How to Customize Your Budget Binder Printables

Customizable Budget Binder | Accidental Okie 

I’ve had some requests to provide customizable options for my original Budget Binder Printables

I’m honestly blushing. In just a few short months, my budget binder post has been seen by thousands and thousands of people. It’s on the top page of Google searches for budget binder printables and it’s all over Pinterest! I’m so thankful it’s been a resource for people.

So because the public demands it, I present to you customizable sheets.

Below you’ll find two types of downloads for each blank page: PDFs and PNGs. Here’s the super technical low down on the downloads: PDFs are larger files. They’ll always be crisper, which is why I only have PDFs of the original budget binder printables. The only problem is that unless you’re using Adobe Illustrator, you can’t modify PDFs. Use the blank PDF pages if your plan is to write in your headers by hand.

The next set are PNGs. These are image files like JPEGs, but PNGs work best for images with straight lines and text (JPEGs work best for photos). Use PNGs for creating your very own customized budget binder sheets. But how? I’ll show you below in a step-by-step tutorial.

1. Pick Your Download.

You’ll find a section that looks like this at the bottom of the post.

Customizable Budget Binder 1 | Accidental Okie

 2. Save the File

Right click on the image and select, Save Image As. Save the image somewhere easy to get. I made a folder on my desktop.

Customizable Budget Binder 2 | Accidental Okie

3. Insert Image.

Open a new Word document. Under the Insert tab, select Picture, and then Insert Picture from File.

Customizable Budget Binder 3 | Accidental Okie

4.  Select File.

Use the dialog box to select your file and insert it.

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5. Format Image

After the file is inserted, click on it. Then click on the Picture Tools header that will appear. Next find the Text Wrapping box. It has a picture with a dog silhouette. Select Through (you may have to push More to find Through). This will let you move the picture around the document as needed.

Customizable Budget Binder 5 | Accidental Okie

6. Stretch Image

I’ve already formatted the budget binder sheets with a margin for binders, so all you need to do is stretch out the binder sheet to the edge of the page and it will fit perfectly, margins and all.

Remember to push shift while stretching the image so it doesn’t become disproportional.

If you don’t push shift, the image will get all wonky and distorted within the actual file. You’ll need to delete it and re-insert. And if you were in the design class I taught in grad school, I would take off an entire letter grade…if I was in a generous mood. Otherwise, I would fail you.

So really, push shift.

Customizable Budget Binder 6 | Accidental Okie

7. Under the Insert tab, add a text box.

Customizable Budget Binder 7 | Accidental Okie8. Insert your content.

Move the text box to the bottom of the page and insert your content. I created a budget sheet for school supplies.

Customizable Budget Binder 8 | Accidental Okie

9. Format Text Box

Right click on the text box and select Format Text Box, and select No Color for the fill and line colors.

Customizable Budget Binder 9 | Accidental Okie

10. Format Text

Chose your font and size. I used AlexandriaFLF font from the original post so it would match the rest of the budget binder series. But you can use whatever font you want!

Customizable Budget Binder 10 | Accidental Okie

11. Create Headers

Create more text boxes and format them the same way you did before. Name your headers whatever you want and center them above each section.

You have three columns to do with whatever you want. I decided this budget sheet is for someone in England.

Customizable Budget Binder 11 | Accidental Okie

12. You’re Done!Customizable Budget Binder 13 | Accidental Okie

Below you’ll find templates for everything – binder cover, section covers and budget sheets! If you want ideas for what I did for each item, make sure to look at the original Budget Binder Printables Post!

I would love to know how you use your customized budget binder! Make sure to post it in the comments.

PDF’s

Cover 
Yellow Cover | Yellow Budget Sheet 
Turquoise Cover | Turquoise Budget Sheet 
Purple Cover | Purple Budget Sheet 
Coral Cover | Coral Budget Sheet 
Green Cover | Green Budget Sheet 

PNG’s

Cover 
Yellow Cover | Yellow Budget Sheet 
Turquoise Cover | Turquoise Budget Sheet 
Purple Cover | Purple Budget Sheet 
Coral Cover | Coral Budget Sheet 
Green Cover | Green Budget Sheet 

AlexandriaFLF Font Download

Budget Binder (And Free Printables)

the reluctant budgeter

My reluctant budgeting continues.

