1. Fresh is best - find flowers that are in season and readily sourced
Just because your might feel like falling in a heap at the end of your wedding doesn't mean your flowers should.
Fresh flowers in season stay fresher for longer plus the stems will be less costly too. Out of season flowers can really blow the wedding budget, particularly if they are shipped in for overseas - tulips from Holland don’t come cheap.
2. Know your budget and make sure your wedding florist does too.
If you are a bride looking for the average cost of wedding flowers in Australia, then the answer is around $2,800, with the cost of a bridal bouquet from a wedding florist sitting between $150-$300.
When you find a florist who's style and price meets your expectations, the next step is to provide the florist with suggestions as to the style of bouquet you want and your wedding colour palette. Leave it up to the florist to select the blooms that will sit within your budget.
3. Swap out costly blooms and find a lookalike
A good wedding florist will be able to suggest alternatives to your expensive blooms. Share images of your favourite bouquets and arrangement then leave it to the florist to come up with a less expensive version.
4. Make the most of inexpensive blooms
Don't turn your nose up at flowers with bad reputations - you may be totally surprised. Carnations are often overlooked but they can be every bit as sophistocated as a bouquet of Peony Roses. We love Putumayo carnations, the are the colour of antique lace and can look beautiful in a bunch mixed with anemones, hydrangeas, roses and vine.
5. Stick to just one or two kinds
If your florist is only sourcing two types of stems for all your wedding flowers, they can buy in bulk. Stick to a similar color scheme or shape. Orchids, calla lilies, tulips, roses, hydrangeas and peonies are all great options.
6. Repurpose your flowers
Don’t leave your ceremony arrangements at the altar! Your ceremony arrangments can do double time and be placed around the reception room, at the entrance, in the powder rooms, on the cake table or bridal table, in hallways or for a memorable exit. Ask your wedding florist how you can reuse your ceremony flowers to get the most bang for your buck.
7. Go green
Lush leaves can fill arrangements without sacrificing style. Use greenery in your arrangements whenever possible. Opt for leafy garlands, herbaceous bridesmaid bouquets and woodland-like ferns.
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8. And now for something completely different
Some brides opt to carry a religious symbol instead of a bouquet, like an heirloom rosary or a prayer book with a flower stem placed between the pages (so just a single bloom is showing). Consider mixing floral centerpieces with nonfloral décor, like lanterns or candelabras or even have them hanging off something....
9. When you really really must have that bloom!
If you want to include pricier stems in your bouquets and centrepieces, such as phalenopsis orchids, peoney roses or hydrangeas, let your florist figure out how to make the pricing work. Using these flowers on their own or by adding a few to a bunch can give you what you want and keep you within budget.
Keep in mind that out of all the floral arrangements it is your bridal bouquet that will be the most photographed so we suggest you save your most expensive blooms for your bouquet.
A Flower Cheat Sheet
A couple common wedding blooms, by price:
$ - chrysanthemum, cosmos, daisies, dahlias, gerbrahs
$$ - roses, anemones, tulips, ranunculus, hydrangea, calla lilies, stephanotis, lisianthus
$$$ - orchids, peonies, lily of the valley
Handle With Care- Be kind to your bouquets on your wedding day. They are living breathing things which will bruise or discolour if they get bumped or roughly handled.