The story of a chilled out, budget savy bride.
My bride found me via my ad on gumtree and asked for a quote for her wedding in late April in the Melbourne CBD. When I met up with her to discuss the details of her wedding party flowers, I still wasn’t sure if it was an April 2017 Wedding (three weeks away) or an April 2018 one. It didn’t bother me either way as my calendar was open for both dates.
Turns out it was the first, being three weeks away. She explained that she worked in an industry which was similar to flower growing and didn’t want to book her flowers in until she knew what was going to actually be in season.
Flower growing is a delicate but not precise science. Whilst flowers have typical seasons, the weather can throw the season out by weeks. Last year I was due to go to a peony farm to pick my own beautiful blooms. But the peony season was delayed due to the weather and I missed out. So bride’s and grooms beware. Just because a flower should be in season, doesn’t meant it will always be.
As my bride was not wanting to spend a large amount on flowers (she and her finance were saving for their first house) she was really clever and understanding of how to get affordable wedding flowers.
Here are my three tips for reducing the costs of your wedding flowers:
Tip 1: Using gumtree to find “affordable wedding flowers” in a package
When you type in affordable wedding flowers Melbourne into google you get a almost six million results. That is a lot of web pages to search through. Gumtree is known for deals and wedding flowers are no exception. Searching for packages allows you to get a more complete cost up front. Gumtree has a large number of florists advertising their work on the platform. It is a good way to quickly compare offers.
Tip 2: Using seasonal blooms & budget flowers in your bouquets
Flowers, like everything wedding, have pricing scales. From the top end to the low end. The key to reducing the cost of your wedding bouquet is to use the flowers that are in season and at the lower end of the price scale. A bigger bloom like a Dahlia is perfect for the bouquet as it is a mid priced bloom but gives a great bang for its buck. It is a focal flower in your arrangement without costing a lot.
Tip 3: Using greenery in your bouquets to make them larger
A really clever tip when your on a budget but still want a full bouquet or centerpieces. Be open to having a few select key blooms (like the Dahlia’s in this bouquet) and then filling a large part of the arrangement with greenery. It helps get the size and feel of a larger bouquet but without the price tag.
When I deliver wedding flowers I am always so nervous about the reaction. For this delivery I dropped off the flowers to the hotel concierge, so I didn’t get to she her reaction.
But she made my day with an unexpected text when I got home: “The flowers are amazing!!!!! I love them so much!!!”
I feel so honoured to have helped with not only her special day but also with her savings account for her first home. Budget wedding flowers don’t have to be cheap and nasty. Nor do they have to be DIY. You just need to have an open mind and find the right florist who can work within your budget.
Edit: ADM Flowers has grown so much in the past two years. I am thankful to the 30+ couples who have booked and trusted me to create affordable wedding flowers for their special day. I have grown so much that it was time to get a partner.
From April 1 2019, Sally will be joining the ADM Flowers team and we are offering more availability for Melbourne couples on a budget.
We look forward to hearing from you and providing you with a quote for your special day.
Kristin and Sally