For a lot of brides this is something we have dreamed about all our lives, Our Wedding Day! But how can we make sure all our dreams come true? Here are some great budgeting tips to get you started on the right foot for choosing your wedding flowers. At Bank of Memories & Flowers, we believe in making those dreams a reality.
Use These Budgeting Tips:
Figure out your budget ahead of time. Then give it to the florist and ask what she/he can do with it, as opposed to choosing flowers and then asking what the cost will be. A great budgeting tip would to figure 10-20% of your total wedding costs.
Use flowers that are in season (ex: ranunculus, daffodils, and tulips are in spring) or flowers that are readily available year-round (ex: gerbera daises, roses, alstro, mums, and hydrangeas). Stay away from expensive, imported exotic blooms, (ex: orchids, gardenias, and stephanotis).
TOO MANY BRIDESMAIDS
With all the excitement and wanting all your besties to be a part of your big day mean dollar signs. The more attendants you have standing up, the more flowers you will need. Think about using the bridesmaids’ bouquets for the head table. This can add color and pizzazz to the head table.
Don't be scared of some expensive flowers. Flowers like cattleya orchids and peonies are more expensive, but they are large blossoms and can cover more space and have a great impact. One cattleya orchid can have a greater impact then a bouquet of roses.
Reuse your ceremony arrangements. Aisle flowers can become centerpieces and altar pieces can be moved to the buffet table. The ceremony usually only lasts about half an hour -- it's a shame to see so many flowers only being used for that amount of time when they could easily be incorporated into the reception decor.
TAKING OF TOO MUCH DIY
Brides who try to DIY their flowers will purchase dozens of glass vases for centerpieces, only to become overwhelmed. We receive many frantic calls, asking to take over the stress of these DIY projects, which oftentimes becomes more expensive than hiring a professional from the start.
FIND A FLORIST EARLY
Flowers come from South America, Holland, and all over the world, so it is very hard to contact farms across the world and have flowers arrive within one or two months. Leave at least a six to eight-month window ahead of your wedding to be able to line everything up.