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How to Save Money on Wedding Flowers

A bride and her bridesmaids conceal their faces with bouquets. Photo by Katelyn Bradley Photography

Tiffany Tullgren

March 15, 2022

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Flowers add to the magic of a wedding, and fresh flowers can create a stunning background on your special day. Most couples want an abundance of colorful flowers at their wedding, but flowers can be expensive. Purchasing your flowers from a wholesaler like Fifty Flowers might be the answer to getting the most for your floral budget, and allow you to save money on wedding flowers.
 

Freshest Flowers

Bride's bouquet with fresh sunflowers. Photo by Engstrom PhotoOn your wedding day, you want your bouquet, boutonniere, centerpieces, and all other floral arrangements to look as if they were freshly picked that morning as they bloomed. An advantage to buying directly from a wholesaler is that those beautiful flowers do not have to wait at the florist. They are sent straight to you.
 
The fragrance and freshness of these flowers will bring joy to your guests. Not only will they be fresh, but you will have a vast selection of flowers from which to choose.
 
Don’t worry if you are not sure what flowers will look good together. You will find suggestions for flower combinations on the wholesaler website that will suit your color palette and style. You can even get instructions as to how to assemble your creations.
 

Save Money

While it varies greatly, according to The Knot, the average cost of flowers is $2,000 and is generally about 8% of your wedding budget. That’s a significant portion, so you will want to get as much for your money as possible.
 
One of the most significant advantages of ordering your flowers from a wholesaler is cost savings. Consider the markup on flowers that the florist adds and then the cost of the labor they charge for arranging your flowers.
 
You can really stretch that floral budget by recruiting some friends and family to do the arranging. Online instructions and tutorials will help you make those floral arrangements magnificent.
 
A unique floral arrangement, photo by Rebekah Townley Photography

Selection

Are you interested in a unique look created with exotic, uncommon flowers? A floral wholesaler will have a very wide variety of blooms from which to choose. Many unconventional flowers are not available at a florist, but you can order them online.
 
On sites such as Fifty Flowers, you’ll find over 150 different flowers. You can even pick a color, and recommendations will appear for the type of flower, combinations of flowers, and tips for arranging your creations.
 

How to Order

So you have decided to order your flowers wholesale, but you are unsure how many flowers you will need or when you should have them delivered.
 
Don’t fear! You can download this Wedding Flower Recipe Worksheet to guide you through the process. The step-by-step instructions will allow you to calculate how many flowers you need and the cost.
 
Timing is critical when ordering your wedding flowers. You will want to place your order a month before your wedding day and will want them to be delivered a day or two before your event.
 

Ask for Help

Make sure you have plenty of friends and family available to help assemble your arrangements. In addition, any supplies you need, such as wire cutters, ribbons, shears, flower food, and any other accessories you need for your creations, should be on hand.
 
It is also important to make sure you read all of the instructions on the website about how to care for your flowers before they arrive so you are prepared. For instance, you will need containers to put the flowers in water when they arrive. You will also need a cool, dark place to store them and plenty of time for them to hydrate. You want them to look their very best on your wedding day!
 
In addition to saving money, you will feel so much joy and pride when you arrive at your wedding and see the stunning floral creations that you and your friends worked so hard on. You will know they were created with love and will be unique to you and your special day!

Tiffany Tullgren

Written by Tiffany Tullgren

As Venue Manager for the Rough & Ready Vineyards, Tiffany has a genuine love and passion for planning and organizing weddings. She shares, “Being able to create memories that will last a lifetime for you and your guests is so rewarding. I enjoy making your dream wedding day come true!” Tiffany specializes in personalizing wedding services for each client and handling stressful event situations with grace.

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