How Bride’s Save on Wedding Flowers

It’s incredible how much many brides are willing to spend for fresh flowers for the church, the wedding reception and their bridal bouquet. If you’re watching your budget closely, buying fresh flowers can take a big chunk of your wedding planning budget – especially if you want to use non-seasonal flowers. 

Bridal Bouquets Come In All Colors

Bridal Bouquets Come In All Colors

A bride can save some money if she opts to use silk flowers for her bouquet and table centerpieces. Many kinds of silk flowers are very affordable and quite lovely. They come in a variety of colors and styles to suit your needs.

Silk Bridal Bouquets Come in a Variety of Styles

Silk Bridal Bouquets Come in a Variety of Styles

A competent wedding planner should be able to find the best deals and negotiate with local florists for you.   If you can’t afford a wedding planner, then you need to become a very assertive businesswoman and to get the wedding flowers you want for your special day.   When you walk into a local flower shop, ask to see a book of photos of previous wedding flowers and bridal bouquets and table arrangements they’ve done for other brides.  If they can’t provide examples of their work find a different florist. 

Normally these examples won’t have prices shown, so when you begin your conversation with the florist about your wedding flowers, you will need to tell her in advance that you have a limited wedding budget.  Don’t offer the vendor the exact amount you want to spend – instead just say, “I have a small budget for the flowers.” 

Ask the florist if she can explain to you the different variations of wedding flowers that  can be substituted for the flowers shown in the photo book that would look almost identical to the more expensive version.  Also ask about saving on your budget by utilizing a simplistic wedding flower design – such as a pure cut bouquet.  When a florist vendor has to create an arrangement, the costs are much higher than using a natural arrangement.  Here is another option: Purchase a book on how to create floral designs and then buy the flowers at a good price and arrange them yourself or ask a family member to help you.  

Great DIY Wedding Design Books

Great DIY Wedding Design Books

Wedding flowers can be just a simple bridal bouquet or all the other floral options you need – including groom and groomsmen boutonnières, corsages for Mother-of-the-Bride and Groom, wedding ceremony and reception décor, and a tossing bouquet. You may have to pick and choose the floral arrangements that are most important to you and not go for all the other normal floral options. Or you can choose fresh flowers for the bridal bouquet and silk flowers for the table arrangements.  If you can’t afford floral centerpieces at the reception, you can substitute candles or seashells or other inexpensive items for your centerpieces and save the fresh flowers for your bouquet and ceremony décor.  

Floating Candles & Beads

An Inexpensive Wedding Centerpiece

Here’s an idea – how about using the ceremony wedding flowers at your reception hall or banquet room.  There’s often a time gap between the wedding ceremony and reception, so appoint a friend or family member to take the wedding flowers and arrange them on the reception tables and cake table.  Another good idea, is to share flowers by having your wedding directly after a holiday or other event at your church so that you can utilize the existing floral arrangements. Find out with the church or hall if there are other wedding ceremonies booked the same day and contact the other bride to see if you can share flower costs.  Decide to hold your wedding outdoors in a beautiful park or garden where you can utilize the existing plants and flowers as part of your wedding ceremony.

Outdoor Wedding Utilizes Natural Backdrop

Outdoor Wedding Utilizes Natural Backdrop

To get the best prices on flowers avoid having your wedding in February because prices are higher due to Valentine’s Day – especially on roses.

Beautiful Pink & Lavender Roses Bridal Bouquet

Beautiful Pink & Lavender Roses Bridal Bouquet

When deciding to go with silk or fresh flowers, choose your wedding flowers with your color scheme in mind and be flexible when choosing the exact type of flower – if you’re willing to accept less expensive substitutes, then you’ll find you can probably afford to have real blossoms on your wedding day.