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How to nail your wedding flowers - whatever your budget!

How to nail your wedding flowers - whatever your budget!

Written by Laura Atri

Whether you're planning to spent £500 or £5,000 - these experts have shared their tips for getting the most bang for your buck


So your budget is under £500...

Hannah Woolley from Ivison The Lichfield Florist ( says:

"A budget for £500 is realistic if you don’t want to go all out on flowers and if it is a smaller wedding. Choosing seasonal flowers and foliage is the best way to get more out of your budget. A lot of my brides also like to use vases or jars which have been reclaimed or from different sources, such as family, to keep costs down.

The best way to get more for your money is using the flowers in more than one place. For example, if you are getting married in a church, use the pedestal arrangement at your reception venue. You can use the altar arrangement or registrar arrangement as your centrepiece for your top table, too. In all honesty, if you love roses then there is no real alternative for them.

Image: Sarah Jane Ethan Photography

However, using flowers which have the same round form, such as dahlias, may be an alternative. Don’t rule out foliage as there is lots of different varieties to choose from and it helps to bulk out designs without having to use lots of flowers.

You can still have a gorgeous bouquet without breaking the bank! Find different examples of bouquets you like, stay open-minded with flower choices and work with your florist to create the look you want. If you are set on having lots of bridesmaids then consider wristlets or flowers in their hair instead of posies."


So your budget is £500-£1,000

Jackie Mara from Daisy Chain ( says...

“What you can do with this figure really depends on how big the bridal party is, the number of guests attending and what the couple’s expectations are. It is possible to cluster carnations together to create a peony effect, but nothing really looks quite the same as a peony. Ranunculus, although smaller headed, have a full petal look and are available in the spring.

If you have your heart set on peonies and have a restricted budget, then you simply have to get married in May!

Image: The Gibsons

Without doubt, the best way to make the most of your budget is to give your florist a colour scheme and a style. Discuss it in depth with them, so they really understand your desires and then leave it to them. Choose a professional florist who knows the industry inside out and they can buy wisely in the lead up to your wedding to make sure that you get the best value.

Working with this budget, I would suggest that for your bouquet you choose flowers that are in season, whereas style wise, I’d choose a smaller bouquet or a loose, wild bouquet rather than a large, compact posy without foliage. For your flowergirls, a ‘wand’ bouquet of a few long stems or a single large flower, fully bound in ribbon and with ribbon trails is a really pretty option that is inexpensive, easy to hold and one that they will love, especially if they are younger.”


So your budget is £1,500-£2,000

Sammy Brewer from SJ Floral Design ( says...

“Where we are based (in Preston), this budget is higher than usual. There are means and ways of saving money in different areas of your wedding flowers. For example, using larger blooms such as hydrangea or a cymbidium orchid means you get the impact from the flower, but they also take up more space in the bouquet or arrangement.

The stems may be more pricey but they will make a much bigger statement. I often suggest to use more greenery – you can’t go wrong with eucalyptus, as there are so many different types, colours and textures in greenery which can help bulk out your bouquet without sacrificing elegance.

Image: Binky Nixon

What your bridesmaids hold definitely depends on the style of your wedding, as well as being down to personal preference. A lot of our brides are choosing to give their bridesmaids bouquets of just gypsophila, which can bring costs down when you’ve got seven bridesmaids, but if that’s not for you, then maybe look at a prop with flowers attached, or for younger bridesmaids, you could have a wand.

If your wedding has a vintage theme, you could go for old books with a single stem slotted between the pages, or an old pair of lorgnettes with a floral cluster on the handle. Or, if you’re the herbaceous hippy bride, then maybe a floral head crown is the one for your bridal party.” 

Image: White Stag Wedding Photography

So your budget is £2,000 plus

Zoe Richmond-Dixon from Zinc Floral Design ( says...

“Your wedding flowers will be one of the most photographed items on your wedding day and couples shouldn’t underestimate the impact of flowers; they are the icing on the cake and the detail that really sets the tone.

You can certainly have luxury blooms with a budget like this. A firm favourite is the garden rose, as they add opulence with their lush and ruffled petals. Fragrant flowers are well suited for the celebration of love and will capture the memory of a very happy occasion; stephanotis, gardenia, freesia, sweet peas and syringa will all look gorgeous.

Image: Ever Thine Photography

I’d suggest that you ask your florist to think about individual ways to decorate your venue. Perhaps framing a doorway with leafy trees, hanging decorations, or framing a gorgeous fireplace. Loose, oversized and unstructured arrangements give great impact and are bang on trend. Try using fruit such as deepest, darkest grapes draped over silver candelabras and circlets of matching flower around the base. Use olive trees on tables with mossed bases and hang glass tea lights for added ambience, with potted succulents around the base or as favours.

You can personalise the groom’s buttonhole by adding personal items. For example, we added tiny watch parts to one grooms’ buttonholes as he collected watches. Tiny succulents with lots of textured foliage and twigs is perfect for a woodland or botanical themed wedding day. Don’t be afraid to ask your florist to create something special, quirky and unique – there are more to buttonholes than just a rose!

Image: Amy Faith Photography

There is no way of avoiding the nitty gritty of a wedding budget and it can be difficult to juggle all the separate costs. Don’t try to spread your budget too thinly, as you are likely to loose impact – it’s better to have fewer, larger impact pieces than lots of bits and bobs. Avoid the peak periods of getting married such as Valentines, Mother's Day and close to Christmas, as flowers are always more expensive, which is out of the hands of the florist.” 

Top image (left to right): Lucy Davenport; Binky Nixon; Sarah Jane Ethan Photography.

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