Is your wedding flower budget blooming into a full-on financial disaster? keep your budget in check with these handy tips
03 Jul 2011 85 Comments
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.