Here are some savvy tips for those Brides looking to get the greatest value for their wedding budget.
1). Silk flowers come per stem or per bush. The quality is typically higher per stem, but the value is much greater per bush. By having the majority of your bouquet and other designs created with per bush flowers, you can then add a few per stem flowers for quality. This will help you realize a great savings and still have a gorgeous, quality looking design.
2). Bouquet holder vs. hand wire & tape: A bouquet holder is a plastic handle with round foam secured at the top. This holder makes it easy for a designer to create almost any style of bouquet with minimum labor. Hand wire means almost every flower is fixed with a wire extension & hand wrapped with floral tape. This way is very labor intensive and drives your cost way up. By asking for a design in a bouquet holder your savings will be much greater.
3). Church flowers: Always go with large-leafed greenery in a variety of textures. The flowers should be large headed and in bright colors or white. You will end up needing less of them and you will create a bigger impact for the space.
Alter flowers are bright red gerbera daisies, hot pink snapdragons & berries with monstera & fern greenery.
4). Pew bows: These can cheer up a gloomy church especially if you have a floral spray added to the center of the bow. Once the ceremony is over, have a friend bring them to the reception, while you're out getting photos taken. Pick pre-determined areas for the pew bow placements and they become added décor. For example, the front door entry way, Bride & Groom chair backs, an existing planter, etc.
5). Reception centerpieces can be wonderful gifts for those special people in your life. Let your favorite guests take a table centerpiece home as a keepsake of your special day.
6). Your wedding party too can have a keepsake of your wedding day with a silk bouquet, corsage and boutonniere. Plus, regardless of the weather their flowers will look great all day.
Creamy gardenia corsage with gardenia greenery, sheer bow and gold wire accent.
7). Bride's bouquets can now have it all. They can be created mostly in silk florals and have a few fresh flowers inserted for fragrance and style. After the honeymoon, simply bring in your bouquet to replace the now expired fresh with its silk compliment.
Three fresh pink roses can be seen in bouquet at positions 3pm, 12pm and 2pm above the 2 large headed center silk roses.
I hope this gives you some great ideas. As you can see, it's easy to have gorgeous wedding flowers, even on a budget.