Spring Wedding Bouquets. . .tips for saving money
Spring Wedding Bouquets
Spring is almost here and that means an abundance of gorgeous spring blooms. Ranunculus, tulips, lilacs, garden roses, iris, daffodils, anemones, poppies and dozens more are available at this time of year.
Spring is the most favored time of year (rather than June) for weddings. There are several big holidays in the spring, which unfortunately adversely affect flower prices. Easter, Valentines Day and Mother's Day occur and flower prices are boosted upward by flower wholesalers as they struggle to fill the demand. Brides willing to pay more for their wedding flowers will get more variety from which to choose in the spring.
Things to consider for your flower budget: The greater variety of flowers you choose, the more expensive it will be. Flowers are sold to the florist in set quantities. Usually they are in bunches of l0 or 25. If you ask for a bouquet of tulips, ranunculus and blue orchids, the florist must buy three bunches of flowers and will use only part of each bunch. She may not have a customer for your blue orchids and they may be wasted. This means the probability of waste may be figured into your bouquet.
On the other hand a beautiful bouquet of just tulips, means one or two bunches of flowers are ordered. The florist knows she will use all two bunches and there will be no waste. The key here is to not get your heart set on exotic flowers unless your budget is generous.
Think in terms of color and theme rather than individual species of flowers. If you bridesmaids are wearing yellow and you want them to carry yellow flowers by all means ask the florist for suggestions. A casual outdoor wedding may be the perfect setting for large sunflower bouquets. It only takes a few of these big beauties to complete a bouquet and it is a much more frugal choice than all yellow ranunculus.
Be open to your florist's suggestions as often she is offered discounts from the wholesaler. If there is a glut of a certain variety on the market, the price may go down substantially and the florist can pass the savings on to you. On the other hand inclement weather may increase certain flower costs and even make them unavailable from the usual market. If a particular flower is insisted upon it may have to be imported which of course increases the cost substantially.
Also, if you have your heart set on something special, for instance if gardenias have great meaning for you and you want them in your bouquet, then rely upon the florist to fill out that bouquet with appropriate filler flowers. You can have your gardenias, but limit them to perhaps three, and surround them with pretty fillers and perhaps foliage.
Honest discussion with your florist about your budget and the entire theme and feeling of your wedding is paramount to creating beautiful flower arrangements within your budget, any time of the year.
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