Flowers are treasured for their ability to add romance and elegance to any space; yet, many brides on a budget believe it will be too expensive to create the memorable floral arrangements of their dreams. However, with a little creativity and willingness to try something new, you can easily purchase all of the flowers for your wedding for $200 to $500.
The most affordable route is to order your flowers wholesale through an online provider. The flowers are extra fresh and are shipped next-day from the grower to your front door. For peace of mind, it can be a good idea to place a small order prior to the wedding to ensure that the flowers are exactly what you want (color, size, etc.) and that they are shipped as expected. Consult our directory to find a flower provider with good recommendations. It is also a good opportunity to practice making bouquets, corsages, and table arrangements. There are many “how to” books available on floral arrangements in addition to the articles available on this site. Be sure to consider fillers, such as spray roses, for table arrangements. Depending on the size of your wedding, you will probably need a small team of friends to help you on the day of the wedding with making the various arrangements and transporting them to their appropriate locations. You will also need to carefully consider the types of flowers you choose and how well they will withstand various weather.
If taking responsibility for your wedding flowers terrifies you, or if you have always dreamt of an extravagant bouquet, look to your local florist to make your bridal party bouquets and corsages or even just the bridal bouquet. You can then rest easy knowing that all of the vital flowers are taken care of, and you only need to worry about miscellaneous arrangements. Keep in mind that certain venues will need less decorating, such as a unique church or outdoor garden, and have the potential to save time and money.
The bottom line when it comes to wedding flowers is that the bride is happy! If flowers are very important to you and finances allow, do not hesitate to use a florist. But if you like the idea of having more control over your flowers, want to save money, and are not afraid to do your floral arrangements yourself, then try using a wholesale grower. You may be pleasantly surprised!