Brides: wondering how to save money on wedding flowers? You’ve come to the right place! Weddings can be expensive (P.S. Read THIS to help save money on your wedding) and flowers are one of the priciest items on the list.
Flowers include a large number of decorations in your wedding for the ceremony and reception. You’ll need flowers to decorate the ceremony (aisle markers, altar decorations, petals down the aisle), reception (head table, centerpieces, cake table), and for the bridal bouquet, bridesmaid bouquets, and boutonnieres. When you consider the cost of bouquets, centerpieces, boutonnieres, centerpieces, decorations, and corsages, you can really see what it does to your budget! But we’re here to help take off a little stress; it seems like you can save money on wedding flowers with just a few easy-to-follow steps! Read on to find out how it’s done!
How to Save Money on Wedding Flowers
1. Buy flowers in season.
Love peonies? They’ll cost way more in August than June when they’re in full bloom. That’s just one example; if you order flowers in season, you’ll spend less. Get acquainted with flowers in season using this handy chart:
2. Utilize non-floral options in your decor.
Save money on wedding flowers by using them sparingly. As an example, non-floral centerpieces like candles or lanterns can be used or combined with small vases of wildflowers (or potted succulents). No one will notice a lack of flowers and you’ll spend less.
We also love the look of succulents as an option for centerpieces. Succulents look beautiful and an affordable option for wedding centerpiece decorations. After the wedding, you can give these away to a handful of your guests (close family members, friends, or wedding party) they can enjoy at home. These particular succulents are artificial (can you believe it?!) so they last forever! By Curious Floral.
NOTE: Want fresh plants? You can source cheap succulents here.
3. Choose larger blooms.
Fuller flowers like dahlias, hydrangeas, or peonies will give you more bloom for your buck. You can use less blooms and still make a big impact; furthermore, you’ll save money on wedding flowers and no one will know!
4. Go handmade!
Handmade isn’t always less expensive than traditional flowers, but they boast one major advantage. Handmade wedding flowers last forever! This means a handmade wedding bouquet — and the money you spent on it — isn’t thrown away at the end of the night. Instead, it becomes home decor to enjoy for years to come.
5. Buy flowers wholesasle.
Buying flowers wholesale is one easy way to save money on your flowers. By purchasing from a wholesale distributor – like Wholesale Flowers — you can buy centerpieces and flower bouquets at a fraction of the cost.
We have seen a bouquet of roses from them in person and it was absolutely beautiful; the stems were hand-tied and everything! Check them out here.
6. Skip bridesmaid bouquets altogether!
Some brides are opting to save money on wedding flowers by skipping bridesmaid bouquets altogether, opting instead for having bridesmaids carry clutch purses (which also make great bridesmaid gifts!) Read: clutches instead of bouquets.
This is one of our favorite picks — by Eclu!
Now that you know how to save money on wedding flowers, do you have any suggestions to add to our list?
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Tell us how you’ll save money on wedding flowers, or let us know a favorite pick from Curious Floral for handmade wedding flowers. Here’s their shop so you can take a look!
Post updated from an earlier edition in 2013 to provide current content.