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 are a big part of your ceremony and reception decorations. You’ll need flowers to decorate the ceremony (aisle markers, altar decorations, petals down the aisle), reception (head table, centerpieces, cake table), and flowers for the bridal bouquet, bridesmaid bouquets, and boutonnieres. When you consider the cost of bouquets, centerpieces, boutonnieres, decorations, and corsages, you can really see what it does to your budget! But we’re here to help take off a little stress; you can save money on wedding flowers with just a few easy tips! Read on to find out how it’s done!
How to Save Money on Wedding Flowers
Here’s how to save money on wedding flowers.
1. Buy flowers in season.
This is probably the most important tip when it comes to buying wedding flowers. BUY IN SEASON! For instance, if you love peonies, they’ll cost wayyyy 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.
Wondering which flowers are in season (and when)? Here’s a helpful chart.
2. Choose a few non-floral decorations.strong>
When our brides ask us how to save money on wedding flowers, one instant money-saving tip is to skip floral centerpieces. If you use non-floral centerpieces in your design (like candles, lanterns or milk glass), you’ll save money. If you’d like, you can still pair the centerpieces with smaller vases of wildflowers (or potted succulents). No one will notice a lack of flowers and you’ll spend less.
Succulents look amazing in centerpieces; some couples prefer it! 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 wholesale.
Buying flowers wholesale is one easy way to save money on your flowers. By purchasing from a wholesale distributor – like FiftyFlowers or Wholesale Flowers — you can buy centerpieces and flower bouquets at a fraction of the cost.
p align=”justify”>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.
These were made by the bride for her wedding made from wholesale flowers at Fifty Flowers! Look how beautiful:
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.