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Looking to save money on your wedding flowers and decor  Here are 10 ways you can save money on your wedding decor.

If you’re planning a wedding, you’re probably already running through all of the ways you can cut things to fit into your budget.  One of the most obvious ways is your budget for flowers and decorations.  There are plenty of reasons to save money here and no reason to spend an arm and a leg!


1.  Select an Outdoor Location

If you choose an outdoor venue for your wedding and reception, it will already look beautiful without spending hundreds or thousands.  Let nature speak for itself and keep all of the other decorations very minimal.


2.  Use Lots of Greenery

If you’re using a florist, tell them you’re interested in using more greenery than flowers.  Greenery is a classic look and it’s way cheaper than a bouquet of roses.

3.  Buy In Season

If you’re buying flowers from the florist, make sure you choose flowers that are in season.  If you have your heart set on a particular flower but it’s not in season, it could cost you an arm and a leg.  Choosing flowers that are in season are not only less expensive, but it seems like a more natural and effortless design decision for your wedding.

4.  Hire an Inexpensive Florist or Creative Friend

I don’t highly recommend doing all of your flowers yourself.  Although, I’ve heard of people who this totally works out for and they have an awesome experience.  Yes, it’s the cheap way to go but since flowers are living products, they have an expiration date.  You have to wait until the last minute to arrange wedding flowers and it may be added stress you don’t want to handle the day before and day of your wedding.  Consider hiring an inexpensive florist.  You don’t need top notch florists to make beautiful arrangements.  If that’s still too expensive, ask a creative friend who isn’t in the wedding to arrange the flowers.

You can find quality flowers at the grocery stores.  Buy already-made bouquets from the store, take them apart and put them back together in your style.  When you buy the arranged bouquet you get a wider variety of flowers for your money than if you were to buy one bouquet of all the same flower.  My favorite stores for reasonably priced flowers are:  Fresh Market, Trader Joes and Publix.


5.  Have Bridesmaids Carry a Single Flower or a Non-Floral

Let’s face it, your house probably won’t be littered with photos of your bridesmaids holding their bouquets.  If anything, you’ll hang more pictures of you and your husband.  So save money on their bouquets and put it toward your bridal bouquet.  Consider having them hold a single show-stopping flower like a peony, king protea or even a hydrangea.

If you want to go even more frugal, don’t have them hold a flower at all.  Choose something that goes along with your wedding’s theme like a pinwheel, paper flowers or cotton.

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6.  Use Plants as Centerpieces (Double as Favors)

Don’t spend a ton of money on elaborate floral arrangements for the centerpieces.  Plants still give life to the room and they’re not as fussy.  The best part is that they can double as favors.  Weather it’s a fern, something with flowers on it or another plant, this is a great option.  You can buy succulents very cheaply ($2 or less for tiny ones) and they’re easy to keep alive.


7.  Use Bottles for Centerpieces

You can find glass bottles for very inexpensive at flea markets or antique malls.  Choose a color that goes along with your theme and cluster them on each table.  They can be clear bottles, brown, amber, green or even wine bottles.  You can attach the table number to a bottle or add a single flower or two in each bottle to add a little bit of life to them which is still less expensive than an entire arrangement.  After the wedding you can display the entire bottle collection on top of your kitchen cabinets.

If you have clear glass and you want it to be go along with your wedding colors, you can easily stain the glass.


8.  Reuse Ceremony Flowers at Reception

Grab a vase for each table and put the bridesmaid’s bouquets in the vase to add some color for centerpieces or just to line up on a table, a window or a mantle.  It can create a lot of color rather than letting the bouquets sit unused on a table.  If you’re using big arrangements at the church, bring them to the reception for the food and gift tables.


9.  Use Candles

Who said there needs to be flowers at the tables, anyway?  Use a cluster of candles inside hurricanes at each table and add some greenery around the cluster to soften it.  Candles add a romantic feel to the space.

