5 Ways to Maximize a Wedding Budget with DIY Wedding Flowers

Posted By on Oct 22, 2014 | 9 comments

You might be sitting down with your wedding budget scribbled on a piece of paper scratching your head thinking, “How the heck am I going to pull this off?” Yes, when you are on a budget you start to really prioritize what is most important to you on your wedding day and you are probably trying to figure out how to maximize on DIY flowers. You are thinking you will have to compromise on everything you originally wanted. Well, we never really understood the phrase, you can’t have your cake and eat it too, I mean what else are you supposed to do with the damn cake?!

So, in order to get the cake so you can eat it too, you have to do a little bit of smart DIY flower planning. So no, you don’t have to spend $5,000 on your wedding flowers to get what you want. You can plan smart, put the flowers together yourself, and still have MOST of what you dreamed of. We are going to give you 5 tips that you might not have ever thought about.

1. Spread Out the More Expensive Flowers

It’s okay that you want the high ticket items. Yes you can have peonies, ranunculus, anemones, dahlias, succulents and specialty flowers. The key is balance. Instead of having an all peony bouquet, use 3 stems of peonies in your bouquet (They are huge – they will still be the focal point) and supplement the look will something beautiful, stated, yet more budget friendly like spray roses, some fillers, and greens. The left over stems will go toward other arrangements you want to make with your DIY flowers. This way you make the higher priced flowers go a long way and get the most out of your wedding budget.

anemone hydrangea and baby's breath bouquet

Also, limit yourself to 2-3 varieties of the most expensive stuff, add a bunch or two of each of those items to your order, use them in the most special arrangements like the bridal bouquet and bridal table. Pairing the specialty flowers with other flowers will still give you the expensive look without the big price tag. The above bouquet looks really large because there are 3 stems of hydrangea and anemones paired with affordable spray roses, roses, stock, baby’s breath, and greens. In order to recreate this look on a budget incorporate 2 large hydrangeas, 5-6 anemones, 4-5 spray rose stems – 3-5 rose stems, a few stems of baby’s breath, and greens! This bouquet with a florist would cost around $150-200 but if you DIY could be as low as $35.00.

2. The Beautiful Top Secret Budget Friendly Blooms

Yup, there are little hidden gems that you did not know where so affordable yet painfully pretty. We are letting you in on the secret!

Spray Roses: They have evolved into a serious statement flower since the popularity of the romantic vintage style. The reason why they are so cost effective is because each stem has 3-5 blooms. Each bunch is 10 stems, so each bunch gets you anywhere from 30-50 small rose blooms for around $18-25$ (depending on current supply and demand).

Yup all those yellow  and white pretties below are spray roses (mixed with billy balls)! This bouquet was pretty enough to get published on Wedding Chicks, photographed by Brooke Beasley Photography.

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Dendrobium Orchids: Another hidden gem! Denodrobium orchids come in a 10 stem bunch, each stem has 8-10 blooms, yes, you get 80-100 little orchid blooms in each bunch! That means you can get 80-100 small orchid blooms for around $30-$35! The only downfall is that you need to remove each bloom from the vertical orchid stems and wire it. It requires a little more work but is totally worth the elegant look at the affordable price! They are perfect for boutonnieres, corsages, bouquets, and centerpieces. For centerpieces we suggest using the whole orchid stem. As you can see below, the mini orchid blooms placed among beautiful mini calla lilies and roses create a statement look.

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Football Mums: Just completely ignore the word football, because these big fluffy beauties are the least bit masculine/sporty. They are perfection when paired with pretty much any flower. The reason why we think they are a hidden gem is that they will help you build large bouquets with a lot less $$. You can purchase 10 large football mums for $18-25! This budget friendly bouquet, featured on Style Me Pretty is a prime example of pairing more pricey focal flowers with affordable football mums, wax flower, and greens. This bride got to have the ever-so-popular garden roses when she paired them with more affordable blooms.  Photo by Shannen Norman.

football mum bouquet

Wildflowers: Ordering wildflowers can save you a ton of money. Because wildflowers are mainly a mix between fillers, greens, and accent flowers they are more affordable. Wildflowers are extremely beautiful and can work in any setting, you do not have to have  wedding in a barn to make it work. they are whimsical enough for formal settings as well. Want to replicate this wildflower look below from pinterest? Order the Blooms Vintage White Wedding Wildflower Pack!

rustic bouquet

3. Use Color to Make the Impact 

Using colors that pair well together to make the impact. Sometimes color pairings are more essential rather than the flower varieties. If that’s the case you have complete budget freedom. If you have been perusing the internet looking at expensive designer wedding flowers that don’t fit your wedding budget, contact the BloomsByTheBox customer support team. We are experts in DIY flowers. We can help you replicate expensive designers bouquets within the budget you need by sticking with the colors and supplementing the more expensive varieties with some more affordable ones.

4. Scale Down the Size of the Bridesmaids’ bouquets

Use your bouquet as the focal flower arrangement in your wedding party. You can save a lot of money in your budget by simply scaling down the bridal party’s bouquet size, especially brides with three or more bridesmaids. Scaling down the size of these secondary arrangements will allow you to purchase some of the more expensive flowers on your list.

5. Use a lot of Small Vases vs. a Few Big Vases

Maximize on DIY wedding flowers by using lots of smaller vases rather than a couple big ones. Get miscellaneous bud vases, vintage milk glass, wine bottles, old coke bottles, or all matching bud vases. This will really help you spread out the flowers and colors! The key is using 1 stem of greenery and 1-3 focal flowers per bud vase. Then spread them out for optimal impact. This trick is also extremely cost efficient because greenery is very affordable; you can get a few bunches of focal flowers, a couple bunches of fillers, and do all over 20 centerpieces for under $350.

This photo by Christian Oth Studio nails tip 3 and 5 at the same time. Spread out color and make an impact, for more inspiration like this visit Style Me Pretty!

bud vases

Have any questions? Have some suggestions for other budget savvy ideas? We love to hear your feedback.

9 Comments

  1. what brilliant, common-sense advice. Brides to be should be forced to read it! Well written and beautifully photographed. Thank you

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  2. I love the beautiful flower arrangements. What do you suggest for guest tables, an area that displays of pictures, wedding dress,etc.., plus an anniversary cake table for a 50th wedding celebration?

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    • For smaller tables we would suggest groups of bad vases, 1 or 3 bud vases with one large bloom and part of a filler in each will really make a statement and be a great addition to any table. For cake tables you can also just scatter the table with blooms, cut off the heads from the stems and put them around the cake stand.

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  3. This advice and the tips have inspired me. I will be ordering real soon for my June wedding!

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  4. I’m making 12 – 30″ tall arrangements for my mom’s 90th birthday party. So far, I have black Eiffel Tower vases and white ostrich feathers. The color scheme is ivory and peach with touches of black

    Would these flowers work together, as far as texture and color?

    Coffee / peach roses (100)
    White spider mums (50)
    Peach stock (30)
    White mini carnations (100)
    Wax flower white (100)

    I’m new at this and want to make sure mom has beautiful flowers for her party

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated

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    • Hi Carol! I love the combination of flowers that you’ve selected! The textures of each flower will look stunning together. My only suggestion is to perhaps add in some greenery such as leather leaf fern or ruscus. It will not only add more texture but height, depth and color to your arrangements. I hope that this helps!

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