Speciality florists shops can be expensive, but by sticking to one colour and its variations, you can pick and choose your own flowers from the supermarket or corner stand to make your own professional-looking, affordable bouquet for special occasions, like Valentine's Day. Image from nicolasbuffler.
The first rule of making a good-looking, budget bouquet from flowers at the store is to skip the brightly coloured pre-made bouquets. Instead, grab a few bouquets that have flowers that fall into one or two monochromatic colours. Variations on white and red work well, and different shades will always compliment one another. If you want to add variety to your arrangement, go for different types of flowers rather than a ton of different colours.
Your end result will look great and make your sweetheart just as happy without emptying your wallet. Best of all, if you waited for the last minute to get your flowers, they will look pretty well put-together.
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