HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON YOUR WEDDING FLOWERS

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Weddings and flowers go hand-in-hand...an easy, if expensive way, to add colour and freshness to your day. There are many ways to save money on your flowers, from buying in bulk, to adding more greenery and choosing blooms that are in season. Then after the wedding, you can donate them to a retirement home or the hospital!

1. Add more greenery

It's the flowers themselves that add the cost to your bouquet, table arrangements and other decor. But adding more greenery can fill in your arrangement, negating the need for additional blooms while still providing the gorgeous decor and pops of colour you're looking for. Think of salal, with it's big green leaves that are also sturdy and keep their form, or ferns, which are plentiful and can really add dimension into your bouquet. Alternatively, your filler doesn't have to be green...think about white baby's breath or even soft pussy willows to round out your decor.

2. Buy in Bulk

Floral designers are experts in creating eye-catching, gorgeous displays and arrangements for your big day. But if you're looking for a lower cost alternative, creating your own bouquets and other floral decor can be a DIY experience as well. Look for opportunities to buy in bulk - Costco offers this option as do other wholesale florists. YouTube or a simple Google search will turn up videos on creating your perfect bouquet...all it takes is some time and a little confidence to be creative!

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3. Choose Blooms Wisely

You may have a specific type of flower in mind for your bridal bouquet, something that perfectly matches your theme or your bridesmaid dresses. But if you're on a floral budget, be open to other types of flowers, those that are in bloom during the season of your wedding, maybe even in complimentary colours instead of the same colour. Consider tulips or daffodils in the spring, hydrangeas in summer or even roses after Valentines Day. Your floral expert can make recommendations based on any overstocks they may have or what they know to be available from their suppliers.

We all have a budget, whether it's $5,000 or $50,000 and saving some money on your flowers is a good way to stretch that budget even further. Gorgeous flowers complemented by lush greenery will make your Big Day that more spectacular. After the wedding, consider donating your flowers to retirement homes in your community or perhaps even the local hospital. (check out Repeat Roses and Rebloom, both organizations that coordinate drop-off). There are many residents and patients that will so appreciate your thoughtfulness and your flowers can bring joy and sunshine to others long after your marriage has started.

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