Wedding Flower Ideas (From Cheap to Premium)
Many couples underestimate the fact that buying wedding flowers is absolutely nothing like buying flowers from the store (at least not normally!)
At a floral shop somewhere here in MN, you might expect to find $5 bouquets, $10 bouquets, and a variety of other affordable options. You’ll also expect to come across $95 arrangements, $200 arrangements, and a variety of higher-end options.
However, most brides and grooms fail to realize that the average bill for wedding floral services is approximately $2,141.
That number includes floral of all kinds – centerpieces, bouquets for the bridal party, boutonnieres, and all of the like. If you’re expecting to cut back in some of those areas, you might not face as high of a bill.
That said, some people find the floral design to be one of the coolest, most interesting pieces at their wedding. There’s no shame in investing into something that matters to you if that’s what you’re interested in!
Below I’ve laid out a couple of different options for those who want to save on flowers and those who are looking for the best of the best in terms of wedding flowers in MN.
How to Save on Floral
Spending thousands on floral doesn’t fit with everyone’s budget. If that’s the case for you, try saving money (without making huge sacrifices) by considering some of these alternatives.
These tips aren’t meant to be a blanket statement on cutting out everything – they’re just a few ideas that you can pick and choose from so that you end up with all of what matters most to you and none of what doesn’t.
No Boutonnieres for Groomsmen
Let’s face it – boutonnieres are beautiful and add flare, but the slight change they make to an already perfected look is minimal. In a way, this is the floral equivalent of cufflinks. They make a great impression, but a very select few will notice the absence of them or think anything of it if they do.
Choosing to use boutonnieres for the father of the bride, the father of the groom, and the groom himself doesn’t suggest that you made a cheesy budget cut – it simply states that you chose to honor specific family members instead of your entire bridal party.
If anything, this move is more of a preference than a money-saving measure.
Limited Floral Centerpieces
Many brides feel pressured to put a floral centerpiece on every table.
Ironically, modern weddings are moving more towards variety than uniformity on tables. It’s more than okay to choose to put flowers on just a few tables (if any) instead of all of them. You can instead furnish the remaining tables with thrifted or rented items and save a lot in the process.
Your guests are likely to talk about this for a long time to come – not the budget cut, but the great taste in design. Everyone loves variety!
You might scoff at the idea of artificial flowers, but here’s the deal – many have come a long way. In some cases, you won’t be able to tell that any flowers are artificial until you hold them in your hands.
That’s a great reason to use them for your bridesmaid bouquets and even for yours as well! Flowers look great in photos, but cameras won’t pick up the difference between real and fake, and neither will anyone at your wedding.
Choosing artificial flowers saves a tremendous amount of money because you won’t have to work with a floral designer throughout any of your process.
Partnering With a Hobbyist or Picking Pre-Arranged Bouqets
Sometimes a professional’s touch is just not necessary. If you think about it, you probably have a friend with an eye for design that would be thrilled to help you with your bouquets.
If not, you could always consider buying bouquets off the shelf. There’s sure to be something that catches your eye!
That said, be aware that many venues require you to work with a licensed florist. Partnering with anyone but a licensed florist may not be an option for you depending on where you’re getting married.
How to Stand Out With Floral Design
If you’re looking for floral design that goes above and beyond the norm, here’s what you need to know.
How to Find a Top Designer
In many cases, a high-end wedding planner knows the best names in the industry. If you’re able to articulate what you want to your planner, they can probably find someone that can do whatever it is you’re looking for.
If you don’t have a vision for what you’d like, great wedding planners should still be able to find creative, passionate florists that can make your day unique.
That said, if you don’t have a wedding planner, there are still ways to come up with the best options for your big day.
The first step is to find a floral company that provides the services you’re in need of. For instance, many elaborate designs are better suited to be professionally installed. If you ended up booking a company that doesn’t do installation, you could be in trouble in that instance.
Other services floral companies may or may not provide are:
- Decor Design
- Day-Of Coordination
Be sure that the team you work with can help you through all of the steps that you need assistance with. Also be sure to check reviews – some floral designers might not have as great of a reputation as they’d like to tell you that they do!
Explaining Your Dream Day
Once you’ve found a great floral designer, it’s your job to explain to them what your dream event space looks like.
If your budget is a priority over your desires, then make sure to tell the florist what you have to work with before you realize down the road that you can’t afford the investment and have to scrap the plan.
You don’t have to be knowledgeable about flowers and plants to effectively translate your vision to a florist. Try showing them examples of what you like and being honest about what you don’t. Even if you don’t have photos to reference, show off some of the colors you like and the ones that are in keeping with the color scheme of your wedding.
From there, a top-notch florist will be able to start dreaming with you to help you come up with an actionable plan that will turn into a beautiful result.