6. Be strict over buttonholes and corsages
Weddings cost enough without having to buy buttonholes and corsages for the whole family. Where possible I suggest to buy for the wedding party, so groom, best man, ushers, mums and dads and grandparents. Siblings also if they are not already included in the wedding party. If you have aunties and uncles asking about buttonholes simply provide them your florists contact details this means they can be in the same style as the wedding party, they will be delivered with the rest of the flowers but them pay for their own.
7. Use bigger arrangements
So often a bride’s vision may not match her budget. The best way to over come this is to opt for a few large arrangements that will really provide impact and have the wow factor than waste money on lots of smaller arrangements. For example opting for tall table arrangements provides far more decoration than low arrangements that can get lost on your table. With tall arrangements guests don’t just get the benefit from their table arrangements but they can also see all the other table’s flowers which makes it look like a lot more decoration than there actually is. Also statement pieces like archways, trees and pedestals can often be more cost effective than you think and using them in different places throughout the day again gives the impression of a lot more decoration than there may actually be.
8. Get quoted on your dream wedding
When you are getting your wedding flower quote always get a quote for your dream wedding flowers. So this means include every single thing you want including any extras that you might only go for if your budget can manage it. Firstly you may be surprised and your budget can stretch further than you first thought and secondly at least you know the “worst case scenario”, and by that I mean you have an accurate idea of how much it will all cost and you can make cut backs if needed as you have included non essential items in this quote.
9. If you don’t have to be don’t be too specific
Unless you know exactly what flowers you would like in every arrangement then don’t be too specific. This means that your florist can be more flexible working to your budget. For example if you are looking for a mixed flower bouquet but love roses by all means ask for roses to be included but then leave it up to florist to choose the rest of the flowers in the bouquet as they will know what will work well to achieve your look and what will work the best to keep your flowers on budget. Also if there is a flower you particularly don’t like it is always good to let the florist know from the beginning to make sure it is not included in any of your arrangements.
10. Have a clear idea of the style you want for your day
I really think flowers are nearly as important as your dress, hair and make up. Almost every photo of the bride, bridesmaid and groom will show the bouquets and buttonholes. Every photo of the ceremony and reception will probably have a glimpse of an arrangement or table flowers. With that in mind it is key to have a clear idea of what style/theme you want for your wedding day as the flowers really do tie all the elements of your styling together. There’s no point in having a woodland style wedding and then going for a modern bouquet of tropical blooms. Once you have an idea of the style of your day make sure you explain this to your florist so they can base your flowers around this. If you are struggling to work out what style you like using Pinterest can be a great way of collecting images you like and once you have a board made up you will soon see the kind of style/theme you are leaning towards.