Bride’s Kmart find saves thousands
A Queensland bride has gone viral after revealing she saved thousands of dollars on her wedding day with help from her local Kmart.
Erin Wasson, 24, from the Sunshine Coast, said she had been searching for areas to cut costs in her wedding budget after receiving exorbitant quotes from wedding vendors last year.
Erin and her fiance, Bradley, were shocked when they received a quote from a local florist totalling $3400.
"We got that quote back and were so taken aback because it was just crazy expensive," Erin told news.com.au.
"I knew it was way too much to spend on flowers, so I wanted to find a way to cut back on costs, and flowers was a possible area to do that."
With a September wedding booked in, the bride-to-be was strolling through Kmart when she spotted a selection of artificial flowers in the store's home section and was inspired.
"We had decided on a gold, blush and burgundy colour scheme and these fit in perfectly with that, so I bought a few bunches to play around with," she said.
The bunches of soft material flowers set Erin back $5 each and included six different blush and burgundy blooms.
She also picked up some bunches of artificial native greenery, which set her back $8 each.
With some help from her steady-handed mum, Erin said she was able to whip up her bridal bouquet and her bridesmaids' bouquets months before the big day.
She even repurposed some burgundy ribbons taken from Kmart couch throws she had purchased to wrap her bouquets.
According to Erin, the Kmart flowers were used to make her bridal bouquet, her three bridesmaids' bouquets, their hair pieces, as well as decorate eight reception tables and her wedding cake.
But instead of forking out more than $3000 on flowers, Erin spent just $178.
She told news.com.au she was initially quoted $60 for four fresh floral hairpieces, which she made herself for next to nothing instead.
"I was also quoted $250 for my bridal bouquet and $175 each for the girl's bouquets," she said.
Rather than spend the quoted $65 on cake flowers, Erin got crafty and repurposed some floral garlands she purchased from Kmart's accessories section instead.
"I cut the smaller flowers off the headbands and then glued them onto a stem of greenery with a hot glue gun," she said.
"It took a little while to get all the smaller pieces together, but it looked amazing in the end."
To decorate her seven reception tables with fresh flowers in glass bowls, Erin was quoted a total of $770 - or $110 per table.
Instead, the savvy bride purchased seven $3 brass pots from Kmart's gardening section to fill with her artificial arrangements.
"I split up the bunches of flowers and greenery and arranged them all well in advance for just $10 a table," she said.
The whole endeavour set her back $70 for the entire reception.
According to Erin, the money the newlyweds saved on flowers was used for something much more meaningful.
"Originally, we weren't going to be able to afford printing an album of our wedding photos," she said.
"But we were able to use the extra money we saved getting an album, which is something we get to keep forever."
According to Erin, no one knew the flowers weren't real.
"I would absolutely recommend this trick to other people, but get the flowers as soon as you see them because Kmart changes their stock regularly, so they can run out," she said.
Erin's clever find has gone viral since she posted it online, with almost 2000 people liking her photographs and hundreds of others sharing her "creative" idea with their friends.
"Look at these, we could totally do this for my wedding," one woman wrote to her friend.
"Wow! I'm debating what to do for my wedding in August, thanks for the inspiration," another bride-to-be wrote.
The majority of comments praised Erin's resourcefulness, claiming she had a savvy head for cutting costs and her flowers could "keep on giving" long after her big day.
"Oh my god, I just love everything you've done. You are very creative and a beautiful bride," another said.