Pick of the Bunch
The Wedding Flowers
I admit it. Flowers were the absolute downfall of my otherwise
carefully budgeted wedding. Somehow I let my dreams of carpets
and garlands and poseys and scattered petals take over and before
I knew it, I was signed up to a florists contract that still makes
me shudder! It was beautiful without a doubt but ... if I'd known
then what I know now I could have saved myself quite a few hundred
- Do as much of your own floristry as you can yourself. Gina
was quoted by her florist $30 per arrangement for 6 long stemmed
tulips and to tie the stems together with satin ribbon. She went
to the local flower market and was able to buy enough of the same
tulips and ribbon to do all four of these arrangements for $26.70
- Have live plants as decorations. Flowering plants in pots look
great as an aisle or on tables rather than expensive table centerpieces
that get thrown away. A living flowering plant can be bought for
$4-5 dollars, cover the pots with a circle of white of patterned
fabric and tied with a bow. These also make great gifts for the
special people attending like grandmother's and god-parents who
might not get any other special recognition on the day.
- Check with the reception and ceremony locations about what decorations
will already be in the venues or what can be borrowed from the
facility for no extra cost. Jenny found that her reception venue
had a collection of 15 crystal table candelabras. She used them
as table centerpieces and saved the $300 from her floristry budget
that she had allocated on $20 flower arrangements.
- Another reason for checking is that locations often have rules
about what is allowed. It'd be a huge waste to find out that the
church doesn't allow pew decorations after you'd spent $100 on
- See if there is going to be another wedding in the same location
as your on the same day. If so, it might be worth contacting the
bride. If you are planning similar decorations it might work out
that you can share the cost of them and use them for both weddings.
- Avoid florists connected to hotels, malls, bridal salons and
even caterers. While convenient, their prices are always elevated
to cover the increased costs in their rent, larger staff numbers
and advertising. Comparison shop them if you'd like, but I guarantee
you'll find better prices in smaller establishments or away from
the center of town.
- Research on the Internet for what flowers are in season at the
time of your wedding. A florist will almost always be able to
get any flower for you, but the price can double during their
'off season'. Just by choosing flowers in the right season, Anna
saved 50% on her bridal bouquet. It was only after changing to
this bouquet the florist told her that more than half of her original
bouquet would have had to be flown in, hence the enormous price.
- Use natural greenery generously. It's incredibly popular right
now (just check out the bridal magazines) to create a romantic
natural look. It highlights the blooms in the bouquet and creates
a much fuller looking bunch than flowers alone.
- Corsages to be worn by mothers and grandmothers etc should be
kept quite small. Not only is it a saving financially, it is a
much more stylish accessory than a large gaudy corsage. Check
the price difference between wrist and pin corsages as well.
- If pew decorations are allowed, opt for ribbon bows rather than
flowers. Not only can you buy the ribbon and tie them yourselves,
but many of your guests will be people with allergies and pew
decorations are a common cause of annoying sneezing during quiet
- Make sure your florist includes free delivery. At the mark-ups
they are making on flowers – they can afford it!
- Silk flowers – if you are even remotely crafty this is
a fantastic tip. Silk flowers can be bought inexpensively from
warehouses all over the country (check your local phone directory
to find one near you) and look amazing. Even better, when other
bride's $400 bouquets are wilting in the heat, yours will be looking
perfect – forever! A quick Internet search will bring up
hundred of sites with explanation on how to arrange them or there
are books available from the local library that do the same. Happy
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