Updated: Jul 27, 2021
Flowers play a big part in my life, and they will probably play a big part in the hearts of many a bride to be.
It really is not just the size of your wedding that will cause your wedding flower bill to soar. Laid back or lavish, the cost can depend very much on your flower choices.
Additionally there are other factors which will affect your spending, two of which are where you purchase your flowers from, and how you utilise them.
If you're reading this blog, and you are interested to find out how you can get more from your wedding flowers while spending less, then I hope you'll find the tips here both enlightening and helpful.
ARE YOU A DIY BRIDE?
If you are a DIY bride, organising your wedding flowers can become quite daunting, since you have the added tasks of calculating the amount of flowers you will need, finding the best place to source your flowers from, and last but not least, planning and preparing the arrangements to perfection.
Whether you are a Boho bride, or a traditional one, there will be flowers involved.
The cost of your wedding flowers could eat away at your wedding budget if you do not choose wisely.
I'm not going to make you any empty promises here, nor am I going to share any magic formulas. I'm giving you 9 + tips to consider that may assist you in keeping your costs at a reasonable level, whilst still achieving the best possible results.
(Good Flower Care and Preparation)
Did you know not all flowers need the same flower care?
It’s not enough to just purchase your flowers, bring them home, plonk them in a vase of cold water, and expect the best from them.
Your flowers will reward you with a few more days of beauty if you treat them well, and cater to their individual needs.
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Water is important, but just as ‘man cannot live by bread alone’ the same is true for flowers and water.
A little bit of research won't hurt, but it should help. You should be aware that; some flowers need just a little water, some need a lot, some like their water very cold, some you can invigorate and give new life if they are placed in quite warm water.
Most flowers do not need to be up to their necks in water. A vase half full is sufficient in the majority of cases.
NOTE: Aim to change the water every 2 to 3 days. Make sure your container is clean. Every time you change the water, snip the flower stems. Remember to cut the stems at an angle.
Try to prepare your floral arrangements at least a day after you purchase them. This gives them ample time to hydrate. They'll thank you for it.
Keep completed bouquets and other floral arrangements in a cool room if possible and don't be afraid to mist your flowers to maintain humidity, especially on a hot day.
When misting your flowers, avoid wetting leaves such as eucalyptus, water will ruin their appearance.
If you’re fortunate enough to purchase flowers that are supplied with flower food then you’re laughing, or you should be.
In respect of wedding flowers, I would say that flower food is an absolute must have. You can purchase it in sachets of liquid or powder.
PROPER PREPARATION BEFORE ARRANGING YOUR FLOWERS
See the image below for some of the items that you may need when flower arranging.
Vases, Containers and Tools
Make sure the containers that you intend to use for your flowers are squeaky clean.
In fact make sure all the equipment you intend to use is clean.
Make this a purchase planned with precision, wash your buckets / vases and place water (with flower food already mixed in) in them before going to the flower warehouse. By the time you get the flowers home, the water will hopefully be close to room temperature and not too cold. This will help to prevent the loss of any of your freshly bought flowers since they will not be lying around too long on a kitchen surface, waiting to be hydrated.
Use a good sharp knife to cut your flower stems. (If you’re going to use scissors to cut the stems, they need to be very sharp. Blunt scissors can squash and damage flower stems.)
NOTE: Most flowers benefit from having their stems held under water whilst being cut.
For further information and a more extensive list of items you may need, click on the link below.
PREPARING YOUR FLOWERS
Many people buy their flowers, take them home, place them immediately into a vase of water, and consider the job done.
As I mentioned earlier, your cut flowers will thrive better if you can cater to their individual needs. Remember the flower food that I mentioned earlier?
Once you arrive home with your fresh flowers there are a couple of things you need to do before placing them in water.