Bouquets of baby pink roses with wispy strands of sweet pea flowers…sunny daffodil groupings with large Shasta daisies…delicate violets tied in a dark green arrangement…
Wedding flowers can be expensive, especially when they are elaborate centerpieces that distract from the beauty of the bride and bridesmaids. The best flowers are simple and elegant, which will not only show of the bridal party, but save some money along the way!
1) Pick in season & be willing to substitute. Time of year of a wedding usually dictates colors, dress, and atmosphere – it should also dictate which flowers are used. Find flowers that are in season, either by finding sites that tell which bloom in which months, or by calling your local florist. If your wedding is in the summer, choose a lilac instead of an orchid. Not only will you save money not bringing in flowers from foreign countries, but the abundance available in your area will allow you to pick the best of the stock.
2) Grow your bouquets. If a family member (or yourself!) have a particularly green thumb- or if there is a community garden nearby! – consider the ultimate free and satisfying way of picking your flowers (literally). Not only does this allow someone who may have just been a guest be involved, but it also allows you to lighten your carbon footprint without lightening your wallet. Just make sure to have a backup in case of bugs, destructive weather, or a neighbor’s pet.
3) The local Farmer’s Market and Grocery Store florists may surprise you. Many flower shops get their blossoms from local growers, so quality probably won’t be a factor. Not only will the prices be lower than other venues, but most have enough variety that you can build your bouquet to your specifications.
4) Silk may not be cheapest, but you will get exactly what you want without the risk of damage, loss, or disaster. You can customize it exactly, rearrange as much as you want to get different wedding bouquet ideas, and reuse later for many occasions. If family members or friends already have some silk flowers, considering implementing them into the scheme for the “something borrowed” tradition.
5) If using a florist, keep arrangements small and simple. Florists often deliver the day of, take responsibility for selecting the best blooms, and keep special conditions for the flowers to thrive. If the priorities of the bouquet need the expertise of a florist, keep within a budget and don’t go for the extraordinary priced flowers. Ask about specials, and be prepared to shop around so you can negotiate. Find out if the number of blooms make a price difference (who will notice 6 buds compared to 8?) or if the supplementing flowers can be substituted.
6) Use a plant for the wedding decor instead of vases filled with bouquets. This keeps flowers alive and can double not only as decor but also wedding favor. This also allows you to play with different color schemes or go extravagant with plants such as Bird of Paradise without having to sacrifice too much for special delivery and florist fees.
7) Go without the flower bouquet! You no longer need aromas to ward away evil spirits – carry something more meaningful, or leave your hands free to participate openly in the wedding ceremony!