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Budget Bridal Flowers

By: Beth Morrisey MLIS - Updated: 24 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
Budget Bridal Flowers

Weddings have become big business across the world, and bridal flowers can make up quite a bit of the expense of even the smallest wedding. But budget wedding flowers do exist. There are many budget bridal options out there including inexpensive flowers, containers and arrangements and with a little bit of imagination and experimentation there is no reason that these options should be any less beautiful than their more expensive counterparts.

Inexpensive Flowers

Seasonal flowers are usually the cheapest fresh options because they are local and abundant. The supply often outstrips the demand and there are no long journeys involved in delivering them so prices tend to stay longer than those of exotic blooms or forced bulbs (out of season flowers that have bloomed indoors). However, using a florist is not a bride’s only option. Buying flowers wholesale from a garden centre, collecting wildflowers, buying bouquets from grocery stores and using flowers from friends’ or relatives’ garden are also inexpensive options for bridal flowers.

If a bride doesn’t have her heart set on fresh flowers then dried flowers and silk flowers might also be low cost options.

Inexpensive Containers

A good portion of the price from wedding flowers can come from the containers that a bride chooses. Elaborate vases and rose bowls can be pricey by themselves, so looking for low cost alternatives is a great way to save money on bridal flowers. Plain glass vases bought wholesale or from discount stores, an assortment of small bud vases, handmade vases, repurposed glass jars and even pitchers and glasses can all be used as inexpensive containers for bridal flowers. Larger arrangements can also be contained in rustic buckets, baskets, wheelbarrows and pots depending on the overall theme and mood of the wedding.

Inexpensive Arrangements

Arrangements can become quite pricey for weddings, especially the larger arrangements favoured for places of worship and to decorate the reception rooms. The arrangement for the bridal table alone could blow a bride’s budget. But there are many budget arrangement options. Using foliage (leaves, twigs and branches), ornamental berries and even fruit in addition to or instead of flowers will usually lower the cost of an arrangement.

Bulking up an arrangement with baby’s breath, or using baby’s breath alone as the arrangement, can help keep costs low too. Flower petals strewn across the table instead of a centrepiece is another low cost option. Floating candles with just a few blooms mixed in will also create a lovely focal point for less money.

Finally, a potted plant or bunch of flowers can also be put into a beautiful container to create a delightful centrepiece. By playing around with their options and experimenting with seasonal items brides will no doubt be able to create their own arrangements at a price that doesn’t break the bank.

Budget bridal flowers are everywhere. With a little imagination and some trial and error, brides should be able to find myriad options that don’t blow their budgets. Experimenting with inexpensive flowers, containers and arrangements should help brides come up with beautiful budget options that will leave themselves, their guests and their bank accounts happy.

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