The first time I met with my budget mentor Pat, we talked about the benefits of the cash system.  Money can seem theoretical when it’s electronically zipping out of your debit card.  A few dollars here and a little stop at the store there, and you’ve unknowingly blown your budget.

So we’re working on the cash system.  Not for everything.  We’re not taking dollars and exact change to the mortgage company, but we are using cash for everything except bills, charitable giving and gas for our cars.  It’s divided into five categories:

  • Groceries – food, cat stuff, toiletries, household cleaning supplies
  • Clothes & Makeup – including my more expensive hair-care products
  • Entertainment & Eating Out – this how we feed our Thai food addiction.
  • Play Money – a little pocket money for The Professor and me during the week.
  • Gifts – Because we have a lot of nephews and nieces, we’re putting $40 back each month for gifts and hoping that this will cover birthdays all year and Christmas.

Pat told me that I needed to figure out an organization system.  She said a budgeting system has to have two important elements: it must work for you and you must like it.

Translation: make it pretty.

Yes, you heard right…straight from my mentor’s own lips.  Her reasoning is this: who really wants to spend all that time budgeting?  But if you have to do it, it’s easier when you have created an inviting system that you can tuck into once a week.  Now, I’m sure there are accountants out there who just love spreadsheets and feel at home amongst those white and black lines, but I’m not one of those people.

Being me, I couldn’t find paper and organizers that I liked.  I knew I wanted things to be color coded.  I knew that I needed to keep details to a minimum, and I knew I wanted thick paper.  So, being me, I made my own system.

budget binderIt started with a regular-sized, 1-inch binder with the clear front pocket where you can slide in a cover sheet, some plastic binder pouches to serve as money envelopes and binder dividers.  (In case you long to be just like me, I put the links to the exact things I bought.  You know, since everyone wants to be like me.)  Then I designed my system.  Each of the five categories of the cash budget has a section within the binder that contains three items.

budget binder | www.accidentalokie.comFirst, there’s the cover page.  This is important because this where I defined my categories.  When I told Pat my grocery budget, she said it was a little high, but when I explained that it included things like cat litter, cleaning supplies and toothpaste, she said that it was actually  accurate.  (Score!)  Having all these things lumped together works for me because I buy a lot of them in the same place. Also, I knew I needed my system to be as simple as possible, or I wouldn’t use it.

budget binder ledgerNext is the ledger where once again I kept things simple.  It has three categories: date, details and dollars.  I’ve simplified things further by not recording my purchases by date, but by week.  I section off each month and write how much money we’ve budgeted for the category.  Our grocery budget has seen an increase since my sister has moved in, so we’ve been learning how to adjust for a third eater and a second gluten-free eater.

In the details column, I write down notes.  This is especially helpful if my bill was especially high.  One grocery trip, I had to buy allergy medicine and supplies for a big pizza party.  That will be good to remember when I’m reviewing the month.  I also keep track of cat expenses, so I have a better idea what to budget for Charlie and Pippa.

budget money folderFinally, each category has the cash, stored in the convenient plastic pouch from Office Max.  The goal is for these envelopes to accrue cash – for us to not spend to the limit every month but to build a cushion for a rainy day (or when we want to buy rib eyes or other splurges).

I tried the cash system once before and carried all the cash with me.  This didn’t work for two reasons: First, I was stressed about carrying several hundred dollars with me.  But second (and the real reason), I would be like “Oh look how much money I have!  I should get a coffee,” or “We can totally afford eating out again this week month.”

budget binder percentages

Another thing Pat and I talked about was deciding how much to spend on each category.  She gave me the generally accepted guidelines, which I designed as part of my binder.  My hope is to do quarterly check ups of our spending against this guide.

I’ve been on the system for about a month now.  Here’s what I’ve learned:

  • A cash system does not work if you forget to get cash before you leave the house.
    I’ve had to learn to give The Professor and me our $20 of play money at the beginning of every week so that we don’t use our debit cards for little purchases.  I’ve also had to make sure to get grocery money before every trip.
  • I can afford things.  
    Before I started the cash system, I spent a lot of time being frustrated because I couldn’t afford things.  I’d tell myself it was the plight of a teacher’s wife.  Now that we have entertainment and play money budget categories, I’ve been able to buy little things that I want.  I was at Target last weekend and saw the soundtrack to the Les Mis movie (the only movie I’ve seen twice in the theatre since high school), and rather than feeling sorry for myself, I bought it with my play money.
  • I spend too much.
    I’ve already pinpointed areas of over-spending, which I’m now able to address.  Also, I was spending money on things I didn’t know about.  For instance, I had a Weight Watchers membership.  Who knew?
  • Grace
    Pat told me that it will take about three months of doing this consistently before I’m not overspending every month.  In the interim, I’m remembering to have grace with myself.
  • I feel empowered!
    Maybe this reluctant budgeter is becoming a little less reluctant.

