Wedding flowers can take up a considerable amount of your budget. Most couples don't realize just how expensive flowers for wedding arrangements and bridal bouquets actually are... until they go to order them!. Let's just say, selling flowers is a lucrative business!
Considering all the other expenses that you'll need to cover - from food and catering to hall rentals, decorations, music, etc. - you should be looking at trying to save money wherever you can.
Luckily enough, flowers happen to be one of the expenses that you can cut back on. Let's face it, flowers only last a very, very short period of time. Compared to the expense, is it really worth it to spend thousands of dollars on them for decorations?
For those couples looking to save a bit on their wedding budgets and don't mind trying a few different approaches in cutting their costs, here are some tips to try that have saved other couples considerable amounts of money on flowers for wedding centerpieces, decorations, and bouquets:
a) Find out if another wedding will be held at your church or synagogue that day or the day before your wedding. If so, contact that bride and find out if she would like to share the cost of the wedding flowers with you.
b) After the ceremony, arrange to have the wedding flowers taken to the reception location instead of ordering one set of arrangements for the ceremony and another set for the reception.
c) Instead of a full bouquet of wedding flowers for you and your bridesmaids, carry one or two dramatic flowers instead. They look just as elegant and the cost will be significantly less than full bouquets. (To learn about the different types of bridal bouquet design styles click here.)
d) Try to use flowers that are in season. Out-of-season flowers always cost more.
e) Use garlands of ivy or evergreens for decorating instead of flowers - it's less expensive and they can be used to decorate doorways and the front of tables.
f) Use potted plants instead of cut flowers. In fact, if you start early enough, you can grow your own flowering potted plants.
g) Create your own arrangements with flowers from your own garden. There are many wedding flower books that can show you step-by-step on how to create your own floral arrangements and bridal bouquets.