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Ideas for Cheap Wedding Flowers

How to save money on centerpieces, bouquets, and more

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You can get cheap wedding flowers that still look elegant.

Using non-floral elements can help you save money.

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While the average price of weddings in the United States has risen to more than $27,000 (and over $65,000 in large cities such as New York), brides are finding ways to spend that money more wisely, and discovering tips and tricks to help them save money. While lush bouquets of dahlias, peonies, and garden roses are likely going to come with an equally eye-catching price tag, there are some simple ways cut costs and score cheap wedding flowers without compromising the look of your event. 


  • Use flowers that are in season. While you may be able to get your favorite blooms flown-in year round, sticking with locally grown, in-season flowers can help save major bucks. 
  • Be honest about your budget. If you discuss style, colors, and favorite flowers with your florist, but neglect to talk money, you can end up falling in love with wedding flowers that you simply can't afford. 
  • Have a holiday wedding. Holding your wedding during the Christmas season or immediately after Easter means you won't have to spring for ceremony arrangements—typically the church will be decorated.
  • Avoid February. Not only are there less flowers in season, but flower prices are at an annual high due to Valentine's Day.
  • Use non-floral elements. Make the focal point of your centerpiece candles, lanterns, or books. Doing so means you can scale down the floral part of your arrangement, saving major money. 
  • Get fruity. Incorporating fruits and veggies (think: apples, pumpkins, gourds, artichokes, grapes) is a great way to fill out a centerpiece for just a few bucks.
  • Pick a gorgeous venue. While there are many benefits to hosting your wedding at a hotel, the ceremony and reception spaces are usually raw—which means you have to bring in tons of decor and flowers to liven the place up. Selecting a venue with a lot of built-in charm (like a historic church, quaint country inn, or botanical garden) means your guests will have lots to pretty things to oogle, and you can go easy on the blooms.
  • Candles, candles, candles. Tealights, tapers and pillar candles all look beautiful when artfully arranged on a tabletop, You can find pretty vessels at your local dollar store or score great deals online.
  • Go natural. Repot herbs, flowers and other plants from your local garden store into eye-catching containers. Or incorporate twigs, leaves, and other foliage into your arrangements to add depth and texture.
  • Stick to budget blooms. Carnations, mums, baby's breath--these blooms tend to be loathed by brides the world over, but a good florist can make these filler flowers stand out. Go for monochromatic colors and back the flowers tightly together.
  • Use statement-making flowers sparingly. Dinner plate dahlias are gorgeous, but a centerpiece filled with these flowers is going to be pricey. Instead, opt for one big bloom and fill the rest of the centerpiece with cheaper flowers. 
  • Reduce, reuse. Opt for small, simple bouquets for your 'maids and then repurpose the blooms at the reception as decorations for the guest book table, restrooms, dessert table, etc. Recruit a friend to move the ceremony decorations to the reception site. 
  • Keep it simple. Remember, you're not just paying for the flowers themselves, you're paying for your florist's time and craftsmanship. Garlands of flowers, intricate centerpieces, and super-structured bouquets take time to wrangle. Simple, loose arrangements are equally beautiful and won't hurt the bottom line. 
  • Trim the guest list. More guests means more tables, which means more money spent on centerpieces. Fewer guests at the ceremony means you'll have a shorter aisle—and fewer aisle decorations. Keeping the wedding party small also helps save cash—those bouquets and boutonnieres add up quickly!
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