Because I love all my followers and because I hope this is helpful for you, I’ve created printables so you can have a beautiful budget notebook, too!

budget binder printables | www.accidentalokie.com

Below are PDFs so you can create your own budget binder.

binder cover
percentages
cover groceries | groceries sheet
cover clothes | clothes sheet
cover entertainment | entertainment sheet
cover play money  | play money sheet
 cover gifts | gifts sheet 

If you want to make your own modifications to the sheets, I used AlexandriaFLF Font throughout the budgeting sheets. It’s a free font you can download here.

Update: July 2013

Due to popular demand, I’ve released a series of completely customizable budget sheets! You can see them here:

Customizable Budget Binder | Accidental Okie

Dont’ miss Reluctant Budgeter Post 3: Weekly Meal Plan Organizer and Free Printables

Christmas Gift Giving Guide – Reb: The Expat

This post is part of my 2012 Gift Giving Series, running from November to part of December.  I’ve asked people from all walks of life, tastes, styles and budgets to recommend ten unique gift ideas.

Remember that time I said my friends are cooler than me?  Well, here’s some more proof.  Meet Rebecca.  We went to Baylor together, and to the same church and were in the same sorority.  We also formed a Facebook group called Patriotic Ex-Patriots United.  Only she actually became an expat.  I became an Oklahoman, which is similar in the eyes of many Texans.

Rebecca knew she wanted to be a professor of medieval English, but in our last weeks at Baylor, rejection letter after rejection letter came from every graduate school she applied to, and Rebecca saw her dreams slipping away.  But then when all hope seemed lost, she received a hand-delivered letter from the postman.  From Oxford.  The number one school in the world to study medieval English.

So, Rebecca went to Oxford where she got her Ph.D. and met her husband, who, among other things, is taller than her.  This is a big deal since Rebecca is nearly six feet tall.

Now they live in Australia where, ahem, Dr. Rebecca is doing post-doctoral research on suicide in the middle ages and how the medieval writings about it can be integrated into modern suicide prevention material.  You can read an article she wrote about it here.

I hope you enjoy meeting Rebecca!

I buy gifts for:  husband, parents, brother and sister, parents- and siblings-in-law, my bestie in Texas, old college roommates, a few co-workers (and if celebrating Christmas with extended family in America: a small something for grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins)

My gift buying philosophy:  My gifts tend to fall into two categories: exotic or (and?!) delicious.  I love watching people experience new places and things, so I’m on the lookout all year for interesting local items I can pick up when I’m traveling (overseas or to a neighboring state/city) and save to give as Christmas gifts.  Whether it’s ornamental or edible, it’s fun to show a loved one that you thought of them while traveling, and they get to keep a little piece of some foreign locale for themselves.

I also enjoy stocking loved ones’ reading lists with new books I think they’ll enjoy—I keep my eyes on the recent releases and read book reviews to take note of who might like what.  And I adore making and gifting homemade treats in clever packages.  I like to give baked goods, homemade truffles, or mixes for quickbreads, muffins, or soups.  It’s all in the presentation, too!  A well-presented gift, even if it’s a small, inexpensive item, just seems a little more personal and meaningful when it’s beautifully packaged.

My favorite part of Christmas:  After spending the holidays in many different places and cultures, I know without a doubt my favorite part of Christmas is just being with family.  I am blessed with a close, loving immediate family, a big extended family on my mom’s and dad’s sides, and a fantastic set of in-laws.  Being able to spend a few days of quality time with them—preparing meals, baking treats, watching silly movies, sipping wine and chatting late into the evening—it’s the best, and something I treasure even more since spending the last seven years living oceans away from relatives.

My favorite Christmas movie:  Home Alone… or Miracle on 34th Street… or Love Actually… and my (mostly male) cousins and I have a tradition of watching cheesy action movies together on Christmas, think Rambo or something starring Bruce Willis.

