Planning your wedding can be an incredibly exciting experience, but it can also be super stressful. There are so many things you have to coordinate and plan for from your venue to your dress to your bridal party to your wedding flowers. If you’re not careful, you’ll start dreading your wedding planning rather than looking forward to it, especially if you have a strict budget that you need to stick to. One way to finish all of your planning without going insane is to break it up into different tasks or sections. Today, this article will help you to tackle the task of buying and/or arranging your budget-friendly wedding flowers.
Wedding trends, particularly those from the last few years, can look discouraging for your budget and wallet. However, don’t lose hope. It is still possible to maintain your designated budget for wedding flowers without sacrificing the beauty or aesthetic of your wedding. So, if you’re looking to find a way to have beautiful, inexpensive wedding flowers, you’ve come to the right place.
Why are Fresh Flowers so Expensive?
First of all, it is important to understand why fresh flowers can be so expensive. If you know where the pricing comes from, you’ll be better prepared to decide if the cost of fresh flowers is worth it. The Knot has a blog article that breaks down all the reasons why fresh wedding flowers are expensive. Here are a couple of the important points that show why fresh flowers can be so pricey, particularly for a wedding.
You Pay for Experience
First of all, understand that when you pay a florist to put together your wedding arrangements, you’re not just paying for the products of flowers, fillers, and supplies. You’re also paying for the services of your floral team, and for the years they’ve taken to build their floral skills. All of those elements go into the pricing that your florist gives you. So, if you have your heart set on fresh flowers for your wedding, consider hiring a newer, less-experienced florist, or even arranging the flowers yourself. These approaches will save you money.
Not All Flowers are Priced Equally
Second, you remember that not all flowers are priced equally. Some types of flowers, such as daisies or baby’s breath, are less expensive than more exotic flowers such as orchids. So, if you have a bit more of a luxurious, exotic taste in flowers, you can expect that your flowers will be more expensive. Additionally, the time of your wedding can affect the price of your flowers depending on if they’re in season near you. For example, if you want peonies and other spring flowers, but you’re getting married in the fall, your peonies will need to be imported from a warmer location. This can be a costly extra expense that you’ll need to pay.
Minimize Your Florals
One way to stay within your budget while using fresh flowers for your wedding is to minimize your floral arrangements. You can replace your big floral table centerpieces with candles and simple greenery. Rather than having extensive floral arrangements lining the aisle, choose to scatter petals down the aisle instead. Instead of having full, floral bouquets for your bridesmaids, give them arrangements mostly made of frothy, textured greenery. However, if you minimize your floral decorations too much, they can look cheap and badly planned.
Options for Inexpensive Wedding Flowers
So, rather than using sparse fresh flowers and risking the aesthetic of your wedding, you may want to choose a more inexpensive alternative. If you choose to use a cheaper alternative, you will still be able to have all of the beautiful arrangements that you’ve dreamed of for your wedding. There are lots of options for cheap wedding flowers that still look trendy and stunning. Here are a few for you to consider.
Dried flowers are another great option for your affordable wedding flowers. They come in lots of neutral tones, which has been very trendy this last year. There are lots of different types of dried flowers that will bring interesting textures to your wedding floral arrangements. The only issue with dried flowers is that not all flowers dry well. Some of the full petaled flowers that you’re used to seeing in wedding bouquets, like roses or peonies, aren’t able to be dried and preserved like so many other types of flowers. So, a dried flower bouquet can look a little bit thin without these voluminous flowers. Luckily, dried flowers also look stunning when paired with different styles of wood flowers. Wood flowers are often formed to imitate real flowers, so they can give your dried bouquet the volume and color that it needs.
Another great alternative for fresh wedding flowers is silk flowers. Silk flowers are great budget wedding flowers because they have great longevity. Similar to wood flowers, they won’t wilt and will be able to be reused time and time again. They’re also designed to look very realistic. Many of your guests won’t realize that your flowers aren’t fresh until they get quite close to them. Most silk flowers are more affordable than fresh flowers. However, silk is an expensive type of fabric, and if you’re looking to buy top-quality silk flowers that are very realistic, they could be even pricier than some fresh flowers.
Wood flowers are one of the best alternatives you can find for fresh wedding flowers. There are many different types of wood flowers. Some of the best wood flowers are made from tapioca root wood, which is a natural material that can be expertly molded into different floral shapes. Wood flowers are also carefully created to be long-lasting. This means that you can reuse and repurpose your floral arrangements. Don’t pay double for an additional fresh flower bouquet for your bridal photo shoot when you can pay for one wood flower bouquet. There are wood floral arrangements that you can have designed for you and shipped to your doorstep. Talk about a low-stress way to plan your wedding flowers!Another reason why you should choose wood flowers for your budget wedding flowers is that they can be shaped and dyed to match any trend or shade. Whether you’re a traditional bride, a bohemian bride, a desert bride, or a romantic bride, you’ll be able to have wood flowers that match your aesthetic perfectly. There are so many dye shades that you can choose from to achieve your perfect wedding color scheme. If you choose to use wood flowers you won’t have to sacrifice your style, or your extensive floral designs plan, for your budget. You’ll be able to have every floral arrangement that you’ve ever dreamed of without breaking the bank.