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10 Ways to Get the Best Value for Your Wedding Flower Budget

 

  1. Choose locally grown flowers. Flowers grown in North America and South America are often less expensive than flowers grown in Europe or the Orient.

  2. Choose flowers in season. Flower prices fluctuate based on supply and demand. When a certain flower is blooming, there is high supply, which means the cost will go down.

  3. Choose inexpensive year-round blooms. Some flowers, such as carnations, daisies and Gladioli, are typically inexpensive throughout the year.

  4. Get married midweek. The cost of flowers increases throughout the week. Flowers for a weekend wedding must be purchased on Friday, which is likely to be the most expensive day of the week.

  5. Avoid getting married at peak floral times. Flower prices at Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Christmas are high. Wholesale prices can increase by 300 percent or more at these times—and florists have no choice but to pass those increases on to customers.

  6. Pay upfront. Flower growers ask a premium because they do not have a guaranteed buyer for their blooms. Because their merchandise is perishable, they need to factor for the stems that will not sell and will be thrown away. By ordering and paying for your flowers before the wedding, the grower has a committed buyer and will often offer a discount of around 5 percent.

  7. Offer service in trade. Florists may offer some of their goods in exchange for your services and goods. For example, offer your accounting services to the florist in exchange for flowers.

  8. Select one or two types of blooms. Florists have to purchase large auction lots when buying their flowers. Even though you may only need two stems of ginger, for example, your florist may have to purchase 100. That risk of extra wasted inventory will cost you.

  9. Rent glassware and other reusable components. Many florists will rent glassware and other nonperishable components (usually for 40 percent to 50 percent of the retail price). If you don’t plan on giving your flowers away, consider renting vases, containers, etc. That way, you can enjoy the flowers, but you don’t have to pay for the expensive vases and containers.

  10. Ask your florist for assistance. An experienced florist can advise what’s in season, what is better priced, etc. He/She also can advise you on blooms that can give you the gorgeous premium look you want at a surprisingly reasonable price.


Courtesy of Claire Rose Ihasz; Ladybug Florist; Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who posts this list on her website, www.ladybugflorist.com, for the benefit of prospective bridal customers.
 


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