I hope 2017 has been treating you great so far and that you wedding preparations have been coming along smoothly.
This week, I’m going to be getting flowery with you. As in wedding flowers.
According to ValuePenguin, common floral items will set you back $150 at the low end of the price spectrum. At the high end, the costs can balloon up to $750.
By common floral items, we mean the bridal party bouquets, flowers for the flower girls, boutonnieres, and table centerpieces. If you are thinking of adding a splash of sweet-smelling color to the altar, the various tables, or the aisle pews… well, florist-driven decorations have had some brides shelling out more than $2,000.
So what can you do?
Choose Affordable Flowers
Most people know that different types of flowers have different prices. Roses and orchids generally fall on the higher end with prices ranging from $25 to $30 per stem. (Yup. This month’s rent should just about cover a bouquet of these suckers.)
Instead, go for the more affordable flowers. Peonies, hydrangeas, or (my fave) lilies are examples of some beautiful (and affordable) flowers. That ValuePenguin website from earlier has a great list of flowers with their estimated price range.
And remember that flower prices often follow their seasons. The Budget Savvy Bride has got a great write-up on the different flower seasons.
Compare Flower Vendors
You are probably shopping around in the hunt for you wedding dress, venue, and other vendors. Make sure you cover your options when it comes to flowers too.
Check out different florists to see what deals they have and what value-added services they are willing to offer. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to your wedding’s flowers.
In AllBusiness’ latest article of 10 Smart Ways to Save Money When Planning Your Wedding, they remind us that grocery stores are a great alternative source that might give you better prices than florists, especially if you are able to arrange the bouquets yourself.
Consider Using Fake Flowers
As The Frugal Navy Wife mentions in her post on 12 Ways To Save Money On Wedding Flowers, fake flowers make for a great alternative to really cut down on flower costs.
When I was a kid, fake flowers were pretty obvious due to their plastic-y look or clearly visible weave. But that was a couple of decades ago. Nowadays, some fake flowers look so realistic that people sometimes find themselves wondering “is that real?” before reaching out for a confirmation feel.
Or you could own the fakeness with some awesome DIY paper flowers. Emily at Bespoke Bride came up with a list of 50 Best DIY Paper Flower Tutorials and while some of them have an arts-and-crafts feel, there are others that look pretty amazing.
This is kind of obvious but: If flowers are pricey, then use something cheaper.
Pretty White Flowers came up with a collection some great alternatives to the traditional flower bouquet. Pine cones, lemons, lollipops, and stalks of wheat have all been used as alternatives that turned out pretty nice.
Catherine at Off Beat Bride had a wonderful article about using word balloons to replace flowers as backdrops. And why not? Word balloons are way more affordable, fun, and can showcase a couple’s tastes in a very literal way.
So where do you fall in the Battle of the Floral Arrangements? Did you go with flowers or no flowers? Were they fake or real? Share your story in the comments below because we love hearing from you!