By Jordy Featherston

There is no better way to get that WOW factor than stunning floral designs.  The costs can get high, but fear not – we have some budget saving tips for you!

Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose

You can reuse your bridal bouquet, your bridesmaid’s bouquets and the ceremony flowers for your reception. Your bridal bouquet could work perfectly as a vase arrangement for your sweetheart table. Your bridesmaids’ bouquets can also serve as table centerpieces. If you had mason jars lining your ceremony aisle, reuse them as cocktail arrangements.  If you had a nice size urn for your altar, re-purpose it for your gift table or buffet.  Arrangements that can pull double duty are perfect money savers.  (Your wedding planner can help you flip your flowers between the ceremony and reception!)

Mix It Up

Just as it is cost effective to mix high and low arrangements, mixing premium and more cost effective flowers will also help stretch your floral budget.  Mix peonies and garden roses with hydrangeas. Incorporate more greenery like silver dollar eucalyptus and sword ferns. Have flowers like hypericum berries and mini-carnations as accent flowers in your bouquets and centerpieces.  Your florist should be able to help you choose flowers that are beautiful together!

Partial DIY

A lot of brides these days are choosing to purchase their flowers wholesale and do the arranging themselves.  If you’re not comfortable taking on such a huge project, however, we recommend a partial DIY. In this scenario, your florist could design your personal flowers like the bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres and you could design your centerpieces.  Designing florals together can be a fun bonding experience with your wedding party AND save you hundreds of dollars!

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Here are a few other small ways that you can cut your costs:

  • Bring in your own vases for centerpieces. For most florists, the cost of the vase is included in the overall price. If you were to supply your own vessels, depending on the size, it could save you $5 – $15 per centerpiece.
  • Use silk rose petals instead of real ones, especially if you are decorating your tables or aisles. Real rose petal prices can get high, but silk rose petals typically cost about $10 per bag. Another upside?  If your petals are in good condition after your wedding, you can sell them to another bride!
  • Picking up your flowers and not having them delivered could save you nearly $100. Just be sure to choose someone you trust to handle the flowers with the utmost care!

Jordy Featherston is one of the lead consultants at Vogue Flowers. Vogue, a premier florist in RVA, is dedicated to providing high quality floral designs for weddings and special events. To see more of their work, please visit www.vogueflowers.com.

Photos by Amanda Beside Eric