Whatever your budget is … you will always want to make the most of it. Your florist will work with you to help you achieve this and equally important, the florist will guide you in your choice of fresh flowers and their alternatives. Below are some practical suggestions that may save you some money.
While our imagination may get the best of us, it is important to remember that flowers in season at the time of your wedding will always bear the best value. Another alternative which can reduce costs even further are silk flowers, which can even be rented, or maybe dried flowers.
Keep it simple.
Sometimes less is more. Style does not have to mean extravagant. Keep in mind that the size of the bouquets must balance and complement the dresses and thus, expenses can be saved by having simpler arrangements. Single flowers are also very effective and may be considered for the bridesmaids, mothers and grandmothers. Using ribbon, tulle and greenery can fill out the bouquets.
Make use of less expensive flowers.
Opt for the less expensive flowers that are in-season. This applies for bouquets, arrangements and centrepieces. Mixing in greenery enhances bouquets and saves you money.
Consider renting out artificial floral arrangements to decorate your home, ceremony and reception venues.
Instead of ordering flower arrangements for your reception, you could use your bouquets as centrepieces. Just have some vases with water ready on your tables. You could also use other decorations instead, such as candles, photo frames, crystals, petals and glass decorations such as mason jars with floating candles.
The other option is to put the flowers together yourself. If you decide to take this route, do get some element of advice, so that you will not overlook the smallest details. This option is only suggested if you have adequate experience in the subject.
Either way, remember that logistics and plans can change. A practical time frame for final decisions is 3 months.