How to plan your wedding flower budget in advance

wedding-photo-flowers-bouquetPLANNING YOUR FLORAL BUDGET

 

Wedding planning is an exciting time for a bride and groom-to be even though many girls have their dream wedding thought up years before the big day actually happens.

Proper wedding planning can end up saving money in some of the more expensive parts of your wedding budget.

Take the time to know how much you have to spend and how much you are willing to spend in accordance with your personal tastes.

There are so many things to think about when it comes to planning your wedding including your dress, the venue, guest list, menu, flowers and décor, just to name a few.

If you have a tight wedding budget or simply don’t want to spend an outlandish amount of money on your wedding, making a couple of right decisions in the beginning may pay off for you in the end.

My mom is a florist who over the years has worked with many brides-to-be and I am sharing below some of her tips for saving money on your wedding flowers.

 

Skip unnecessary planning costs

 

The internet sure has become a handy tool and is a great place to start to look for ideas for dresses, flowers etc.

As exciting as it may be to run out and buy some of the latest wedding magazines they are not cheap ranging in price upwards of $15.00 or more for some of the best magazines out there is a good chunk of change.

Alternatively you could look online to see if anyone who just got married is giving their magazines away or scour the thrift shops to see what they have lurking about.

If you want to skip the magazines you can easily use the world of information at your fingertips online with no extra fee on top of your regular internet bill.

 

Choosing your colours and doing some research

 

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The colour(s) you choose for your wedding will impact the choices available to you when it comes to making decisions such as bridesmaid dresses, décor and flowers unless you choose a multi–coloured wedding of course then the options are endless.

If you decide you want to include white wedding flowers in your arrangements keep in mind it is characteristic of white flowers to turn slightly brown.

Some cut flowers may start browning within a few days of being cut even if your white flowers are arranged the day of your wedding you run the chance of having brownish white petals on your flowers.

Generally darker colours such as red and purple are associated with Winter and Fall and the lighter, paler colours such yellow and pink are associated with Spring and Summer.

Your flowers of choice may not be in-season and as easily available to get hold of making them more expensive to buy.

Knowing what flowers are readily available in your season of choice and what colours of each type of flower can be ordered is a good thing to know when deciding the colours you will use.

 

Choosing flowers that are in season

 

Choosing to use flowers that are in season will always be cheaper, they will not only be more easily available but the flowers used will be of a higher quality having grown during their normal growing season.

While roses are available year round and in a wide variety of colours they may not be the first choice of flower that every bride and groom want to use.

There are also other seasonal options such as berries, small pine cones, crab apples and chestnuts for example that can be used as a filler in bouquets reducing the number of flowers used in the arrangement.

 

Seasonal flowers

 

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The following is a brief list of popular wedding flowers that are in season throughout the year.

 

Spring

 

Bursting with colour these spring wedding flowers are sure to please.

Roses, Tulips, Peonies, Hyacinths, Anemones, Calla Lilies, Irises, Daffodils, Hydrangea, Lily of the Valley, Sweet Pea, Delphinium, Alstromeria

 

Summer

 

Roses, Sunflowers, Asiatic Lilies, Gerbera Daisies, Peonies, stock, Delphinium, Irises, Calla Lilies, Lisianthus

 

Fall

 

Roses, Gerbera Daisies, Hydrangea, Delphinium, Amaryllis, Carnations, Viburnum, Irisies, Narcissus

 

Winter

 

Frost your special day with these popular winter wedding flowers

Roses, Tulips, Hydrangea, Amaryllis, Lilies, Orchids, Stephanotis, Ivy, Evergreens

 

Exotic flowers including Orchids and the Bird of Paradise flower will always be a more expensive option no matter what the season.

Before your florist places any orders ask them if they have colour charts for the specific flowers you have chosen which are often given to them by the wholesale flower supplier.

Referencing these colour charts prior to ordering can prevent the disappointment on your wedding when your flowers arrive and the exact colour is not what you were expecting.

Ordering pink flowers is not specific enough and looking over these charts with your florist and ordering the exact shade desired can give you the peace of mind that your flowers will arrive in the colours you ordered.

 

Choosing your florist

 

My mom being an experienced florist has heard stories from some clients who have gone to a florist for some advice on wedding flowers and without purchasing a wedding package were refused any advice.

Do not choose a florist who will not discuss your ideas and come up with a plan with you without seeing some money first.

Any good florist will be happy to take the time to see if they can meet your needs and desires.

 

Grocery store florists

 

I have heard of good and bad experiences using grocery store floral shops.

Purchasing your flowers from the grocery store can be used as a cheaper alternative though you may find that they offer only wedding packages with very little room for changes without incurring more fees.

Word of mouth is a great way to find a good florist, ask your friends and family not only about the quality of their work but also how well they worked with them in making decisions and offering money-saving alternatives.

Go in with an open mind and be willing to discuss other options the florist may be able to offer to achieve the same or similar results of designs and arrangements that are of interest to you.

 

Utilize your local farmer`s market

 

You may have a talented friend or family member who has diy wedding ideas when it comes to decorating and flower arranging which might help you save some money in your wedding budget.

If they are interested in decorating for your wedding you may want to consider taking them up on it if you are confident in their ability to make your wedding day look as beautiful as you desire.

