Flowers are a significant part of any wedding day, adding decoration and glam. However, when chosen with care, they can also represent how you feel about your partner, and your commitment to them. And with so many visual aspects of your wedding which flowers can help liven up, it’s easy to get carried away and dream of a different bloom to adorn every element of your big day. From the bridal and bridesmaids’ bouquets and corsages, to reception and cake decorations, there’s plenty to consider.
Although flowers are costly, they can be easily arranged on a budget. Some couples opt for the DIY route, though between the specialist tools and the likelihood of mistakes being made, this can turn out to be more expensive than working with a professional. This is why we recommend hiring an experienced florist, as they will not be qualified, but can help you make the most of what you can spend. Here are some things you’ll want to consider when it comes to choosing wedding flowers on a budget.
Choose local, seasonal flowers over imported varieties
Flowers come and go with the seasons, so it’s best to choose varieties that you know will be in bloom around the time of your wedding day. By picking local, seasonal flowers, you’ll avoid the long prep times and travel costs linked with imported flowers, which often comes with a higher price tag. By cutting the time between growth and delivery, these flowers will also often be the freshest.
Seasonal blooms are grown in their ideal climate, which means that they’ll be made for the weather when picked and arranged. For instance, winter flowers can withstand colder temperatures when summer flowers won’t, so if you’re opting for a winter wedding, anemones, amaryllis or ranunculus are all solid choices, whereas you should consider lace hydrangeas, garden roses or jasmine for a summer ceremony. If you’re opting for a slightly cooler autumn wedding, decorate the occasion with dahlias, echinacea and coneflower, while your spring event can be livened up with daffodils, peonies or forget-me-nots.
Discuss your budget with a florist
Visiting a florist to discuss your wedding flowers is essential for making sure you get the bouquet of your dreams. Since a professional florist has experience in the field, they will be best-equipped to manage your requests and help construct your floral arrangements. When meeting with them, lead with your budget, as this will help them to recommend the most suitable flowers and styles from the off. During your consultation, go through your ideas for the wedding flowers, including the types, colours and how you envision the bouquets to look. They will then be able to let you know what will and won’t be in season.
You should also evaluate which arrangements are of the highest priority for your day — your must-haves will typically be the bridal and bridesmaid bouquets, as well as table centrepieces, while things like corsages for your guests might not be as important. Florists are extremely talented at creating bouquets to fit your needs, no matter how big or small, and at Blooming Haus, our team will gladly guide you through the process, and bring your vision to life.
Opt for fewer flowers
You might also consider the size of the flowers for your wedding. Those with big heads — such as hydrangeas, peonies and dahlias — allow you to do more with less, as your florist can create a full arrangements using only a few stems. As such, these act as the focal flower and work well alone. By contrast, having an abundance of smaller flowers will end up costing more.
The size of your flowers will also be influenced by your dress, and what the bridesmaids and other guests are wearing, as well as how you decorate the venue and even what food you serve. For instance, if you’re wearing a large gown, a smaller bouquet may get lost within the fabric, while having your reception by the sea means you won’t be competing with the lush surroundings of the countryside, allowing for grander arrangements. Be sure to consider these when picking your blooms.
Limit which wedding guests hold flowers
You might want your BFFs to have their own bouquet, a corsage for your mother and grandmother, and boutonnieres for each member of the groom’s party, but this will require several different flower arrangements, which will likely eat up a significant amount of your budget. When planning your wedding flowers, consider which people will truly need them, and remember that the more bridesmaids you have, the more blooms you will need. And if cutting down the number of bridesmaids feels impossible, you can simply opt for a smaller arrangement than a bouquet, such as a floral hairpiece, or have each member of your bride squad carrying a single symbolic stem down the aisle. Generally, budget-conscious couples can skip corsages and boutonnieres, as they aren’t strictly necessary, and will further help cut down on costs.
Add more greenery to fill arrangements
Plenty of wedding bouquets are packed with lush greenery to fill them out, without sacrificing style. Bouquets can be designed with green fillers like belles of Ireland (which are perfect for adding height and texture), frosted foliage dusty miller for garden-style arrangements, and leatherleaf fern to create a romantic backdrop to your main flowers. This durable greenery tends to cost less than bigger, brighter blooms, and incorporating leaves into your bouquets can be a stunning way of adding interest and variety without diminishing your colourful blooms. While greenery works as a filler, whole bouquets can also be made using green leaves, and are a beautiful alternative to traditional arrangements. Your venue can also be decorated with leafy garlands and woodland-like ferns for a rustic effect.