Reb’s Gift Ideas

Books!

You can never have too many, and it’s a great way to exercise your deep knowledge of your loved ones and their interests.  Scour the NYT book review section http://www.nytimes.com/pages/books/index.html, the London Review of Books http://www.lrb.co.uk/, New Yorker http://www.newyorker.com/books?intcid=books, and the New York Review of Books http://www.nybooks.com/.  Something is bound to jump out at you that’s just right for one of your friends or relatives.  Books I would pass on include Peter Carey, The Chemistry of Tears, and of course Kathryn Stokett, The Help.  You might also consider gifting a luxury edition for an extra-special present.  Look at the shelves of hardbound classics in bookstores and choose a book (judging by content AND cover!) that will suit your giftee.  Make sure to personalize it by writing a message in the front flyleaf.

Cookbooks

(Different category than the last by my reckoning.)  I have to do an Aussie plug here and recommend some of my favorite Antipodean cookbooks.  Foodie/photography blogger Katie Quinn Davies has just released her first, and it’s full of beautiful pictures and funky write-ups of her delicious, down-home cooking.  Her Irish-Australian recipes are perfectly suited to a family meal or a dinner party for a crowd.

Bill Granger was Australia’s first masterchef winner, and his restaurants serve simple, beautifully-prepared food that showcases the best of what’s in season.  I own ‘The Best of Bill’ and have enjoyed experimenting with his ‘modern Australian’ cooking.  He specializes in fresh produce and seafood—with a Southeast Asian flair—and that Aussie favorite: brunch. His newest cookbook, ‘Easy’, looks fab, and would be ideal for the busy chef, as each chapter focuses on staple ingredients (a rotisserie chicken, a can of beans, fillet of fish) and turns them into healthy and flavorful dishes.

Personalized Charity Gifts

It’s easy to arrange a charity donation on behalf of a friend or loved one through organizations such as Unicef, Oxfam, and the Red Cross.  These gifts are a thoughtful way to express holiday cheer while reaching out to the larger global community.

Last year, my sister-in-law arranged charity donations for each member of our family, creatively personalizing each donation so that it resonated with her intended giftee.  It was one of the sweetest gestures.  I love to cook, so she made a donation in my name to a charity that would provide food for a family for some months.  My brother-in-law is training to be a teacher, so her donation in his name went towards a charity that would provide children’s education.  My Aussie husband enjoys a cold one : )  For him, she wrote the funniest card explaining that she couldn’t find a charity that provided beer, so she made his charity donation to an organization that provided clean drinking water.

Custom BobbleHead

This is just as cheesy as it sounds, but there is likely a person in your life (little brother? Husband? Dad?) for whom a custom bobblehead is the ideal gift.  My brother just received a look-alike bobblehead of himself from his wife as a birthday gift, and he’s already proudly taken it to display on his teacher’s desk at his high school.  The resemblance is uncanny.

Houseplants

My mother-in-law is a botanist and gardener extraordinaire.  She is slowly teaching me how not to kill every green thing my thumbs come into contact with. Her faith in my gardening abilities has given me a new enthusiasm for plants.  Giving a pot of flowers for the patio, trio of herbs for the kitchen widowsill, or a little terrarium is a gift that will last long after Christmas (hopefully!) and will brighten the home of your giftee.  Better Homes & Gardens has a handy houseplant picking guide and a make your own terrarium tutorial.

Homemade Treats

This is the kind of gift I give to co-workers or extended family if we’re all gathered together for Christmas.  Food is always welcome, and baked good mixes are even better because they can be saved for after the holiday binge period.  Creative packaging makes these gifts even more special.  Pick up scraps of fabric, paper, ribbons, twine, and beads throughout the year so you’re ready to wrap up your homemade treats.

Last year I made this chocolate chip oatmeal bread mix for our cousins, stacking the ingredients in glass jars decorated with fabric and ribbon, with baking instructions attached. They all replied a few weeks or months later saying that the bread was delicious and that they appreciated being able to easily throw something together for a lazy weekend breakfast.

You can also arrange your favorite cookies in pretty tins (molasses cookies are perfect for the holidays: the Pioneer Woman’s recipe is the same delicious one my mom makes, and I’ll be posting my own vegan version on my blog soon, or make homemade truffles and give with a bottle of wine).

