“So currently I’m working with a couple of my Brides and Grooms at the moments on their flowers from centrepieces to bouquets and button holes and a few questions have popped up so I thought this would be a good idea for my next blog! Here’s some of my advice for organizing and buying your flowers from costs to whether you should go for real or fake and the benefits 🙂
There’s no denying that flowers play an important role in your wedding day décor should you choose to go for this option. From your bouquet, to your centrepieces, and buttonholes, plenty of people and things need to pinned with your flower or foliage of choice. But who exactly gets to wear them and how much should it cost to dress your wedding party, ceremony space, and reception in the proper flowers? Plus, if you’re on a budget, is it OK to use fake flowers?
Does anyone else, other than members of the bridal party, need flower arrangements?
Yes, you’ll need a few extra small floral accessories to distinguish the special guests who play a role in the ceremony (or are particularly close to your heart!). Ushers, the ring bearer and any other close male family members (fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, etc.) can wear smaller or modified versions of the groomsmen’s buttonholes. Heading over to the female side so flower girls and close female family members can wear corsages, female buttonholes, or carry a miniature version of your bridesmaid’s bouquets.
We are starting to work on our wedding budget — how much should we spend on flowers?
If you’re a total flower fiend, then the sky’s the limit when it comes to your wedding flowers. It all comes down to priorities, so if flowers are a big deal to you, then you should plan on spending more on your arrangements. That said, most brides typically spend about eight to 10 percent of their overall budget on flowers. This usually includes the bridal bouquet, bridesmaids’ bouquets, buttonholes, corsages, and ceremony and reception arrangements. But how much you actually spend depends on many different factors, such as the types of flowers you want (some blooms, like peonies and garden roses, are much more expensive than others), whether or not the flowers you choose are in season in your area, and the size and complexity of the arrangements.
Is it a bad idea to mix artificial flowers with real blooms for wedding décor?
Definitely not! However, if cost is a concern, good artificial flowers (usually silk) can be more expensive than real blossoms. This may not be the case always however and most faux flower arrangements look fantastic! Unless you’re allergic to the real deal, consider forgoing the faux in favour of in-season blooms or affordable picks like carnations (which look great in a tight bunch) and gerbera daisies. Another great way to save? Consider reusing your ceremony flowers at the reception. Assembling simple, small arrangements into centrepieces is a great cost cutter and can be a fun DIY project for you and your bridesmaids. That said, if you do decide to go faux, beware of long plastic stems — they’re a dead giveaway and can cheapen the appearance of an otherwise lovely arrangement. Whichever way you do decide however is totally up to you as a couple!”