Beautiful flowers can add a whole lot of ‘wow’ to your wedding day, but they can also add a whole lot to your expenses, as any bride-to-be will attest.
Luckily, you don’t have to forego a chic bouquet if you’re on a budget. There’s a raft of ways to save green while buying greenery – just read on for six examples of bouquets that belie a hefty price tag.
If you’re going for a rustic, countryside vibe at your ceremony (think Kate Moss’ Cotswolds nuptials), plump for an herb-packed bouquet. Not only do herbs look and smell amazing, but they also can symbolise just the sentiment you need for your upcoming marriage. During the Victorian era, the herbs a bride carried held serious meaning: lavender stood for luck and devotion, rosemary for remembrance, sage for a long life and thyme for courage. Unsure which herb will be the most low-cost? “The best thing is to be totally flexible and really go with what’s in season”, suggests Mairead Curtin, part owner of luxe London florist Rebel Rebel.
2. Single Stems
For a contemporary way to make a statement opt for a single stem bouquet – a modern alternative to a full-bodied cluster. Pared-back and refined, cymbidium orchids, lilies and hydrangeas all have sturdy stems with several blossoms that have impact without breaking the budget. If your local florist only sells them in bunches of fives (which is quite often the case), don’t fear: “You can use the remainder of the stems elsewhere”, explains Curtin, “keep one or three for yourself and your bridesmaids could have one each to spread the cost.”
3. Lily of the Valley and Baby’s Breath
If the Duchess of Cambridge’s sweet bouquet of Lily of the Valley stole your heart, but the cost puts them out of your league, bear in mind that the elegant and traditional choice is most affordable in May, when it hits peak season in England. Alternatively, for the same vibe, try Baby’s Breath – the bloom is consistently available, regardless of season, so is a more economical and a charming floral choice.
4. Little Posey
One of the most cost-effective ways to save yourself some cash is to simply trade in a big bouquet for a smaller, daintier version. As Curtin explains, “At this time of year you can have fantastic little posies of English ranunculus, scilla, and all sorts of lovely things”.
5. Volume on a Budget with Hydrangeas and Peonies
Hydrangeas and Peonies have large heads in bloom, so only a few are required to bulk out your bouquet, and you won’t need to skimp on impact. Other great options for volume on a budget are Sweet William in summer, “They come in all sorts of rich colours”, says Curtin, and English Dahlias: “They tick every possible box - you can have a gorgeous colourful posy for not too much, just a single massive headed one by itself is a total star, and mini pompom ones for buttonholes.”
On-trend and eye-catching, the cabbage flower is the modern bride’s posy of choice. Choose from a range of feminine colours (we’re big fans of the purple and pink tinted options) for a bouquet bound to get people talking.