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Check out these thrifty tips for making the most of your wedding's flower budget.
Make the most of in-season prices by visiting local farmers markets. Before hitting the market, have a good idea of your color scheme, budget, and the kind of flowers you would like. Finally, allow time for DIY arranging -- here, we chose vintage teacups to display our flowers.
Many flowers have a primary season of availability. Tulips, for example, are easy to track down in spring and are relatively inexpensive. But finding a particular color of tulip in August is a challenging and expensive effort. Ask your florist to help you select flowers that are readily available during the season of your wedding.
Skip the over-the-top floral arrangements and create these delicate votive vases. Simply paint tea-light holders or small glasses with a swipe of gold. Then fill each with one or two statement blooms -- we used tulips and peonies.
A good florist can design marvelous arrangements out of inexpensive flowers. Chrysanthemums and carnations are inexpensive, and when arranged in abundance, they create striking bouquets.
There are no rules when it comes to your wedding flowers, so use your imagination to save money. For a summer wedding, instead of having high-priced roses, pick a readily available flower, such as sunflowers, for your feature flower. You can also cut costs by growing and harvesting blooms from your own garden and incorporating them into your centerpieces. Or, instead of choosing bridal and bridesmaid bouquets, combine your favorite flowers to create eye-catching wrist corsages or hair accessories.
Simple arrangements often make the biggest impact. Begin by selecting a limited color palette of one to three colors so your florist can order in bulk, which also cuts costs. Instead of having an abundance of small displays, impress with fewer but more extraordinary arrangements. Also, don't be afraid to use a lot of greenery, such as ivy and texture-rich ferns, and fewer expensive flowers.
By using the flower arrangements from your ceremony at your reception, you won't have to purchase as many reception flowers.
Romantic and earthy, succulents add natural beauty to reception tables. Succulents are inexpensive and easy to care for. To get the look, arrange a variety of succulents in neutral cylinder vases.
Take classes on flower arranging with your wedding party to learn how to create your own arrangements. Although time-consuming, this will be a fun activity to do with your friends and family. Be sure to allow plenty of time for shopping for flowers, designing arrangements, and setting everything in place.
Love peonies but planning an August wedding? If you're fond of a flower that's out of season or one that doesn't quite fit into your budget, ask your florist about less-expensive flowers that have a similar look.
Transform purchased blooms into a stunning wedding arrangement with a few simple steps. Arrange the largest, prettiest blooms in the center and add small blooms around them. Finish the bouquet with a simple wrap of natural twine.
Make your big-day blooms last from "I do" to dancing. At the reception location, leave empty vases for bridesmaid bouquets. Use clear vases to show off bouquet details.
Stretch expensive flowers by adding greenery to arrangements. Adding foliage like ferns, myrtle, and ivy give centerpieces a fresh feel while cutting down on costs.
Give attendees stunning succulent favors that do double duty as reception centerpieces. To create the look, plant individual succulents in clay pots and scatter them along the table.