Cheap Manzanita Branches... pretty much don't exist. Manzanita Branches, in addition to having a great form and being very strong, are also exceptionally voluminous. This one factor alone accounts for the majority of the cost of Manzanita Branches. Shipping companies don't care if that huge box holds popcorn, decorative branches a chair or crumpled hundred dollar bills - they are going to charge for the volume regardless of what's inside. Whether you are having Manzanita Branches shipped directly to you, or are picking them up from a local source, most of what you are paying for is the transportation cost.
Keeping Costs Down With Manzanita Branches
If you are set on using Manzanita, stick with sizes that can be shipped via UPS or FedEx. You'll get the least expensive cost-per-branch with our FedEx-able Project Grade styles (up to the 36-42" size):
If you just need a few, go for the styles we ship from NYC:
Unless you have a huge event or budget, you definitely should avoid the sizes that have to go via basic freight, which are very expensive on a cost-per-branch basis unless you are ordering multiple cases.
The only circumstance where Manzanita Branches are the only option is if you are hanging VERY heavy objects, such as hundreds of lead crystals, like in this classic "Crystal Tree" from Brides.com:
If you can afford all of those crystals though, you probably aren't too concerned with keeping your costs down!
Popular Manzanita Branch Uses, and Alternatives
Card Trees (and Other Displays Involving Light Objects). One of the most popular uses for Manzanita Branches is creating "card trees" (aka "wedding card trees," "wish trees," etc.). Here are some pictures from Style Me Pretty of place card trees made out of Natural Manzanita Branches (click through for more details and instructions):
Hanging Votives. Branches and candles look great together, and of course Manzanita Branches are a popular choice for this. One fantastic alternative for displays involving hanging votives or other moderately heavy items is Mitsumata (click here for the related post):