Oxfam Dove

Fairtrade Homeware and Clothing

Most shopping malls in Australia have a fairtrade store selling beautifully crafted homeware, jewelry, and clothing.  This is often my first stop for little, meaningful gifts—a beaded necklace from India, a scarf from South America, or a carved bowl from Africa.  These products are usually made from recycled or sustainable materials, and they empower people to earn salaries that will support themselves and their families.  This beautiful dove stamped with ‘peace’ in English and Khmer is made in Cambodia out of recycled bombshell fragments.  If you can’t find a fairtrade store near you, check out the FairTradeFederation gift guide.

Sydney Opera House

An Event

Movie, play at the local theatre, ballet, or concert—event gifts are fun!  Whether you give a pair of tickets so two lovebirds can have a date night on you, or give a friend one ticket and keep the other so you can attend together, this gift creates a space for quality time as well as a show your giftee will enjoy.  Look at the event guides for some of the big performance spaces in your city or at your city’s ‘what’s on’ calendar.  The Sydney Opera House even has a selection of event suggestions for Christmas gifts.

Ornaments

Maybe this one is cliché, but I love Christmas ornaments.  I have a treasured collection—some from my grandmothers who are now gone, a few of the macaroni and glitter ones I made as a kid that my mom gifted me with some of her own, nutcrackers and ballerinas galore from when I used to perform in The Nutcracker years ago, and now six years’ worth of ornaments from my three college roommates.  At graduation we decided that we would forgo purchasing birthday and Christmas presents for each other, saving the money instead to meet up wherever we might be in the world.  But we have a tradition of sending around four of the same ornaments so that our Christmas trees will look similar when we’re old!  I usually pick up a set of ornaments from a fun location when I travel—this year it’s painted wooden animals from Cape Town, South Africa.  Anthropologie has some beautiful vintage-style ornaments this year, loving the Aussie-looking black swan and fluffy pink coupe de gala kiwi.

Have fun choosing gifts for your friends and family, and I hope you’ve received a healthy dose of inspiration from Accidental Okie!  Blessings to you and yours for the holidays, whether they’re spent in cold or hot climes : )

Xx Reb (SouthernSpoonBelle @ www.southern-spoon.blogspot.com)

DIY Wedding Flower Tips

This is my sister-in-law Beth – The Professor’s youngest sister.  Isn’t she beautiful!  Like the rest of the people in The Professor’s family, she’s incredibly tall, coming in at a respectable six feet.  Sometimes I want to hate her, but I like her too much. Plus I’m holding out that our children will get some of those genes.

photo courtesy of BenTakesPhotos

Although I can’t take credit for her radiant bridal beauty, I can take credit for her bouquet.

With a wedding on a budget, everyone in the family pulled together to help throw them a beautiful spring wedding.  I’m no flower expert, but I helped with wedding flowers once before, and I got tips from Teressa, one of my besties who also happens to be the mastermind behind Cashmere Floral Designs, a top floral design company in Seattle.  Seriously, she’s legit.

Armed with creativity, a few skills, a few tips, and my penchant for recklessly plunging into the deep end of projects, I volunteered to do Beth’s wedding flowers.  Do it yourself wedding flowers was an exciting experience, and I learned a lot in the process.  These lessons I am now going to share with you!

Disclaimer: This post does not cover how to actually make bouquets and boutonnieres, but explains the process of doing your own wedding flowers.  Once you decide what kind of flowers you want to use, look for tutorials that feature those specific flowers.

DIY Wedding Flowers – 10 Tips

1. Assemble your tools.

tools

  1. Floral Tape – black and green.  This tape gets sticky when it’s stretched and wrapped on itself, but doesn’t stick to anything else.  Use the green to wrap up bouquets and the black to wrap up the boutonnieres.
  2. Floral Knife – these inexpensive knives are great for de-thorning roses and trimming flowers.
  3. Flower Shears – many of the stems you’ll be working with are very thick.  And you don’t want a blister on your wedding day from manhandling a dingy pair of scissors.  The shears cut floral wire too.  Consider them a necessity!
  4. Ribbon and other embellishments – Make sure you have a lot of ribbon to wrap all your beautiful creations!  Get creative.  I found this beautiful pearl embellishment that I knew would be a great final touch to Beth’s bouquet.
  5. Green Floral Wire – you’ll use this to wire flowers before incorporating them into arrangements and to reinforce stems.  Really, this is just useful stuff.  I used 20 and 26 gauge wire.  Straight wire is the best.
  6. Buckets –  Lots of buckets.  I got a bunch from the dollar store.
  7. Pins (not pictured) – long pins go into the bouquets to hold the ribbon into place.
  8. Labels (not pictured) – label the corsages and boutonnieres.
  9. Flower food (not pictured)

Clean buckets, knives, scissors and shears with bleach water and soap before using them otherwise bacteria could get into your flowers, causing them to die!

