Making Your Floral Budget Go Further

As a wedding stylist I absolutely love flowers. There is nothing I love more than creating amazing floral centre pieces, but let’s face it here in in Queensland flowers can be expensive!

By the time you have paid for bridal party bouquets and buttonholes, often there is not much left for floral styling. Fortunately, there are a few ways to make the most of your florals budget.

Here are our favourite tips to make your florals budget go further.

Our #1 tip – Choose flowers that are in season.

If you choose flowers that are in season at the time of your wedding you will get much more bang for your buck. Quality, locally grown flowers will be abundant at the flower market making them cheaper and fresher than imported varieties.

The blooms will be larger making your bouquets and arrangements look fuller with a smaller number of stems. As an added bonus, the flowers will last longer as well, so your bridesmaids and some lucky guests might get to enjoy them for a few more days.

Our #2 tip – Include bouquets and styling arrangements as two separate budget items.

Often DIY brides include flowers as one item in their wedding budget, but this can lead to over spending on bouquets and leaving little money for styling table arrangements and décor.

We suggest including two separate budget items so as you don’t compromise on your styling budget if your bouquets come in a little more than expected.

Our #3 tip – Use large blooms to fill arrangements

Using a few large blooms in your arrangements can really help to create interest, as well as filling extra space. A few large blooms complimented with smaller flowers and greenery can give a luxe look on a budget.

Large blooms like disbuds, peonies and gerberas mix beautifully with traditional roses, carnations and baby’s breath, while oriental lilies are perfect for a more tropical style.

Our #4 tip – Use greenery

Make sure you use plenty of greenery to fill in your arrangements. Greenery can often be cheaper than flowers, and a very enterprising bride can even source clippings from her own back yard.

With leaves coming in every size, shape and colour imaginable a few different types of greenery can add texture to your arrangement and create a back ground for your flowers to really pop.

Our #5 tip – Give then away at the end of the day

Often, we see hundreds of dollars worth of beautiful flowers go into the bin at the end of the night. If you’re off on your honeymoon then why not make the most of the money you have spent and give them away.

Arrange to donate them to a retirement home so others can enjoy them. Or as recommended by Mt Coot-tha’s Summit Restaurant have your bridesmaids collect the flowers at the end of the evening and offer a bunch to your guests as they leave. Check out Summit Restaurant at

With these few tips, we hope you are able to make the most of your florals budget for your big day. For some extra help with our #1 tip, choosing in season flowers, check out next month’s blog for our cheat sheet on which flowers are in season when in South East Queensland.