We understand that everyone has a budget when planning a wedding, but what if you have a small budget? How can you make less look more? We've got some great tips.
Flowers have the ability to transform the entire wedding venue making it look picture perfect. The flowers you choose for your big day can play a huge part in reflecting your personality and creating your dream come true. With this being said it doesn’t come cheap. We have a few floral ideas to stay within budget.
Think about using ivy, thyme, rosemary, eucalyptus and all other kinds of foliage and herbs as decoration for wedding table and centrepieces. It gives a lovely rustic feel and smells amazing on your wedding day. You can also use twigs/branches, leaves and any other locally grown flowers. All greenery arrangements can really help lower your costs. You can create beautiful greenery brides and bridesmaids’ bouquets with different varieties of foliage adding lots of texture and depth. They also make gorgeous floral runners and arrangements.
If you are looking to have a minimalistic theme, then greenery is all you need. Ferns are such a great option, they are fairly cheap and look great as wedding décor- very clean and elegant. They really compliment dark woods, cream and whites- a very natural colour palette.
You can save quite a bit of money by scaling down your bridesmaids bouquets. It will make decorating your wedding so much easier too. You can still create an impact with more affordable flowers. Focus on the colour and the overall shape/design.
An easy way to simplify wedding flowers is to just get the basics, bouquets, buttonholes and ceremony arrangement.
Jam jars make lovely centrepieces. A pretty mix of filler flowers, foliage and statement flowers do tend to be much more affordable and are perfect if you’re after that rustic look. By using various sizes of flowers add height and interest to the arrangements. They also look gorgeous arranged in a selection of up-cycled small vases or bottles. There are lots of ways to decorate jam jars, you could tie ribbon, raffia or lace around them. You customise them to your taste.
Try and maximise the use of your wedding/floral arrangements. Use arrangements that were displayed for your wedding ceremony and use them at your reception. Your table centres could also be used as thank you gifts.
You could also reuse your bridesmaids bouquets at the reception and use them in vases as a table centrepiece.
These are becoming increasingly popular at weddings. You can create very affordable centre pieces using cacti and succulents. The mini ones also make really lovely wedding favours. Larger house plants such as ferns look amazing too. Consider using larger potted plants and herbs for your centrepieces.
Carnations are now more popular than ever at weddings. They are sturdy, long lasting and come in a huge selection of colours. They are perfect for tall arrangements.
Gypsophila is a very popular amongst brides. It looks beautiful just on its own in jam jars, buckets or as an arrangement/bouquet. It can be used in a variety of ways for wedding décor.
Hypericum B erries
Hypericum berries mixed with foliage and flowers looks stunning in wedding arrangements. They come in a variety of natural colours. They add such a depth to a bouquet. They have lots of berries per stem making them great fillers for arrangements at low cost.
These are also known as Peruvian lily, this beautiful detailed flower comes in over 150 colours ranging from white and golden, yellow to red and pink to purple.
These pompom dahlia like blooms again come in a wide range of colours but has a small price tag. They come in a variety of sizes too.
These pretty little stems of delicate flowers make a great filler flower for bouquets, buttonholes, centrepieces etc. Available in white and pink.
Germini are fantastic budget friendly flowers, they are available all year round.
Choose in season flowers to keep costs down. For example, peonies are only available here in UK late spring to early summer. They are much more expensive during other times of the year.
Not every bride wants their bridesmaids to carry bouquets. Wrist corsages are the perfect
option if you like the idea of simple floral details. It can be a single statement flower, a small group of flowers, succulents, ribbons, beading the possibilities are endless.
You can pick shades to celebrate the current season or incorporate your favourite colour.
The corsage is secured onto a band and worn on the wrist, it can also be pinned to a dress or worn in the hair. Roses, spray roses, lilies, carnations, orchids and peonies are all popular options. Roses and carnations are especially popular because they are very sturdy flowers so will stay in place all day.
You could always dress your corsage with berries, jewels and ribbons for a special personal touch. Use different sized flowers for a more natural, wild like feel.
Make use of all the nature surrounding you, leaves, pinecones, twigs, shells and feathers can all be used in many ways to decorate your wedding day. They are a super easy way to add that personal touch to you wedding without too much effort.
Leaves bring a bit of nature to your tables, choose from a range of options such as fresh green leaves and beautiful autumnal leaves. A new and popular trend is DIY place cards using leaves with hand written names on. You can either hand write them yourself or get a calligrapher to do it.
Another option is place cards with a small bundle of herbs or wild flowers. They are so simple but look really effective and have a lovely fragrant.
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