The most beautiful component of a wedding is the flowers. Arches, centerpieces, bouquets, nosegays among other floral decorations, pull the wedding theme together. Flowers take up a significant part of the entire wedding cost — anywhere from 7% to 8% of the entire budget. If you’re trying to save a little bit of money on your floral wedding arrangements, here are some tips.
Keep it Natural
Plenty of couples want to bling out their wedding floral arrangements, but the truth is that those baubles may never be used again. So when you want to save a little bit of money and still maintain an elegant look with your flowers, keep it natural! If there’s one accessory from a family member that you want in your bouquet, make it known. Otherwise, keeping your bouquets and table centerpieces full of flowers and other greenery is a more cost-effective option.
Repurpose Your Flowers
A wedding ceremony hardly ends at the altar. The aisle, the cake table, and the reception area need flowers too. Since using different floral arrangements for all such areas is expensive, repurposing your florals for your reception later in the evening can help you save a bit of money. Talk to your florist about whether it’s possible for them to move your arrangements from your ceremony area to the reception area.
Stick with One or Two Types of Flowers
If your wedding arrangements are not too sophisticated, sticking to bold colors cuts on cost. Dominant shades of pink come in handy when you want to create a tropical beach theme while deep reds are reminiscent of being whisked away to the Far East. Using fewer varieties not only reduces the cost of buying flowers but also on labor. Floral designers can negotiate a better price if ordering boxes of one type of flower. In addition, one or two types of flowers make a bold statement especially if used in a complementary or bold color combination.
Opt for Greenery
Incorporating greens in your floral arrangement helps stretch your budget. Choose lush greens like leafy garlands, woodland-like ferns, seeded eucalyptus, plumose, bear grass, and herbaceous bridesmaid bouquets to fill your flower arrangements. You don’t need to sacrifice on style as the greens stretch out the size of your arrangement. And if you’re going for a rustic or outdoorsy theme for your wedding, a bouquet solely made of greenery can be a beautiful option.
Use Seasonal Flowers
Stick to local, in-season flowers. A blushing white bouquet looks elegant during winter, but if such flowers are not available, you may need to stretch your wedding budget a little further. Keeping your floral arrangements in-season means that your wedding will look completely unique to the season you’re hosting it in. In addition, you’ll be contributing to the work of local flower farms and florist shops.
When you’re planning a wedding on a budget, it can feel like you have to sacrifice things like elegant floral arrangements. Fortunately, that’s not the case! With these tips, you should be on your way to a positively beautiful wedding in no time and with money to spare.