Ahhh….the beautiful look and scent of flowers. It’s so elegant to see a wedding set up with flowers in vibrant colors to match your wedding theme. The aroma when you walk into the room feels as if you are entering a spa.
Flowers can be very costly but there are ways you can save money. Always try to select flowers that are in season. For the ceremony you will need personal flowers, i.e. bouquets for the bride and bridesmaids, and mother of the bride and groom, boutonnieres for the groom, father of the bride/groom, all groomsmen and sometimes grandparents too. If you decide to purchase large arrangements for the ceremony ensure that someone has them moved to the reception venue. If you are going to spend the money on ceremony florals then make sure you can re-use them somewhere in your reception hall
Once you have chosen the type of floral arrangements for your wedding reception you can cut down your cost by placing the flowers at every other or every 3rd guest table. For the table without the florals provide a beautiful tall glass holder with floating candle. This alone will save your budget by half and actually looks really nice with alternating centerpieces. Just a quick tip….if you want your guests to be able to see each other across the table, the centerpieces should either be above or below eye level, or about 14 inches.
If you select a wedding date around a Holiday remember that most venues have decor already done so that will definitely save you money as well. You may have to provide minimum decor.
If real flowers are just not in your budget then try to arrange your own centerpieces with silk. You won’t believe how some arrangements look so real but it is not until you touch them that you realize it’s silk.
Do your investigative work before you go and look around. Know the type of flowers, what’s in season and rough idea on costs. Surf the net, read wedding books and ask friends and family for referrals. Then, shop around to various florist shops in your area and explain what you are looking for and don’t forget to check the larger grocery store chains. Some of their floral arrangements will surprise you!