This week’s tips and trends blog comes from Summer of Summer Robbin’s Flowers. We love Summer’s adaptable approach. She can make floral dreams come true for any type of bride.
For our budget savvy brides, Summer has some great tips for maximizing your floral budget. Please send us your comments and questions!
Flowers are one of the most important decorative details that bring your wedding to life. Almost every gorgeous bridal image on Pinterest, Instagram, blogs, and magazines include sumptuous florals. But those images never list prices and most of us are not in the habit of buying premium florals for ourselves. In fact, this might be the very first time you’ve ever bought flowers for yourself. Experiencing sticker shock when you see your first floral estimate is totally normal. But have no fear. I’m here to help you afford the florals of your dreams with a few creative suggestions. These are the tricks that I use every day when designing events for my couples.
#1 Use Greenery
Pantone named greenery as 2017’s wedding color of the year for a very good reason: Flowers are expensive. Greenery costs less.
The more greenery you use in your arrangements, the less expensive they will cost. Take a look at these arrangements I’ve made to illustrate my point. The first version is the most expensive centerpiece at $250. This is probably similar to one that you’ve fallen in love with from one of your favorite wedding blogs. The second version illustrates that (without compromising too much) you can bring that cost down to $175 by using some less expensive flowers as filler and adding more greenery.
The second version illustrates that (without compromising too much) you can bring that cost down to $175 by using some less expensive flowers as filler and adding more greenery.
And the third version is the most budget friendly at $100 because it is mostly about the textural beauty of the greenery and a select number of gorgeous full blooms.
#2 Vary Your Centerpieces
If you expect 150 guests at your wedding, you will have approximately 19 tables that will need some form of decoration. So even if you’ve decided to take my advice and use more greenery in your centerpieces, you’re still looking at spending $1900 just for centerpieces. That doesn’t include all of your bouquets, boutonnieres, ceremony decor, etc. Let me help you bring that cost down a bit more.
If you vary your centerpieces by using a few different styles, your cost can go down significantly. Imagine the visual of your reception space as a whole. With every table looking a little bit different, it will add visual interest and make it more appealing to your guests’ overall experience. You will still get the visual impact of the romantic centerpiece you love, even if only a third of the tables have them. The other tables can have two other versions of less expensive arrangements that will complement each other. My suggestion would be to use a selection of bud vases filled with flowers at the center of your tables as an additional option. The one pictured would cost approximately $75. Another budget-friendly option would be to use a selection of candles surrounded by greenery, which would cost approximately $50. All of these are beautiful and complement each other, while also saving you money.
#3 Repurpose Bouquets as Decor
After your ceremony and pictures, you’ll need a vase to place your gorgeous bouquets. So, why not place them along the center of the head table where the bridal party will be sitting for dinner and the reception? The dessert table is also a really great place to repurpose your bouquets as decor. This way you and your guests can continue to enjoy and admire your bouquets, while also saving money on decor.
About the author: Summer Robbins-Sutter is the owner and creative director of Summer Robbins Flowers, an event floral design studio located in the very popular destination-wedding community of Bend, Oregon.
We hope you enjoyed this article! We want all brides to know that no matter what their budget, they can still have a stunningly beautiful wedding.