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From the bouquets to the centerpieces, flowers give a wedding its decorataive personality, whether it's romantic, chic, or rustic. But as important as they are, these delicate blooms can eat up a big portion of a wedding budget. Check out these clever tips on how to get the most out of every petal.
Simplify, simplify, simplify
You and your fiancé are checking your wedding budget and—oh no!—you've gone overbudget on flowers. The best way to get things back on track? Go over your floral expenses, item by item, with your florist to figure out where you can downsize, says Elizabeth McKellar Lewis, founder of the Nouveau Romantics, an event-planning and design firm in Austin, Texas, and Los Angeles. With a pro's help, simplifying your floral design may be easier than you think.
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Prioritize by Space
If you're fortunate enough to be having a ceremony with an incredible view, say of mountains, a beach, or a cityscape, skip the rose archway and other floral décor and let the landscape be the focus. It's no extra cost to you! And you really can't compete with nature or neon anyway!
"I love giving dinner parties and want most of the budget to go toward setting the table," says Lewis. "But I think everyone has a different priority based on the layout of their venue and what part of the party excites them most." She suggests cutting back on flowers in areas where guests spend the least amount of time, like the cocktail hour room, and using simple candles on cocktail tables instead.
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Cut Back on Personals
"Bouquets and boutonnieres are an easy place to trim the budget, especially if you have a large wedding party," says Lewis. She recommends single stems of peonies, sunflowers, or another substantial bloom with a large stem in lieu of bouquets for the bridesmaids. For groomsmen, she says that some couples are opting out of boutonnieres regardless of the formality of the wedding. If your guy is into flowerless lapels on the groomsmen, this is an easy cut.
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Swap Flowers for Greenery
Lewis recommends cutting back on the amount of flowers in any given arrangement and adding more greenery—which is much less expensive—instead. "Greenery comes in a beautiful range of colors and textures," she says, "so don't be afraid to use more variations of eucalyptus or ferns as a replacement for blooms. Even an all greenery bouquet can be gorgeous if it's done right!"
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Set the Mood with Candles
Candles can do more than set a romantic mood at a wedding—they can also be used in creative ways to lighten the budget. "Buy pillar candles in three varying sizes and cluster them down the center of the dinner tables," Lewis suggests. Add some greenery at the base of each, if you like. The glow will give off so much ambience that guests probably won't even notice there aren't flowers on the table.