Shop Local for Your Wedding Flowers

Trying to have a grand affair for a wedding on a very tight budget can be hard, but it can be done. Many people have huge aspirations for their big day, but when it comes to the bottom line, you may have to make some concessions. However, it is possible to have a beautiful wedding on a budget if you know the inside tips and tricks.

One of the best things you can do to lower your flower budget is to buy locally. If you you’re your flowers shipped in, you’ll wind up spending hundreds more – especially if you buy out of season. Your favorite local florist can usually get flowers at a better price than you, but you should also consider your local grocery store or large wholesale shop. These stores can get a big discount on flowers, and – if you’re flexible – you may be able to get most of the savings passed right on to you.

It’s also a good idea to consider silk flowers if you’re on a budget, as they are much cheaper than real flowers. If you’re considering a flower that’s out of season on your wedding day, silk flowers can save you thousands of dollars and you won’t have to worry about trying to find your favorite flower in the middle of winter. Even if you choose to carry real flower bouquets, you can save money by using silk flowers as altar decorations or reception table centerpieces.

If you’re determined to use real flowers, you may also want to visit a local greenhouse. Many times, these places are the ones who supply your local florists anyway, and cutting out the middleman can save you a lot of money on your total flower bill.

When it comes to arranging your flowers, ask your friends and family members if they’d like to help out. You probably already know who in the family has a talent for crafts, and asking these people to help out will help them to feel involved in your big day. Floral arranging isn’t that difficult, but if your friends or relatives need a few pointers, you can check your local library for floral books or search online for flower design tutorials. With a little practice, your guests may not even be able to tell that your floral arrangements are homemade!

You might also want to consider making the flower arrangements yourself. Not only will you get exactly what you want for your arrangements, you’ll have the pride of knowing you’re your arrangements were made by you. Of course, be sure to leave yourself enough time to complete the arrangements – including a little extra time to correct mistakes.

With a little extra work, it is possible to have beautiful wedding flowers, even on a tight budget. All it takes is some research and a hands-on, can-do attitude. It doesn’t matter if you have a hundred dollars or a thousand dollars to spend on your wedding flowers – what matters is that you are happy with the results and proud to carry your wedding flowers down the aisle on your big day.

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Filed under: Inexpensive Weddings,Wedding Planning — vicky at 10:21 am on Saturday, November 22, 2008