Flowers are central to any wedding. Here are a few tips on how to cut the costs without detracting the beauty and romance of your big day.
Wedding flowers provide delicate beauty, alluring scents and are able to transform an otherwise drab location to a breath-taking venue. However, they may take a massive chunk of your budget. This article will help you find out how to cut the costs of your flowers without and still achieve the dream look for your wedding.
The fact is every woman dreams of her wedding day being an ostentatious affair: the bridesmaids’ gorgeous dresses, the beautiful venue laid out with fairy lights and candles, the beautifully presented flowers, the guests eagerly waiting on your arrival, the dashing groom at his dapper looking best, and of course, the smiling ceremony officiant while gentle orchestral music holds the perfect picture together.
All seems picture perfect, until the reality hits you.
Weddings are expensive. The average cost of a wedding in the UK is estimated to be in the region of a whooping £22,000 on average— getting married is not a cheap affair. But don’t become disheartened! Your dream wedding is not unreachable. There are ways and means to cut the costs without cutting the style, beauty and elegance you dream of having on your big day.
Here are a couple of tips on what to do, which will not break the bank, when purchasing flowers:
Use the outdoors
A great solution is to have your wedding in a beautiful garden full of gorgeous blooms, but that isn’t always an option. Depending on a range of factors, including whether having your wedding in a garden was in the initial plan or what kind of weather you would like to have on the day. Not that one can predict weather for specific days, but you can at least aim for a few variables within any season.
However, if it is an idea you are playing around with, but still not certain that having your wedding in a garden is what you want, why not use the flowers from your garden or a garden you may have access to, to arrange beautiful arrangements at both the wedding and reception venues.
Less is more
Some tough decisions need to be made when planning your wedding. As a bride, of course you would love to have all your close girlfriends and family as part of your bridal party; however, choosing to have a smaller party will also take away the costs of flower arrangements, and if you are paying for the bridesmaids’ dresses– it will cut the costs there too.
An ingenious idea to save money is to move the flower arrangements from the wedding venue to the reception area. This way you won’t double up on flowers. Leave that to your bridesmaids to arrange once the official photographs have been taken. Also, once the photographs have been taken, the bridesmaids’ flowers can also be used at the venue as there won’t be much need for them once you and your new husband have shared your first kiss as a married couple.
It is also a good idea to focus on the season you would like to get married in. Choosing from a selection of seasonal flowers will be cheaper as off-season flowers are not as easy to find and therefore will need to be transported from further afield – sometimes exported from overseas which will of course, increase the costs.
A little trick to lower the costs of the flowers is to add greenery to the flowers in order to stretch the arrangements further. These can be just as stunning as an expensive assortment of flowers for table decorations. If you are leaning towards a very natural looking wedding, traipsing around a forest with friends and family will reveal an abundance of Mother Nature’s gifts: pine cones, twigs and logs, and unusual looking natural goodies.
If garden weddings or moving the arrangements from one area to another isn’t your thing, going the online route is another possible solution. It is far cheaper than going to a florist. Unfortunately, florists are quite expensive because of their overheads so finding a freelance florist will lower the cost too. Besides, having your own personal florist on hand is fantastic! If you have no success in finding a freelance florist that works for you, the last option is to buy all the flowers and sundries for the wedding and have a delicious girls night in building your own bouquets and flower arrangements – with some red wine and finger foods to offer your friends and family – everybody will be keen to assist.
However, remember that while flowers are an integral part of a wedding, it is not required to overdo it. Buttonholes, bouquets and table centerpieces are the most important flowers to have present at your wedding. Any other arrangements can be eliminated from your thinking process and will save you oodles of money, if you find clever ways to display your flowers.