Flowers are a huge part of your wedding day, but as we all know, they can be very expensive. My sister Rebecca, is getting married in August and had asked me how she could save money on flowers, so I am dedicating this blog to her!
There are four different ways you can use to help save money on wedding flowers. You have the options of silk flowers, using less expensive flowers (ones that match the season you are getting married), carrying a smaller bouquet, and making the arrangements yourself.
Silk flowers look similar to real flowers but the costs are much more reasonable. Though many brides prefer to use real flowers for their bouquets and boutonnieres, silk flowers can make an excellent centerpiece. You can find silk flowers at almost any craft store (Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, and any where online!)
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I have provided you with a few websites which will help make your search a little easier:
- Silk flowers factory
- 1888 Flower Mall
- Gandg webstore
- Russ wholesale
- Hobby Lobby
- Wedding Bee
- Petal Garden
The next option you have is to buy less expensive flowers and to do this you would need to know which flowers to buy. If you purchase flowers that are in the season when you get married you will be able to cut costs. The Spring flowers are: Apple and cherry blossoms, daffodils, hyacinth, iris, lilies, lilacs, peonies, and tulips. Summer flowers include: Calla lilies, dahlias, daisies, geraniums, hydrangeas, roses, sunflowers, and Zinnias. Fall flowers include: Chrysanthemums, gerbera daisies, marigolds, roses, and sunflowers. Winter flowers include: Amaryllis, camellias, forget-me-nots, jasmine, orchids, holly, and poinsettias. For the full list of flowers by season click here. The images shown below are bouquets/center pieces that are in each season. Use the links below each picture to help you find more seasonal flowers.
The third way to cut cost on flowers is to downsize your bouquet. You have the choices of either cutting down the size of the bouquet or even carrying a few to a single flower. Long-stemmed roses and calla lilies are great choices for this option. The images below are some ideas on how you could turn a single/few flowers into a beautiful bouquet.
Lastly, a great way to save money on flowers is to do it yourself (DIY). Brides can make beautiful arrangements without paying that extra $$ from a florist. Loose flowers can be purchased directly from the florists, or from vendors at local markets and wholesalers. It is always a good idea to practice making your bouquets and centerpieces first. A little practice can go a long way, especially when making your own wedding flowers. Use the links below to get helpful hints and great prices on this DIY project.
- Fifty Flowers
- The Knot
- DIY Wedding Flowers
- Sam’s Club
- Blooms By the Box
- Los Angeles Flower Market (Image to the right is from the LA flower market)
If you are an excellent gardener I would encourage you to grow your own flowers. This can be a tricky task for those who are not great with plants though. It will save you quite a bit of money BUT this should only be used if you know how to work with flowers. You wouldn’t want to scramble at the last minute trying to find flowers because your garden of gorgeous roses wilted. Use the links below to help you start your garden if you wish to take this route:
- Better Home and Garden
- Dirt blog by Amy Stewart
- Grow Your Own
- It’s Easier Than You Think! (See image to the left)
I hope these ideas help you to add personalization and beauty to your wedding day. Remember, there are always ways to cut costs so that you are getting the best deal. It never hurts to do a little bit of research before you buy the final product.