In order to keep my dream of flowers while not breaking the bank, I discovered these tricks:
Find a Venue with Natural Beauty
The biggest way to save on flowers is to find a place that has a lot of natural beauty growing! Now this doesn't have to be a flowery garden, but finding a place with nice green grass, large trees, and many bushes and plants of various shapes, sizes, and colors will already look very pleasing to the eye. Then you don't have to fill it with flowers, in fact, doing so may be over doing it!
Use a Chain Florist or One with Packages
You don't have to go to a specialty florist for wedding flowers. There are large chains like Sam's Club or Costco that have pre-made packages specifically for weddings that include all your needs: bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces, petals, etc. They have several different options of flower types and colors that can fit almost any style wedding.
|Sam's Club Wedding Collection Pink|
It doesn't have to be a big chain though. I wanted a specific orchid and found a local florist that offered similar packages that had the orchid I wanted already in a package. If you can find a local florist that does this, it can be even better because you can customize it more. If you live in the SF Bay Area, check out Valley Florist in San Jose which is who I used.Use Preserved
Although I wanted fresh flowers for my bouquets, for centerpieces and decorations, preserved flowers are a great option. Now don't skip this because you think they will be faded and dry like dried flowers. Preserved flowers look exactly like the flower did while still on the stem, they are just made to last longer. They are a little more fragile, but flowers are no matter what. What makes these great is that since they last so long (up to six months), you can order them in bulk and create your own arrangements without having to do it in the last few days before the wedding like you would with order fresh flower in bulk. Here is a fantastic site that offers a lot of preserved flowers as well as many other wedding decorations at cheaper prices: www.save-on-crafts.com
Order in Bulk
I put this last because while it sounds like a great idea, I chose not to do this because in order to have fresh flowers fresh, you have to work days before the wedding. Plus you have to have a cool place to store all of them. But, if you really want all fresh flowers, this can be a way to save a lot of money. If you have time, the day before it might be fun to have a bouquet making party with your bridesmaids to make their own bouquets. Here is a good site for ordering flowers in bulk: www.bunchesdirect.com
I hope this helps in lessening your flower budget. Flowers are gorgeous and every bride should be able to have them at their wedding, no matter their budget!
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