How to save money on wedding flowers
One of the most important vendors to hire for a wedding is the florist, if you really want to add some color, texture and style to your wedding. However, flowers can get quite expensive, especially in Calgary; but there are ways that you can have both beautiful decor and save money. Here are some of my suggestions:
1/ I have had some brides tell me that they were going to take a flower arranging course and then create their own bouquets, boutonnieres, corsage and centerpieces. I discourage this for 2 reasons. The first is that by the time you buy the flowers, the vases and all the accessories that you need in order to create all the items and also pay for the flower arranging course, it probably just as much as using a florist. The second reason is that a bride does not want to be creating flower arrangements the night before her wedding. She wants to be enjoying her rehearsal dinner as well as her out of town guests and family. So, I always suggest that she give me a budget, and we go to a couple of florists to see what they can do in order to create her flower arrangements and stay withing budget. And believe, a florist who wants repeat business from the wedding planner, will do her best to make the bride happy.
2/ Another way to conserve the budget is to only use flowers in season. For example, peonies are a beautiful flowers loved by a lot of brides, but they are only available from the middle of June to the end of July. After that, you can’t find them anywhere in the world.
3/ Another great way to save money is to use silk flowers. These days they are making them more and more realistic and often it is hard to tell if they are real of fake. Below are photos of silk floral arrangements created by DeeVine Petals.
4/ One year I had a bride who created her bouquet out of coffee filters. When she first told me she was going to do this, I almost cringed. But, I have to say it turned out really nicely.
Martha Stewart has instructions on how to create this lovely bouquet on her website:
Here is a photo of a paper bouquet that can be also be very effective.
4/ A new style of bouquets that has become quite popular with brides is the brooch bouquet. They look best when the brooches are mixed in with silk flowers. You can purchase antique brooches on Ebay, Kijiji, Etsy etc. Then you take them to your florist and she/he can create a beautiful lasting bouquet.
Here are some recommendations for florists:
May you have a beautiful stress free wedding!