Make sure you check with the venue on any fire restrictions.  Many of them won’t let you have an open flame unless it’s inside of something like a hurricane.  Don’t get your heart set on tapered candles before you check with them.

10.  Use the Venue’s Decorations

Many venues have decorations on hand for you to use or rent.  You might as well use what they have than paying an arm and a leg to buy it yourself and then never use it again after the wedding.

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    • Patti L

      My church has a free decoration closet that you can use and/or donate to after your wedding. Also, before renting ANYTHING see if it’s cheaper to buy it. A lot of items (vases, especially) can be found cheaper that way. You can resell later through bridal decoration sites, etsy, ebay or craig’s list or simply keep to share with your next friend or family member that is a bride. Look for decor you may even want to use again in your house. Use an alternative guest book that you may want to hang in your home as a decoration. Find vases that would work in alternative locations, etc.

      I’ve heard that bulk stores like Sam’s also have good bulk buys on flowers, but have none in my area.

      And, reuse your flowers. Give them to family to decorate their home after the event (when you’ll likely be on a honeymoon and won’t be able to enjoy them) or give them to a local nursing home to brighten up the space for the residents. Doesn’t save you any money but is a nice thing to do.

    • Daniel Claeys

      Let’s get real about all this. I’m going to take this one point at the time, so I don’t confuse anyone. This should be an easy task as no one has read this in 3 months.

      #1 Outdoor venue. In a perfect world, it never rains on a Saturday. In the South and Southwest, it is either too hot or too cold. There are also bugs to deal with. City dwellers often pay for the use of a city park as well as security required by city ordinances. Plan B can cost with holding deposits, whether or not the venue is used..

      #2 Use more greenery. Unless you are using leather leaf, aka Baker’s Fern, greenery can cost as much if not more than some flowers. Unless you are willing and have the time and the resources to hunt and gather, your savings will be minimal and I can guarantee that from the slightest distance, the bouquet will not photograph well.

      #3 Buy in season. With the transportation logistics available today, most any flower is available year round. Cost of goods are more related to supply and demand and colors that are season related cost more. White anything in the months of May and June are just more expensive and that is just a plain fact of life.

      #4 Hire an inexpensive florist or ask a creative friend. Good God Girl, Get a Grip. There is no such thing as an inexpensive florist.You need to realize that you are paying for the services rendered. What and where are you going to with and put these flowers while you are waiting. Flowers and the extra fridge in the garage are not meant for one another and there isn’t room for everything anyway. I consider myself creative, I can draw, paint, sculpt and most anything to do in the fine arts. I can design flowers, too. I cannot, however bake a cake for 200 people. Creativity is subjective and unless the person you are asking is well adept with arranging even simple flowers, beware, you will get what you pay for.

      #5 A pin wheel? Seriously? Don’t do anything that in 20 years, you or your children, will look at and give that what the Hell was I/you thinking. Look closely at the picture that you posted. You cannot tell what the girl is carrying. You may need to rethink those other suggestions for outdoor, regional use also.

      #6 Use plants as centerpieces. Where are you finding succulents for $2.00? Send me a truck load. Those are at least 8″ clay pots in your picture, they retail for $4 to $5 apiece. One 6″ plant, even at the Big Box can cost $7 to $10 apiece and then there are the logistics involved in the transportation and setup. When are you getting your nails and hair done?

      #7 You show 32 bottles in your picture. These in colors that are desirable foe wedding use can cost upward to $5 each and that is at a flea market or goodwill. With the event of Ebay and Etsy, people know the worth of their goods and the demand for them. Monkeys rarely fall out of the trees and bargains are more and more difficult to find. And, of course, there are those dreaded logistics again. How many “friends” are you going to impose on to get your wedding done? Those attendants are getting their hair done also.

      #8 Reuse. Logistics. Locations and more logistics. Delegating is fine. but most weddings are like herding cats. It’s just not going to come off smoothly. This sounds easy enough, but 40 years has taught me otherwise.

