I've loved peacock feathers for a couple of years now but I have to admit that part of the reason I chose to include them in my wedding was because I knew they would be a great place to save money. By using feathers in lieu of flowers we were able to cut out a substantial amount of money. I used peacock feathers to make my bridesmaid bouquets and my groom's and groomsmen's boutonnieres. To make the bouquets I started with a peacock feather pad purchased from Hobby Lobby for about $2.50 each. Then I hot glued longer feathers to the back of the pad. I then hot glued the feather topper to a wooden pencil I had wrapped in brown satin ribbon. I glued a few amber colored rhinestones onto the feathers in the center of the bouquet and tied the base with an aqua ribbon and hot glued an antique-looking gold charm (purchased from JoAnn's). The bouquets cost less than $10 each!
For the boutonnieres I took single peacock feathers ($1.49 for a 2 pack at Hobby Lobby) and wrapped them with the same brown satin ribbon I used on the bouquets. They were super easy to make and cost less than $2.00 each.
I did use some fresh flowers to decorate for the wedding. I absolutely adore blue/green hydrangeas. A friend of my aunt had a bush that she allowed us to take some blooms from (for free!) so I was able to have several vases in the windows of the church. They made me so happy!
I also bought two dozen white roses and a couple of large white hydrangeas (which I separated the blooms on) to use in small bud vases in the windows. The vases were all ones that I already owned or borrowed from my parents with the exception of the aqua vase, which I bought from Hobby Lobby for $1.99.