Wedding flowers are one of the most beautiful parts of the wedding day (after the bride)! They can add color, ambiance, and set the theme. If you want to incorporate some blooms on your wedding day, take a look below for some tips for doing so on a budget. This is the next article in a series about wedding budgets and DIY for busy brides. Prepare to read a few tried and true tips to planning a wedding this week! I hope that it helps and inspires you to plan your own fete or share with a friend who needs a few ideas. Happy planning!
Before we get into these practical tips, what do you see in the photo above? Those beautiful flowers might be made of metal, but they certainly made my big day special. I saw online (in a time long before Pinterest!) a tutorial to make a brooch bouquet. I literally had NO idea how it was going to come together. In fact, it almost didn’t. The “bouquet” wasn’t even finished until about thirty minutes before I was set to walk down the aisle. I collected all of the brooches on eBay and through thrift stores, and some of them were not entirely cheap. While I still made the bouquet for less than a florist, it wasn’t exactly budget friendly. I remember being in a bidding war for a metal flower brooch set online, and I so desperately wanted to win. I think I paid about $100 for an entire lot.
But, my flowers live forever. They’re in my office in a mason jar on top of my bookcase. Some of the tulle and the ribbon have come undone, but it’s something that I can hold onto forever. I don’t have many wedding leftovers since I just didn’t want any more things in the house. I gave away milkglass and ribbons and burlap. But, this…this I kept.
How to Save Money on Wedding Flowers
1. Choose what’s in season. Ask your floral designer about what flowers are in season. If a flower is in season, it is likely available in the area and won’t need to be imported from anywhere. Having to have certain varieties shipped in will cost you more money, so choose what is growing locally and save.
2. Go for color, not quantity. Bright colors can really pop and will make up for the fact that an arrangement may be a tad smaller. If you are working on a tight budget, opt for bouquets and arrangements that use fewer flowers, but some of the brightest colors around.
3. Add lots of greenery. Greenery accents such as ivy cost less than flowers but can still add some filling and natural color. Ask what fillers are available that are budget friendly. They can help offer a boost to the arrangement for much less.
4. Use a local farmer’s market. Instead of a florist, opt for a local farmer’s market for freshly grown flowers. These can be easily hand tied for bouquets and centerpieces. Just order a head of time so the grower has plenty on hand for when you need to pick them up.
5. Try your local grocer. Many grocery stores have floral shops in them, and can get great deals on fresh flowers. Talk to your local grocery store and see what floral deals they may offer. You may also be able to use your shopper’s card when you pay, earning you further discounts and perks.
6. Try for faux. Fake flowers have come a long way. Many are made of quality materials and look just as real as the real thing! Check your local craft store to see what faux flowers may be available. Not only do they cost less than fresh, but they will last you forever.
7. Don’t forget coupons! There is nothing tacky about shopping with coupons. If you buy faux flowers from a local craft shop such as Michael’s or Hobby Lobby, peek at their website first for printable coupons. If you use a local florist, ask if any savings are available in local bridal magazines or newspapers. Even saving 10% off of a $500 bill is $50. Now that is significant savings.
Give these tips for saving money on wedding flowers sydney a try and you are sure to make your big day even more beautiful for less!
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This is the next article in a series about wedding budgets and DIY for busy brides. Prepare to read a few tried and true tips to planning a wedding this week! I hope that it helps and inspires you to plan your own fete or share with a friend who needs a few ideas. Happy planning the wedding of your dreams!
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