According to a CNN Money report, the average floral budget for weddings in 2012 was $1,997 — but costs often can soar more than $5,000. That seems like an awfully large price to pay for something that will last only one day. If the high prices of fresh flowers are out of line for your wedding budget, use these ideas to cut costs on flowers for the ceremony and reception.
Choose silk or artificial. This can be a great way to DIY on the cheap. Bridal bouquets in 2012 averaged $139; a nice artificial or silk bouquet may only cost $30-40. You can make them yourself or buy pre-made bouquets in the exact color and style you want at a specialty shop.
Buy fresh flowers for the ceremony only. If you really want flowers for the ceremony, spring for them. But then skip the reception flowers. Use your bouquet along with bridesmaids’ bouquets as decorations for the cake table, place-card table an other places around the room. Use flower petals and candles on dining tables.
Go seasonal. Be thoughtful of the time of year in which you are being married. Hydrangeas are unlikely to be plentiful in cold winter months, as holly branches and berries will be difficult to find in the summer. Choosing seasonal flowers can save you a ton of money. If the florist can source your flowers locally, they will be cheaper.
Roses are more affordable than you think. I was shocked to learn this, especially since they are so expensive in the grocery store, but roses are a plentiful flower and therefore very affordable. Create a rich, lush look with this classic bud.
Find some pretty filler. Baby’s breath is a popular filler, but ferns, ivy and even large blooms like hydrangeas can be beautiful fillers. The fewer stems you need, the more money you’ll save.
Photo by Graeme Weatherston, freedigitalphotos.net.