How To Save Money On Flowers for Your Wedding

We had a couple of huge breakthroughs in our wedding planning this week. The check for the venue and catering cleared (!!!), we received our fabulous, personalized guestbook in the mail, and our first two wedding gifts have been received! I have a dress (well, two…more on that another day), Terrence has his tux, and everything has been paid IN CASH. We are doing great with sticking to our budget, and both of us are determined not to go into debt over this wedding. We have been pretty fortunate to find great money saving ideas that actually work, and aren’t tacky. The last big expense we have to take care of is the flowers. We are going to use the same frugal ideas that we’ve been using as we figure out our wedding flower situation. Here’s how you can save money on flowers for your wedding, just like us.

1. Purchase flowers in bulk, and create your own arrangements.

I’ll be honest with you. Creating lovely flower arrangements is a lot harder than you think. It’s not totally impossible, but you need to have to have a creative eye. That’s where Pinterest comes in. Just search for DIY Wedding Flowers. When you find an arrangement that you want to copy, ask your bridesmaids to help you, and FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS EXACTLY. Make sure you do a practice run well before the big day just in case they don’t turn out the way you want them to.

2. Go faux.

Listen. I get it. Weddings are for flowers. I’m not suggesting that you only use fake flowers, but you could save a few bucks if you use some here and there. For example, use gorgeous silk flowers to create your bridal bouquet. It’d certainly save much better than fresh flowers! Maybe you can use silk flowers at the end of your aisles, or for the boutonnieres. My friend Brandi made this beautiful bouquet that is just as pretty as anything a florist would create.

3. Skip the fancy florists.

They look so inviting when you walk past them, don’t they, those fancy floral shops? They draw you in with their (usually) great looking florists, and ambience. The thing is, you can often get the same quality of flowers and arrangements at a small storefront florist, and it’ll be less expensive. Those florists have have lower overhead, but I have found in my interviews that they are just as professional and creative as the flower folks in the big shops.

UPDATE: On a whim, about 2 weeks before the wedding, I walked into a local florist to inquire about pricing. I asked for a quote for my bouquet, a toss bouquet, flowers for 5 bridesmaids, boutonnieres for 4 men, corsages for 3 moms, flower petals, and a flower for Ayva’s hair. The florist gave me all of that for $480! A few days later, Terrence and I went back to her to ask how much it’d cost to trim the gazebo, and she did it for $15o. Not only that, she delivered the flowers on the day of the wedding and attached them to the gazebo. She and her assistant stayed through the ceremony and part of the reception. It was like having  another member of the family there! If you’re fortunate like us to find a small florist that is willing to take a small job on a budget, make sure you tip BIG!

4. Order ready made arrangements.

I did a bit of research and discovered that you could purchase ready made arrangements online. Seriously, is there NOTHING you can’t buy on the internet??? Costco has entire wedding collections, many well under $1000 that come with everything from the bridal bouquet and wedding party florals, as well as centerpieces.  1-800-Flowers also has affordable collections that you can order as close as 2 weeks before your wedding. They have a lot of packages and flowers to choose from so most brides will be able to find something they like.

5. Use less flowers.

Instead of covering your entire wedding with flowers, look for ways to incorporate other decorative pieces. Candles are incredibly romantic, and would actually suit an evening or night wedding really well. A single flower in the right vase can look as good as a lush arrangement if styled correctly. Also, don’t forget about the power of the petals. Rose petals floating in water, or scattered on a table lined with candles can look seriously beautiful. *Terrence just suggested that y’all can consider using balloons, too. We will NOT be having balloons at our wedding, but I think if done right, it could be kind of cool!  

6. Buy inexpensive ready made arrangements from the grocery store or Farmer’s Market.

Terrence and I were in the market about a month before the wedding and remarked at how lovely the arrangements were. We looked at the prices, about $16 for a pretty arrangement in a nice container, and we realized that we could save money buy just purchasing our flowers from Trader Joe’s or any other grocery store. Arrangements that were not in containers were even less expensive. Check out the selection at your market, and see if anything tickles your fancy. The only thing to be concerned with is you might not be able to get multiples of the exact same arrangements on the day of your wedding. If your grocery store has a florist, you can talk with them, and they may be able to help you out!

UPDATE:  Terrence and I purchased some bulk vases for about $80 with plans to use them for faux floating flower petals. A couple of days before the wedding, I decided that I wanted fresh flowers and I told him that I’d take care of the flowers the morning of the wedding. My Maid of Honor and I went to Trader Joe’s that morning, but there weren’t enough of the arrangement that I liked. We walked over to the flower vendor at the Farmer’s Market and picked up 20 bunches of gorgeous autumnal flowers. The vendor sold us a few buckets to put the flowers in, and I spent $90 total! 

