How to Save Big On Your Wedding Flowers
Contributed blog post by a guest blogger Beth Kotz
The day of your wedding will fly by in a heartbeat, but your memories of the event will last for a lifetime. Starting to plan early on for the costs of everything from the dress and hors d’oeuvres to the floral arrangements and photographs will help ensure you don’t start out your marriage drowning in debt.
Whether your wedding is a summer or winter affair, you’ll want your floral arrangements to mirror your visions for this special day. Flowers and floral accessories are critical to the look and feel of a wedding – especially for spring and summer events – so we compiled this list of tips to maximize the beauty of your floral arrangements without breaking your budget.
1. Set a floral budget – and stick to it! Take a careful look at your personal finances and come up with a floral budget that fits your life and needs. With the average cost of flowers from a florist being over $2,000 for the average wedding, you can significantly reduce this expense by working with lower-cost floral shop or a florist who understands your budget constraints. If you’d like to spend even less, go the DIY route – arranging your own flowers for your wedding is a wonderful way to cut costs and make sure you get the look you want.
2. Buy in bulk. Purchasing flowers for your wedding in bulk is another way to reduce the overall cost. Consider using a prepaid debit card to keep a limit on your spending – this way you can’t go into debt using money you don’t have. Once the flowers arrive it’s time to check out some popular wedding design pages for inspiration and begin creating the arrangements of your dreams. This is a great activity to include your bridesmaids.
3. Try something new. There are no rules that you have to use flowers for centerpieces. Try alternatives ideas for creating captivating centerpiece arrangements such as candles, seashells, fruit and other non-plant items. Go unique and try using photos and decorative photo frames, or gather some of your favorite items from friends and families like crystal vases or garden statues. These memorable items will add a personal touch to your tables without costing a fortune. Use your life, and moments you’ve spent with your partner and loved ones, as an inspiration for decor.
4. Get back to nature. If you hold your wedding in a venue with a natural floral setting, beautiful flowers will already be in place. Gardens, backyards, parks are all wonderful locations for weddings, and you can cut the cost of decorating a chapel or reception hall if you have your ceremony and reception in the same area. Eliminate the hassle of moving to another location or adding additional items to your shopping list and let lush fields, flowers and sunlight bring nature’s beauty to your big day. Try hanging decorative lanterns in trees, accentuating the space with bows, or lining areas with vases or floating candles to boost the ambiance of any outdoor setting.
5. Faux is the way to go. Nothing beats the look of a beautiful floral bouquet, so if you’d like to save money on your wedding flowers look no further than the allergy-friendly alternative of using artificial flowers. They have the look and feel of nature with no need to water, no fear of wilting, and can be enjoyed hassle-free for years to come. Silk flowers are lightweight, making flower transportation and handling much easier. They are always in season so you can have your favorite variety of flowers any time of year. The best part is that your wedding bouquet will look as beautiful on your 25th wedding anniversary as they did on your wedding day!
There are many things to consider when planning your special day, and selecting the right flowers for your wedding can feel overwhelming. But no matter what you choose your wedding decor should reflect your personality and the love shared between you and your partner. Consider these money-saving tips and enjoy the opportunity to create the floral arrangements of your dreams, for a fraction of the cost.
Beth Kotz is a contributing writer to Credit.com. She specializes in covering financial advice for female entrepreneurs, college students and recent graduates. She earned a BA in Communications and Media from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, where she continues to live and work.
Title Photo: Botanica Events // Kim J Martin Photography | Flowers & Bouquet: Pumpkin and Pye // Evolve Photography