A bouquet made with your favorite flowers doesn't have to break the bank. Here, one florist shows us how to make beautiful rose wedding bouquets to fit five different budgets.
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If there's one type of flower that feels most synonymous with weddings, it's roses. Beloved for their variety (there are hundreds of different types of roses in countless different colors), their sweet scents, and their meanings (roses represent everything from love and friendship to faithfulness and gratitude), these pretty, layered blooms are used in almost every wedding-day floral arrangement. While they're beautiful in ceremony structures and reception centerpieces, most brides agree there's no better place to include roses than in their bouquets.
Depending on your budget, you may worry that an arrangement of roses isn't possible, but the experts agree that with careful planning (and the help of a great florist!), it's possible to get a rose bouquet you love at any price point. To prove it, our friend Emily Coulter of Morrice Florist created five different rose-centric wedding bouquets that would range in price from $100 to $500. Each arrangement includes Majolica spray roses and Patience, Kiera, and Pink Parasol garden roses, but the number of stems, as well as the amount and type of accent flowers and greenery, varies.
The biggest mistake brides make when thinking about wedding bouquets? Assuming that a smaller arrangement is always more affordable. "A small bouquet of really premium flowers is still more expensive than a large bouquet of simpler blooms," Coulter explains. "However, larger bouquets take longer to design and build." One of her best tips for making your budget stretch and to get the flowers you really love—whether it's roses or something else entirely—is to rely on greenery and more affordable flowers as your base and to use just a few higher-cost flowers as focal points.
If you've always dreamed of carrying a bouquet of roses down the aisle, click through to see arrangements Coulter made to suit every price point, as photographed by Jocelyn Filley Photography. Plus, read Coulter's best advice for getting the big-day flowers you really want with the budget you have.
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$100 Wedding Bouquet
To build this $100 wedding bouquet, Coulter paired Majolica spray roses and Patience, Kiera, and Pink Parasol garden roses with white stock, white astilbe, pink ranunculus, blush bride phlox, and yellow scabiosa. "This bouquet really has just a sprinkling of roses, so it's not as rose-focused as a more expensive arrangement would be," Coulter says.
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Coulter started with the same base of roses for her $200 bouquet, then added grapevine ivy, mountain mint, white scabiosa, Romantic Antike garden roses, Tardiva hydrangrea, and nicotiana. The result here is a looser, more organic arrangement. If you're struggling to choose a bouquet made up of the flowers you really love without busting your budget, Coulter has some great advice: "Include a few choice stems of the premium flowers but make the majority of the bouquet less expensive blooms that work well with the pricey highlights."
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$300 Wedding Bouquet
To get this look, Coulter added geranium and fern foliage, larger spray roses, and Caramel Antike roses to the last mix, creating a bouquet that would cost around $300. This medium-sized mix, she says, is the one most brides choose. More pink hues and larger focal flowers made this bouquet more visually interesting.
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Coulter built her $400 bouquet by bringing additional phlox varieties and strawberry ranunculus into the mix. Here, you'll notice a more interesting color story starts to emerge in the form of more saturated pinks and reds, and the fuller, more asymmetrical shape is one that a flowering-loving bride would be drawn to. "Flower lovers always want big, interesting pieces and we love that!" Coulter explains.
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With the additions of butterfly ranunculus, pink hellebore, and poke weed, there are upwards of 26 different types of flowers in Coulter's $500 bouquet. "It also has the most complex color story," Coulter explains of the rich mix of whites, pinks, and reds.
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The most important point to remember, Coulter says, is that it's possible to get a floral look you love at any price point. "There are a lot of affordable flowers that give similar petal impact to garden roses, which are very pricey. Things like Majoica spray roses, ranunculus, and simple roses that grow in clusters look really nice and don't break the bank," she says. As for her favorite accent flowers to use to fluff out a bouquet of garden roses? "Depending on the rose's color and size, we love pairing roses with stock, phlox, mountain mint, scabiosa, and garden fillers of all kinds."