From elegant bouquets to eye-catching table centrepieces, flowers are the perfect way to compliment every aspect of your wedding; from the bridal gown to the wedding venue. However, before you know it, these extravagant arrangements can start adding up quickly. If you are on a tight budget, consider these top tips on how to get fabulous wedding flowers without breaking the bank.
Choose a florist you can trust
Choose a professional, experienced florist who is happy to stick to your budget. To keep costs realistic you may have to compromise on the specific flowers or the number of arrangements you want but a good florist will be able to suggest budget-friendly options that will look just as breath-taking on your big day.
Use fewer flowers
It may seem obvious but the easiest way to keep your budget down is to have fewer flowers. Carefully consider how many arrangements you actually need. It’s also worth weighing up which would make more impact; several smaller arrangements or a couple of stand-out pieces.
Don’t dismiss cheaper flowers
Don’t underestimate the beauty of affordable filler flowers. Carnations make striking pomanders, colourful gerberas look lovely in bridesmaids’ bouquets and ‘goldfish’ style bowls filled with floating daisy heads can create striking centrepieces for your wedding table.
Stick to the seasons
These days most flower types are available all year round– but beware, out of season flowers will cost you. Better to go with seasonal, locally available varieties that will be fresher, hardier and much more budget-friendly.
Keep it simple
Time is money. Complicated arrangements which involve a lot of work will generally be more expensive. Consider simple bouquets and uncomplicated arrangements. For example, bridemaids carrying a single Calla lily will look incredibly chic at a modern wedding and will be much more affordable than traditional posy bouquets.
If there’s a flower you’ve set your heart on but it’s also rather expensive, use it sparingly. For example, if Lily of the Valley is your favourite, consider just having it in your bouquet and choose more modestly priced varieties for your bridesmaids’ bouquets.
Make the most of your budget
Get more for your money by making your flowers multitask across different parts of the day. Instead of leaving arrangements at your ceremony venue, see whether they can be transported to your reception. You could even ask your florist to create hand-tied bouquets and posies that will sit in glass vases on the top table, once you’ve finished with them at the wedding ceremony.
Fresh foliage is generally cheaper than cut flowers, so ask your florist to pad out larger arrangements with some pretty greenery. Lime-green alchemilla is affordable and perfect for a natural, country style wedding, while garlands of ivy can cover vast areas of space at your reception venue at a much more modest price tag than fresh roses.
Have a go
For a hen do with a difference, why not attend a flower arranging class? You’re bound to have some fun and better still you can put everything you’ve learnt to good use in the run up to the big day. With your new found skills and flower knowledge, you may even feel confident enough to tackle some of the wedding arrangements yourself.
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