Annie Chang from L'Estelle Photography and event planner Sara from Create Weddings and Events show how you can achieve a similar look at two different price points

"The concept of this shoot was to show that couples can 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 realize that sites like Pinterest can be both a bride's 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.

"The team of vendors for this styled shoot wanted to try and help with this challenge 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 a rustic glam overall feel at a barn location.

"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."

LOOK 1 (BUDGET)

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BRIDAL BOUQUET: "This bouquet uses a budget-friendly base of white hydrangeas and standard roses to 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 price: $140

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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." Approximate price: $75 per table (garland), $35 without flowers (garland)

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DRESS/JEWELLERY: "The model is wearing the Oreste dress from Pronovias and jewellery from The Borrowed Collection. The Borrowed Collection is based in Vancouver and offers bridal jewellery and accessories for rent. The rentals range from $40 to $260 while the retail value of their collection ranges from $90 to $1750." Approximate price for jewellery: $1080 (own), $207 (rent)

 

LOOK 2 (HIGH-END)

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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 price: $225

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TABLE FLORALS: "To create a more lush, draping garland, we used a 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. To add some height, we created a large centrepiece in the middle of the table using the same high-end flowers used in the bouquet. Approximate price: $144 per table (garland), $185 (large centrepiece), $65 (3 hanging gold hoops), $5 (chair greenery, $2.50 per chair)

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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 price: $1000 to $1200

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

 

STATIONERY

"The same set of stationery was used in both looks. Place cards start at $1 based on black ink on white card stock with a $0.25 increase per change. The place cards used in this shoot would be around $1.50."

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"Laser-cut signs start at $25 and are priced by size. The Mr. and Mrs. belong in the small category and are $25 each. Medium-size start at $50, large size start at $75, and extra-large starts at $100. Pricing details can be found on Rintzy Lee Calligraphy & Design."

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VENDORS

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