So you are planning your big day, and want to make your budget go as far as you can? Here are my top ways to maximize your budget!
Turn to Seasonal Flowers
Rent instead of Purchasing
1. Be open to seasonal flowers. The most expensive flowers are often the most popular. Orchids, Peonies, Calla Lilies, and Hydrangea for example. Instead of having all your wedding party in completely created with a very expensive flower, and ceremony decor and reception centerpieces, create focal points with them and have your florist bring in seasonal flowers around them, or in places where it is the style, feel and color rather than the specific flower that is important. For example, with Calla Lilies, tulips are a great seasonal flower to use. For Peonies, consider including Ranunculus and soft, open Roses are great! There are also Garden Roses and David Austin Roses that substitute well.
2. Utilize your ceremony decor at the reception, or vice versa. Take a garland for a ceremony arch and use it again across the head table. Creatively use the Bride’s and Bridesmaids’ bouquets either on the head table, Gift Table, or Cake Table. Or use the centerpieces for the reception and line the ceremony aisle with them, just for a few. Here is one example:
3. Instead of purchasing containers, vases, even candles, inquire about rentals. Instead of spending hours and hours hunting for bargain vases that you just have to figure out what to do with at the end of the night, use rental vases and containers. If you are wanting elegant candles, there are wax candle holders that can be rented and have an inexpensive votive placed inside. Spend your money on the flowers and get a more expensive look on a smaller budget. And sometimes for what you would spend on a purchased vase, you can rent a vase that is much larger or more elaborate. The vases in the pictures above include our rental vases.