Sharon Naylor, Guest Author
Use flowers that are in-season. Consult the florist’s charts of floral bloom times in order to determine which types of flowers will be in season at the time of your wedding.
Expect higher prices during times of popular flower-giving holidays such as Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. Flower prices go up at this time of the year, and you’ll pay the price in your wedding budget.
Use flowers that are grown locally, rather than exotic blooms that have to be imported at greater expense.
Consiter different varieties of flowers rather than the traditional “bridal” ones such as white roses, orchids, tulips and gardenias. These styles are often more expensive, especially during the most popular wedding months. Larry’s NOTE: The most popular wedding months varies in different parts of the country. For example, in Arizona, we have two wedding seasons: March, April and May and October, November and December are the busiest months for weddings because the weather is so great, especially for outdoor weddings.
Get a little creative and use more original types of flowers in your arrangements. No doubt your search will reveal flowers you’re never seen before, and they just may become your favorites.
Use more expensive flowers, such as your favorite bird of paradise, only as accents to larger, more economical arrangements.
Use larger flowers for centerpieces and decorative arrangements. You’ll need fewer per arrangements.
Add some color to your arrangements. A grouping of all while roses will require more flowers per bunch in order to make an impression. A splash of color will make your bouquets and arrangements look better at a lower price.
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Use smaller bouquets and arrangements. Today’s trends favor smaller floral pieces, so that the bride can be seen behind her bouquet and the guests can see each other across the table.
Use simpler floral arrangements and bouquets. A great amount of the florist’s bill is related to the amount of labor required to wire together your bouquets and assemble your intricate centerpieces. Instead of choosing the most difficult-to-design styles, consider using flowers for your bouquet that are tightly bunched and tied at the stem, and tightly bound, low-sitting flowers as your centerpieces.
Rent potted flowers and plants to decorate your reception and ceremony areas. For a lower price, you can fill your location with a larger number of atmosphere-setting plants, create walkways, and even provide centerpieces for your buffet table.
Don’t use flowers in your centerpieces. Choose pillar candles or other creative, inexpensive centerpiece ideas instead.
Have your maid set their bouquets in front of them at the head table to eliminate one centerpiece, or get a two-for-one from your investment by having your maids place each of their bouquets in the centers of a guest table (if there are enough to suit your guest list).
Skip some nice but unnecessary floral expenses, such as having a small floral arrangement on the back of each guest’s chair, decorating the getaway car with floral swags, placing floral arrangements in the restrooms or on the gift table, and using fresh flowers to decorate the cake.
Shop for candles in craft stores where you can buy inexpensive brands in bulk. Freeze the candles before lighting them so they will burn longer.
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