Struggling with the wedding budget crunch? Try and save money on your wedding flowers. You might find it hard to believe but it’s actually one of your major expenses. Depending on when and where you’re getting married, wedding flowers can set you back anywhere from $800 to $1900. This price range doesn’t even cover the cost of elaborate bouquets or floral centerpiece arrangements. While you don’t want to sacrifice the beauty of your wedding by making it a no-flower zone, there are various things you can do to cut down on the costs. Here are some of those:
Let’s start with the wedding date
As with any other aspect of your wedding, you’ll be able to save big bucks with the flowers if you choose an off-season date to get married. This means you can’t get married near or on a major holiday. Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and most especially Valentine’s Day are off-limits. Wedding months like June are also not a good idea. A bouquet of flowers that cost $150 on Valentine’s Day can be purchased at $80 any other day. You don’t have to be a Math whiz to figure out that you’re going to end up with big savings by going off peak.
Shop, shop, shop
Florists are not created equally. Some are better, more creative and more innovative than others. Now when it comes to talent fees, others charge a much heftier bill. This makes it important for you to shop around the market extensively. Don’t set out to find the cheapest offering. Instead, scour to find the one that will offer you the best value for your money. This is a good combination of affordability and quality. Look for a florist who fits that description. This will save you money and at the same time, ensure that your wedding is still as beautiful as it should be.
Local and in season = cheaper price
Smart brides know that flowers that are in season and are grown locally are a lot less expensive than imported or out of season flowers. Get to know about the local flowers in your area and the price range for each. Go for those that would efficiently prettify your wedding without requiring you to break the bank. Learn to let go of the flowers of your dreams if they’re not in season. Or if you can’t, then change the date of your wedding.
Alternatives? There are plenty!
Your heart might be set on a specific flower but if it’s too expensive, remember that there are dozens of other flowers that are just as stunning. For example, instead of filling up the venue with calla lilies that will set you back for $7 per stem, go for similar-looking tulips that only run around less than $3 per stem! If you want orchids, dendrobium orchids are reasonable choices at $4 per stem over the cymbidium orchids priced at a whopping $60 per stem. Other cheaper choices include lavender, daffodils, daisies and carnations.