Beautiful flowers are an essential part of any wedding, but they can be a major expense. Whether you want to splurge, spend or save, here are some useful tips to make sure you’ve got all bases covered for your wedding flowers, whether you’re pinching pennies or pushing those pounds…
Choose colours that match yours or your bridesmaids’ dresses.
Splurge – Your florist can make you a bespoke, wired bouquet and accessories for your hair, which will last wonderfully all day. Choose extravagant flowers you’ve never even seen before – after all, it’s your day to celebrate!
Spend – Have a handtie of flowers to your theme – country, modern or tropical.
Save – Carry a single, beautiful flower, like a calla or amaryllis, beautifully adorned by your florist.
Choose smaller versions of your flowers or match their dresses.
Splurge – Have individual pieces crafted to the style of the person carrying them, very Sex and the City! Trailing wrist corsages, flamboyant fascinators, or blooming belts will make your wedding
party the most fashionable around!
Spend – Have smaller versions of your handtie, or choose seasonal, single types of flowers.
Save – Simple wrist corsages or flowers in hair will look pretty.
Choose colours that match the interior, or that match the bridal flowers
Splurge – Have gorgeous garlands strung across the pews, or individual chair-back arrangements. Have flowers for the altar, where the register is signed, and have a floral cushion for the rings.
Spend – Order decorations in special foam holders, for the front two and back two pews, or for alternate rows. Pedestals as you enter the church and next to the altar can be moved to the reception.
Save – Ask your florist to decorate pew ends with ivy and ribbon. Simple, cheap and effective!
Choose colours to match the interior, or stick with your theme for Table decorations
Splurge – For a glamorous wedding, tall vases or mirror pillars will look fabulous on the tables with flowers cascading from the top. Candelabras also look stunning, and ensure there are no flowers at eye level, so your guests can see each other over the table easily. Scatter flower petals over the table, or give each guest an individual mini plant like a rose or kalanchoe as a place setting to take home with them.
Spend – Your florist will be happy to transfer the pew-ends from your ceremony into table centres for the reception and move the pedestals, too. You could also consider hiring long vases from your florist and fill with a single, stunning flower, like a lily, amaryllis or orchid.
Save – Ask your florist for plants in gorgeous containers to decorate the tables. If you’re really tightening the purse strings, then you can hire the pots and just buy the plants. For spring weddings, try scented jasmine plants. For summer, try anthurium plants for a tropical twist, or hydrangea plants for a country cottage look. You could also try herbs and lavender for a Continental look, or Begonia for a Mediterranean look. Choose or hire tall plants to replace pedestals.
Splurge – Have disco balls of flowers hung above the table, and candelabras placed either side. Choose a long, trailing arrangement to be placed in front of the bride and groom.
Spend – have a long, low arrangement, using the same flowers used in the table decorations.
Save – have a simple foliage garland, or even branches of foliage or flowers. So there you have it. Choose your flowers carefully and wisely, and they’ll be a perfect complement to your big day, however much or little you’ve spent.