9 Tips for Budget Friendly Wedding Flowers

Want gorgeous wedding flowers without spending a fortune? Here are our fabulous must-read tips!

We sat down with Grymes Cannon, the Florida-based floral designer to the rich and famous, for his tips on how to cut corners on your floral order without looking like you did. Read on for 9 ways to save money on your wedding flowers.

1. Be Flexible
“Don’t get hooked on a particular type of flower,” advises Cannon. Weather, pests and competitive demand for a particular blooms can alter the price last minute for any flower you have in mind. Be flexible with the specific flowers you use in centerpieces and bouquets.

2. Go Seasonal
Some blooms, like roses and carnations, are inexpensive all-year round, but the rest fluctuate with the season, says Cannon. Think daffodils and tulips in spring, or marigolds and Gerbera daisies in autumn.

3. Seek Alternatives
Consider alternatives to fresh flowers for ways to cut costs. For example, for one particular wedding, Colin replaced pricey floral centerpieces with dramatic candelabras spray painted in matte pink.

4. Skip The Bouquet
Consider skipping the bouquet all together. For her something old, Melania Knauss carried an heirloom set of rosary beads down the aisle to join Donald Trump in 2005.

5. Use Just A Few
With their full blooms of fluffy petals, peonies are often the irresistible first choice for brides… until they hear the price. Even in May, which is the cheapest time of year for peonies, they can set you back a pretty penny. Consider using a few peonies to populate vases.

6. Choose Local
Let your florist source local blooms, not just ones you pick out of photographs. Flowers from nearby farms are more affordable because you won’t have to pay exorbitant shipping fees and they’ll always be fresher. Wildflowers are also great options.

7. Consider Orchids
Not all orchids are as expensive as you think. Dendrobium orchids, for example are less pricey and just as amazing.

8. Ditch White
White flowers can be more expensive than colorful blooms because they tend to be more delicate than vibrant ones. Any bruises or browning turn up faster, so florists tend to have to order more just in case.

9. Go For Drama and Height
Rather than dozens of flowers in each centerpiece, place a minimal number of blooms at varying heights in decorative vases instead.

-Keely-Shea Smith 

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