We get it. You want the wedding of your dreams. One that brims with shimmering silks, romantic music, and delicate cascades of flowers. You deserve it, too. Unfortunately, not every bride has the budget for the beautiful, jaw-dropping wedding she deserves. But chin up, bride-to-be, get creative and make your wedding day memorable without forking over huge sums of money. Who wants to spend $5,000 on flowers, anyway? I mean, think about it. They’re practically dead before the honeymoon even begins.
Getting Creative with Your Flowers
When my sister-in-law got married, she got up way before sunrise to head to the Los Angeles flower market–the place the florists go–to search out the blooms for her bouquet. Well, not everyone has that option. And for people who do, not everyone wants to be wandering the streets of L.A. at dawn on their wedding day, this list is for you.
1. Go with Gorgeous, but Less Pricey Flowers
Like food, if you choose flowers that are in season, you’ll pay much less. Also, some flowers just cost less than others, so pick inexpensive blooms like the ones listed in this link. Finally, if you’re using a florist, ask them what flowers they can find that conform to your budget. If you’re not too picky, you can get some beautiful flowers for reasonable prices.
2. Rent Your Flowers
I know it sounds crazy, but tuxedos and tables aren’t the only items you can rent for your big day. Something Borrowed Blooms provides designer silk bouquets and arrangements that look real, smell amazing, and are simply stunning. Browse through their collections, pick your flowers, and return them in the prepaid boxes when your special day is over. Using these spectacular creations means you’ll get to choose the flowers you want the most, not just what fits in your budget.
Is someone using your venue on the same day but at a different time? Ask your venue and see if the other couple wants to share the expense by using the same flowers. Each bride should have her own bouquet, and you may also want to keep the individual boutonnieres, corsages, and smaller bouquets. But the flowers used in decorating the venue and the table centerpieces–if you have similar enough taste– could be shared. You may have to assign the bridesmaids to keep Aunt Ethel from hustling off with a centerpiece before the next wedding, but overall, the decorative flowers will still be pristine.
Whichever way you decide to decorate your wedding day, just remember that the most beautiful decoration you can bring is the faces of two people in love. Okay, I know, it’s cheesy. But it’s true.
You also have a lot of options to make your day beautiful and still be under budget.
Good luck, beautiful bride!