helps to explain the actual price of the flowers in photos you’re drawn to.

Price of Wedding Flowers

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Are you really willing to double your budget to match a pretty photo?

So, how do you balance your Pinterest fantasy with your budget reality? Allow me to introduce you to our newest creation – BYOB: Build Your Own Bouquet! Can you imagine saving up to 35% off the price for wedding flowers just by opting to DIY? BYOB is ideal for couples with a do-it-yourself spirit who desire stunning budget-friendly blooms for their Wedding Day.

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Not a Fan of DIY?


If you’re planning to meet with a wedding florist soon, here are 4 quick tips to have a flawless floral consultation:

  1. Be honest, upfront and realistic about your budget
  2. Treat Pinterest as a translator – it helps you non-verbally communicate your style (then…)
  3. Treat Pinterest as an ex-lover – you both had great times but you’ve moved on
  4. Remain open-mined and trust your floral designer

Happy planning!

Introducing Floral Design

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Floral design isn’t just an art. I believe it’s a natural form of soul therapy, and here’s why.

Have you ever received a bouquet of flowers (perhaps for your birthday or for no reason at all) and it just made you feel incredibly special? For a moment you’re taken aback, a huge smile crosses your lips and a rush of happiness surges through you.

It’s the emotion flowers bring to our lives that draws me to their power and beauty. Somehow, when I look at a symphony of daisies, hydrangea, ranunculus, lilies, roses, baby’s breath and eucalyptus, the world around me becomes silent and I fall into my happy place.

Flowers are powerful that way and I’ve made it my mission to learn them, understand them, and share that power with everyone I meet, which is why I’m venturing into floral design for weddings, special occasions, and just because!


Introducing Floral Design


I went to the flower market last Friday, walked into their cooler, and gazed around until I found a flower that spoke to me. This flower would be my leading lady and I found other blooms and greens that would work well together. I got them all home, prepped them and let them drink overnight. The next day I laid a grouping of stems out and started to work some floral design magic (well, that’s what I like to call it LOL).

The result? I invite you to see for yourself…

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After making 1 bridal bouquet, 5 different bridesmaids bouquets, and a topiary centerpiece (the buds are still closed so that pic will come later on Instagram) I really wished I had a wedding to deliver these to. I would have loved to see the smile on the face of the bride and her bridesmaids.

Are you getting married in 2017 or beyond? Looking for a floral designer to bring the emotion of your wedding day to life? Give me a shout! I’d love to create something unique for you to cherish.

In the meantime, follow me on Instagram to discover where inspiration takes me – you may very well be inspired yourself!

Dallas Bridal Show 2017

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Getting married soon? Come mingle with Nicole Elizabeth and her fabulously sweet Mom, Ramona, at the Dallas Bridal Show this weekend!

We’re giving away super cute goodies (while they last) so come early to snag yours!


Dallas Bridal Show Weekend 1/28-1/29!


(In case you missed the show, here’s a highlights video of our smile-filled weekend!)


Visit our booth and enter for your chance to win a free, custom-painted backdrop for your wedding (valued at $295)! We’re debuting “Mauvelous” this weekend as the backdrop of our booth (romantic shades of blush pink, taupe, plum and rose gold).

We love planning and decorating weddings and we’d love to get to know you and hear your ideas! Come and share what you’ve planned so far and let us know how we can help!

(Psst… for my awesome blog subscribers: when you visit our booth, mention the secret word “cupcake” to let us know you’re already part of our #SensiblyChicTRIBE of happy couples!)

If you get tickets online, be sure to use code SENSCHICWED at checkout to get $1 off admission!

Saturday, January 28th from 10am to 5pm
Sunday, January 29th from 10am to 5pm

Dallas Market Hall
2200 N Stemmons Fwy Dallas, TX 75207

Because you’re fabulously engaged, that’s why!

We’ll see you there!


Let’s Connect!


Follow us on Instagram to get a behind-the-scenes look-see at our booth – and the giddy moments in-between!

Major Wedding Invitation Mistake to Avoid

Invitation Mistake to Avoid

Your invitation is (usually) the first piece of wedding stationery your guests receive and the saying holds true – first impressions matter! Every checklist on the planet recommends mailing out your invitations between 6 to 8 weeks before your wedding, but what checklists don’t tell you is how much postage you should be using.

The major mistake you may be tempted to make is using too much postage.

Sure, it may be easy to stick on an extra Forever stamp, but that could cost ya… and if you’re sending 200+ invitations out, the over-spending could be the cost of a bridesmaid’s bouquet!

Perfect Postage


How to Get the Perfect Invitation Postage


Follow these steps to get the perfect postage for your wedding invitation:

      1. Assemble It. Insert your invitation, RSVP card and envelope, reception card (etc.) into your inner envelope. Then insert into your outer envelope – but don’t seal it closed.
      2. Weigh It. Grab a handy dandy digital kitchen scale and weigh your entire ensemble. Remember to round up to the next whole ounce (if your ensemble weighs 1.7 ounces, round up to 2.0 ounces). *As of this post, the cost of a First Class Mail Letter (1 ounce) is $.47 which one Forever stamp will cover… but…
      3. Avoid Temptation. Please please please don’t assume that by adding a second Forever stamp (or your custom standard Zazzle stamp) would cover the cost. The last thing you want is for all of your gorgeous invitations to be returned to you – which means you’ll have to order more envelopes ($100+ bucks), more postage (another $140+ bucks), and more whimsical calligraphy (another $600 bucks – but it looks so pretty)!
      4. Know the Secret. If you’re mailing a 2 ounce invitation, it won’t need one Forever stamp for each ounce! *The first ounce is $.47 but each ounce after that is only …. drum roll please … $.21! So for a 2 ounce invitation ensemble, the postage is only $.68 which saves you $.26 per invitation! Bam – $52 bucks saved already and I bet you can use that on Etsy!

*P.S: I heard a rumor that postage pricing for 2017 is expected to increase by the end of January 2017, so keep an eye out before purchasing your stamps. (Pricing is based on when your invitations are mailed out – not when the stamps are purchased.)


Attention May and June Couples


If you’re eager to order custom stamps from websites like Zazzle, I highly recommend that you wait until February 2017 to purchase them. In case the cost of postage does go up on Sunday 1/22/17 from $.47 to $.49 for the first ounce, it’ll save you a headache and a half down the road.

Real Wedding: Jackie & Cory at Rustic Grace Estate

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Rustic Grace Estate in Van Alstyne Texas


Wedding Date: July 8th, 2016
Wedding Colors: Navy, Blush, Ivory, Hot Pink

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Quite possibly the cutest couple on the planet, Jackie and Cory married in a quaint chapel and partied the night away in a rustic, barn-style reception adorned with chandeliers and bistro lights. 130 guests shared in Jackie & Cory’s love and were delighted by a photo booth wagon, cupcakes, a guitar-shaped groom’s cake, and a popsicle stand (Texans love options). When the sun went down, the glo sticks came out, and so did the bride’s blinged out sneakers!

Want to know how their love began? Read about Jackie & Cory’s engagement!

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Photographer: Stanley Tongai
Wedding Planner: Sensibly Chic Weddings
Venue: Rustic Grace Estate
Florist: Petals Couture
Catering: Babe’s
DJ: Black Tie Sounds
Beauty: Elan Makeup
Favors: Steel City Pops
Table Linens & Napkins: A-1 Wedding & Party Rentals
Photo Booth: Photo Wagon
Bartending: H&H Liquid Catering
Officiant: Dr. Rusty Wheelington