Tie the Knot Without Breaking the Bank: How To Save Money on Wedding Flowers and Decor

By  Mac Molli
Updated on 01/08/24
Tie the Knot Without Breaking the Bank: How To Save Money on Wedding Flowers and Decor

Tie the Knot Without Breaking the Bank: How To Save Money on Wedding Flowers and Decor

By  Mac Molli
Updated on 01/08/24
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Tie the Knot Without Breaking the Bank: How To Save Money on Wedding Flowers and Decor

By  Mac Molli
Updated on 01/08/24
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You don’t have to be a financial expert to know that weddings are one of the most expensive things you’ll ever pay for. Everything from the venue, outfits, food, and drink can cost a significant amount of money, and that’s before you’ve even started thinking of the decor.

The traditional route for wedding decor is to employ a wedding florist to create elaborate floral arrangements for the bridal party and wedding venue. But considering the average cost of this is $2,300, we don’t blame you for trying to find ways to save money.

The good news is that with a little effort and creative thinking, you can get yourself show-stopping wedding decor without busting the budget. So let’s take a close look at exactly how to save money on wedding flowers and decor.

Why Save Money on Wedding Decor and Flowers?

If you’re looking to reduce the cost of your wedding then the flowers and decor is one of the easiest and fastest areas in which to cut costs. Rather than coughing up for expensive flowers, there are plenty of ways to make it affordable.

Furthermore, inexpensive wedding flowers are highly unlikely to impact the enjoyment of your day or be noticed by your guests. After all, ask anyone what their fondest memories of a wedding are. Literally no one says they remember the decor the most.

Set a Budget for Flowers and Decor

How To Save Money on Wedding Flowers and Decor
Before you get down to business, it’s vital to set a firm budget for the decor and flowers. Even more crucial is that you stick to it – no matter what.

It’s easy to get carried away and go way over budget. But we’re trying to save money here so this is non-negotiable. Whether your budget is $50 or $5,000, set it, and stick to it.

Think Outside the Box: Choose Alternative Flowers and Decor

Traditional weddings are so last century and more and more couples are creating weddings that resonate with their personalities and tastes. This means you can get creative and shy away from the usual offering of wedding day decor.

We’ve heard of couples using Lego for their bridal bouquet, using shells and pebbles for centerpieces and balloons for decor. Remember, it’s your day and you can choose to theme it however you wish.

How to Save Money on Flowers for a Wedding

How To Save Money on Wedding Flowers and Decor
If you are more of a traditionalist and determined to have fresh flowers for your wedding then there are ways to go about it to make it much cheaper. It can take a bit of searching, but the cost savings will be well-worth the effort:

  • Buy in bulk from wholesalers: If you’re comfortable creating the arrangements yourself, buying in bulk will save a tonne of cash
  • Choose cheap varieties: Peonies and hydrangeas are popular but ultra-expensive flowers. Carnations and daisies are also stunning but much cheaper. And baby’s breath is an affordable choice for boutonnieres
  • Pick in-season flowers: Flowers that are in season and can be grown locally are much cheaper than exotic varieties that have to be specially grown and shipped. Look at what will be flowering around your wedding date and choose something that matches your theme
  • Purchase a pre-arranged wedding bouquet: Florists have a wide selection of premade bouquets that can just as easily be used as bridesmaid bouquets, etc. And they’re a tonne cheaper.
  • Go green: Bulking out your flower arrangements with greenery is a great way to get impressive wedding decorations on a budget. Choose a few statement blooms then surround it with a variety of green leaves, ferns, and stems

Cheap Wedding Flowers Ideas

Paper Flowers
If you’re less of a traditionalist but still want florals at your wedding then there are a number of money-saving options to consider:

  • Use Dried Flowers: Dried flowers look great, especially for a rustic themed wedding. They’re much cheaper than fresh flowers and have the added advantage of not wilting halfway through the day
  • Use “living” arrangements: Potted plants are also a cost-effective yet attractive alternative. Choose an attractive plant pot and fill it with soil and flowers for your centerpieces. Herbs are also a great option and smell amazing!
  • Grow your own: If you’re green-fingered then now is the time to make use of your talents and start growing your own wedding flowers. Garden roses, sunflowers, carnations, lavender and daisies are all easy to grow and harvest
  • Paper or silk flowers: Paper and silk are affordable, long-lasting, and give you creative freedom to have whatever colors and style you choose. Want black rose bridal bouquets and buttonholes? No problem! Want giant poppies? Also fine!