Choosing a florist that is not affiliated with a flower shop means they are not restricted to ordering from a specific supplier and you can then utilize local resources such as farmer’s market to purchase beautiful cut flowers much cheaper than being limited to ordering through a specific supplier.

 

Fresh flowers aren’t for everyone

 

 wedding-centrepieceWedding Flowers can swallow up a fairly large percentage of money in your wedding budget and for some the cost can be overwhelming and surprising when they receive the bill.

The flowers will all likely wilt by the time you leave for your honeymoon and some may see this as a big expense to throw away in a few days.

There are people in our world, women included, who do not care for fresh flowers or any flowers at all.

Bouquets and table centre pieces can be made using things other than fresh flowers like brooches and other types of jewellery, paper flowers, and flowers made of felt.

Again, looking on the internet you can find many alternatives to traditional wedding flowers.

Being prepared and knowing a few things beforehand can make dealing with your florist a much smoother and possibly more budget friendly experience.

Taking pictures with you, giving your florist a starting point and visual picture to work with will help to ensure your day is as beautifully decorated as you hoped it would be, whether you chose traditional or alternative wedding flowers.

Plan ahead and be prepared for the expenses wedding flowers may bring you will give you a realistic idea of how far you can stretch your wedding budget.

What ways can you think of to save money on wedding flowers?

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Katrina is a regular contributor for Canadian Budget Binder and is as passionate about personal finance as she is gardening. Katrina is a horticulture graduate with over 10 years experience with landscaping and greenhouse production. Her goal is to share her knowledge and experiences blogging about gardening and her continued passion for personal finance in hopes of motivating others. While being a single mom of two and an in-store merchandising representative for major retail shops she also runs her own Landscaping Services in Southwestern Ontario. If you would like to know more about her landscaping services simply email Mr.CBB at canadianbudgetbinder@yahoo.ca

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  1. When I was married last 7 years ago my relatives decorate our garden (we had a garden wedding), they put an “anahaw leaves” Filipino leaves and put different flowers in the center of the leaves. Fortunately we didn’t spend a dime for the flowers and even the florist is my good cousin. And for sure I will try to enter the giveaway hopefully I will win. :)
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  2. We saved money on flowers by doing the centerpieces ourselves. It was fall, so we used big glass bowls and arranged gourds, habanero peppers, and cranberries in them. I know it sounds a little strange, but it was beautiful. The colors were vibrant and the shapes arranged so nicely together. Everything that went in the bowls cost $50 for 10 tables, and the bowls were $16 each, so we had $21 centerpieces that were unique and useful — our guests took them home and some made meals from them!
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  3. MomofTwoPreciousGirls says:

    I was blessed that my MIL worked at a florist so she got a steep discount and paid the bill! I still did not use much though. I got married in a garden with nature handling the decorations for me and we used just 5 in season calla lillies on each of ten tables. The rest of the centerpieces were done with cheap candles! Lastly, were the bouquets and corsages. The bouquets doubled as the head table decorations! You can definitely save a lot of money in this area!

  4. jefferson @SeeDebtRun says:

    Lots of great info here, well done.

    As for my wife and I — We ended up going super-cheapo at our wedding and buying plastic flowers off of eBay.
    They were gorgeous, actually. Don’t regret the decision at all.
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  5. Flowers can be a key element of a wedding – love the list of flowers here as it can be really confusing even thinking about the different types. I used calla lillies for our Autumn wedding, they were a lovely plum colour. I kept flowers to a minimum, using just a few calla lillies in tall glass vases for table centres. :)
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  6. Christine Weadick says:

    Way back when we got married, I carried Shasta daisies. The were inexpensive and I have always loved daisies!!! I have some in my garden now. I love carnations and roses as well but prefer the ones I grow myself as they smell so much nicer, especially the red carnations!!! Sad to say but the flowers grown for the floral industry have had the scent bred out of them….
    When our daughter was in her best friends wedding party they had those mason jars with a cookie mix in them as table decor and every guest got a jar. They also had a goldfish in a jar at each table that somebody got to take home. We have cats so I passed on the goldfish, in case the cats thought it was a feline sushi bar.The reception was in a drive shed and the girls got a load of branches they painted white for decoration among other things around….The bride did a lot of that work herself. She dropped some serious money at Michael’s Crafts!!!
    I’ll pass on the give away as I have no need for it and have no idea where the store would be!! Save it for someone that can use it well!!!
    Another great article Katrina!!!!!!

  7. We used fake flowers at our wedding and I thought they looked fine. My mom even made the arrangements!
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  8. Mary F. Campbell says:

    Many moons ago when hubby and I got married, we did the “destination wedding” in Hawaii and had a wedding coordinator handle the arrangements with a package included the minister, flowers, pictures, a video and a reception on the beach. I made all the clothing for the wedding participants so what I didn’t spend on clothing for everyone, I had for my wedding package. I am still very pleased that we did it that way. Our attendee group was small being a party of eight, not including us, so we were spared the expense of a lavish reception too. :-D

  9. When we married 13 years ago, my bouquet was a mix of white flowers with lots of interesting green foliage, and not a huge bouquet, just a simple hand-tied one. My bridesmaids each carried 3 mini calla lilies. On the tables we had rented bowls filled with water and floating flowers and candles. Our church flowers were donated to the church for the service the next day. I don’t think we spent a lot, but we didn’t scrimp on them either as I love fresh flowers.

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