Shakespeare questioned whether a rose, by any other name, would smell as sweet. Well, when you’re already over budget and suddenly faced with florists’ quotes that are bigger than your rent, you might start to care a little less about the name of a flower and more about it’s cost. Who knew that something as simple as a flower could take up such a big chunk of your wedding budget? If you’re willing to be creative, check out some of these easy tips from Joy’s wedding wizards to save money on wedding flowers.
1. STAY SEASONAL
Flowers, like fashion, change with the seasons. And you wouldn’t wear white after Labor Day, would you? (Unless it’s a wedding dress, of course.) Save money by sticking to flowers that are fresh (and local) when you say “I do.”
2. DON’T DISCOUNT DUPES
If you are in love with a fancy flower but can’t fit it into your budget, look for cheaper look-alikes. For example, substitute ranunculus for peonies for serious savings. Nobody is going to take a magnifying glass to your centerpieces or confront you if there’s (gasp) a carnation hidden in your bouquet.
3. YES YOU CAN (DIY)
Flower arranging is a real art, but if you’re low on cash, you don’t have to spring for a professional florist. Wedding flowers don’t have to be complicated. If you’re on a budget, scout the local flower market and enlist some crafty friends to make simple bouquets and more. Or hire a professional florist to do a few key pieces (like your bouquet) and DIY centerpieces or other floral elements.
4. SUCCULENTS DON’T SUCK
Succulents aren’t just trendy – they are affordable too. And they’re really easy to arrange yourself (see tip number three). But the best part about succulents is that they are hardy – you never have to worry about succulents wilting. That means they can do double duty as centerpieces, favors or even boutonnieres.
5. DO DOUBLE DUTY
Everybody loves a multi-tasker, so your wedding flowers should be no exception. You’re paying top dollar for your florals — make sure you get the most for your money. Reuse aisle arrangements as centerpieces and bridesmaids’ bouquets as cake table decorations. Get creative. We promise that nobody will judge.