Elegant but inexpensive flower arrangements and decoration ideas for your wedding
Inexpensive but lovely wedding flower decoration ideas
Flowers are one of the most important aspects of a wedding, as they can determine the “look” of the entire event. That’s why so many brides dream of having beautiful, elaborate flowers at their weddings – and why so many despair when they realize that their floral budget is much smaller than they would like.
Fortunately, you can find – or even make – beautiful, elegant floral arrangements for a very small amount of money. Below, six ways to get the wedding flowers of your dreams without breaking the bank.
1. Big Blooms
One of the easiest ways to cut down on the cost of your flower arrangements is to use large flowers for your bouquets and centerpieces. The reason it costs less is simple. Big flowers usually cost about the same as their smaller counterparts, but you’ll save cash because you won’t need as many of them. So instead of dozens of roses or tulips, try using just a few peonies, hydrangeas or Gerbera daisies. You’ll get the same lush effect for much less money.
2. Pretty Fillers
Another great way to have big, beautiful arrangements for less is to use inexpensive “fillers” alongside more expensive flowers. So if your heart is set on roses for your reception, use just three or four per centerpiece. Then round out each arrangement with a pretty filler, such as ivy, baby’s breath. And remember that flowers can act as fillers too – inexpensive ones like Queen Anne’s lace, freesia, and chrysanthemums are beautiful AND economical.
3. Fruit and Flowers
For stylish but inexpensive results, incorporate fruit into your floral arrangements. You can even make the arrangements yourself instead of paying a florist! Just buy glass or china bowls from a craft store or online discounter, arrange some seasonal fruit in them, and carefully place a few large flowers (with the stems cut off) in the bowls with the fruit. Make sure the fruits are the same color, or at least have complementary colors. Likewise, choose flowers that go with the fruits you’ve chosen (and remember, you can’t go wrong with white). Finally, if you’re making an arrangement yourself, it’s always a good idea to do a trial run a few weeks before the wedding, just to make sure everything pans out. You can even order the fruit and flowers ahead of time from a local grocery store or wholesale flower market.
4. Floating Flowers and Candles
This is one of Martha Stewart’s favorite arrangements and is frequently featured in her magazines. And it’s easy to see why. There’s nothing lovelier than a pretty bowl full of lush floating flowers and glowing candles. And the best part is that floating arrangements are one of the cheapest and easiest to make. You definitely won’t need the help of a florist for this one. All you have to do is find some bowls (Crate and Barrel, Illuminations, and other household stores have bowls made expressly for floating decorations). Then buy some large blooms, such as garden roses, gardenias, or Gerbera daisies. Arrange four or five flowers (without stems) in each bowl, add one or two floating candles, and – voila! – you’ve made a gorgeous centerpiece.
5. Single-Type Arrangements
Finally, to get a beautiful effect without spending too much money, choose large arrangements of just one type of flower – such as tulips, lily-of-the-valley, peonies, or even roses. Because simple arrangements take a lot less labor to arrange, your florist will charge you much less. To save even more cash, buy flowers and vases yourself and enlist your bridesmaids to help you arrange them the day before the wedding. Once again, though, make sure you practice about a week before to make sure you know what to do and how many flowers you’ll need per table.
There’s no need to blow your wedding budget on flowers. By implementing the ideas detailed above, you can have stunning arrangements that look expensive, without breaking the bank.