Choosing the right flowers is a central part of your wedding planning. Are you going to carry a graceful cascade or is a small nosegay more your style? What varieties of flowers do you want and what colors do they come in? Will your pale pink peonies work with your gown and your wedding party’s attire? Then you have the pew decorations and the reception venue to think about. All this is difficult enough without the complication of a limited budget.
Don’t worry. Being on a budget does not mean that you have to settle for second best. By making a few economical decisions, you can still get the wedding that you dreamed of.
Wedding Flowers on a Budget
1. Find a creative friend
Talk to your friends. Maybe one of them has a secret talent and is secretly itching to get hold of some ribbon and floral tape. Perhaps you could explore the internet yourself and try out some of the many DIY bouquet projects; just make sure you learn how to properly place and bind a bouquet to ensure it stays together during the ceremony. Roses are especially useful to the novice floral designer – they can survive more manhandling than other, more delicate flowers.
2. Scale down
Be realistic and cut down on any superfluous flowers. Only decorate the front few pews during the service, reuse the altar pieces on the buffet table and use the aisle flowers as centrepieces at the reception. This may take a little more organization but you will really cut down on flower wastage.
3. The beauty of silk
You don’t even have to have real flowers. Using silk flowers is an affordable alternative, since you can reuse the same bouquet you carried down the aisle as a centrepiece at the bridal table. You can even use it in the wedding photographs taken prior to the big day.
4. Tell your designer
If you want to hire a floral designer but have little money to play with, be sure to tell them straight away. If your designer knows you are on a tight budget they are less likely to try and tempt you into paying an extra $1,000 for those specially imported orchids.
Whether you are going it alone or hiring a designer, there are ways in which you can further reduce your outlay:
Substitute expensive flowers for similar looking alternatives. For example, Dutch orange tulips can provide the vibrancy of mango calla lilies at seventy per cent of the cost.
Use cheaper wraps and fillers. Fern provides an attractive yet cost-effective filler, while imported ribbon and silk wires can be replaced by locally sourced alternatives.
Avoid composite bouquets. The time involved in arranging and gluing petals and buds into a man-made bloom costs money. If you are on a shoestring, simple is better.
Use flowers that are in season: they will cost less.
Research the different varieties of your chosen breed. Roses and orchids, for example, come in a wide range of varieties, some more expensive than others.
5. Style is priceless
The following tips cost absolutely nothing but are often neglected. Take stock of these and you will more than make up for what you lack in funding.
Be sensitive to your reception venue. Don’t block gorgeous window views with huge centerpieces.
Communicate with your floral designer and be flexible. Having a general theme and colour scheme is better than having a rigid set of prescriptions. You may already have an idea of what you want but a quality floral designer will have experience and good judgement and will tie in your flowers with your gown, your style and preferences and the location of the wedding. For example, they may suggest using accent colours to liven up a monotonous colour scheme.
Plan your flowers early. Not only does this give you more time to try things out, but flower orders can take up to six weeks to travel from the farm to your home.
Hoping these tips will help make your special day a forever memorable one!
About the Author:
Romona Weston lives in Southeastern Pennsylvania in the beautiful Amish countryside of Lancaster County. She loves to hike, write and organize and has home-schooled for over 20 years. She is a Web Publisher who writes about various subjects. She writes about every sort of Kitchen Islands Carts and rolling kitchen carts. As a researcher rather than a seller, she presents an unbiased view of products. Explore her reviews at www.kitchencarts360.com. If you are a retailer or manufacturer and would like her to review your product, you can contact her via her website.