The Cheapest Flowers For Weddings

Cheap wedding flowers are easy to find by considering seasonal varieties, natural decorations, less elaborate arrangements, and silk blooms.

Weddings are indisputably expensive affairs, requiring decorations, catering, photography, specialized attire and more. The average wedding totals $20,000, and flowers typically absorb between eight and fifteen percent of the nuptial budget. With a price tag of $1,500 to $3,000, many couples seek cheaper yet still elegant options for their wedding flowers. Fortunately, there are many ways to lower floral costs without sacrificing style or beauty.

Where to Purchase Flowers

Florists' prices vary widely depending on the scale of the order and each shop's specialty. For the best deal, obtain several estimates and compare the fees and other associated costs of each one. Consulting, delivery, and setup charges increase the final cost without adding better blooms or more elaborate arrangements.

Many other places are available to arrange wedding flowers, depending on the level of detail, the size of the order, and the types of blooms requested. Local nurseries may allow couples to purchase seasonal blooms in bulk for do-it-yourself arrangements, and grocery stores often offer inexpensive though limited floral services. Floral design schools or craft classes may be willing to create arrangements without adding labor costs if the couple purchases the appropriate materials.

Seasonal Cents

The cheapest flowers are those that are naturally blooming during your wedding. This allows florists to obtain blooms locally rather than paying expensive shipping fees and the flowers will be fresher and more vibrant. The most popular flowers are usually cheapest because florists keep a greater quantity on hand.

Wildflowers are a creative and inexpensive option for seasonal flowers. Many fields and parks have hundreds of natural blooms, and it may be possible to create gorgeous bouquets from hand-picked flowers. Before picking flowers from public or private property, however, be sure to obtain permission and information about protected species.

Flowers that are difficult to cultivate are more expensive, such as calla lilies, delphiniums, gardenias, and orchids. White flowers are also more expensive because they bruise easily, requiring a florist to order extra blooms to construct bouquets and decorations without brown shading or wilted petals. Cornflowers, camellias, daisies, gladioluses, and carnations are generally inexpensive, easily attainable flowers. Roses, asters, tulips, freesia, and lilacs vary in price depending on the climate and type of bloom.

For the cheapest flowers, there are several seasons to avoid. During Easter, Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, and prom season flowers are in high demand, creating higher prices and fewer options. Florists are not as willing to accommodate last-minute changes or additions during these times, and many florists will not commit to large weddings during major flower-purchasing holidays.

Getting More Than You Pay For

Several tricks allow you to have gorgeous wedding flowers without the attached high prices. During holidays, many churches and banquet halls host elaborate decorations and additional floral arrangements may not be necessary. This is also true for outdoor weddings in botanical gardens or parks, where the natural blooms provide a stunning backdrop without supplementary decoration.

To get two decorations for the price of one, simply recycle arrangements from the ceremony to the reception. Alter arrangements can adorn the head or cake table, while bridesmaids' bouquets are perfect for centerpieces or buffet table arrangements. Break-away bouquets or miniature blooms make admirable favors, with the added bonus of guests helping clean up by taking them away at the end of the festivities. With these savings, couples can splurge on more expensive arrangements without sacrificing the level of decoration at either the ceremony or the reception.

Most of a florist's fee is the labor, making elaborate arrangements naturally more expensive. Cheaper decorations may use one or two expensive blooms as a focal point, but fill in the rest of the display with less expensive choices such as baby's breath or miniature blooms. Simple bouquets of a single large bloom are dramatic and creative, and beautifully complement any attire.

Renting flowers or other arrangements is another inexpensive option that offers more value for each dollar spent. Trees, ferns, flowering bushes, and other dramatic plants are often available from florists and nurseries for a fraction of the cost of purchasing individual displays. Furthermore, it is an environmentally sound alternative because the plants are reused for different events.

Non-Flower Flowers

Many creative and beautiful floral arrangements don't use many flowers at all. Candles, pictures, figurines, and even bowls of fruit make attractive centerpieces with only minimal floral accents. Interesting containers such as tin pails, hand-painted bowls, terra cotta pots, and baskets add visual appeal to any arrangement and emphasize fewer blooms. Different plants such as berries, herbs, and pussy willows are unique fillers for bouquets and arrangements, along with ribbons, lace, or sprigs of colored beads.

Many brides chose not to carry a traditional bouquet, and instead hold a candle or heirloom prayer book as they walk down the aisle. These items capture the attention that a large bouquet would without extensive embellishment, and a few inexpensive flowers or a single dramatic bloom is a tasteful accompaniment.

Silk flowers are an inexpensive option if they are purchased on sale. Many silk flowers have intricate details, including drops of dew and thorns that make them virtually indistinguishable from real flowers. Silk blooms can be purchased on sale months in advance and do not fade or wilt and most florists are willing to incorporate dramatic silk flowers into a bouquet or arrangement with less expensive real blooms.

From accessorizing small but elaborate blooms to choosing seasonal varieties to creating silk masterpieces, there are many inexpensive options for wedding flowers. Rather than sacrificing quality or elegance, tastefully arranged inexpensive flowers demonstrate creativity and add individuality to the festivities. Flower costs, after all, do not reflect the couple's love, but the care and planning of each detail of the celebration indicates their deep commitment to one another.

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