DIY Weddings : Floral centrepieces on a budget

DIY Weddings : Floral centrepieces on a budget

Looking to create truly beautiful centrepieces for your wedding reception but running a little low on funds? Here are a few tips to help you fashion some stunning floral compositions that won’t break the bank!

Choose seasonal flowers

You will end up paying a lot more at the florist if you choose flowers that are out of season, as they have to be imported or grown in special greenhouses. So make sure you are aware which flowers are readily available around the month of your wedding.

Below are just a few examples of popular seasonal wedding flowers here in the UK.

Spring – Carnations, Chrysanthemums, Delphiniums, Freesias, Hydrangeas, Lilies (these are usually available all year round but colours vary), Sweet William, Roses and Tulips.

Summer – Agapanthus, Cattelya Orchids, Dahlias, Iris, Marigolds, Lavender, Peonies and Sunflowers.

Autumn – Acacias, Anthurium, Chrysanthemums, Euphorbias, Gerberas, Lilac, Nerine
Phalaenopsis Orchids, Phloxes and Roses.

Winter – Anemones, Freesias, Gerberas, Gloriosas, Lisianthus, Muscari Phalaenopsis Orchids and Tulips.

If you don’t remember all of these, don’t worry too much, just ask at your florists – they are sure to remind you! When choosing flowers consider their size; for example, Calla Lily arrangements are generally quite cheap, as they are so large and impressive you only need a few of them for an impressive look!

If you are planning an Autumn wedding, you could use bouquets of dried flowers, and place these around dark candles for a rather rustic earthy look.

If you practise putting together your floral centrepieces before your wedding, as well as saving you time on the day, you will be able to see how long your flowers will last. Once you are aware of how long they last, you can then determine how near to your wedding date you need to buy them in order to avoid petals dropping all over your tables!

Cheap alternative to flower vases

A cheap solution to buying lots of vases could be to place your flowers in classic mason jars on the tables – if the flowers are relatively short of course. You could also consider using recycled bottles, or skip vases altogether and place beautiful potted plants on the tables. If you have enough of them, your guests could even take a plant home as a gift!

An idea that is growing in popularity, and could potentially save you a lot of money, is to ask your bridesmaids to place their bouquets in prepared vases on the tables when they reach the reception; this way (depending on the number of bridesmaids and tables) you might not have to buy any at all!

Similarly, if you are planning to buy flower arrangements for your ceremony, why not bring them along to your reception – it seems a shame that they should go to waste!

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