5 Ways to Save on Your Wedding Flowers

Is your wedding flower budget blooming into a full-on financial disaster? keep your budget in check with these handy tips

5 Ways to Save on Your Wedding Flowers

Buying flowers for your wedding day can be a daunting task — between floral availability, package deals, and figuring out exactly WHAT you need, it can turn into a huge headache of you’re not clear on how you can save in the long-term. Need help before you hit the florist?
Here’s five ways you can keep on budget:
1. Always Go by Region and Season
Choose your flowers based on where your wedding is being held, which season it is, and what blooms are immediately available and don’t require any major shipping costs. The farther you have to go to get the perfect flowers the more it will cost you when it comes to your overall flower budget.
2. Pick Big Buds
Large flowers like peonies, daisies, and sunflowers will take up more room and don’t require multiple types of plants to fill up your ceremony or reception space. Also consider more budget-friendly alternatives like ivy, leaves, thistle and pussy willows as filler for bouquets, boutonnieres, and your table top.
3. Opt for a Pretty Outdoor Venue
If you’re getting married outside the rainy season think about a ceremony space that comes with built in floral details (i.e. a park, garden, or historical spot). Spending less money on your ceremony flowers means you can spend MORE on other important areas like your honeymoon or your reception.
4. Think Simple and Chic
Not every space requires a huge amount of decorative extras. Some of the prettiest floral arrangements are the simplest ones; a lone purple orchid floating in a clear glass votive with up-lighting underneath, a burst of tulips potted in an antique can, or even a large apothecary jar filled with moss, succulents, and rocks all make a spectacular statement.
5. Consider Wholesale Alternatives
Many local flower shops will allow you to come in person or place orders online for bulk flowers. Admittedly not everyone is talented enough to create their own bouquet, but this does allow for simple-yet-stylish add-ons. Large vases of magnolia blossoms decorating your aisle runner look lovely, while simple birch branches suspended by fishing wire (and decorated with little lanterns) throughout your reception space look elegant and modern without too much effort.

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  1. stick to just one or two kinds of flowers

  2. Swap out costly flowers — did you know peonies can be five times more expensive than roses?

  3. Your flowers will last long after you say “I Do.” and you’ll save costs you would have spent on preserving your bouquet.

  4. you don’t have to worry about your flowers wilting on a hot day.

  5. It’s easy to make your own bouquet, and with silk flowers,

  6. Whether the carnation is used en masse and on its own, the carnation looks lavish and elegant

  7. The price of a bloom has nothing to do with its beauty, and there are many options to the traditional roses and orchids.

  8. Some brides assume that only certain flowers, such as gardenias and roses, are the best and only choices for brides

  9. By designing two impressive points of interest, you can get away with using small, simple centerpieces everywhere else

  10. Place one large arrangement on the bar and another at a centrally located table

  11. They’re very inexpensive but look incredibly elegant

  12. Love the lushness of greenery?

  13. When grouped in bunches of four or five, for example, they masquerade as peonies or dahlias

  14. Carnations and mums cost a quarter as much as other flowers, and it’s easy to make them appear high-end,

  15. roses and peonies in summer,

  16. Think tulips and daffodils in the spring,

  17. An experienced florist knows that the most beautiful, cost-effective flowers are whatever is currently available

    • Rather than tossing your bridesmaids’ posies after the ceremony, put them to work as reception centerpieces. The secret is to choose opaque vases — or wrap clear ones in sheet moss or wide ribbon — so that the water tubes aren’t visible, and ask your florist to precut the stems to the right length.

  18. Keep the Best for Yourself

  19. integrate fragrant herbs in arrangements

  20. the idea of small vessels, packed abundantly with one type of flower per container, to make a lavish statement. For added texture and glamour, use votives or tapers, spaced at intervals between the flowers.

  21. set candles around arrangements or centrepieces

  22. Use only in season and readily available flowers. Be honest with your florist about your budget, and have them recommend the most inexpensive flowers.

  23. More and more brides these days are arranging their own flowers such as bouquets of simple roses tied with a ribbon. Four or five pillar candles on top of rose petals makes an easy and cheap centerpiece. One can also easily create a centerpiece using wide shallow bowls filled with water and several floating gerber daisy blooms. If making boutonnieres and corsages intimidates you, these are generally inexpensive to order from a florist.

  24. Carnations are one of the cheapest flowers out there. But when they are used in abundance so that the blooms are packed together, they can be quite striking. Consider a low square table centerpiece of 20 carnation blooms with all of their stems and greenery removed.

  25. Find a venue such as a park or garden that is already lush and beautiful.

  26. Large arrangements on an altar will only be seen from far away. Use inexpensive flowers such as carnations, or large filling flowers such as snowball mums.

  27. Avoid holding your wedding in February when flower prices are at an annual high due to Valentine’s Day.

  28. Hold your wedding during the Christmas season or immediately after Easter when a church will already be decorated.

  29. Give your florist a general style and color scheme, and any “banned” flowers that you hate, but generally allow them flexibility so they can use what is in season and cheapest. There are some times when peonies cost a fortune, and other times when they are so cheap you can fill your hall with them. Make sure this flexibility will be reflected in your final price tag.

  30. having the wedding at ONE location saves on decorating too

  31. think chic and simple for me

  32. great tips thanks for sharing

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