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Weddings are becoming an expensive affair! The average costs overall can run $20-30 thousand. If we fall in line with the national average the floral budget should be 10% of the total wedding cost.
There is hope and you can purchase wedding floral designs on a budget without looking like you cut corners.
Research. There is so much information available; start collecting photos or pin boards of your likes and perhaps your dislikes too. Define your overall theme by color pallet and style. Have it with you or accessible to the Florists you are meeting with for estimates.
Define your floral budget. What are you willing to spend? In order to avoid sticker shock, consider your budget for all wedding categories to make the planning process easier and more productive.
Trust your Floral Designer. It may take a few consultations for comparison; but you should be comfortable and compatible with the person who will be designing your wedding flowers. Once they understand your vision and budget, they will be able to steer you in the right direction and make suggestions for substitutions if needed. Your confidence in them will allow their creative freedom to wow you on your wedding day.
Be flexible on flower choices. Let go of pricey selections that will drive up the overall cost. Enjoy your favorite blooms in your bouquet, but adding them into every arrangement could take you over budget fast. Flowers like Hydrangea and Babies Breath, are cost effective and fashionable varieties to showcase or mix with other flowers. Hydrangeas are large and round in keeping with the orb and low profile designs. Babies breath is fashion forward alone or combined with other flowers.
Dual use items featured at the ceremony and reception also offer cost savings. Mason jars filled with flowers can mark your pews or chairs and also be displayed as center pieces. Garden urns filled with large blooms can mark your ceremony and also be a showcase at your reception.