When it comes to saving money, who's not on board?! I'm going to assume that for the most part, everybody is in the same boat on this one! ;)
So, here's the deal- flowers are probably one of my favorite details at a wedding! Unfortunately, they also can be some of the most expensive details. The saddest part is knowing that your beautiful blooms will only last a short while. So here's a few quick tips to get the most "bloom" for your buck!
1. Choose flowers that are in seasons at the time of your wedding! Check with your florist to see which flowers bloom at that time of year. If the flower you're wanting isn't available, see if they can suggest an similar-looking alternative.
2. Check with a local hardware store! Some hardware stores have florists who can offer a better deal than independently-owned florists. It's possible that the selection might not be as large, but if you're looking into more common flowers, such as roses, this could be a great find! One of my favorite bouquets that I have photographed to this day came from a local hardware store and it was gorgeous!
3. Pick larger blooms! In some cases, less is more! If you're wanting flowers that have a larger bloom, such as peonies or sunflowers, you can get away with having fewer flowers in your bouquet, but still have it make a statement! Don't rule out more common flowers, such as carnations, as fillers! Your florist may be able to get some unique colors in them that would compliment your main flower!
4. Reuse your flowers! Bridesmaids will only be holding their bouquets during the ceremony and pictures, so why not use them as a centerpiece on a dinner table or cake table!? Another option is to use artificial flowers and reuse them in your home decor after the wedding!
5. Choose flowers that can be ordered in bulk! While unique blooms can be really pretty, they can get very costly, very quickly! Check with your florist to see if they have any suggestions!
One last tip: If you are using vases or containers that are borrowed from a florist, guests aren't able to take them home (unless they know to return the vases!). You may want to look into an inexpensive alternative, such as bottles, so that guests are able to take some home and enjoy the flowers a little longer!
I hope these tips have help you save a "Benjamin" or two! :) If you know of any other money-saving tips when it comes to flowers, be sure to share in the comments below!