According to CNN, couples spend more than $30,000 to get married…$30,000?! As someone who is frugal at heart, it baffles me to spend this much, even if it is on such a special day as your wedding. The most important part of the wedding day is knowing that at the end of it, you get to spend the rest of your life with that person, not the thousands of dollars you spent to basically entertain your guests, as you will be too busy & in the moment to truly take it all in.
If you are about to get married, or helping someone plan their wedding and need a couple tips on how to save money where necessary/possible, then you’ve come to the right place!
As a Wedding Coordinator, as well as having planned my entire wedding, I’m well aware of how expensive things can get if you don’t watch the budget! I was able to keep my wedding under $10,000, which included having our rehearsal dinner at a restaurant all to ourselves, having the wedding at a beautiful church with dinner from Olive Garden, as well as our mini-honeymoon! The only way I was able to do so, was by budgeting everything out, and by watching every penny that I spent.
Today I want to discuss one category that you can easily save money on – flowers! Yes, they can make a huge difference in your wedding space; however, you can’t resell them, since they have such a short life-span. Make sure to think about reselling your wedding items whenever you choose decorations, this way you can get more bang for your buck!
According to bachmans.com, “The average cost of flowers for a wedding is about $1,000-$2,000, not including the reception.” Do you know how many things you could do with that money rather than spend it on something that will die the next day?!
There are several things you can do to save money on flowers:
- Research, research, research!
- I can’t express this enough. Depending on the time of year that you’re getting married, find out which flowers are in bloom, and which are the cheapest during that season.
- Look up the average costs of the types of arrangements you are wanting, such as the corsage and bouquets, this way, when you get quotes from florists, you’ll know if it’s a steal or no deal.
- Get at Least 3 Quotes
- Please don’t go with the first florist you find, unless you are in an absolute time crunch. The more you call the more you know!
- The first florist that I went to was going to charge us over $1,000!
- Have a Set Budget…& Stick to It!
- It doesn’t do you any good to create a budget and then blow it out of the water because you think, “Oh it’s my special day!” or “Oh, we deserve this!”. Although it is your special day and you deserve it all, if you keep that mentality, at the end of the wedding, when it’s all said and done, and you look back at your bank account, you may re-think your thought processes!
- Think Outside the Box
- Sometimes the things that make your wedding the most beautiful are all of the unique touches. For example, instead of real flowers, some use fake flowers or just use baby’s breath (one of the cheapest options out there!)
- Instead of using flowers for your centerpieces, try using something different, such as a cut stump with a candle on it and leaves, or different colored bottles with spray painted glittered sticks, or a nice bowl with floating candles and rose petals around it. By cutting out the flower arrangements for centerpieces, you will save a ton of money!
For my husband and I’s wedding, after contacting several florists, I realized that we were going to need to think outside the box if I wanted to get my flowers for under $500. That’s when my best friend’s mom suggested…drumroll please…KROGER. If you don’t have a Kroger, it’s a grocery store here in the South. (Walmart may be a great alternative or contact your local grocery store and see if they have a floral department.)
The service & quality of flowers that we received for our wedding at the price they quoted for us, was absolutely unbeatable! We were able to get the EXACT same order of flowers/arrangements for cheaper. How much cheaper? $728.36 CHEAPER!!! They offered suggestions, showed us examples as to how the arrangement could be done, showed us a variety of options with the flowers, and most importantly, they listened to what we wanted, and then went above and beyond to make sure we were pleased with our order.
Here’s what all we ordered from Kroger:
- (4) Bouquets:
- (3) for my Bridesmaids – Red & White Roses with Baby’s Breath & Greenery, Cream Ribbon
- (1) for myself (Bride) – All Red Roses with some Baby’s Breath & Greenery, Cream Ribbon
- (4) Corsages: White Carnation with a White Bow
- (8) Boutonnieres: White Rose sitting atop some greenery
- White & Red Rose Petals
- (1) Dozen Red Roses for the Rehearsal Dinner
- (1) Bucket of Mixed Stems for (10) Tables with (30) Small Bottles & (30) Wine Bottles
We received ALL of this for a grand total $302.96!!! Talk about a STEAL of a deal! Especially compared to the other quote from the florist shop at over $1,000! Like I said, research, research, research!
As for centerpieces, I actually collected wine bottles & Dr. Enuf (it’s a soda in a smaller green glass bottle) over the year that it took to plan the wedding, cleaned them of their labels and spray painted them half gold with glitter. I then placed an arrangement of flowers in them, and surrounded them with rose petals, along with flat gold snowflake ornaments that I got from Walmart on Clearance, and placed tea light candles on top. It was beautiful! (I may be a little biased.)
My one major tip: Always think – could I possibly find this cheaper and would it be worth trying to find out?
Good luck with your wedding planning, & I’ll continue to share more information in regards to:
How to plan a Wedding On A Budget!