Top Tips on Maximising Your Wedding Flower Budget

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You may have seen part 1 and part 2 of our beautiful “Love Deeper Than The Ocean” shoot photos from a while ago. When we were conceptualising it, we asked wonderful supplier, Floral Magic, to see if they could cleverly find ways to reuse the ceremony florals for the reception, and show couples how they can maximise their budget and even save money on flowers.

More on this later in the feature but to start with, we picked Jo of Floral Magic’s brain for some of her top tips on how couples can stretch their wedding dollars on flowers without compromising on style.

Save the date for other occasions
It may seem romantic to hold your wedding on Valentine's Day, or Christmas, or New Year's, but it's going to be a strain on your guests juggling their personal commitments, and also a strain on your budget as these are when flowers may be doubly expensive.

Don't sweat the small stuff
Boutonnière for the groom, groomsmen, fathers, and oh! corsages for the mothers, bridesmaids... they need bridesmaids bouquets too, right? The wedding ceremony itself is a sweet, but undeniably short segment of your entire event, be it a civil or church affair. If possible, keep corsages and smaller items like flower girl and bridesmaids flowers to a minimum. I've even had the bridal party forget to wear these!

Focus, focus, focus
By cutting down on small arrangements, this budget can go into items that more visibly contribute to the big picture that all guests can enjoy - such as a more lushly styled reception or taller, more elaborate centrepieces.

Seasons are a myth
Overseas wedding blogs boast about using in-season flowers so that the final cost will be cheaper, but sadly it doesn't apply to us in Singapore. For example, florists in California have access to farmers who grow their flowers in the same state, so by only limiting their selection to what's in-season locally, they don't have to import blooms from elsewhere, thereby saving money. However, because almost all our flowers in Singapore are imported, it is the perennially available flowers that may be more affordable - as opposed to special in-season flowers (that come from as far is Japan, Holland, US, Australia, etc). Perennially available flowers that are more affordable in Singapore include local orchids such as dendrobium and mokara, and chrysanthemums (for cute ones check out the button pom variety.)

Exclusive to the bride
To some, weddings are the perfect excuse to splurge on the flowers you'd never get for yourself on other occasions. If it's the David Austin rose or Lily of the Valley you're after - you don't have to have these on every table and in every floral element. Keep these expensive blooms exclusive to yourself, the pictures taken of them will be for everyone to enjoy anyway!

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Lynette and Jo of Floral Magic.

Keep an open mind
We always ask for the bride's must-have flowers, and no-go blooms. Then we show them some of our work with the no-go blooms and see if they are open to it because we make them work in a particular colour, way or texture. Similar to what we did with bundling carnations and masquerading them as a large peony, this is another way of managing budget and seasonal availability.

Go Green
If you are open to it, using leaves alone can make a stunning wedding. It may be non-traditional, but can still evoke different styles ranging from classic (large leaves in clear cylinder glass vases) to rustic. For the latter we've, in the past, used potted plants for table styling that doubled as wedding favours for guests to take home.

Share and save
Church weddings are usually packed back-to-back. If you don't have another venue to re-use the flowers at, see if you can get hold of the other bridal couple to agree on a same theme so that you can split the cost of these flowers.

Reuse and recycle
If all your wedding activities are happening on the same day with sufficient time and space for setting up in between, chances are you'll be able to reuse and recycle your flowers. You may incur extra transport and/or labour costs depending on the venue and schedule, or choose to add on more centrepieces if you have a larger guest list for the following event, but you don't have to get a whole new set of flowers. Here's how we did it for our “Love Deeper Than The Ocean” shoot:

- We made tall centrepieces to flank the ceremony area. These then went onto the dining tables. They don't have to be large and tall centrepieces on every table, alternate placements often will do.

- Smaller arrangements that went onto the guest welcome table, cocktail and lounge area tables, were re-purposed as dessert table decorations later on. Making multiple smaller arrangements gives you flexibility in moving things around and dressing up a corner you forgot needs a little perk-me-up!

- Flowers on large structures or installations such as arches may not be suitable for re-use. However because we used air plants and super hardy cymbidium orchids, we could use some of these as additional decor accents on the dining table.

- We love it when guests take home the floral decorations after the event, because we hate throwing out flowers! I think people are not always keen on bringing home lovey dovey paraphernalia as wedding favours, and some would prefer taking home flowers which they otherwise wouldn't buy for their home usually.

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Photos by Trouve

In the spirit of sharing, here are some additional tips we gathered from the web…
Make a big impact by doing one thing in abundance such as gathering lots of branches and placing them in large vases.

Cut down the cost of labour for more elaborate arrangements and go for something simple – a few choice blooms such as roses, tulips or orchids submerged in water will create a look that is easy and elegant.

Use single elements rather than whole arrangements for bouquets. For example, baby’s breath, lavender, wheat, or even kale bouquets.

Try grouping the same flowers in different hues, grouping similar flowers together or use a single flower in a vase. Cluster vases in different configurations on each table.

Grouping a mix of bottles is also a great way to make a visual impact, they can also be hung to accent areas where there isn’t enough table space.

Pack a bigger punch by choosing large blooms. They may cost your more but will make a grander statement, meaning you will need fewer of them. This is one way to have luxe blooms but still stay within your budget.

Create a few focal points of interest in a room by placing just a few large arrangements strategically. You can then use small, simple centrepieces everywhere else.

Fake fancy blossoms by grouping flowers such as carnations and mums in bunches of four of five to masquerade as peonies or dahlias.

Trade expensive buds for more affordable varieties like swapping peonies for roses. If you're really set on a certain flower, discuss including it in your bridal bouquet and substituting it in your centrepieces.

Opt for terrariums or planted arrangements for centrepieces, which you can purchase or make yourself, or bulk up arrangements with inexpensive greenery.

Finally, for your pinning pleasure...

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Thank you so much for your input Jo, we're sure they'll be of great help to our readers! :)

 

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