Blooming brilliant money-saving tips on your glorious wedding flowers from The Great British Florist…
What role should the wedding flowers play on your wedding day? For some, they are a minor addition or a final flourish. For others, the flowers are the essential item around which whole colour schemes are built and the day itself is centred. To help you navigate your blooms and your budget, we turn to The Great British Florist for their expert tips and handy hints…
How important are the flowers?
Each couple is different and will have different budgets, different priorities and different things that are truly important to them on their wedding day. Start by deciding how important wedding flowers are to you. Flowers can help you save money on other decorations, but maybe you’d prefer to spend more on serving the best food, in which case most of the necessary arrangements will do. It’s recommended that you set aside 5%–10% of your overall budget for flowers, although you are quite welcome to spend more (!) and we can help you spend less.
How do I get the best blooms for my budget?
Work with your florist:
You may have to compromise on the specific flowers or type of arrangements you want in order to keep costs realistic, but a good florist ought to be able to suggest budget-friendly options that will look just as stunning.
Keep it seasonal:
Seasonal, locally grown flowers cost a lot less than exotic varieties from abroad. A few larger blooms surrounded by lots of greenery can look striking, so also consider using fewer flowers and more foliage.
Recycle your flowers:
Re-use your church flowers at your reception venue to get the most out of them. For example, church pedestals double as large table displays. You can also put your bridesmaids’ posies in jars on the table as a stunning table centre posy.
Spend your budget wisely:
Don’t waste money on large and expensive arrangements like floral archways that will only be seen briefly (walked through once!). Spend money on arrangements that will be enjoyed for longer, for example, your table centres.
Think carefully about sizes:
You don’t have to use hundreds of blooms for your table centres, and think about whether you really need a massive bridal bouquet that will cover a large amount of your (probably expensive) dress. Opt for a bridesmaids’-sized posy instead to save time, money and space!
Simple is stunning:
Time is money. You will pay less for more simple and standard sized arrangements – and we promise that they will look just as beautiful.
Give your flowers away as gifts:
Instead of ordering thank-you bouquets, give away your table centres at the end of the night.
Our thanks to The Great British Florist for these excellent tips. For more inspiration, visit their site at greatbritishflorist.co.uk