Are you wondering, “how can I save money on wedding flowers?” You’re not alone; wedding flowers can be a huge part of your budget, but they don’t have to cost an arm and a leg.
Today we’ll tell you how to save money on wedding flowers — without sacrificing quality — using proven tips even the pros use.
In our podcast on the topic, we talked about how to choose your wedding flowers. In today’s post, we’re sharing the best tips on where to buy wedding flowers for the best price in a variety of styles.
Save Money on Wedding Flowers
1. Saving money on wedding flowers is easy by making a budget.
Be honest with your florist about how much you realistically can spend on your flower budget. On average, couples spend anywhere between $700 to $2500 on wedding flowers according to this report.
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This cost can vary depending on how much YOU want to spend and how many you actually need. Avoid buying more than you need with this guide on how many flowers you need for your wedding.
2. Save money on wedding bouquets by choosing large blooms.
The larger blooms = the less flowers you need to buy!
For instance, if you choose a more lavish flower, use just one or two to make a big statement. Choose large bloomed flower options, like garden roses, protea, or hydrangea, or dahlias as a few examples.
You may not know about gerpoms: they’re whimsical, large, and make a totally colorful statement flower. See the gerpom below in orange.
Or try a spray-tinted lavender hydrangea, as shown here.
3. Buy local, in-season wedding flowers to save money.
When you buy blooms in season, you’ll save big on wedding flowers because they’re cheaper in-season locally than having them shipped from somewhere else. Peonies and ranunculus can be tough to get year-round, but roses and daisies are readily available and therefore cost less.
Most brides don’t know what flowers are in season and when, so here’s a helpful month-by-month guide to help.
You’ll save money on wedding flowers available all year long, with favorites like roses, craspedia, baby’s breath, orchids, lilies, lavender, iris, gerbera daisies, calla lilies, anemones, gerpoms, freesia, and more. Download the list to see them all.
If your heart is set on a particular flower, just buy less of them (like peonies) and make them a statement piece in your bouquet.
4. Choose just three or two kinds of wedding flowers.
Limit your flower blooms to just a few (rather than dozens of types). Your wedding flowers will be more cohesive and you’ll save money on bulk orders of just a few varieties.
5. Save money on wedding flowers by buying wholesale.
Buying wholesale is probably the easiest way to save money on wedding flowers. You can buy flowers wholesale here and put together bouquets and arrangements together yourself. If you’re unsure how to diy, you can buy pre-made bouquets to make it easy.
If you’re wondering how to coordinate with your wedding, you can even shop wedding flowers by color.
And when you’re ready to buy your wedding flowers, buy in bulk and online to maximize savings.
6. Learn how to DIY your own wedding flowers to save money.
If you’d like to do more than pre-made bouquets and want to try some creative do-it-yourself options, you don’t have to go it alone! You can get TONS of helpful tips on how to make your own flower centerpieces like this with helpful videos, advice, and Flowers 101 by the experts.
For instance, you can learn how to make this easy rose bouquet with step-by-step instructions.
Simple videos make it easy. Here are a few tutorials and videos you can watch to save money on wedding flowers by doing it yourself!
You can make a modern garden centerpiece with this helpful video.
Or these tall peony bouquets from here.
The videos aren’t limited to bouquets and centerpieces to save money on flowers; you can also make a flower crown for your flower girl, a boutonniere, a flower ball for your aisle decor or flower girl to carry, and even a fun floral balloon, as shown below, for your engagement party or bridal shower.
7. Choose an alternative to bridesmaid bouquets.
Love lanterns? These rustic ones are easy to carry (and look beautiful).
8. Use more greenery as centerpieces or in your bouquet to save money on wedding flowers.
If you pick more greenery in your wedding decor, like succulents for centerpieces, eucalyptus or dusty millers as a filler in your bouquet, you’ll save money on your wedding flower budget. You can see top picks for greenery here.
9. Re-use your wedding flowers.
The arrangements you use to decorate your ceremony can be transferred to your reception to add decor, too. Don’t miss out on this simple money saving tip, as it will save you hundreds on additional arrangements for your cake table, entry table, or even head table. For instance, place vases at the head table to display bridesmaid bouquets: it will keep them in water, so they’ll last, and you won’t have to buy additional flowers to decorate the head table.
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Now that you know how to save money on wedding flowers, tell us: what kind of flowers will you be using? Do you have a favorite bloom that you absolutely MUST have? Tell us in the comment box below!
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