How to Save Money on your Wedding: Flowers and Decor

Image via Handmaker of Things

Welcome to the fifth post in our series about how to save money on your wedding! If you’ve never visited our blog before, make sure to check out the other posts we’ve written on the same subject:

This post is about making everything look great on your special day without breaking the bank. Flowers and decor can really start to add up quickly, especially with all the resources out there for wedding planning. With different wedding websites, and particularly with Pinterest, it’s easy to go a little overboard. Take a look at our list of ideas, which will hopefully save you some money and give you some inspiration!

Flowers and Greenery

Flowers are usually one of most expensive details when it comes to the decorations, but they don’t have to be! There are several ways to minimize the amount you’re spending on flowers while still creating beautiful displays that fit with your theme.

Get your flowers from the floral department at the local grocery store. For bridal shows, we usually work with the floral department at a specialty grocery store. We use Pinterest or a variety of bridal websites to find a bouquet that we like, and then we ask the floral team to create something similar using flowers that are in season or less expensive. Take a look at some of the arrangements they’ve made for us:

Re-use the flowers from your ceremony as your centerpieces. If you create floral arrangements that can double as decorations for the ceremony and reception, you can sometimes cut your floral cost in half.

Consider making your own paper flowers. If you’re creative, or if you have bridesmaids that can help you, buy bulk or inexpensive vases from a local craft store and fill them with paper flowers. Here’s a tutorial from The Knot that gives you several different options.

Choose flowers that are in season. Choosing flowers that are out of season often makes them more expensive. Plus, if you use flowers that are in season, it can help give your wedding that special touch that sets it apart. Here are a couple wedding flower guides to get you started:

Grow wildflowers and succulents and use them for your centerpieces. If you have some time (and a green thumb!), you can use your own flowers to create the floral arrangements for your wedding. We’ve shared some beautiful ideas below:
Image via The Knot
Image via Style Me Pretty
Image via Style Me Pretty

Decor

Take a look at our blog post on DIY decorations for your wedding!

Search for bridal resale shows. A venue we work closely with, the Rustic Manor 1848 in Delafield, hosts a bridal decor resale show twice a year where brides can sell the decor from their weddings. This is a great resource, as you can usually find things that are on trend for a pretty good price. There are also businesses and websites that do the same thing, including Tradesy, Wedding Recycle, and Ruffled Blog.

Choose a venue that does not need many decorations. Some venues make you bring in everything from tables to chairs to uplighting. If you choose a venue with “built-in” decor, you won’t have to spend as much. For example, if you’re going for the rustic look, a barn venue may be perfect for you. A historical building with great architecture may also be a direction you want to go. If you live near the ocean or a lake, picking a venue with access to that body of water can provide all the scenery you need.

Keep in mind that you need to be realistic about how much you can DIY. For example, you may love the idea of a handmade photobooth backdrop, but it might not be worth your time to spend 3 days making it. Find the balance between DIY and buy, and you’ll take a lot of the stress out of planning!

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