Flowers play a rather large role in a wedding. The bride and her bridesmaids carry bouquets, the flower girls walks down the aisle tossing her flower petals, the church pews are decorated with beautiful floral arrangements, generally a large portion of the wedding reception decor often includes flowers. Now, with that in mind, not to scare you, but rather to prepare you, flowers tend to be a very costly wedding decorative item.
Now that I’ve told you that flowers can be expensive, you’re probably already wondering how you can save on costs of your flowers. Today, I am going to focus on mainly the bridal bouquets, the size of the bouquet and arrangements will definitely be a huge factor in the final cost. Here are a few cost savings tips;
1) You can opt to use silk flowers. They are not real mind you but they are far less expensive than live flowers which also don’t last. If you have your heart set on real flowers, perhaps try to use real flowers in some aspects and silk ones for others. Also, many guests probably wouldn’t even notice the difference!
2) The more rare or exotic a flower is then of course that will up the cost immensely, using common local or in season flowers are a great way to cut the expense.
3) Use a smaller bouquet, or large flowers to fill the bouquet using less stems which puts a dent in the costs.
4) Have a go at a DIY floral arrangement if you have a green thumb, start growing your own bouquet! If things go awry, you could try purchasing loose flowers from a florist and assembling your own bouquet. (You need a cool and dry place to store them)
Here are some examples of flowers that are the most ideal budget wise for each season.
Spring: Apple and Cherry Blossoms, Tulips, Lilacs, Peonies, Lilies, Daffodils (Think Easter Floral Arrangements)
Summer: Calla Lilies, Daisies, Dahlias, Geraniums, Roses, Sunflowers, Hydrangeas, Zinnias.
Fall: Gerbera Daisies, Marigolds, Roses, Sunflowers, Chrysanthemums.
Winter: Orchids, Pointsettias, Holly, Forget-Me-Nots, Jasmine, Camellias.
|This arrangement is a cross between “the loose tied” and “the spray”.|
Types of Bridal Bouquets
The Spray: A few blossoms which are arranged in a triangular shape.
The Nosegay: A round floral arrangement, available in many different sizes and generally tied with a beautiful ribbon.
The Crescent or Arm Arrangement: A curved design that rests in the crook of the arm.
The Cascade: A large, teardrop shaped arrangement that has blossoms trailing down toward the floor.
The Composite: A handmade, creative arrangement where different petals or buds are all wired together on a single stem, this creates the look of a giant flower.
The Pomander: A ball of flowers with a ribbon handle. (Great for younger girls)
Loose Tied: Much less structured, includes many types of flowers that are tied loosely, without any real specific placing, typically looks like it was just picked from a garden. The stems are loosely tied with ribbon or lace.
|This is a great example of “the nosegay” generally the most commonly chosen type of bouquet.|