Figuring Out the Flower Situation

Despite my continued claims that I am “not a flower person,” I can’t help but swoon over these pretty little green-leafed beauties. Ever since I was told that I may have the option of having dahlias at our wedding, I’ve noticed them everywhere.

Unfortunately, beautiful flowers don’t come cheap! Like most brides, I headed straight for Google to figure out how to save money on flowers. It seems like the top five ways to save money are:

1. Shop smart – This means picking flowers that are in season and available locally. This also means, if you are getting married around Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day, traditional flowers such as roses may cost you more.

2. Double dip – Pick flowers for the ceremony that you can reuse at the reception. This means picking flowers that will last the duration of BOTH events. For example, while hydrangeas are budget friendly flowers, they are SUPER prone to wilting because (as their name implies) they LOVE water. In order to preserve the bloom, you can’t simply cut the stem at an angle; the traditional angle won’t give the flower enough surface area to get the water it needs. What you need to do is gently peel the outer layer of the stem off the bottom inch. In other words, do your research!

3. Think creatively - Instead of a bouquet, each of your bridesmaids could just carry a single flower. Sunflowers, for instance, make a great impact and would look great at a rustic outdoor wedding. Or if you have lots of bridesmaids they could each carry a single flower, such as a rose or a peony, and then at the alter you could collect them for your wedding bouquet. This would obviously take some maneuvering, but could definitely be a great (budget-friendly) choice.

4. Green is good - Use lots of fillers. Greenery will make your bouquet look fuller without adding too much to your bottom line.

5. Trust your vendor – Once you’ve shown your vendor what you like and discussed your color scheme, they probably have a lot of great suggestions on how to stay within your budget.

6. Boycott flowers!! - I didn’t include fake flowers because I am personally not a fan of them. This is definitely a personal preference, but obviously silk or even paper florals can be really great, if done right. Also, there is NO rule that there have to be flowers at a wedding. Personally, I love button bouquets and brooch bouquets! Unfortunately, they aren’t really my style, and I don’t have the time or the energy to spend months collecting buttons/brooches.

There are obviously a lot of great ways to save money on flowers, and the best thing about being cost effective is that it’s also great for the environment!

So, after much searching, I think that I have found MY dream bouquet. It is a perfect combination of the tropical yet romantic feel that I love. I love the use of the white orchid and the soft pinks.


This is my second favorite bridal bouquet. How gorgeous is the HUGE white flower?!?


I’m still working on the rest of my florals, but here is some inspiration that I like for the bridesmaids’ bouquets and centerpieces. I was thinking that we could deconstruct the bouquets and put a few stems in little glasses vases. I figure that tall centerpieces don’t really make sense at a morning brunch. I also don’t want the flowers to be too uniform. I want different sized arrangements in a variety of containers (Mason jars, vases, bowls, etc.).



What are some other ways to save money on flowers? Did you find that the more you looked at flowers the more you appreciated their loveliness?


Mrs. Pancakes

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  1. Member
    Denali 296 posts, Helper bee @ 10:47 am

    i LOVE dahlias. so gorgeous, and i think they are pretty budget-friendly too.

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    Gerbera 4481 posts, Honey bee @ 10:56 am

    These are some great tips and sad that it’s not common sense for a lot of brides.
    Another tip is there are generally other flowers out there that are CHEAPER but would give you teh same look. ie Most brides love peonies but they are so $$$$. Garden rose will give you a similar look.
    The cheapest? Go simple and DIY!!!!

  3. meerkat Member
    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:17 am

    I am liking #6 right now. I am so done with flowers. They are so expensive!

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    AprilBride10 528 posts, Busy bee @ 11:19 am

    Its been mentioned before, but technically the bridesmaids bouquets are considered a gift to your attendants as thanks for participating in your wedding. Its one thing to put them in vases at their tables to decorate, but it strikes me as a bit strange to collect their bouquets back from them and break them up into centerpieces. I know my attendants saved their bouquets or dried them after the wedding – yours may want to do the same.

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    plantains 2672 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:30 am

    You might not like calla lilies, but if you are getting married in Costa Rica having them would be a great way to save $$$$. Calla lilies are very cheap in Costa Rica, take advantage of that.

  6. mspancakes Member
    mspancakes 85 posts, Worker bee @ 11:55 am

    @AprilBride10: Ooops! Thanks for the heads up… I totally didn’t know that about bridesmaids bouquets! It’s definitely something to consider.

  7. painauchocolat Member
    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:56 am

    Mmmm, dinner plate dahlias! Another way to save is to reduce the size of bouquets and centerpieces. We are not doing large centerpieces to make more room on the tables; surprised it saves ~$25/table by this small change.

  8. locket Member
    locket 2821 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:46 pm

    Those dahlias are to die for! Sooooo beautiful!

  9. tartlet Member
    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:49 pm

    I’m loving all of your inspiration photos, especially the last one of the smaller arrangement in the mason jar. Definitely showing that to our florist! Like Miss Pain au Chocolat, we’re reducing the overall size of our bouquets and having smaller table arrangements to save some money!

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    Chocolatte 198 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:12 pm

    we are going to DIY route. 17 tables, 5 BM, 5 GM, a buffet table, cocktail tables, patio/outdoor space… it’s going to be a lot of work but i have a very talented, supportive wedding party! $900 for everything including the vases! plus, this way i can create exactly what i want.

    love that first picture!

  11. msgiraffe Member
    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 2:18 pm

    I’ve always loved flowers. I’m out of control, seriously. Of course all orchids come from Hawaii, but can I compromise? Nope! Gotta have ‘em!

  12. frenchtoast Member
    frenchtoast 298 posts, Helper bee @ 3:38 pm

    I feel like the more I look at flowers, the more I’m going to end up spending! MUST STOP LOOKING AT PRETTY FLORAL INSPIRATION.. NOW..

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    jaguar 6389 posts, Bee Keeper @ 3:53 pm

    What IS that huge flower? It’s beautiful!

  14. crepe Member
    crepe 331 posts, Helper bee @ 4:18 pm

    These are gorgeous inspiration photos!! (The huge flower is a dahlia.) I can’t wait to see what you come up with in the end because it looks like you and I have the same taste! :D

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    Sunlavender 567 posts, Busy bee @ 4:46 pm

    Our florist is a wholesaler who offers packages where you create the arrangements yourself. I take a flower arranging class (provided by them) and then we come in the day before the wedding and put everything together. They store and deliver on the big day! It definitely reduced the bottom line and I love having a hand in the final result!

  16. mszebra Member
    mszebra 365 posts, Helper bee @ 6:15 pm

    Oh I love your inspiration flowers! I was going flowerless too but caved a little in the end.

  17. mspancakes Member
    mspancakes 85 posts, Worker bee @ 7:25 am

    @Miss French Toast: hahaha you are too funny! but I know EXACTLY what you mean.

    @Miss Giraffe: But they are SOOO gorgeous. I LOVE orchids. I am gonna try to use them sparingly but we’ll see how that goes…

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    mak418 356 posts, Helper bee @ 6:24 pm

    Gorgeous pics! We went the route of personal flowers only (bouquets, bouts, corsages for the moms). We just had candles on the tables. (We had the added advantage that our reception was in an art gallery – plenty to look at, so I don’t think anyone cared about our slightly nekkid tables. :P

  19. husky Member
    husky 1750 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:07 pm

    Great tips!

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