Wedding flowers can be a costly element of a wedding – you may have heard that if you’re after cheap wedding flowers, choosing blooms that are in season is a way to save. But this is just one way to save – follow our tips below to stay on budget and still keep your wedding bloomin’ lovely…
Cheap Wedding Flowers: Ways To Save On Your Wedding Flowers
Prioritise Your Own Wedding Bouquet
Set a realistic budget for your flowers and consider how high up on the list of priorities they are and how much you can actually afford, then be up-front with your florist about your budget.
Just because you have peonies in your bouquet doesn’t mean your bridesmaids need them too. Perhaps you could substitute them for David Austin roses like the below to keep your costs down?
Arrange Your Own Flowers
Then the day before the wedding, head to your nearest flower market and choose the blooms you want – early in the morning is best for lots of choice and to get the flowers when they are most fresh.
Opt for flowers that have a large head, like hydrangeas, peonies or dahlias. This will allow your florist to create a full bouquet using fewer stems – saving those all important pennies.
Use Different Flowers Between Venues
The arrangements at the end of the aisle, venue’s entrance and from chairs can all be re-purposed at your reception venue, saving you from buying the blooms all over again.
Opt for Dried Flowers
By using dried flowers like this dried gypsophila bunch from Barn Florist, you not only get a beautifully rustic look, but can save the bouquet for years as a memory of your special day – what could be more cost effective than that?!
Grow Your Own Flowers
Just make sure you’ve had a practise, been to a workshop and feel confident.
Keep an Open Mind About Different Flowers
Choosing your wedding flowers by season is a good idea to keep costs down – but if you are desperate for peonies and they’re not in season, your florist will have ideas for similar-looking blooms to create the same effect.
Give suggestions about the colours and shape of the flowers you want and see what your florist suggests within your budget. You can fine tune things from there.
Fake it With Artificial Wedding Flowers
If you are decorating the ceiling or having a flower wall for people to have photographs in front of, then chances are no one will look at them too closely.
This makes it the perfect opportunity to opt for artificial wedding flowers and greenery instead.
Limit Your Choice to Only a Few Flower Varieties
This means your florist can buy in bulk and can pass their savings onto you. The time your florist takes to source the blooms will also be reduced, which may favourably impact on the price too.
Think About What You’re Displaying Your Blooms in
Fanciful urns will obviously cost a lot more than decorated jam jars.
You could arrange miniature potted plants or herbs along your aisle or around your venue to fill the room with colour and fragrance, before taking them home to keep or giving them out as gifts at the end of the day.
Have your florist fill out your bouquet with leafy foliage and sprigs of gypsophila – it looks gorgeous and saves you money, too.
Opt for foliage intertwined with fairy lights to decorate beams at your venue, or hoops of greenery to hang behind your wedding cake – the opportunities are endless.
Create Impact in Fewer Areas
Choose an area, like the end of the aisle, to really go to town on and then leave other areas more understated.
Having half-hearted flowers dotted around will have less of an effect than a couple of highly decorated, WOW-factor areas.
What are the Best Cheap Wedding Flowers?
We know wedding flowers can be a pricey factor of the big day – what’s a bride to do if she wants beautiful blooms without blowing the budget?
We asked Sabine at G Lily Florists what her favourite cheap wedding flowers were – here are her recommendations.
With spring in the air, our current favourite flower is blossom – it’s simple, beautiful and natural. Used alone, blossom is the ideal way to create large displays that bring the orchard indoors.
Gypsophila is a budget wedding favourite! Its delicate, cloud-like flowers look wonderful massed in large arrangements, which makes gypsophila perfect for creating impact without breaking the bank.
Spring flowers like narcissi, daffodils and tulips are good value, and may even be growing in your garden!
The table centre of four bunches of narcissi arranged in a paper lampshade above has a wonderful scent and cost less than £10 to make. Look for narcissi wedding flowers from the Scilly Isles to support British growers.
When it comes to wedding flowers, less is sometimes more. Exotic flowers like orchids can be expensive, but a few blooms arranged in a more contemporary way doesn’t cost the earth and makes a dramatic statement.
Dahlias are making a massive comeback, and the good news is that these economical blooms come in every shape and colour imaginable, which means you’re sure to find a flower to match your wedding theme.
Look for local growers in your area via the Flowers from the Farm network.
The carnation is another wedding flower that’s becoming popular again. With many new varieties on the market, the humble carnation is definitely worth a second look, as it’s both robust and budget friendly – plus it can give you the full, fluffy look of garden roses for a fraction of the price!
For winter weddings, a massive bunch of twigs or bare branches with a few flowers and hanging tea lights attached looks wonderful.
You can leave the branches naked, or spray them gold or silver for a metallic theme wedding – plus the great thing is that twigs won’t wilt, so they can be used again!