The cost of wedding flowers is an important budget item you cannot afford to ignore while laying out an estimate of your wedding cost.
For a wedding, the cost on flowers will be for the bouquets carried by the bride, her maids, corsages carried by mothers of bride and the groom and the boutonnieres carried by the groom and groomsmen and flowers of the flower girls. There are occasions when the wedding guests are also offered flowers. All inclusive becomes the cost of wedding flowers.
A bridal wedding bouquet cost will be up to $150 with the lower range being $50. Bridesmaids’ bouquets will be in the $20 to $30 range and the boutonnieres come within $10 or a little above $10.
The cost also is linked to the number of flowers used and if the bouquets need to be more ornate the cost goes up. Going for seasonal flower bouquets will reduce the overall cost for flowers. Exotic flower bouquets such as those made with orchids are always costlier.
A good idea is to consult a florist well in advance and tell your budget range, he will show what he has to offer in that budget. Also check with him the cost involved for altar decoration with flowers. Most of the florists offer it as a fringe benefit. But ensure beforehand. If you are on a shoestring budget inform your florist of the same.
Some helpful tips to operate on a shoestring budget for wedding flowers are as follows:
Take some time to trim the flowers by yourself and this saves a good deal of money. Go for in-season and easily available flowers.
Explain your florist a general style and color scheme and of any reservations you have for a particular flower and give your florist a flexibility to use in-season and cheapest flowers. Few months, wherein the cost of the flowers would be high, can be avoided for wedding.
Use inexpensive flowers such as carnations for decorating the altar. Even going for snowball mums is not a bad idea as they give a filling appeal.
Book a garden like venue for the ceremony and you can reduce cost on flowers. If another party books the same venue you can get a deal by splitting the flower cost between the two.
Consider ordering wedding flowers through Internet. There are several online flower wholesalers out there, who would offer much cheaper rates than a real florist out in town.