2. Don’t do it yourself.  Assemble an army.  As the bride, it would be hellish to assemble bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages by yourself the night before the wedding.  Get a group of friends together willing to help.  Be a part of the planning and vision, do what you can in the days before, but don’t plan to do it all.  The night before your wedding, either hand the task off to your friends or have a flower assembly party with your girlfriends.

It also helps to have friends with various skills.  I was very comfortable making the bouquets but terrified of making the corsages and boutonnieres.  Beth and The Professor’s Aunt Patty, on the other hand, were corsage making masters.  Together, we made a great team!

3. Order your flowers in advance if you can.  Whether you have a friend who can order you flowers from a flower market or if you order them from an online wholesaler or club store like Sam’s Club, order the flowers if you can.  Generally they arrive unopened.  This means that you can schedule their arrival for a Thursday or Friday, timing it so they are at their loveliest during the big event.  Flowers from the store are usually at their peak on the day you buy them.

4. Learn as much as you can.  Which flowers will be in season during your event?  Did you know tulips never stop growing after they’re cut, which means they’ll be an inch higher than the bouquet if you assemble 24 hours before the big event.  You can encourage blooms of some flowers by putting them in lukewarm water and discourage further blooming of other flowers by putting them in cold water.  Certain flowers need specific temperatures.  You will need to reinforce some flowers with wire.  Research research research.

Before the wedding weekend came, I spent hours talking to friends, watching YouTube tutorials and reading everything I could about arranging the bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages in general, and working with our selected flowers in specific.

Photo courtesy of BenTakesPhotos

5. Be creative!  Use lots of colors and textures.  Just because you’re doing your own flowers, you don’t have to be limited to bouquets of solid red roses – unless of course you want bouquets of solid red roses.  Play with textures and colors.

Beth chose a bright and beautiful color palette of red and turquoise, so we worked to select red flowers that didn’t look Christmasy. We achieved this by using blue shades of reds, yellow shades of reds and some dark purple-hued flowers.

For her bouquet, we used red anemones, purple dahlias, red ranunculus, red tulips, red intuition roses (red and dark red striped), white freesia, white ranunculus,  black mini calla lilies, cream mini calla lilies and red hypericum berries.  For the bridesmaid’s bouquets, we saved money by using red tulips and red intuition roses.

The boutonnieres and corsages were made from the mini callas, ranunculus and some green leaves.

6.  Order more than you’ll think you need.  We ordered a lot of flowers – eight bunches of tulips, two bunches (eight each) of mini callas, 25 roses, several bunches of ranunculus, two bunches of anemones, one bunch of dahlias, two bunches of freesia and a bunch of greenery.  From those flowers, we made one bridal bouquet, four bridesmaids bouquets, one groom’s boutonniere, four groomsmen’s boutonnieres, and about 10 corsages and boutonnieres for parents, grandparents, the wedding planner, the pastor and various family members.

We used every last flower, including the roses we originally planned to use as rose petals on reception tables.  Plan for some flowers to be too bloomed, others to be broken, and one or two to be eaten by bugs.

7. Mix in a few high-end flowers for a dramatic punch. We used a lot of tulips and roses, which were very affordable.  But it was the mini callas that made the bridal bouquet and corsages and boutonnieres quite stunning.  Splurge a little on a few mini callas or orchids or peonies.

8. Flowers are expensive.  They just are.  Some of the flowers, even getting them at cost, were out of our price range.  Be prepared to spend several hundred dollars.

9. Manage your expectations.  I think Pinterest can be both a blessing and a curse.  Look online for inspiration and ideas, but don’t expect that you will suddenly bloom into a master florist.  On one hand don’t plan on creating a super technical bouquet and on the other, don’t become so paralyzed by fear that you assume you can’t do your own wedding flowers!

10. Have fun! After all, you are getting married!

Photo courtesy of BenTakesPhotos

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