When planning a wedding, I think all of us get a little surprised at how much everything costs. We are shocked and say, “Wow! I had no idea it was going to cost this much!!!” We may do our best to come up with what we think is a “reasonable budget,” but soon start finding ourselves giving in and spending a little extra here and there.
For many brides, choosing the wedding flowers will be one of the last things on their “Wedding To-Do-List.” By the time you get to the flowers, you’ve blown your budget on the venue, the food, and maybe even your absolutely, must have, wedding gown!
I’m here to help! Here are a few tips to discuss with your wedding florist to make your wedding flower dollars go a little further.
- Bridal Bouquet: Choose a hand tied design. The labor for constructing a hand-tied bouquet is less time consuming than those designed in bouquet holders such as cascading, tear drop, or crescent bouquets.
- Bridesmaid Bouquets: A collection of blooms in a single variety should lessen your cost. Some popular bridesmaid bouquets are the gerbera daisies, roses, or calla lilies. A single, long stem calla lily is both an inexpensive and elegant choice for your bridesmaids as well.
- Altar/Ceremony Flowers: To save money, plan to use flowers for your ceremony that can also be used at your reception. A great example would be to move your two large column or pedestal arrangements to the reception to place on your buffet table.
- Reception Flowers: Consider placing your bridesmaid bouquets in vases to accent your reception décor. If you have three bridesmaids, for example, you could place one bouquet on the gift table, another on the guest book table, and the other on the DJ table. Or, consider decorating your cake table with all of your bridesmaid bouquets. Just laying them around the base of your cake will add a beautiful accent to your cake.
- Wedding Flowers Overall: Choose flowers for your entire wedding décor that are in season year round. You may love roses, callas, and orchids-who wouldn’t? They’re beautiful! Use them for your bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages. However, consider using less expensive blooms around your altar and at your reception.
From a distance, your guests will really only notice the color scheme you have chosen. They will not be focused on each individual flower in your arch arrangement. When your guests first enter the reception, they will focus on the overall feeling of the room including the flowers as well as the lighting, your cake, even the smell of the food!
Mainly, though, they will just want to celebrate this wonderful event with you!