10 Tips for Beautiful Wedding Flowers for the Budget Savvy Bride
Here are ten tips on how to get beautiful wedding flowers without blowing your budget.
1. Before you begin spending decide how important wedding flowers are to you. If serving the best food and drink is key, look to spend less on flowers. If however you want to create a beautiful reception space you’ll need to allocate more. As a guide, set-aside 5% - 10% of your overall budget for flowers.
2. Choose a florist who is happy to work to your budget. You may have to compromise on the specific flowers or type of arrangements you want in order to keep costs realistic, but a good florist will be able to suggest budget-friendly options that will look just as stunning.
3. Ask for seasonal, locally grown flowers which cost less than exotic varieties from abroad. A few large blooms surrounded by lots of greenery can look striking, so consider using less flowers and more foliage. If you’ve got your heart set on an expensive flower use it sparingly – perhaps just in your bouquet.
4. Re-use your church flowers at your reception venue. Church pedestals double as venue entrance displays, whilst pew-ends look great as chair-backs for the top-table. If there is another wedding taking place at the church on the same day, consider sharing the cost of the flowers with the bride.
5. Hold back on large expensive arrangements like floral archways that will only be seen briefly. Spend money on arrangements that will be enjoyed for longer, for example, your table centres.
6. You don’t have to use masses of blooms for your table centres. For a romantic glow, use pillar candles inside hurricane lamps surrounded by rose petals, or float three large statement blooms inside a goldfish bowl with a few floating candles.
7. Time is money. An intricate wired shower bouquet is an expensive option compared to a simple hand-tied bouquet.
8. Instead of posies, consider giving each bridesmaid a single statement flower to carry, or opt for a striking wrist corsage or a few flowers to wear in their hair.
9. Instead of ordering thank-you bouquets, give away your table centres at the end of the night.
10. Instead of hiring expensive vases for your table centres, use inexpensive containers such as terracotta or plastic pots covered with leaves or moss, or consider flowering pot plants. You won’t have to return these to your florist making them ideal gifts.
Article by Floral Design Expert Gemma Beasley
Images Courtesy of In the Pink Flowers
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