For many brides, one of the biggest obstacles and expenses in their weddings are their wedding flowers. It’s hard if not impossible for most of us to imagine a wedding without any kind of flowers at all. Wedding flowers are such a part of our wedding culture here in the states and abroad that their absence would be sorely missed. But if you talk to any florist to get a quote, the costs involved with those lovely blooms can be staggering. But if you have your budget in order, and know how much you can spend on your wedding flowers, and even where you are planning to use your wedding flowers, there is a lot that you can do to save some serious wedding cash. So here is a quick list of the most important places in your wedding for those important little wedding flowers, as well as some easy money saving tips.
Where to Use Wedding Flowers
There are several places where you can’t seem to get away from using wedding flowers. The first and foremost, of course is the bridal bouquet. But you’ll also need wedding flowers for your bridal party, small bouquets or large single blooms for the bridesmaids, and boutonnieres for the groomsmen and your groom. Also, tradition calls for you to honor the parents of both the bride and groom, and all sets of grandparents as well with a corsage and boutonniere. Other popular places for wedding flowers are large arrangements on the altar, as pew decorations, petals for the flower girl and ring bearer, and of course, wedding flowers in the centerpieces on your tables at your reception. As you can see, there are lots of different places for you to use wedding flowers in your wedding that the costs can really add up.
Substitutions for Wedding Flowers
If your budget doesn’t call for a lot of money to be spent on flowers, there are several places where you can take wedding flowers out of the list I gave you above. For example, instead of the bride carrying a huge bouquet of flowers, why not carry something else that has a particular significance to you, such as family Bible, length of lace, or even a homemade pomander ball you can keep to decorate your home later? One great place where my husband and I saved money were with the boutonnieres for the groomsmen. We made wire ones with seed pearls and rhinestones that looked sharp against their suits, and were a great alternative to fresh flowers. Also, while wedding flowers are the most popular kind of wedding centerpiece, you can always use something else to adorn your wedding tables.
Other Money Saving Tips for Wedding Flowers
There are lots of great places to save money if you don’t want to scrimp on any of the other money saving tips for wedding flowers that are listed above. Or, if you’ve always dreamed of having your wedding full of fresh, fragrant and beautiful flowers but can’t afford the price, what can you do?
- First of all, consider buying your wedding flowers wholesale instead of going to a florist. There are quite a few great places to look, and you can save potentially thousands on the wedding flowers you need to buy. There are a few drawbacks though. First of all, you’ll have a couple hundred of the same kind of flower and you’ll need to arrange them all yourself the day before or the day of your wedding, as well as finding an empty fridge to store them all in. But, as a friend of mine did, just getting vases and filling them with beautiful fresh red roses can create a gorgeous impact, and simple ribbons around stems can create beautiful bouquets, and boutonnieres don’t take too much effort either.
- Another option that can really make a difference is to make your wedding flowers do double duty. So, for example, instead of buying large flower arrangements for your altar at the church and then large arrangements for your cake table or head table, why not bring the arrangements from the ceremony to your reception? That way the flowers don’t go to waste and you can save money. Another popular idea is to have your bridesmaid’s bouquets double as wedding centerpieces. Just have someone collect their bouquets at the end of the ceremony and transport them to the reception to fill the empty vases, and let the girls have them back at the end of the night.
There are lots of great things that you can do to save money on your wedding flowers that it’s worth being creative and finding what sorts of options are available to you. Even if it’s something as simple as using a large single bloom for each of your bridesmaids instead of a large bouquet, any cost savings that you can muster up should be worth it. Don’t let this favorite part of weddings, the wedding flowers, suffer due to lack of funds.