Fall weddings are amazing, full of sunshine and bright fall colors. When you are planning your wedding one of the most important things you will consider is the options you have when choosing flowers to accent your ceremony and reception. Whether you want to go very simple or over the top it is important to get the most for your money when you are on a budget.
There are several things to remember when planning and purchasing your flowers for your fall wedding bouquets and decorations:
Choose flowers that are in-season: One way to drastically cut costs for your wedding flowers is to make sure that the flowers you choose are in-season. Flowers out of season can cost 4 or 5 times as much as those which are in-season.
Share flowers: As strange as this sounds, whether you have chosen to use fresh or silk flowers find other brides and venues that are using flowers and work a deal. Flowers can be used at multiple events and the price can be split among the hosts. That can cut a bride’s flower budget by half which is a major budget booster.
Think green: Using more greenery and fewer flowers cannot only save money but it can also create a stunning backdrop for your ceremony and reception. Even fall wedding bouquets made primarily of greenery can be spectacular.
Choose cheaper flowers: Just like many other parts of the wedding, flowers are priced on a scale. By choosing flowers such as carnations or Gerber daisies you can cut costs quite a bit. If, however, they are not your first choice use them for other areas of the venue and save the expensive flowers for your perfect fall wedding bouquet.
Remember, less is more: In other words, simplify your flowers. Make sure you stick to the basics: altar arrangement, boutonnieres, and, of course, the bouquets.
Use silk flowers: Although fresh flowers are absolutely gorgeous in a wedding, silk flowers can be purchased months before (when prices are at their best), purchased a few at a time (a real budget help), and can be arranged ahead of time (no last minute, 1 a.m. rush).
Don’t be picky: Compromise is the word of the day if you are planning your wedding on a budget. You may have to sacrifice your ideal to be able to create the wedding that fits you.
Your wedding is the most important day of your life. You want it to be perfect. Planning a wedding on a budget is a great way to make sure that you enjoy your life after your wedding, not enjoy paying for a grand event that you really couldn’t afford. Choosing flowers and creating your fall wedding bouquet is an integral part of this planning. Throughout the planning make sure you slow down, remember what is important, and try one or two of the tips shared here. Happy planning!
Jason Kassel, PhD is owner and operator of Brie on a Budget a website that provides useful information for brides looking to hold fabulous budget weddings. Full of articles, the site provides well-researched and up-to-date knowledge on all types of budget wedding ideas. Read this to learn more about budget weddings.