We know brides are always looking for ways to save money on their weddings, and wedding flowers can get expensive if you opt for fancy blooms or dozens of arrangements. Consider a few of the money-saving tips below before locking in your flower budget!
- Work with a florist who understands your budget constraints. Be honest with your florist about your budget. If you can only spend $50 per table, say so in your initial email, and see what he or she suggests.
- Buy in-season varieties. Want peonies? It’s going to cost you a very pretty penny. Talk to your florist about the floral varieties that are in season.
- Choose cheaper blooms. Sorry, peony lovers…even if you marry in the summertime, your flower of choice will be expensive. Ask your florist to recommend another variety that costs less and still looks great.
- Use larger or fluffier blooms to fill space. Choose puffy hydrangeas or giant sunflowers instead of orchids or even roses. You’ll need just a couple of larger flowers to fill a vase or create a bouquet, whereas you’ll need dozens of smaller or thinner blooms. Or consider adding one or two accent flowers to arrangements that feature large or fluffy florals.
- Never underestimate the power of carnations and baby’s breath. They’re cheap, they’re timeless, and they pack a serious design punch. And if you’re having a rustic or vintage-style wedding, you’ll really thank us for this suggestion.
- Reuse your bouquets and ceremony arrangements. You’ll spend enough money on bridesmaid bouquets and aisle or altar flowers, so why not repurpose them as reception decor after you’ve said your “I dos”? Bridesmaids can easily drop their bouquets into pre-set vases while venue staff can help move your larger arrangements.
- Skip the ceremony arrangements altogether. If your ceremony site is gorgeous, skip the arrangements! There’s no rule that says you must hang florals on your chuppah or arch. Stick to a few floral centerpieces at the reception, fill in extra space on tables with tea lights or other candles, and decorate your reception room with other cheaper decorations.
- Don’t get married in February. Seriously! Valentine’s Day causes prices to increase.