Erie Brides on a Budget: Saving on Wedding Flowers

- February 12, 2014

This is a popular time of year for wedding planning. All week long we are helping Erie brides on a budget. We have some advice from the experts about how to go about getting the flower design you want for the budget you have.

If you're in the early stages of planning your big day, florists prefer you contact them a year before the wedding to meet and put a deposit down. Carl Larese of Larese Floral Design on Peach Street says to bring pictures of the dress, bridesmaid dresses, and any magazine pictures of flowers you may love. Larese says set realistic expectations. If you're on a strict wedding budget, select more affordable flowers and ask to see the selection. To get more for your money, choose flowers that come in the colors you want. Larese says if a florist dyes your flowers, they may begin to wilt before the reception even begins.

If you recently got engaged, now is the time to sit down with the florist. Many only take up to three weddings per weekend, so get on the ball. You may envision an extravagant display of flowers at both the ceremony and reception, but the price could quickly add up. Encourage your florist to get creative. Some churches ask that you leave your flowers as part of your gift to the church. Other churches insist you take them with you, so use them for the reception as well. floral and garden wants a wedding to be pulled together by the flowers they create. Linda Kroto with Gerlachs Floral & Garden says flowers pull a wedding together and add the finishing touches, but there are ways to do so on a budget. They encourage brides to choose arrangements carefully so you'll get the best look for less.

The price of flowers can vary depending on many factors. The average cost of flowers for a wedding is around one thousand dollars for just the basics. Appointments typically take an hour and you should leave with a detailed list of everything you want as well as an estimate. Put a deposit down once you decide on a florist. This will not lock you into specifics on the flowers, but will lock the florist into your date. Consider the number of people you need to provide flowers for. If you have a large wedding party or large number of guests, the cost of flowers will go up significantly. Centerpieces start at thirty-five dollars and go up from there. Bridesmaids bouquets tend to start at sixty-five. The bride bouquet can begin at eighty-five and one hundred dollars. Flowers are an important accent to the wedding, but staying on budget is more important.

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