How to Save Money on Wedding Flowers

How to Save Money on Wedding Flowers

Hello dear reader! 
Did you know that I'm getting married in 6 months? Let me tell you, planning a wedding makes a dinner party seem like child's play. Not to mention that both my fiancé Brandon and I come from big families. What does this mean? Well for starters, it's #MyBigFatJewishWedding. There are SO. MANY. MOVING. PIECES. There are so many guests. There are numerous people involved who want to make this the most special day of our lives. 

I'm going to be sharing some thoughts on getting married and planning a wedding over the next few months and beyond. These are things I've learned over the course of the planning process that I believe will be useful to you, soon-to-be bride & groom. Have a gander and if you have specific questions, ask away in the comments, or on Facebook

First up: flowers. Are you a flower lover like me? Do you imagine walking down the aisle surrounded by hundreds of rose petals? Or are you a lady who doesn't particularly care about flowers? Would you be just as happy to say "I do" under a lush leaf altar? The most important thing to learn when planning a wedding is how to prioritize. You must be able to break down each part of the day, and figure out what will make you the happiest. And more specifically, learn to think this way about every facet of the planning process. 

Do you see where I'm going this? For wedding flowers, here is traditionally what you would work with a florist on:

  • Flowers for your chuppah or altar
  • Your bouquet
  • Bouquets + boutonnières for your bridal party, if you are having one
  • Centerpieces for the reception 

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but these are the biggest buckets where budget typically goes. For me, it is very important that my chuppah is covered completely in flowers. I worked with my florist to create a plan for simpler and smaller bridesmaid bouquets and bar arrangements so that we could use those funds towards a bigger chuppah. 

Look at these categories and figure out what is most important to you. If you want a very large bouquet for yourself, can you compromise elsewhere? Perhaps you can use larger "filler" flowers for your centerpieces (larger flowers=less flowers= typically reduced cost). Do you not care about having flowers at all? In that case, you can work with your florist on very leafy green arrangements that are more wallet-friendly. Take that piece of the budget and get a fun cake, or a champagne tower! Learning to prioritize will help you to stay within your budget and make your wedding day truly individual.

What did you think of this tip? Are you amidst planning a wedding? Do you need some suggestions or help? Ask me anything in the comments below!

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