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
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
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:
Flowers to Suit the Mood
Rose, Gladiolus, Lily, Gardenia, Phalaenopsis, Stephanotis
Lily, Rose, Lilac, Lisianthus, Alstroemeria, Phalaenopsis,
Orchid, Bird of Paradise, Bamboo
Daisy, Tulip, Carnation, Chrysanthemum, Gerbera, Sunflower,
Aster, Ivy, Pepper Berries.
Anthurium, Iris, Orchid, Hydrangea, Heliconia,
Types of Wedding
An assortment of long-stemmed flowers held in the crook of
the bride's arm.
A round bouquet with flowers trailing in the shape
of a V.
An informal arrangement of flowers tied together at the stems.
A small, simple bouquet that usually consists of only
one type of flower.
A full bouquet consisting of an assortment of flowers