The 411 on how to save money on wedding flowers plus the best ways to choose them the theme, style and season of your big day.
Right now, John and I are beginning to explore wedding flowers, and my heart begun to flutter a tad when I received the first set of ideas from the first vendor just this week! While every wedding has it’s priorities, flowers are definitely one of mine as they communicate the style of your wedding so well. Since our wedding is at an outdoor venue, flowers and foliage will the number one connection between the venue to the other aspects of our big day. While I’m nowhere near an expert, I am indeed learning a few things here and there!
First and foremost, work your flowers into you venue! For most of us in California, the idea of an outside wedding is a popular choice giving brides and grooms a lot of flexibility to pair their flowers with the existing environment. Be sure to communicate the style you are going for to potential florists, as well as what the venue is like. For a seamless look, incorporate the colors of the venue into your bouquets for an elegant touch. For example, if you’re having a neutral colored garden wedding, tight red roses in a round shaped bouquet wouldn’t pair as well as an organic, free-flowing cascading bouquet in muted tones!
Like many things, visual inspiration can work wonders on not only seeing what grabs your attention, but can truly communicate a florist exactly what you are hoping to achieve. Thanks to the digital age, Pinterest is your best friend when it comes to wedding flowers. I’ve seen some many things that I like, which in turn makes choosing the hardest part! While pinning your bouquet inspiration likely will be the thing you start with, remember to share ideas on ceremony and reception flowers, bridesmaid bouquets and boutonnieres as well for a well-rounded board. Stay true to the colors that you know you like since flowers come in a variety of colors, you florist will need to know which hues you like best!
If you are flexible on your flowers, you will save yourself money! Because flowers are so seasonal, being able to adjust the types of flowers you want for when your wedding is going to be held is huge! For example, requesting peonies in September might end up costing you a pretty penny because they traditionally only bloom in late spring. Be mindful and practical on the amounts of flowers you need, and don’t forget that greenery can help cut down the costs since foliage is less expensive. Also, keep in mind that some of those flowers that have a high price tag usually have a sister flower that look similar (ie, peonies to ranunculus) which can be a sure way to cut down your cost. If you’re not ready to back down from the exact flowers you imagined and you know they will make you happy, don’t settle! With that said, be prepared to make adjustments on other vendors of your wedding if you need to stick with a budget and don’t forget to trust the experts!
Since you ceremony flowers will only be used during that time, why waste them for the rest of the night? The logistics of repurposing those flowers to be moved to an area of your reception should definitely be something you consider. Because wedding flowers are not cheap, there is no shame is talking to your florist and see what they can recommend instead of having your bridesmaids’ bouquets placed somewhere in the midst of the fun only to be lost in the night. Keep those beauties on display by having them at your escort card table, placed at the bar, or even at the head table.
As always, getting proposals and flushing through the details and costs are part of the best way to get the most bang for your buck. Ensure you are honest with your budget, and don’t be afraid to ask for revised proposals until you are completely secure in signing a contract!
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PLANNING, DESIGN: SARAH KAZEMBURG EVENTS & STYLING PHOTOGRAPHY: JOY MICHELLE PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE: MORVEN PARK FLORAL DESIGN: LOVE BLOOMS DC STATIONERY: BARE INK CO. CATERING: PARIS CATERER HAIR & MAKEUP: CAITLYN MEYER BRIDAL GOWN: SARAH SEVEN ACCESSORIES, SHOES: BHLDN RING:SUSIE SALTZMAN COCKTAIL CARAVAN: COZY CARAVAN CLUB RENTALS: PARTY RENTAL LTD. See more of this wedding here!
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