Young couples are always trying to lower their wedding costs, so as a bride to be, it’s not surprising that you’re looking to trim your wedding flower costs. The floral arrangements may look stunning on your big day, but what do you do with them after everything is over?
So as not to bemoan the high cost of flowers at your wedding, why not spend for them on a budget? Here are a few ways you can achieve this without your guests finding out:
- Tell your florist your budget: Be honest with your florist about your budget, while also giving her a freehand to come up with something creative and cute. Let her have your cooler scheme and choice of flowers and leave the rest to her.
- Have a mix of expensive and inexpensive flowers: Mix high and low cost flowers for the best effect, while not sacrificing class. Else, you can have a lot of fillers like unusual greenery peppered with expensive flowers, like roses or peonies.
- Go for big flowers: Go for expensive flowers for your centerpieces, which will catch everyone’s eyes. Besides, if they are large flowers, you’ll need just a few, so you’ll get what you want well within your budget.
- Exclusive? Look for a difference within the regular: Just because you want to be a little different from other brides, don’t say an outright no to roses or carnations. Perhaps, you might not be aware of the unknown but beautiful varieties that florists know of. Be open to new suggestions, or be cautious enough to ask for photos or samples.
- Stick with the local and seasonal: You can get absolutely fresh flowers if you choose local ones and those in season. You also have one more advantage: they’ll cost you less. So, choose from perennials like orchids, roses or lilies, among other favorites and you can also save on transport costs that could jack up prices for you if you go overboard.
- Don’t choose more than two stem types: You can save a lot on flowers if your florist orders just two types of stems, which she can get you in bulk. Stick to a particular color scheme or flower shape for a more unified look. Some options you can consider are tulips, orchids, calla lilies, peonies and roses. Add some greenery to the flowers of your choice and the labor costs can come down drastically. Or, if you’re dead keen on a particular flower for your bouquet, speak to your florist about it but have other cheaper flowers for your centerpieces.
- Time your wedding carefully: One way of saving big money on your wedding flowers is to have a wedding during the festival season, say Easter or Christmas. At such times, the church you choose to marry in will already be decorated for the festival, leaving you with no reason to spend on flowers. However, ensure you don’t marry in February because there are fewer flowers in season then. And, since Valentine’s Day is the big celebration at the time, flower prices shoot through the roof.
- Reduce the use of flowers, stay natural: Speak to a florist who believes in not creating one of a kind pieces but arrangements that can be reused as often as one likes. This can ideally be done by picking flowers, herbs and other background greenery from your garden store and setting them in elegant vases or containers. The intelligent use of leaves, foliage or twigs can add another dimension to the arrangements, and reduce your overall costs.
- Ask your florist about reusing the arrangements: You might be too happy and emotional to worry about floral arrangements that you have at the altar. But don’t leave them there because they can look very elegant if you have them at the buffet tables. Your wedding archway can be used as an exit doorway for guests. Ask your florist for more ideas on reusing the wedding flowers so that you get more value for your money.
Of course, you can save more by not appointing a florist. All you need do is to go online and choose from the millions of beautiful bouquets displayed and order one. You’ll be surprised how much you can save by doing this. If your savings are significant, perhaps you could do the same for your bridesmaids’ bouquets and save just a little more.