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Blooms on a Budget
While flowers aren't the most expensive part of your wedding, they can
quickly add up to more than expected. At the same time, however,
fresh cut flowers can really set the mood for your day and serve as a
life-long reminder of that walk down the aisle to the one you love.
Imagine the scent of fresh lilacs filling the church as you say your
vows. Now imagine that amazing feeling that will come back to you
each time you pass a blooming lilac shrub in following years. While
flowers should always be a part of your wedding day, there are ways to
achieve "wow factor" without breaking your budget.
Choose Seasonal Flowers Specially ordered flowers cost considerably
more than seasonal blooms. If a certain variety is particularly
meaningful, use it in your bouquet only.
Use Inexpensive Flowers Budget flowers can look elegant when mixed
with other varieties and ordered in modern colors. Carnations,
chrysanthemums and daisies are all great values.
Repetition is Powerful A single flower in a bud vase on each table
can make an impact when repeated throughout the room. Your florist
can help you get the most bang for your buck.
Add Some "Wow" Keep some arrangements more simple while ordering a
few dramatic designs for places that everyone will see, such as the
buffet table or main entryway.
Recruit a Friend Avoid delivery and setup charges by having a
trusted friend pick up and distribute the flowers on the big day.
Work Your Flowers Don't be afraid to use flowers at two locations
but remember that your guests may arrive at the reception before you
do. Have a friend take charge of moving arrangements from place to
Maximize Bouquets Bouquets can be show-stopping, but also pricey and
only briefly used. Order some inexpensive vases to display them at
the reception instead of another costlier centerpiece.
Ask About Rentals Save money by renting vases, candelabras and more.
Have a responsible friend collect the pieces at the end of the night
so you don't end up paying for them anyways.
Finally, remember that no one is going to help you save money on
flowers better than your florist. An honest designer will offer good
suggestions to stretch your finances to their fullest potential. Be
up front about how much you can spend so you don't waste time talking
about designs that won't fit your budget. Be open-minded and you
might just be amazed at what your florist can do for you!
Georgie Hill owns Stillwater Garden Shop, offering unique floral
designs for weddings of all kinds. Find her online at