How To Save on Wedding Flowers

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Your wedding flowers are a big part (read budget item) to your wedding day. They can add to the theme, set off the details of your wedding dress and wow in your wedding reception centerpieces and wedding photography.

The choices are endless from color, scent, texture and design. So how do you narrow it down to the perfect blooms and still save some money?

Wedding Flower Budget

The average wedding flower budget can easily exceed $3,500! Here are some tips to help you get the look you want without breaking the bank:

  • Think local, seasonal flowers and blooming branches that can help keep you within your budget. Displays of fresh cut garden blooms, or a single seasonal flower displayed in simple arrangements can be beautiful, easy, and inexpensive.  Mix and match vases, mason jars and shabby chic containers to keep your budget in place.
  • Big arrangement, big impact. Trying to stretch your budget and spread the flowers into many small arrangements can lessen the impact and effect of the flowers.  Offset large arrangements by mixing in simpler candle displays.
  • Prioritize your arrangements by keeping in mind that guests will spend more time at the reception site than at your ceremony. Consider using your ceremony flowers at your reception as well.
  • Shop around for your florist. Unless you have specific and exotic choices for your flowers, a large, and often more expensive, floral designer is not always necessary.
  • Beware of details that seem small, but can actually be the most costly due to labor costs or specificity of flower. (For example, placing a single small bloom at each place setting.)
  • If your heart is set on dramatic, tall, expensive centerpieces, save money by varying the height of the centerpieces from table to table. You will still provide the beauty, as well as some added visual texture from the various heights.
  • Mix your favorite expensive flowers with filler greens or less expensive blooms. Again, keep it simple and think quality over quantity.
  • Stick to one or two varieties.  Buying in bulk can save you some money and create big impact with cohesive design.
  • If a flower you love is simply out of your price range, ask your florist to suggest alternative blooms that have a similar shape or shade. A little flexibility can help you stretch your flower budget without sacrificing the beauty of your bouquet.

What You’ll Need


The most popular wedding bouquet styles are:

Cascade Bouquet Style:

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A cascade bouquet will have an elegant look with its free form shape that gently slopes downward into a cascade of trailing blooms.

Hand Tied Bouquet Style:

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Perfect for a rustic or casual wedding theme, hand tied flowers are loosely gathered together. Hand tied bouquets are often comprised of seasonal or wild flowers.

Nosegay Bouquet Style:

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This bouquet is a ball of hand tied blooms. Simple, yet elegant, they often feature a single color or bloom and range from six to sixteen inches in diameter.

  • Bride’s bouquet
  • Bridesmaid’s bouquets
  • Flower girl’s bouquets
  • Groom’s boutonniere
  • Groomsmen’s boutonnieres
  • Ring bearer’s boutonnieres
  • Mother of the bride’s corsage
  • Mother of the groom’s corsage
  • Father of the bride’s boutonniere
  • Father of the groom’s boutonniere
  • Grandmothers’ corsages
  • Grandfathers’ boutonnieres

Ceremony Flowers:

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  • Entryway arrangements
  • Altar arrangements
  • Pew or chair arrangements
  • Flower girl petals
  • Candles
  • Aisle runner
  • Memorial arrangements

Reception Flowers:


  • Centerpieces
  • Bar, Buffet, Table arrangements
  • Bouquet Toss

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