Everyday at Simply Flowers we meet with Brides and their families to talk about their wedding flowers. They come in filled with excitement and bubbling with ideas about their wedding day. They show me their Pinterest pages filled with lush centerpieces that have at least four dozen roses and hand strung orchids cascading down. They show me bouquets filled with peonies and roses. Boutonnieres with hand-made details and ceremony décor that would make Karen Tran swoon.
But then when I present the estimate I see the light dim from their eyes. The reality of their budget does not allow for all their lovely ideas. What is a girl to do? How can she still get what she wants without robbing a bank? Well take a look below and see if our ideas can inspire you.
1. First off, let’s start with the obvious. The more bridesmaids you have in you bridal party the more money you will spend on bouquets. Limit the number of bridesmaids and not only will you have to deal with less “drama” but you will get to save money too.
2. If you really have to have 12 bridesmaids in your wedding party then consider having each bridesmaid wear a wrist corsage. There is a ton of fun jewelry your florist can create with which can also double as an attendant gift. Corsages average between $20-$30 compared to bridesmaid bouquet which can cost an average of $50-$75 each.
3. If you don’t like the idea of a corsage for your attendants, then consider having them carry one type of flower in a single color. For example, a dozen roses or sweet gathering of gerbera daisies. This will lower the cost as you are only using one type of flower in one color. The more varieties and colors you add the more it will cost you.
1. When designing for your ceremony I always tell my brides that less is more. You are only going to be there for a short while so there is no need to go overboard. However, if you feel like your venue needs a little sprucing up then be sure to have your florist try and “double dip” whenever possible. Meaning, have them create pieces that can used at the ceremony and at the reception. For example, if you are using an arch and having a swag as part of the décor be sure to tell your florist that you would like to use it on the head table afterwards. This will save you money on the reception costs.
2. Ask the church or venue if they have any items you can borrow. Often times brides have left items behind that they have kept to let their future brides and grooms borrow.
3. Get married outdoors. Oftentimes, outdoor venues don’t need a lot of flowers since their location is beautiful enough.
1. This is where the bulk of your costs will be so it’s important to choose wisely. Again, the obvious choice here is to limit the number of guests you invite. Fewer guests means fewer tables, which means fewer centerpieces.
2. A lot brides say they will do their own centerpieces which they erroneously think will be cheaper. While sometimes it is, but most often it’s not. They wrongly think that buy using coupons, and shopping online they will get a better deal. They forget about shipping costs, and don’t realize how expensive glassware and candles can be. So if you insist on doing your own centerpieces first be sure to ask your florist if they rent their glassware. This is almost always cheaper than buying and/or paying for freight. It will also save you time on cleaning and prepping since you won’t have spend hours removing all those pesky stickers.
3. Mix your centerpieces between floral and non-floral. By having half of your tables with a floral design and the other half with non floral you get the best of both worlds. It also adds texture and dimension to the room. A lot of floral companies and party rental companies have a huge selection on non-floral centerpieces that are available to rent. Chandeliers, candelabras, globes, trees, lanterns, etc…are all great choices that will save you money. Stay away from candles. They are deceptively “un-cheap”.
4. Check out Craiglist in your area. Often time brides will post their unwanted items online that you can pick up for pennies on the dollar and because they are local you don’t have to pay for shipping. Just beware of the sentimental bride who insists that the table runners her “Great-Aunt Grace” made are worth $20.00 each instead of the $10.00 you could find them for brand new online.
Tune in next week for more money saving ideas. Until then I hope you found this article of some use to you. We welcome comments so be sure to contact us.