Ask any wedding planner and she’ll tell you that the average couple spends 7-10% of their wedding budget on the wedding flowers. The Bridal Association of America estimates this amount to be somewhere between $700 and $2000, which is, needless to say, no small sum. But, like most wedding-related expenses, the wedding flowers don’t last much longer than the ceremony itself. And so, many brides looking to scale down their wedding costs look for inexpensive wedding flowers that will look beautiful without costing a fortune. Fortunately, with a bit of creativity and effort, it is possible to buy wedding flowers that fit these criteria. And while the wedding guests may not noticed that the couple saved money by purchasing more affordable wedding flowers, the new couple will appreciate having a few extra dollars in their new bank account.
One of the most obvious ways to save money when you buy wedding flowers is to purchase less. And, while you can technically reduce the number of flowers in each arrangement, you can also eliminate the need for larger arrangements by planning your wedding in a venue that has natural greenery or other built-in decorations. Of course, even if you manage to save money in this way, you can save even more by purchasing inexpensive wedding flowers.
Start by considering which flowers are in season during the month of your wedding. If, for example, you’re planning a winter wedding, you can choose from holly, hypericum berries, daffodils and jasmine. For a summer wedding you may want to consider hydrangeas, lilies or snapdragons. There are also classic wedding flowers that are available year round, such as roses, baby’s breath and alstroemeria. Avoid expensive flowers such as birds of paradise that cost several dollars per stem. While a florist can advise you as to which flowers may provide the most affordable options for your wedding, you can also do your own legwork by researching flowers online- and even purchasing wholesale wedding flowers directly from a flower importer in your area or from a reputable website. Enlist friends or bridesmaids to help you assemble the flowers into bouquets or arrangements so that you can spare the expense of paying a professional to do it for you.
Finally, if you’re looking for truly inexpensive wedding flowers, consider putting a full bouquet on half of the tables (or, possibly no tables) and decorating the other remaining tables with rose petals and tea lights. This romantic centerpiece idea can create a wonderful ambiance for your wedding and cost only a few dollars per table. Alternatively, consider using bud vases with a single long-stemmed flower for a surprisingly sophisticated look.
You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to buy wedding flowers that look great without costing a fortune. There’s really no reason to overpay for oversized floral arrangements that will be discarded within days of the event. Why not save the money for a rainy day or apply it to your honeymoon? Just as nobody will be able to guess how much you spent on your wedding dress, your guests will never know that you opted for inexpensive wedding flowers- but you’ll be happy with all that extra money!