When it comes to your décor budget, flowers can be a spendy line item. Have no fear, here are a few tips to having a beautiful wedding, without breaking the bank.
Be Flexible. One of the best ways to save money is by being flexible in your flower choice. Instead of choosing what particular flower you want, choose instead what color, texture and shape you want. For instance, the peony is probably the most popular flower, but they can run about $4 a stem, even in the peak of their growing season. While they are beautiful, they are big budget breakers. A good alternative to the peony is the garden rose. They are just as beautiful, very similar in shape and run about $2.20 a stem. If that is still stretching the budget, the carnation is another alternative. Their fluffy petals look beautiful clumped together and their price tag is an affordable .60 a stem.
Choose Seasonal. Choosing seasonal flowers is such a big money saver/budget stretcher. Tulips in the spring and dahlias in the summer/fall are beautiful options.
Buy Local. We find using our local growers (once our floral season actually arrives) is one of the best ways to save money. Not only are local flowers more affordable, but they are also fresher and last a lot longer than blooms flown in from around the globe.
Floral Alternatives. While flowers are absolutely beautiful, there is nothing in the wedding handbook that says you must have flowers in your wedding. There are a ton of floral alternatives when it comes to wedding décor. I also love the non-floral bouquet options. Whether you make your bouquet out of paper flowers or vintage broaches, the options are endless.
Re-Purpose, Re-Purpose, Re-Purpose. When you are planning EVERY element in your décor ensure that you are planning on re-purposing whenever possible. “Altar” arrangements, chair pomanders, candles, etc should be used in both the ceremony and reception. By carefully considering how to design the look of the arrangements to fit the two events, you will get twice as much use of your arrangements – thus saving you a lot of money. We have even been known to take apart of the bridesmaids bouquets once they are done with pictures and make little arrangements out of the flowers. Be sure to ask your florist how you can re-purpose. (shameless plug for wedding coordinators, moving/repurposing arrangements is part of what we do during the cocktail hour)
We hope this has helped give you ideas on how to achieve your overall look, without breaking your budget. One sad reality to never lose sight of – the majority of the flowers will end up in the trash that very night. And if not that night, they will be hitting the trash a few days after the wedding. Keep that in mind before you feel pressured to spend thousands of dollars on flowers.
A few resources for you:
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