      #9 Candles. More venues than not are going battery operated. These venues charge for these and the candles themselves are not cheap. Again, logistics, who is going to light the things. The caterer might, if you pay then to do it and your cousins are out getting their pictures taken. More cat herding. You want to cut back, have the wedding before it gets dark and leave them out completely.

      #10 Use venue decorations. This is every girl’s dream to use the closet squashed, mildew smelling, dust filled, artificial reruns from all the venue’s weddings in the past. I do not think that there are many would be brides out there that are really wanting this for their first wedding, 4th maybe, but not their first.

      Bottom line, there are no such things as small, inexpensive weddings, unless you are going to elope. That does not come without a price either.

    • Sheila Bouchard

      As a wedding and event florist, I have just a few notes on a couple of your points.
      1. I just did a wedding this past Sunday in Rhode Island. Beautiful venue. Woodland theme. Large part of the budget was for the outdoor decor. All day the weather called for thunder and downpours by the time of the ceremony. As much as I could, I tried to get the couple to move the event indoors for the ceremony. Although it would not be what they initially invisioned, it would however be dry and the flowers in the outdoor budget would be used around the inside of the venue, which by the way really does take an experienced florist capable of switching things up quickly and making everything look great on a last minute schedule. They did pay for my delivery and set up. They got every pennyworth and then some as I waited until the very last gun was fired to work my magic outside and stayed until the bride walked down the aisle to guarantee an extra set of hands just in case hell opened the floodgates on them.
      2. We are trained professionals and get paid appropriately for our jobs. By hiring a proffesional florist, a bride is guaranteed beautiful flowers and a stress free day with someone else doing the leg work.
      Sure, I have some brides that do some of their own decor and I work it into the overall set up. I even have bridal workshops in my studio where the wedding party comes in 2 days before the wedding and with my instruction and properly ordered and processed product, will build their own bouquets and sometimes table decore. It’s under guidance, guaranteed and it’s a great time for all. Sometimes it is taken away with the wedding party and sometimes I deliver it. Either way it is properly done with a florist.

      There are plenty of ways to keep a wedding on budget. I tell my couples to take a piece of paper and fold it down the middle. Across the top write a number that they are comfortable spending on the WHOLE wedding. The left side is the need side. The right side is the want side. When all of the needs are down they are to put a cost next to it. When the numbers get scary then it’s time to reevaluate what they consider as a need. If they are under budget when the list is made, they can then decide if they want to pull something from the want side. Remember, the photo booth won’t be in the photography or set the theme of your special day.

    • Sheena

      Articles like this is why I get multiple calls a month with brides in a panick over they’re diy flower plans gone wrong…… Pinterest and blog posts such as this give brides this false hope that they can pull it off so much cheaper! If they only knew what it really took. Event flowers take DAYS to prepare, longer for the inexperienced! My first wedding took me 8 hours to make 3 bouquets, some bouts and corsages! That doesn’t even include the day before processing and cutting the thorns and leaves of all of the stems. Working on the industry, so many things go wrong for about every wedding, things diy brides could never fix last minute. Flowers get stuck in customs, arrive dead, got soaked in water and rotted, broken stems, and more. As a florist I can replace them next day, a bride cannot. Brides don’t know how many stems they will need per piece, they don’t have a cooler to keep them alive till the big day, most of all, you do not have access to true wholesale flowers as you don’t own a floral business, so buying them online and doing them yourself, saves you very little money and adds a ton of frustration to your days before your wedding. Pinwheel? Really? That’s plains embarrassing and you may as well give them a sign that says I’m cheap! Your bridesmaids do a lot of work for your shower and bachelorette party, buy dresses they Will never wear again, along with shoes, hair and makeup, and a gift to you, they deserve to carry a proper bouquet walking down the aisle. Hydrabgea for a bouquet, it will be dead in an hour if your even that lucky!