In the throes of wedding planning, you might find yourself questioning why we even have flowers in weddings, anyway. It’s not an uncommon question for engaged couples as their sanity and bank accounts wear thin. The answer, as with most modern wedding traditions, goes back to Queen Victoria. Her Majesty put many wedding details on the map (a white wedding dress, swapping out for another gown for the reception, even bridal headwear) not least of which is the contemporary bridal bouquet. Victoria’s 1840 wedding featured a small posy of blossoms for her to carry down the aisle, as well as a flower crown. As the wedding industry has expanded and prices have gone up significantly, many budget-conscious love birds question whether or not they can afford to include fresh blooms. Here are some simple ways to cut down on flower costs for your wedding.
1. Avoid Exotic Flower Varieties
Believe it or not, there is a hierarchy of sorts when it comes to flowers. More common blooms like daisies and dahlias often err on the affordable side, while exotic flowers like orchids are more expensive. The good news is that most flowers come in a variety of colors, making the search for cost-effective options that coordinate with your wedding theme simpler than you may think.
2. Choose In-Season Flowers
Before you run off to your local florist for a consultation, consider the month of your wedding and how that reflects on the availability of flower varieties. Blooms that are in-season during the date of your big day will be easier to find and far more affordable than those that aren’t. If the floral apsect of your wedding is incredibly important to you, do your research before booking a date and let your favorite flowers inform your choice of wedding season.
3. Choose Local Flowers
You have the potential to save a lot of money on your wedding flowers by choosing varieties that are available locally to your wedding venue or destination. The farther flowers have to travel from where they’re grown, the higher the cost. Not only will you stay within budget using this tip, but you’ll also increase your chances of getting the freshest blooms possible.
4. Splurge on the Floral Decor You Want Most
You may be coming across gorgeous, lush weddings all over the internet and yearn to recreate that motif for your wedding. However, it should come as no surprise that the more flowers you add (bouquets, boutonnieres, a flower crown, a ceremony arch, ceremony décor, centerpieces, sweetheart table décor…the list goes on), the higher the bill will be. Recognize where you’d like flowers the most (for instance, the ceremony arch and sweetheart table) and splurge on flowers for those aspects only. Another tip: getting married in an outdoor setting such as a garden with plenty of natural foliage will still give you that floral feel—often for less money!
5. Choose Faux Flowers Over the Real Thing
More and more couples are now opting for synthetic flowers at their wedding, for both cost and environmental purposes. In addition to price, another benefit of using artificial flowers is the ability to design the arrangements far in advance of the wedding date. Silk or fabric flowers don’t wilt and die, so you can have everything created months in advance which can save you time and stress if you’re DIYing arrangements yourself.