Wedding flowers guest post by Marissa Moncur of Canella Florals
Hello! My name is Marissa Moncur and I am the owner of Canella Florals.
Canella Florals provides floral design services for all occasions and events. We make everything from centrepieces and corsages to bouquets and boutonnieres. We’re also starting to delve into creating gifts and favours with dried flowers.
I love being able to bring a bride’s vision to life with her wedding flowers. Taking flowers and greenery and bringing them together to make something beautiful that brings a smile to the bride’s face and helps make their day special – that’s the best!
1 – Substitute out costly flowers
One way to save money is to be willing to substitute out more costly wedding flowers. For example, hydrangeas, which are big and beautiful, are also expensive and have a tendency to wilt quickly when they’re out of water (especially on hot days). You can get a similar size bloom with a flower called Commercial Mum. It’s half the cost and they do well out of water. You can get the same look and feel in a bouquet at almost half the price!
2 – Enlist your friends and family
Ask your friends and family for help with picking up the flowers and the setup of the flowers at the ceremony and reception venue. The vendor will charge you for each delivery they have to make such as flowers going to the bride’s home, the ceremony venue, the reception venue, etc. There will also be costs for the setup and takedown for each venue involved in the wedding day. If you can save on these costs by enlisting your loved ones, you’ll be able to stay on budget for your wedding flowers.
3 – Don’t forget the little things
One of the biggest budget mistakes you can make is not leaving some wiggle room for added or unexpected wedding flowers expenses. For example, extra boutonnieres and corsages for additional family members/friends, flower crowns for flowers girls, rose petals to toss, a backup bridal bouquet, etc. The little things can add up!
4 – But go all out on the bridal bouquet
Definitely splurge on the bridal bouquet! It is your big day – you should have the bouquet that you want. Plus, it’s going to be in a lot of pictures. It is also a good idea to spend some money on a backup bouquet just in case something happens to the first one. Trust me, anything can happen.
5 – The good and bad of Pinterest
As a floral designer I love it when my brides show me pictures on Pinterest because it helps me establish their colour palette and theme/vision. I even get my brides to share a private board with me so that I always have their pictures of wedding flowers readily accessible. With that being said, Pinterest can be your best friend and your worst enemy. It is great for ideas and inspiration but a lot of those pictures while nice-looking, can be quite expensive. Be willing to make compromises; you can get the look you’re going for at the budget that you want.
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