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Wedding Flowers: Choosing Arrangements and Saving Money


Flowers can end up being one of the largest expenditures of your entire wedding and reception. This can be hard to swallow considering that they won't even last long beyond your wedding day. Nonetheless, there's no more beautiful and festive adornment than wedding flowers, so it's well worth the investment.


But that doesn't mean you have to take out a personal loan just to purchase your floral arrangements. Here are some tips for saving money on flowers:


Look for a flower wholesaler: If you live in or near a major metropolitan area, chances are there's a flower supplier nearby. You can either purchase the wedding flowers and make the arrangements yourself with the help of your bridal party, or enlist a talented friend to be in charge of the task. If you don't have access to a flower wholesaler, we recommend shopping online for fresh flowers direct from the grower.


Place your floral arrangements strategically: Bouquets and boutonnieres are pretty much essential, but you may want to forego bunches at the end of each row of chairs during the ceremony so that you can afford truly lovely centerpieces for each table at the reception. Or vice versa. Read our tips on choosing a wedding centerpiece for alternatives to wedding flower arrangements.


Select wedding flowers that are in season and native to your region: These will be significantly more affordable than exotic or imported varieties. To learn more about choosing bouquets and floral arrangements, consult the handy guide below:


Choosing Flowers to Suit the Mood

Traditional: Rose, Gladiolus, Lily, Gardenia, Phalaenopsis, Stephanotis

Romantic: Lily, Rose, Lilac, Lisianthus, Alstroemeria, Phalaenopsis, Amaryllis

Contemporary: Orchid, Bird of Paradise, Bamboo

Natural: Daisy, Tulip, Carnation, Chrysanthemum, Gerbera, Sunflower, Aster, Ivy, Pepper Berries.

Dramatic: Anthurium, Iris, Orchid, Hydrangea, Heliconia, Cattleya

Types of Wedding Bouquets

Arm Bouquet: An assortment of long-stemmed flowers held in the crook of the bride's arm.

Cascade: A round bouquet with flowers trailing in the shape of a V.

Hand-Tied: An informal arrangement of flowers tied together at the stems.

Nosegay: A small, simple bouquet that usually consists of only one type of flower.

Round: A full bouquet consisting of an assortment of flowers and greenery.


Top 5 Planning Tips

1. Get a dedicated credit card for all of your wedding expenses so that you can dispute the charge if a deal falls though.

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3. Get the best deal on airfare, hotel and rental cars for your honeymoon through any travel site of your choice.

4. Create your own web page at with information about your wedding date, location, gift registries, and hotels for out-of-town guests.

5. If you plan to take your spouse's name, get a Name Change Kit to ensure you cover everything.

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