Here are ten tips on how to save money on wedding flowers but still get beautiful blooms for your big day.
Consider How Important Flowers Are to You
Before you begin spending money, 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 of your budget. As a guide, set-aside 5% – 10% of your overall wedding budget for flowers.
Work with Your Florist
Choose a wedding 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 can suggest budget-friendly options that will look just as stunning.
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.
Another great way to save money on wedding flowers is to 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 them.
Spend Your Budget Wisely
Hold back on large, expensive arrangements like floral archways that guests will only see briefly. Spend money on arrangements that guests will enjoy for longer, for example, your table centres.
Big Isn’t Always Better
You don’t have to use masses of blooms for your table centrepieces. 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.
There are some great bridesmaid bouquet alternatives you can consider to save money on wedding flowers. 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.
Avoid Intricate Designs
Time is money. An intricate wired shower bouquet is an expensive option compared to a simple hand-tied bouquet.
Give Your Flowers Away as Gifts
Instead of ordering thank you bouquets, give away your table centres at the end of the night.
Use Cheaper Containers
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.
Guest post by Gemma Beasley
Simple Table Flowers: Jessica Rieke Photography
Flowers with Foliage: Frankly Iris Photography
Table Flowers in Jug: Delicious Photography
Wrist Corsage: Jonathan Bean Photography