With the cost of wedding flowers often soaring into four figures, it's important that you know how to cut costs and trim pounds off your floral expenditure. This article looks at how to save a fortune and leave your wedding budget smelling of roses!
Buy 'in season' - you may love snowdrops and wants them scattered all over your Midsummer's wedding, but you'll pay a premium for it - buy flowers that are in bloom around the time of your big day and save a packet.
Try to avoid disclosing your wedding budget up front to the florist. Some (but by no means all) will try to get you to spend all of your budget rather than providing you with the most competitive quote.
'Go local' - florists from outside the area will often add a surcharge on for travel so book someone up from your locality.
Ask about alternatives - for example, roses are stunning and romantic, but opt for carnations and your cash could go twice as far.
Consider buying the flowers and arranging them yourself the day before - it's fun and much cheaper, and is the perfect way to de-stress before the big day (just make sure that you know what you're doing - a flower arranging course at a local college is always a good bet if you want to ensure it is stress-free and not stressful!)
Consider setting up yourselves - florists often charge a fee for arranging the flowers on the day, but why not rope in a greenfingered friend or relative to do so for you.