One of the most beautiful parts of your wedding décor will be your flowers. With all of the details that go along with flowers, one part you probably don’t like to see is the cost. You’ve already pinned so many arrangement ideas and can picture them so clearly… until you find out how much they really cost! Flowers can easily add up because of so many factors, but luckily, there are ways to save! OKOTA has gathered some great ideas in order for you to save on your flower costs!
Use in-season flowers
This may seem obvious, but using in-season flowers can seriously cut the costs of your floral arrangements! All of the extra costs associated with flowers that won’t be in-season really do add up, so factor in what works best during the time of your wedding can help. Even though you may have your heart set on peonies, there are so many other flowers and options out there! OKOTA prides itself on the creativity and resourcefulness to create your dream arrangement, while also staying within your budget.
Use more greenery
Not all bouquets are created equal (or priced equal)! Those tight round bouquets that look like a gorgeous ball of roses, garden roses, and peonies are more expensive! They require many more flowers than a bouquet that is more naturally gathered with lots of greenery.
So you want a full and luscious bouquet or arrangement, but don’t want to dish out the extra bucks? That’s where greenery becomes your friend! Not only is greenery such a popular arrangement piece nowadays, but it’s lush and adds the volume you’re looking for without a huge ticket price. There are so many varieties of greenery out there to compliment your flowers, so don’t turn down the idea! Greenery looks beautiful in photos when properly arranged and prepared with flowers!
Re-purpose ceremony flowers
So you want more flowers at your reception but don’t have the budget? Easy! Your ceremony flowers can easily be repurposed into places where your reception will be held. Use the aisle arrangements for the buffet tables and the archway flowers for a special entrance or exit border. Your florist can even recommend ways to repurpose your flowers in cool new ways so you can use them to their potential.
You may love those tall centerpieces, and that’s okay! Save money by not putting them on every table, and instead, do half tall and half traditional sizes. You can even split it into thirds and incorporate some bud vase centerpieces or all candle centerpieces! It may not be the traditional idea you first had in mind, but a variety of centerpieces can actually look really beautiful and set you apart. Plus it will save you a lot in the long run too.
If you still want that big “pop” with flowers, go for larger ones. Although larger flowers may cost more, you’ll use less of them but they’ll still make a strong statement.
Find the right florist
Finding a florist may seem overwhelming, so you want to make sure they’re a good fit and listen to you of course! However, one way to save money is to find a florist that will include tax, delivery, and set-up in the proposal so you can save on hidden costs. When you know how much all the extras will be up front, you don’t have to worry about spending that money later on when you least expect it!
Most importantly, remember to be open and honest with your florist about your budget! Be open to new ideas and let them work their magic so that your wedding will be as beautiful as you pictured it to be.