[Guest Post by Mark Wilcox, creator and editor of weddingintro.com]
Tying the knot is, without a doubt, one of the most exciting things in life. Anticipation, excitement, and plans for the future fill the air, and not forgetting this newly found love and commitment.
As much as you are looking to get all caught up in the fun, thrill and joy that comes with planning for a wedding, you need to be wary of the rising costs when it comes to planning for a wedding. Considering how things are going, you could be left wondering if your dented wallet will ever recover.
The good thing, though, is that there are several aspects of your wedding where you could cut a few corners and several ideas that you could eliminate to save yourself a considerable amount of money.
What about wedding flowers? The truth is that flowers are an important feature at any wedding ceremony, but that does not mean that you should not think of budgeting for them.
Like most other service providers, florists understand that weddings can bring them a fortune. After all, every girl's dream is for her wedding day to be perfect. However, if you knew some tips and tricks, you can still end up having a beautiful wedding, filled with all the flowers you want without necessarily breaking the bank. Here are some tips for you to consider when looking for wedding flowers on a budget:
Go For Flowers That Are In-Season
Sometimes, eighty percent of the cost of a flower bouquet is reasonable. However, most people, unknowingly, double the cost of their wedding flowers by requesting flowers that are not in-season and which probably require special ordering.
It is, therefore, advisable that you try and find out which flowers are in season or which ones will be in season around the time you are getting married. Once you have received this information, consider doing a quick image search of these flowers on the internet. Also, consider searching for flower bouquets that feature these flowers. You’ll be surprised at how an ordinary, everyday flower can look lavishly stunning when displayed the right way.
Save all the images that you liked and show them to the florist you are working with.
Choosing a Florist
The first and most important thing to remember when looking for a florist are never to settle for the first florist you speak with or visit. It is important to note that florists are different – the prices one will charge for their services and how they arrange their flowers will vary from florist to florist. Once you’ve printed your ideas, present them to a couple of florists and talk to them about your wedding theme, inspiration, and budget. Once you’ve let them know what you want, then ask them to offer their best possible product and price.
It is advisable that you do not be scared of letting each florist know that you are visiting different floral shops before you choose the florist who will cater to your needs. Doing this could quickly, and quite easily, awaken the competitive streak in any professional florist.
Getting married to the love of your life is a special and memorable time in your life. As a matter of fact, it’ll likely remain to be one of the most auspicious moments of your life. However, do not be fooled into believing that you have to pay top dollars for everything you need to make the day a great one.
Remember, choosing in-season flowers, finding and coming up with your own wedding flower ideas for stunning arrangements and visiting different florists could make it easy for you to have a memorable and beautiful wedding day. A wedding that will not cost you an arm and a leg.