Looking to save money on your wedding flowers?
From your bouquet to your centerpieces, flowers are always going to be an important part of your wedding day décor. Even though your wedding flowers are an essential component, it doesn’t mean you need to spend a fortune to complete your dream wedding day look. While most wedding florists are happy to accommodate a specific budget, it helps to go to your first meeting with a clear idea of how you might be able to save money. These tips and tricks will help you maintain a wedding flower budget without budging on style.
Choose Seasonal Stems
Local, in-season wedding flowers are a sure-fire way to get the look you’re after without incurring additional charges. While you may have your heart set on Peonies, hauling them in from around the world can get expensive! Instead, consider locally sourced, seasonal flowers, and be sure to mix in easy-to-get favorites like roses and budget savers like carnations or consider using them in a limited capacity, such as in your wedding bouquet, which is sure to get the attention it deserves. Create a Pinterest board or provide photos of your ideal look and color scheme to your florist in advance of your meeting. They will be able to be prepared with photos of previous work and can advise on local, in-season stems that match your inspiration.
Candles or lanterns are a great way to add to the overall aesthetic while actually taking down the costs. Candelabras or pillar candles will help fill the table, meaning your florist will have to use less flowers in the arrangements to make a statement. The candles will help to soften the room and set the ambiance, and guests won’t even know they were a cost-saving measure.
Greenery Over Floral
A centerpiece full of blooms sounds lovely, but the costs will vary depending on the floral and the work required. Consider supplementing some wedding flowers with lush greenery. Working with your florist, they can suggest mixing in greenery such as silver-dollar eucalyptus, which will help to cut back on the costs while diversifying the arrangements.
Re-purpose for the Reception
Your bridesmaids’ bouquets have been thoughtfully arranged within your color scheme and compliment the rest of the décor. Why not give them a chance to be seen after the ceremony? Displaying your bridesmaid bouquets on the cake table will make those cake-cutting photos even better. Also consider speaking with your florist about repurposing arrangements made for the ceremony, such as aisle markers or other decor. Usually, they will be happy to repurpose where they can as long as there is enough time to disassemble any arrangements that need to be moved.
The Unconventional Centerpiece
Getting married in the fall and want to reflect the colors of the season with your centerpieces? Think about adding in fruits or vegetables like pumpkins, apples, or pomegranates. Alternatively, if you’re having a garden wedding in the spring or summer, consider displaying a selection of small vases full of wildflowers. Get inspired by your venue, location, and time of year, and choose a centerpiece that provides a unique focal point that your guests may have not seen before. This technique will cut down on the number of flowers you use without sacrificing style.
Skip the Ceremony Flowers and get creative
Even though your ceremony is the most important part of your wedding, it’s also the shortest. If you simply can’t rationalize spending so much money on décor that guests only see for about a half hour, why not skip the ceremony flowers? You can strip it down to the basics, with a simple draped arch or alter. You may want to even consider just leaving the venue as it is. So many venues today come ready to go (ex. Outdoor garden, inside architecture). For your bouquet, consider larger blooms that will fill the most space, such as hydrangea. Guests will barely notice the simplicity of the room once they see you walk down the aisle.