Three Places to Focus Your Floral Budget

Ah, wedding planning.  It is an exciting, fun and wonderful experience.  It can also be overwhelming, stressful and mind-boggling at times! For many couples, this is the first time working with event details, vendor contracts and prioritizing a long list of wants vs. needs.  When it comes to wedding flowers, this is probably the first time you have ever placed a large floral order.  With literally endless options and Pinterest inspiration, flowers can become a daunting task.  It shouldn’t be! This is another reason why finding a wedding florist you click with and can trust is so important.  Lean on them for their professional opinion and allow them to use their creativity to get the most from your floral budget. 

For me, there are three places to focus those flower dollars. Let’s talk them over…

Your Bridal Bouquet:  When it comes to flowers, this should be the showstopper!  The bridal bouquet will be in the majority of your professional pictures; first look, couple portraits, full party pictures, walking down the aisle, leaving the ceremony, detail shots…the list goes on and on.  Most likely, those flowers will be in the bride’s hand or near for a good portion of the time your photographer is shooting. Don’t skimp here, folks.

Centerpieces:  These are the flowers your guest will see up close and personal.  As they converse across the table during dinner, mingle around the room, take pictures with friends, and make their way to the dance floor, the centerpieces bring color, style, and beauty to your reception space.  If we are being budget conscious, I encourage my couples to focus dollars towards their table decorations more than aisle décor, big bridesmaid bouquets or elaborate head table arrangements.

A Statement Piece: This is where you can make your floral budget memorable. Years from now, you won't remember what the pew decorations, corsages or cocktail tables looked like, but putting money towards an installment or large arrangements will definitely be worth the investment. Consider two large arrangements or an arbor to be the backdrop for your ceremony.  They will serve double duty for formal portraits and give your guests something beautiful to look at while waiting for the wedding to start. Be sure to check with your florist to see if they could then be moved to your reception site. What about a greenery or floral chandelier over your dance floor?  Talk about making a statement when your guests walk into the reception and you can party the night away under its beauty.  Photo backdrops are also a great idea! Think of all the pictures you have at special events up against a plain,boring wall.  Wouldn’t it be cool to do a styled corner with some fun flowers to give folks a pretty place to take pictures when they are all dressed up?  Every time they look back at the photo they will remember how much fun they had at your wedding! Focus on a statement piece that is outside of the norm!

Happy planning, friends! I’d love to sit down with you to brainstorm some amazing, creative ideas for your wedding flowers. Let’s talk soon! Click here to complete my contact form and we will get a date set. 

All photographs in this blog are from a styled shoot with the amazing vendors listed below. I highly recommend any of them for your wedding and event needs! More pictures and details can be found on Cake and Lace. 
Venue: Pear Tree Estate Photographer: Sweet Darling Photography Florist: J.Blu Design Invitation and Hand-lettering: Dash/wood Wedding Dress: Edith Elan Flower Girl Dress: BHLDN Bridal Shop: Elite Bridal Hair: Something You Salon and Spa Make Up: Brittany Koroyanis Makeup Artistry Rentals: Spruce Rentals and Halls Rentals Catrering: LA Gourmet Catering Jewelry: Champaign Jewelers Cake: Sugar by Sarah Linens: La Tavola Linens