1. Pick Your Own Flowers
Picking or buying your own wildflowers and making the bouquets and arrangements yourself is definitely one of the easiest ways to save money, but it’s not for everyone and we only recommend this option if you have friends and family members willing to help you arrange flowers on the day of your wedding. It may seem easy enough, but it’s much harder than it looks and you’ll have a lot better things to do than fussing over the freesia before the ceremony. It’s also important to have realistic expectations when arranging your own flowers — if you want flower arrangements that look like they do in the magazines you will need to to hire somebody.
Pros: You can easily pick these at local marts and wholefood stores
Cons: The last thing you’ll want to be doing on your wedding day is arranging flowers
2. Have your Bridesmaids Carry Something Other Than Flowers
There’s no rule that says bridesmaids, or even the bride for that matter, need to carry flowers down the aisle. Why not give your girls paper pinwheels instead? or fans? or parasols? or whatever your creative little heart can come up with?
Pros: Adds whimsy to your wedding
Cons: Not always the most appropriate option for more traditional weddings
3. Choose Flowers That are Locally in Season
If you’re absolutely set on having a wedding bouquet, make sure you choose flowers that are in season and easily sourced to help cut down on the cost. There’s no point in dreaming of a beautiful peony bouquet if you’re getting married in December. Sure your florist will probably be able to source them for you, but you will pay a premium for them when there are cheaper alternatives available. What’s seasonal will vary depending on where you live, so talk to your florist about what your best options are.
Pros: You’ll save money and be kind to the environment at the same time
Cons: You can’t always get what you want
4. Use Less Expensive and Non-Traditional Elements
Using non-traditional elements such as baby's breath, lavender, and plants create interesting and less expensive bouquets and arrangements. If you have your heart set on a really expensive flower, try using only one or two blossoms and bulking up the rest of the arrangement with lots of interesting and inexpensive greenery. .
Pros: Potential for very unique and customized arrangements
Cons: Some plants and materials are becoming trendy and therefore going up in price