In honor of my fifth year wedding anniversary I thought I would share some great ways to spend less on your wedding flowers.
I love flowers but they are ephemeral and the price can go from within budget to NASA budget! I think that you should spend money on things that last and that if it gets too hot/too cold it will not wilt up your budget!
Before I went with a florist I viewed a couple of The Knot videos that really helped me think outside the box and realize I do not have to do boring flowers. In 2008 the knot had these videos on demand through the wedding channel. They helped me see that I could get creative, be within a budget and it would not have to look cheap. I was able to get all my 15-20 centerpiece table flowers, the bouquet for the bouquet toss, my bouquet, my matron of honor's bouquet, 2 nosegays, 3 corsages, 10 boutonnieres for around $1150.00! The price includes the tax and delivery of the flowers which was 45 minutes from the florist!
I also was lucky that I got married in a gazebo that had greenery and potted plants inside the gazebo. I really did not need anything outside since I was on a lake. Lake Pearl really made my wedding day fantastic! So your wedding ceremony venue can either cause you to save money on flowers or can make it be expensive. But you can fill up your ceremony space with other items beside flowers like personal mementos, toys, candy, balloons, flags, maps and etc to your theme to cut down on the price! If you have alternative centerpieces you can DIY and save more money for your ceremony flowers or a other reception upgrades.
|Ways to fill up ceremony space besides flowers|
how cute is this banner!
|Balloons done chic! Might be a cheaper way |
to fill a ceremony reception area than flowers
|chocolate centerpiece leaves you money for |
your ceremony flowers plus your guests can enjoy them!
|Candy for a winter centerpiece|
|Smaller version for a nice and French centerpiece. |
Guest will enjoy these much more than flowers!
You could change it up so there are different treats
at each tables so people will mingle! Yum!
I went to a couple of vendors to get price quotes and to see the quality of the items that they had done before. This was of course before pinterest I had to go in person, look through many florist binders and then show them what I saw on the web. You had to really had to have an active imagination and a good florist. I luckily had both! I went with the person that actually seemed to give me great ideas, was warm, receptive and who was the right price. She no longer has a floral shop which is disappointing because she was fantastic! She gave me demonstrations and let me play with what I wanted for a centerpiece. She also gave me the final ideas to take home!
Ways to save on flowers:
1.) Go with in season flowers because out of season flowers and being stubborn causes wimpy centerpieces. Who wants wimpy! Go with full and more flowers for your money! You spent a lot on the dress and everything else do not make the wedding look cheap with crummy flowers (even if it is done on the cheaper-- weddings are never cheap!).
|In season for August Freesia|
2.) If you cannot afford a flower because it is out of season or is always expensive then think of texture instead of an exact flower. I saw that you could mold, arrange cheap filler flower baby breath and my florist made beautiful nosegay bouquets for my mother in law and for my mother. It was actually very elegant and at $15.00 a bouquet--it was the right price!
|My mother in law showing off her|
nosegay of baby breaths.
|See how grand baby breath can be in your elegant wedding!|
|Another example how a cheap flowers|
arranged can look expensive and chic.
|This is beyond beautiful using carnations!|
|Work with your florist and you can get beauty on a budget!|
4.) Rethink the tradition bouquet shape and flower arrangements. Go outside the box, look at many different ways to do flower arrangements and look at your savings add up! Some bouquet styles are more time consuming and even if you pick a less expensive flower it still will be labor intensive therefore will cost you more!
I was going for a modern Golden Hollywood look so I wanted lillies. I worked with my florist a lot to have saving on my bouquets and centerpieces. When I went into a flower shop in the next town over I discovered these beautiful flowers called pink ginger. Most bouquets for the bride I was quoted for at least $120 for a wimpy bouquet. So I got an idea they charge by bloom so if I wanted volume I would pick bigger flowers. I decided to have three large lillies and three pink ginger flowers with banana leaves and then have it in a presentation bouquet. The presentation style bouquet was less labor intensive than a wired posy bouquet or even more expensive composite-flower bouquet. The less labor intensive presentation bouquet helped save my flower budget and it was so beautiful! All this drama and hollywood glamour and it was only $75.00!
|Three large white lillies, three pink gingers and |
banana leaves in a presentation style.
|The pink ginger really helps update|
the Golden hollywood white lillies!
|My Matron of honor's bouquet that is a steal that |
I recommend you stealing for your wedding!
|My centerpieces simple and elegant. The chairs I |
did not like but most people were off the chairs
dancing so it was fine for an hour or so!
|I went with this plastic silver vase. It looked real |
and it saved a lot of money!
|The silver color is beautiful in this mint julep cup and is rather|
popular for vases. When not drinking mint juleps on your porch
have your cut flowers drink up some water! This one is actually
on budget and plastic! Now tell me that is not a steal for 12 at $32!
|Mason Jar cheap and reusable! This is a very chic Mason jar!|
|This is a great trophy cup found on Etsy that|
can really add a great vintage vibe. It also
is just stunning and you might be able to
get at a great price on etsy, ebay, estate sales and etc.
Your wedding with this style will come in first place!
|Different vases but all in the same silver family.|
|Many different vases with blooms have a unique and vintage vibe.|
|For a whimsical center piece flowers and lemons.|
|Limes and baby breaths A sweet centerpiece for a casual wedding,|
rehearsal dinner or engagement party