Complete Wedding Budget Guide – Part 7: The Flowers

This is the 7th and final part in my series to help you save money on your wedding, and this last part is going to be all about flowers and the savings you can make on them when you know a few little tricks of the trade.

I’ve got 3 money-saving ideas in particular that I’d like to share with you today, and if you make use of these ideas you’ll be able to save as much as 50% on your wedding flowers. Not bad, eh?

Okay, here’s the first money-saver for you.

Use Fake Flowers

There are certain times of the year, such as Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, when fresh flowers are really expensive. So if your wedding falls around these times, consider using artificial flowers.

Modern silk flowers can be very realistic, and are scented to smell like a real flower. In fact, these days it’s almost impossible to tell the difference between a silk flower and the real thing.

The best thing about fake flowers? They’re cheap! So if you choose to go with fake flowers you’ll have the great look and smell of real, fresh flowers, but with none of the expense. In fact, the potential to save money this way is so great that you might want to consider fake flowers even if your wedding doesn’t fall at a time when real flowers are at their most expensive.

You’ll still make a great saving.

Use In Season Flowers

The second way you can make a great saving on your wedding flowers is to choose flowers that are currently in season. If you insist on specific flowers, and you want to use them even if they’re out of season, you’ll pay a premium. Out-of-season flowers will be in limited supply and will often need to be imported to order, and the result will be a hefty price tag.

So even if you have a personal favourite when it comes to flowers, consider being flexible if those flowers you love are out-of-season. You’ll save a fortune, and no one will ever know you made any sacrifice at all.

Make Your Own Bouquet

Many of today’s brides are are choosing to make their own bridal bouquet. Smaller, more contemporary arrangements are taking the place of the large traditional bouquets of previous seasons.

These posies are very simple and elegant and are made by gathering a few blooms together and wrapping the stems in wide satin ribbon. Roses continue to be very popular, as are lilies, peonies and orchids.

Bridesmaids and flower girls are also carrying small hand-tied posies. So if you or any of your family or friends has a flower garden, set to work and make your own bouquet. This is just one more way to save money on your wedding flowers.

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