Post # 1
I started researching florists and I have these ideas to cut costs, but are there any other ways? Please share your ideas. Thanks in advance!
1. Using seasonal or year-round flowers.
2. Using 1 color/type of flowers. For instance, having all red roses for your BMs and you have an all white roses bridal bouquet.
3. Having low or smaller centerpieces..
4. Having only half of the table have all floral centerpieces, while the other half have birch branches, lanterns, etc.
Post # 3
I’m ordering dried/preserved flowers, which are lovely and far less expensive.
Post # 4
Growing flowers in your garden–this is really a great option. Think about any friends or neighbors who are gardeners. Many would be extremely happy to offer their services. Seems like most garderners are extremely proud of their craft. My fiance’s mom is going to grow flowers for ours. I know they are not going to be perfectly put together bouquets, but that isn’t really the look I am going for anyway!
Post # 5
Here are some of the cost cutting methods I am using:
Only have your florist do the bouquets and corsages/ bouts, get the centerpeice flowers from a wholesaler and diy the decor flowers. Have a garden and a green thumb? Use the flowers from your own garden for centerpeices.
Post # 6
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
Buy your own vases or holders (try thrifting?)!
Post # 8
@auggiefrog: I was thinking about doing certain flowers/decor on our own. My Fiance wanted to have family and friends help with centerpieces, but we have a big guestlist and I’m concerned about making so many centerpieces the day before, storing them, and who would transport them to the reception site. All a while, doing last minute wedding preparations.
Post # 9
My bouquet will include more pricey blooms, like garden roses, but my BM’s will have a comprable peach rose that isn’t quite as pricey to cut cost a bit. Also, we’re reusing the aisle markers on some of the tables inside as center pieces to cut cost.
Post # 10
I purchased my own vases.
Post # 11
You could always DIY your flowers (which is what we did), but this can be a lot of work. A compromise might be to purchase pre-made arrangements, bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres (or maybe just the corsages and bouts, if you want to have more control over the centerpieces and bouquets) from Costco or a website like FiftyFlowers.
Post # 12
@leafgum: Where are you ordering yours from? I love this idea!
Post # 13
OP, I am really enjoying all these tips, too! Thanks for starting this thread!
Post # 14
We found a florist who just branched out and opened her business so her prices were very reasonable as she is building a client base. Because its only her and her husband who arranges the flowers in their tiny studio she has less overhead than larger florists. To help to cut costs even more, we are providing her with the vases and decorative pillars that we borrowed from my sister who recently got married. We also used less expensive flowers like hydrangeas and spider mums mixed with more costly ones like roses and orchids. We decided to go non-floral on half of our reception tables by using lanterns and votives. Lastly, we are making my bridal party flowers ourselves and ordering them through a wholesaler.
Post # 15
I’m having the florist do all the arranged flowers, but I’m doing the centerpieces myself – peruvian lilies in a straight sided vase, navy blue ribbon holding the table numbers. Very very simple, but very feminine flowers. And because it’s all one flower, it’s cost cutting, too.
Post # 16
I did real flowers for myself and my BMs only. Half my tables had submerged bear grass and candle centerpieces and the other half had artificial callas. Saved a ton that way!