Take a look at photos of our September 2013 wedding!

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22 responses to “How To Save Money On Flowers for Your Wedding”

  1. Brandi Jeter Avatar
    Brandi Jeter

    Thanks, Jamie! Our wedding is on a Saturday evening, so cost will be an issue with us as well. I''m SOOO happy you shared your experience with faux flowers, so folks (and I) can see that it can really be done. Knowing you, I have no doubt they were amazing!

  2. Mel Lockcuff Avatar

    We used faux flowers, and it saved us so much. We made all the bouquets and other arrangements. It was fun!:) Another romantic idea…. white Christmas lights.

  3. Tiffany Avatar

    One great tip is to use a florist that is housed in a brick and mortar supermarket. They charge FAR less because they don’t have the overhead that a freestanding store does. Also, large potted plants (e.g. palm trees or small trees of other kinds) can really make an impact for low cost. Renting can be cheaper than buying these kinds of decorations.

    1. BrandiJeter Avatar

      That is a super idea! I didn’t think of that, but it makes sense that they would have lower overhead. Thank you! Yes, potted plants are a great idea, too. They could be decorated with the white lights that Mel suggested above, too!

  4. Janet Pike Krugel Avatar
    Janet Pike Krugel

    I saved a lot by giving my bridesmaids one single sunflower (think non-traditional) and using the more expensive flowers for my bouquet. Think smaller arrangements of less expensive flowers.

  5. Floral Bow Avatar
    Floral Bow

    Really helpful tips…. Its really helpful to save extra changes(money) which we will spend in the flower arrangement. Thanks for sharing with us….

    1. BrandiJeter Avatar

      You’re quite welcome!

  6. Brandi Jeter Avatar
    Brandi Jeter

    Janet, that is a great idea! Sunflowers are so beautiful, too! Did you get married in the summer?

  7. Brandi Jeter Avatar
    Brandi Jeter

    Types of food? I'm intrigued, Tyra Gulley-Cherry! Tell me more!

  8. Brandi Jeter Avatar
    Brandi Jeter

    Yes! White lights are so romantic, thanks, Mel! Fresh flowers can be so unpredictable, I like the idea of faux flowers! Do you have pics of your bouquets?

  9. Brandi Jeter Avatar
    Brandi Jeter

    Thanks for sharing!

  10. Janeane Davis Avatar
    Janeane Davis

    We used faux flowers for our wedding. One plus is that 23 years later I still have my bouquet and it still looks beautiful.

    1. BrandiJeter Avatar

      See, and that’s what is super awesome, being able to keep your flowers “fresh” 23 years later. 🙂

  11. Arelis Cintron Avatar

    I have looked into a few of these… I loved the idea of using fake flowers but my best friend gave me the side eye. I like that you can buy your entire arrangement of flowers on-line, I'd just love to see feedback from customers who have used the service to ensure you won't get sad looking flowers, although costco and 1800 flowers are both great service providers. I've thought of using Trader Joe's for getting the bulk of the flowers for the tables as they are considerably less to purchase than at a floral shop. Great tips chica!

  12. Arelis Cintron Avatar

    Of course you know I’m taking notes AND pinning this …fingers crossed …

    1. BrandiJeter Avatar

      Yes, Ma’am! Let’s DO THIS! 2014. LOL!

  13. Jeanne Avatar

    Just sent this to my sister- LOVE that Costco option! Who knew!? Thanks Brandi! October 12 is fast approaching for her!

    1. BrandiJeter Avatar

      Whoo hoo! You guys have been doing A LOT of planning! She’s very fortunate to have you helping her!

  14. Brandi Jeter Avatar
    Brandi Jeter

    Thanks, Arelis Cintron! One of my friends actually purchased her flowers from Trader Joe's. She said that it ended up being a lot of work, but that it saved her a lot of money, and it was really beautiful!

  15. Julia Smith Avatar
    Julia Smith

    thanks for information

    Wedding Flowers

  16. Angela Waterford Avatar

    I appreciate your advice that I should skip the fancy florists so I might just opt to go to a local one that has a good reputation. Maybe we can buy flowers in bulk from them in case we decide to arrange the flowers on our own. Frankly, I think that we can use less flowers for the wedding so I might try to use strategic locations to put the flowers on so we won’t look like we skimped on our budget.

  17. Christensen @ Flowerhub Avatar

    I’ve seen a lot of wedding tips to save money. But this one is well detailed. Definitely should read by the couple who are planning for their wedding. Thanks for sharing it, mate.

    Christensen, Slacks Creek Brisbane

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