|Posted on 14 April, 2016 at 8:40|
More suggestions to help you spread the cost of your wedding flowers........
MOVE FLOWERS FROM THE CEREMONY TO THE RECEPTION
Depending on where you are having your marriage ceremony, you can generally move all the ceremony designs over to the reception venue. This is certainly the case if your ceremony and reception are at the same venue. If you are getting married in church, you will need to discuss with the vicar about moving the floral displays. Most churches are quite flexible on this now and will let you move the floral pedestal designs, but be aware that you cannot remove the pedestal stands as these belong to the church. If your florist is unable to provide pedestal stands for hire, you will need to check there is something to display these designs on before arranging to have them moved to your reception venue.
Pew ends in church generally can be moved to the reception venue. The easiest designs to be moved are the ones that have been tied to the pew. These can then be untied by a fellow guest and transported to the reception, where they can be used in a number of ways: as chair tie backs, table decorations, or displayed in jars & vases around the venue. They then make nice gifts to give to guests to take home at the end of the night.
RE-PURPOSE THE BRIDAL BOUQUETS
At the reception, your bridesmaids won’t have a need for their flower bouquets, so why not use them in vases as wedding centerpiece ideas or as decorations for the cake table. If you are having a long top table, the bridesmaids' designs look lovely laid on the table, either spaced out along the table, or displayed in groups. You can arrange to have vases in place ready for them to place the flowers into.
Sometimes less is more. Not only will being simplistic cost you less, it may add to the overall impression of your wedding. An easy way to simplify wedding flowers is to get just the basics: bouquets for yourself and your bridesmaids, buttonholes for the men (Groom, Best Man, Dads and Ushers) and corsages for the Mums.
Simple table arrangements arranged in jam jars are more cost effective than huge candelabras and using one type of flower can sometimes work out less expensive than having a huge variety of flowers, it just depends on the type of flower chosen (for example carnations, chrysanthemums and gypsophila are less expensive than roses and calla lilies).
DON'T BE PICKY
You may have to compromise with your decorations if you are on a budget. This is especially true with your flowers. Be open to several different types when it is time for you to choose. Tell your florist your budget and see what types of flowers she proposes to you and be open to the suggestions. Keep the more expensive flowers for your bouquets and buttonholes and be willing to let the florist use less expensive flowers in the other designs (tables, venue decor, church), using the same colour scheme to unify the overall theme.
HAVE A CHRISTMAS OR EASTER WEDDING
Churches are already beautifully decorated with flowers for both Christmas and Easter. Take advantage of that fact by setting your wedding date during the Christmas or Easter seasons. This will save you money and if your budget allows, give you more money to spend on your bouquets and venue flowers.