How to make the most out of your wedding flower budget…This must be the one hundred thousand dollar questions on every couples mind…
I’ve had people in the past say, “but the flowers are just for one day”… well let me tell you something – everything is, the cake, the dress, the food… so go for it, flowers make a wedding, without them your photographs and venues just wouldn’t look the same! Here are my top tips how, if you’re on a budget!
Ceremonies… I just adore ceremonies and I love to dress them too. Understandably people feel it’s not worth spending lots of money on such a small part of the day, some ceremonies only last 20 minutes, so what’s the point?… Well I felt so nauseous before walking down the aisle, I couldn’t concentrate on anything else! but to my great surprise I loved every second, beaming from ear to ear saying hello to everyone as I walked past. It was awesome! And I love looking back at the images with all the flowers and people I love…
My advice is, no matter how great or small your budget, flower up your ceremony… Floral jars hung from chairs down the aisle is such a simple, but effective way to add a floral touch… floor standing lanterns and chunky candles with foliage wove in between is another perfect way to add extra decor to your aisle… All of which can be reused after the ceremony… Floral jars and foliage could be used to decorate the front of your top table with candlesticks and tea lights in between. Or you could dot them around the base of tall table centrepieces really finishing the look. Another area which always cries out for a floral touch is the bar and chill out areas for your evening reception… floral jars could be dotted here and there on tables, along with the floor standing lanterns.
If you have a larger budget and can stretch to large floral arrangements, go for large pedestal arrangements, floral arches and moongates… these would first be used to decorate the ceremony area, framing you as you say your vows, creating a wow factor statement all of you couples seek… again it’s all reusable after the ceremony relocating items to reception room entrances, or marquee entrances, behind the top table is always a great place to reuse items as they’ll feature in every image. My moongate has also been reused as a photobooth backdrop, which is really getting value for money!
Let’s talk about bridesmaids bouquets… Of course your best gals have to have some flowers, and you guys look awesome all huddled together, posing for the perfect shot. These bad boys are not cheap, and I strongly recommend you use them as extra decoration after your drinks reception… Best place is the top table… You’ve quite likely spent a lot already on your table centrepieces, so it’s nice to no you’ve got your top table covered and paid for already… Just add some finishing touches such as, table runners, ruched fabric or foliage, along with candlesticks, tea lights and flower heads, perfect, job done!
After bouquets and ceremony flowers, your biggest expense will be your table centrepieces, potentially eating up a third of your budget, especially if you have over a 100 guests! So if money is tight I always suggest going for a few show stopper tall floral arrangements, simplifying the rest being super budget friendly… For example… these wow factor arrangements on gold stands create such an impact, and you only need 3… the rest of the tables have simple styling using gold lanterns with florals dotted around the base on ruched fabric, along with groups of candlesticks and tea lights finishing the look, bringing a luxurious feel to everything.
Going back to your ceremony, these tall table centrepieces could also be used here first, framing the ceremony area and aisle, I’ve done this plenty of times, moving them over to your reception tables whilst you and guests sip champagne elsewhere.
Making the most of your money always feels good and I’m all for achieving people’s dreams by being clever with the flowers, but there’s one thing you have to do… be open and honest with your florist about your budget so we can advise you where best to spend your money. I want it to look just as good as you do, helping you make the most out of everything you pay for.