How to Spend Less of a Fortune on Wedding Florals
These days, weddings are quite the production. And as for us? We're admittedly partial to flowers. In fact, we're of the mind that when it comes to wedding décor, the florals make or break the whole deal. But just because you want every last detail to be absolutely perfect doesn't mean you need to go overboard (and in the process, broke). It's completely possible to create a lush, positively romantic, and utterly beautiful floral story without spending thousands. Read on for a few She-Finds-approved money-saving flower tricks everyone can put into practice while planning the big day.
Skip the centerpiece. Statement-making centerpieces may feel like a necessity, but they really aren't! Plus, if you have a lot of tables to decorate, the cost of these arrangements will get pretty out of hand pretty fast. Instead, opt for in-vase arrangements at each table complemented by other table decorations (candles, crystals, etc.).
Keep it local and seasonal. The cheapest flowers are ones that are in-season and available locally. Visit your favorite neighborhood florist and find out what flowers will be in season around the time of your wedding and start from there.
Get crafty. If you don't want to spearhead the DIY floral movement all by your lonesome (understandable), see if a few of your bridesmaids are already interested in floral arranging and then sign them up for a nearby workshop. Gather inspiration images ahead of time, and let them work their magic! Word of caution: We always recommend a trial run for every DIY undertaking related to the wedding. A month or so prior, hold a flower dress rehearsal and see what's what. If that feel's a bit risky for your taste (also totally understandable!), seek out a friend who you already know has a knack with arranging. No matter what, you'll likely save money, and knowing people you care about worked on the flowers will make them all the sweeter.
Buy wholesale. If you go the DIY route, find a local flower wholesaler so you can buy your blooms in bulk. Websites such as FiftyFlowers.com will ship your flowers to you.
Do double duty. With so many flowers in the mix, from the ceremony to the reception, you can absolutely get more out of them than you think. For example, if you're placing flowers at the end of aisles for the ceremony, assign someone the task of scooping them up post-vows and placing them at cocktail tables as you transition to the next phase of the wedding. No one will notice, we promise. Even better, you'll feel way less wasteful come end of night.
Do you have any best practices for saving cash on flowers? We want to know!