Wedding blogs and magazines
are full of articles about how to save money on your wedding flowers. Some of these have useful information, but some of it is inaccurate or incomplete. The best advice I can give brides today is that your greatest ally in keeping your flower budget under control is your florist. Your florist?? Yes! And here is the next best piece of advice-be open and honest with your florist. Your florist needs to know that the reason you want to make some changes is because of the cost. As an experienced professional, your florist knows THE BEST ways to save money on your flowers and they will never steer you into anything that isn’t going to be beautiful. After all, her reputation is on the line every time flowers go out of the studio to a wedding or event. She wants your guests to be wowed by your wedding decor just as much as you do.
Also, some of the things that brides think are going to save money, really do not. This brings me to providing your own containers or other items. Your florist has a great many beautiful vases, candlesticks, and containers for your use and they add very little to the overall cost. Part of the service that your florist provides is that they have already price-checked dozens of suppliers, have sourced these items from a number of different places, they store them, clean them, and they bring them to your event and put them in place. Your florist also knows the best types of containers to use. We had a bride who got a great deal on beautiful crystal vases. Unfortunately, the savings was lost because they were so large that it took a great many flowers to fill them and the arrangements were also too tall for comfortable conversation.
Another false savings is the use of candles instead of flowers, especially pillar candles. Pillar candles are very expensive; try using floating candles instead. Do let your florist suggest a similarly priced flower arrangement. If you do decide to use pillar candles, please let your florist source them for you. Bargain candles are not always the right color or size, and may be of a material that doesn’t burn clean; a set of three candles need to be graduated sizes in the correct proportions. Also, be sure the candles are scent-free; you don’t want any additional smells in the air in addition to the food, flowers, and guests’ perfumes.
At the Garden by the Gate, one of our strengths is the relationship that we build with our clients. We want to be your ally and advocate for having the wedding that is exactly what you have been dreaming of. If you are interested in finding out what we can do to bring your vision to life, start by filling out the wedding inquiry form.