3 tips for getting affordable wedding flowers in Melbourne

The story of a chilled out, budget savvy 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.

Red Rose buttonholes melbourne
Buttonholes or boutonniere: I like to call them Man Flowers

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.

Pink & Red Bouquet Melbourne
Dahlia’s (the dark red one) are a perfect large bloom for bouquets.

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.

Bride Bouquet under $200 Melbourne
A little bit of green at the base to make the bride’s bouquet larger

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.

Wedding Flower Delivery Melbourne
Delivery day! These babies ride upfront with me so I can keep an eye on them.

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.

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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.

Please contact us via our contact form or email kristin@admflowers.com if you need a quote.

We look forward to hearing from you and providing you with a quote for your special day.

Kristin and Sally

Wedding Flowers on a budget?

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 $400 (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.

Affordable wedding flowers by ADM
Affordable wedding flowers by ADM

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.

If you are trying to choose between a few florists, read this post from my pals at Thrive Flowers on the 8 (not so obvious) questions to ask your wedding florist. Some cracking questions and answers from a very busy wedding florist and events team in Melbourne.

Tip 2: Don’t be fussy on your flower choice.

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.

Wedding flowers under $300
Wedding flowers under $400

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.

Budget wedding flowers
Budget wedding flowers by ADM

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.