Choosing flowers seems to be one of the most frustrating items for brides and grooms to contemplate ordering and paying for during the wedding process. Your flower selection, your wedding location, and the time of year will all come into play when you create your wedding décor budget.
Lots of the complicated decors featured in bridal magazines are staged sets. To recreate some of the pictures brides and grooms are finding today on wedding websites, Pinterest, and Instagram would demand an unlimited budget.
But you can still have a gorgeous wedding, without emptying your wallet!
You can save a considerable amount of your floral budget by requesting in-season flowers that are readily available and don’t have to be flown in from exotic locales. Avoid tulips in July and stick to the tried and true just-as-beautiful basics like roses, carnations, and baby’s breath.
Splurge or Save
Did you know that some of the most expensive flowers on earth are blooms you probably know very well? Peonies, gardenias, stephanotis, and orchids are commonly seen in wedding florals but can add a lot to your floral bill. Steer clear and let your florist guide you to pretty alternatives that save you money.
Silk vs. Fresh
Silk wedding flowers do have the advantage of not wilting, which is something to consider if you are having a warm-weather wedding. Likewise, they won’t freeze in cold weather. Silk wedding flowers are also lightweight, easy to transport, don’t need watering and are much more durable than fresh flowers. But while silk wedding flowers can be more practical than real flowers, they can also be just as expensive, if not more so. And silk flowers are seasonal, much like fresh flowers. Unless you purchase “in season”, you won’t be able to find even silk tulips in July!
While we’ve all seen lavish three foot tall centerpieces at a ballroom wedding, have you ever been a guest trying to talk around that huge thing to the people sitting opposite you? Impossible! Consider short, simple arrangements surrounded by lovely votives. They use less flowers and are, therefore, less expensive. Your guests will thank you!
Who says you have to have flowers at all? Anything goes at today’s weddings! Consider feathers, paper posies, dried wheat, paper fans, pinwheels, or even lollipops. Want to see more ideas? Visit our Pinterest page Wedding Flower Alternatives for more ideas to get your creative juices flowing!