How To Save Money on Wedding Decor

Wedding Decor
As you can see, it’s possible to save money on wedding flowers but what about the rest of the decor? Well, the obvious route here is to DIY. 

If you’re panicking at the thought of glue guns and glitter, don’t. It doesn’t have to be complicated and nor should it be. Plenty of DIY wedding decorations are simple to put together and require little technical skill.

Another massive way to save money on wedding decor is to buy preloved. Since wedding decor is only used for a single day, many newly wedded couples decide to recoup some of the cost by selling their wedding decor online. 

That means you can pick up everything you need to deck out your venue at the fraction of the cost.

Good places to look for preloved wedding decor are:

Wedding Decoration Ideas on a Budget

Wedding decoration budget ideas
If you plan to go down the DIY route then the key is to keep it simple. The last thing you want is to start spending every waking hour trying to put together intricate decorations. Here’s some quick – and easy – ideas:

  • Candles: Candles are really effective and really cheap. Choose the battery operated flickering candles in case the venue prohibits real candles. To add variety, group candles together in a variety of sizes and wrap ribbon or twine around them in your theme colors 
  • Glass bowl and water: These make great centerpieces. Add colored pebbles to the bottom and floating candles on top
  • Lanterns or jars with lights: Another ambient option. Fill mason jars with battery operated fairy lights. Use lanterns if it’s an outdoor wedding
  • Thrifted items: Mismatched can be good! Search thrift stores for suitable items such as vases, candlesticks, vintage books, and ornaments. As well as eye-catching, they’ll provide a talking point for guests
  • Foraged items: Sticks, pebbles, stones, and even moss can all contribute to a stunning looking centerpiece. Think about your theme and what you can find out in the wild to go with it

Wedding Decorations on a Budget: Frequently Asked Questions

How To Make Wedding Flowers Less Expensive?

You can make wedding flowers less expensive by buying wholesale, using prearranged bouquets and choosing in-season, inexpensive blooms. Bulking out flower arrangements with greenery also lowers the cost.

What Is an Appropriate Budget for Wedding Flowers?

There is no straight answer to this question as it depends on your overall wedding budget. Choose an amount that seems sensible and affordable for your circumstances and find ways to purchase wedding flowers without going over budget.

How Can I Save Money on Wedding Decor?

You can save money on wedding decor by buying it preloved from sites such as Facebook Marketplace or Wedding Recycle. Alternatively, if you make your own wedding decor, this can be much cheaper than purchasing new or from a vendor.

Is $1000 Enough for Wedding Flowers?

$1,000 is unlikely to be enough to hire a florist, have them purchase flowers, and arrange  them.

However, if you are willing to get creative, $1,000 is plenty for other options such as dried, paper, or silk flowers. Alternatively, if you are prepared to buy fresh flowers wholesale and arrange them yourself, $1,000 is ample.

How To Save Money on Wedding Table Decor?

Bulking out centerpieces with inexpensive items such as candles, jars with lights, or thrifted items is a good way to save money but still have an impressive arrangement. If you want to use flowers as a centerpiece, choose large statement flowers and bulk them out with greenery.

How To Save Money on Wedding Decor: Conclusion

Ceremony flowers needn’t be expensive if you are willing to go slightly off the traditional track. By applying a bit of creativity, you can still have stunning decor without going crazy with the budget.

And the added advantage is that you will likely end up with something far more interesting and memorable than the same old fresh-cut flowers.

For more money-saving wedding tips and valuable wedding-planning advice, check out our other articles on The Groom Club.

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