Yes, it is possible to get your wedding flowers for under $500.00!
At ADM Flowers, I specialise in Melbourne couples wanting to spend up to $500 on flowers for their wedding. As I am sure you are aware, weddings are expensive, freaking expensive and let’s not start on housing prices… When your on a budget because of other life priorities it doesn’t mean you have to always go without, especially for wedding flowers.
For this reason I have created three wedding packages with optional extra items. The first package is the Simple package starting at $199.00. It gives you lovely and elegant bride bouquet of roses and foliage and an enhanced groom buttonhole. For your bridesmaids a bouquet of gyp (baby’s breath) or carnations will be supplied and a rose buttonhole for the groomsmen. You can customise the package depending on the size of your wedding party by adding on extra items. I offer you choice in colour palette, ribbon selection and even one delivery within the Melbourne metro region.
The Classic package starts at $249.00 and provides a bridal bouquet and matching bridemaids bouquet. The groom and groomsmen buttonholes can be tailored to your requirements. You can customise the package depending on the size of your wedding party by adding on extra items. I offer you choice in colour palette, ribbon selection and even one delivery within the Melbourne metro region. I also do my absolute best to incorporate any flower likes into the arrangements at that price point. However some flowers are not able to be included in the base package. Which is why I created the Indulgence package.
The Indulgence package has bigger bouquets and can incorporate the more luxurious wedding blooms like David Austin Roses and Peonies in it, season pending of course. This package starts at $449.00 including delivery and again you can customise it for your wedding party.
If your Melbourne wedding is coming up and you don’t want to spend more than $500.00 on your wedding party flowers please contact me to discuss if I can help you. I can offer you a quotation for ceremony and reception flowers as well.
Wedding flowers on a budget can seem like an impossibility when planning a wedding in 2017. And don’t get me started on the bad connotations that cheap has in regards to wedding flowers. Cheap Wedding Flowers… it doesn’t conjure up a great mind’s image, does it? But it is so very possible to get fresh (yes fresh, real flowers) for your wedding in Melbourne. Actually, you can get them anywhere but as I live in Melbourne I’ll stick to my area of experience.
You know the stories: you ask for a posy for an event, and get price $; you ask for a bouquet using the same flowers for your wedding and get price $$$. I was also really surprised at the lack of updated information in google land on budget conscious weddings…. so here are my Top 5 tips for getting affordable wedding flowers in Melbourne 2017.
Top 5 tips for getting affordable wedding flowers in Melbourne.
Wedding llowers for under $300 (1 x bride bouquet, 1 x bridesmaid, 1 x groom buttonhole and 1 x groomsmen buttonhole). Yes this is possible but a word of warning, the bigger the bridal party or the more elements you add will put your total spend up.
Tip 1: Don’t be ashamed of your budget.
$200, $300, $500 or more… (we can all dream right!). Whatever your budget, is be up front about it. Send emails to all the wedding florists you like and tell them flat out your budget. Ask them what they can do within it. Yeah you might get a no or two, but you just might get a yes…. Who knows, maybe they are aren’t fully booked on the weekend of your wedding. You just don’t know, so don’t be afraid to ask. I wouldn’t advise haggling, but telling your budget upfront is totally acceptable and encouraged.
Yes this is a bit of an unfortunate reality check moment, but don’t go expecting David Austen roses, peonies or Phalaenopsis Orchids within the lower price bracket. Amazingly beautiful flowers these are, but budget friendly wedding flower options they are definitely not. Be open to what flowers are in season and at the cheaper end of the price scale. Just like wedding dresses, weddings flowers range from cheap to very expensive.
The more specific you are on your flower choice and style, the more expensive your flowers are going to be. Yes, give your wedding florist ideas on what flower colours, bouquet styles, and even a few flower likes and dislikes if you know them… but be prepared to compromise.
Tip 3: Scale down your bouquet, add more green!
Go for a smaller bouquet and let your florist know that your happy to fill it up with more Greenery. This will definitely help keep the budget down.
Plus you get bonus points for using the 2017 Pantone Colour of the Year: Greenery.
Tip 4: Gumtree – Say What!
My fourth, and maybe unexpected tip for getting your wedding flowers at an affordable price, is to try Gumtree. Yep, good old Gumtree, that buying and selling platform online, the new eBay. Have a look at what is on this site and I guarantee you’ll be surprised at the offerings. There are quite a lot of wedding flower packages with exact prices on this site. Go on have a look. You’ll find little old me on it buying and selling.
Tip 5: DIY. Good old fashioned DIY.
If you are the creative type, why not get together with your wedding party, and make a fun night of it? The majority of florists prepare bouquets a day in advance, and so can you. Just don’t pick delicate flowers which should be refrigerated – your home or hotel fridge is going to struggle to fit them. Check out my favorite “time wasting” DIY platform: pinterest, to get ideas for your own DIY wedding bouquet. Once you have an idea of what you like, go and have a look for tutorials on youtube. There are a lot of them.
You may need some florist ingredients but you can probably purchase them directly from your local florist shop or an online store.
Love flowers, do a course and become a floral enthusiast or even a florist… Maybe you are super interested in flowers and could do a short course. This is an expense yes, but you’ll have the skills for life. I started my professional flower journey via a Bloom College short course. I love love loved it and followed it up with a career change course. This might not be your cup of tea, or within your budget, but it is an option of those of you who love love love flowers.
So there you have it. Five ideas for Affordable Wedding Flowers in Melbourne in 2017.
I hope your wedding is spectacularly amazing and everything you want it to be and within your budget. If you have an questions please hit me up, I’ll be happy to answer, or refer you on to someone in my floral network who can assist.
Welcome to ADM Flowers. Thank you for stopping by and taking a look at my site. I love flowers and like many little girls I wanted to be a florist when I was growing up. But it never played out. I went to school, university, got a job, got married and had kids. Pretty standard stuff.
It wasn’t until last year that I realised I didn’t have a hobby anymore. I had my work, my family and my friends but I didn’t have anything that was my thing. In my musing I found (or it found me) Bloom College. Bloom was running 5 week Flower basics courses and I signed up immediately.
I loved it. Every Wednesday evening for 4 weeks (I missed the first week), I got to make a beautiful floral creation. It wasn’t just the finished product I adored either. Spending the two hours in the company of liked minded ladies (sorry guys but I’m get to have a flower therapy session with a male) and then getting to take home something I created and see it for the rest of the week or to be able to give it away was just awesome.
I was not a happy camper when my weekly dose of flowers finished and I started to have my own flower time on the weekends making arrangements (some good, some bad and some totally awesome). I made them for my work, my family, gifts for the kids teachers and my friends. It has become my thing. I’m now under going a six month floral course held each Saturday. I get one full day to spend learning and creating several pieces of work each week in an incredibly supportive environment with a class full of kindred floral spirits.
As we approach half way of the course we are all thinking about what to do with our new skills. Like anything practise makes better, not perfect but better. Some want to open stores, do weddings and events but that is not where I see myself. I love my current job and love being able to create beautiful arrangements on the weekends. So in order to keep myself practising and creating I thought opening this site and sharing my creations with the ether.
It is my intent to share with you my latest personal creation, what I made it from, how I made it and what I did with it. If you follow me on my journey you will quickly realise I am a hobbiest florist (with a little bit of training). I will rarely (if ever) create complex pieces as I don’t have the time nor do I want to spend the money. I want to create something of beauty each week which doesn’t cost a fortune and will last on my or someone else’s bench for at least a week (two would be even better).