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Reduce the cost of your wedding flower budget NOW!

Now more than ever, the focus is definitely on money matters and for lots of people contemplating getting married, many are wrestling with the thoughts about exactly how they are going to pay for the wedding of their dreams as they trawl through various glossy bridal magazines that make your mind boggle at some of the projected costs.

All the flowers in the various magazines are gorgeous and they all look so dreamy and out of this world, but unless your parents/you have a massive budget, or you have just bagged last week’s lottery jackpot, we all have to be a little more realistic, sadly... But that doesn’t mean you have to feel short changed, you can still have a fantastic day that you will remember forever and here’s how...

By taking a step back from the ‘ball park figure’ for wedding flowers, (In the region of £500), here are some suggestions as to how you can cut that projected cost down by about half for your wedding, and you can still have your very special day:

  • Brides Bouquet     £45.00
  • 3 matching Bridesmaids Bouquets     £78.00
  • 3 Buttonholes (Groom, Best man and Brides Father)     £14.97
  • 2 Corsages (Brides & Bride Grooms Mum)     £15.98
Total     £153.95

Of course variations of the above will permit a more expensive bridal bouquet.
The flowers for your wedding need not cost you a fortune, by throwing the recommended formula away and examining exactly what you really do need can save you a lot of money.

It does mean forfeiting the Reception flowers, Church flowers and more Buttonholes for guests, but you can make this work.

The Wedding Car usually has the ribbon on the bonnet and also has a flower arrangement on the back window shelf that comes as standard with the cost of the car hire, so that is one less expense, although it probably won’t match your colour scheme, and at best will be Ivory.

For Church Weddings, consult with the vicar and find out who usually arranges the flowers for the church. More often than not, a local lady connected with the church will arrange the vases once a week or once a fortnight and place them in church, so you could ask to meet with the flower arranger and offer a donation or pay towards the flower costs for that week and ask her kindly, to buy flowers in that match your colour scheme.

Registry Office Weddings usually have arrangements of artificial flowers already in the room where you will be married, which are often changed at various times of the year into a different colour scheme to match the season, so you could simply purchase a few pull up bows for the aisle end chairs, which cuts costs considerably.

The Reception, tables need not have flower arrangements on them, indeed for a few pounds, you could simply add rose petals that match to each table, scattering them about to add a feel of unity with your colour scheme. It will give them a great splash of colour for not a lot of money, indeed rose petals do go quite a long way if you distribute them sensibly.

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 What you can do with your Flowers After your Wedding

The days of waste is over, this applies to almost every aspect in our lives today. So why should we waste our wedding flowers as well?
Most people will throw their fresh flowers away after their wedding, including the bouquet because they wilted and died. Fresh flowers have a limited life span and after a short period they are no longer viable. The only lasting legacy with a fresh real flower bouquet are the photographs and the potential to dry them our and press them for future posterity.
However, with artificial flower your can go so much further. Whether your bouquet is made from 'real touch', silk, foam, or even paper flowers, you have many more options. Here are some ideas of the uses for an artificial bouquet after your wedding:

- Keep your bouquet with your wedding dress as a keepsake.

- Give them away to the person who caught them in the 'throwing of the bouquet' act.

- Convert your bouquet into a gift for the mother of the bride / mother-in-law by re-arranging the silk and artificial flowers.

- Place your bouquet on the grave of your departed loved ones so they become part of your special wedding day. Maybe departed parents or grandparents.

- Put your bouquet into a suitable vase or holder and put it in your window or display cabinet as a memento.

- Give your bouquet to a bridal shop for use a window display.

- Give your bouquet away to a charity shop.

- Sell it on E-Bay so that someone else on a budget can use it and you make some money.

Whatever you choose to do, be sure that going for the artificial wedding flower option has a multitude of uses after your wedding.

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White, Ivory or Cream Flowers in a Church?

Some colours appear to enhance and others to withdraw, some are warm and others cold, some show well in poor light whilst others vanish. Church buildings are usually on a large scale and not greatly lit, this gives them a tend to be on the sombre side - This should be borne in mind. White and pale colours containing a lot of white are the most visible in these locations. Of the pure hues or undiluted colours, which include yellow, lime-green and orange are easy to see in bad light. However, blues violets and purples vanish in a large building where the lighting is not brilliant. A good tip is to use flowers, especially bouquets that are blue for the summer time in churches, when the mid summer daylight strength is at a maximum.

The term 'white wedding' is associated with the dress, flamboyance and white flowers. Although white flowers show up better than any others, many brides prefer not to have just whit. A combination of colours is sought. For example green and white alone are certainly extremely beautiful. When white is used with other colours it should be mixed with soft pastel shades and not with receding or heavy colours. If white is used with receding colours only the white will show at a distance and the flowers will look dotted about.


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Getting Married In a Registry Office?

Whatever type of ceremony you opt for, whether it’s a small, intimate occasion with two witnesses or a grand formal celebration, a ceremony in the Register office can be a real affordable alternative to a larger religious ceremony or civil ceremony at an approved building/venue.

Many people will have the vision of a Register office as avenue that feels ‘clinical’… Far from it! Many Register offices have a ceremony suite which can seat up to 100 guests and waiting rooms, all of which will have tasteful, floral decorations that are changed on a seasonal basis.

In order to keep that ceremonious feel, most couples would order quite a minimalist range of flowers, after all you will still have photographs to commemorate the special day. We recommend at least flowers such as:

  • A Brides bouquet
  • Grooms buttonhole
  • Corsage & Buttonhole for the witnesses.
If you have children, you may want them to feel part of the ceremony as well, rather than onlookers. You can order a choice of accessories for them such as:

For the daughter:
  • Wedding wand
  • Wrist corsage
  • Alice Band
  • Small hair flower comb
  • Flower Girl posy
For the son - a matching buttonhole.

Should you be on a budget, we at Exclusive Floral Designs recommend that the bride opts for a Bridesmaids bouquet. These are always cheaper and can also be custom made to match the colour of your choice. They are a smaller version of a Bridal bouquet. These bouquets tend to have less stems and therefore inevitably cheaper.
Should you not want any bouquet, how about opting for a wrist corsage?

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Need some Wedding flower or Bouquet advice?

If you would like to ask some questions about how to choose your wedding flowers - Contact us now, we would love to hear from you. Questions such as:

The days of waste is over, this applies to almost every aspect in our lives today. So why should we waste our wedding flowers as well? Most people will throw their fresh flowers away after their wedding, including the bouquet because they wilted and died. Fresh flowers have a limited life span and after a short period they are no longer viable. The only lasting legacy with a fresh real flower bouquet are the photographs and the potential to dry them our and press them for future posterity.

However, with artificial flower your can go so much further. Whether your bouquet is made from 'real touch', silk, foam, or even paper flowers, you have many more options. Here are some ideas of the uses for an artificial bouquet after your wedding:


- Keep your bouquet with your wedding dress as a keepsake.


- Give them away to the person who caught them in the 'throwing of the bouquet' act.


- Convert your bouquet into a gift for the mother of the bride / mother-in-law by re-arranging the silk and artificial flowers.


- Place your bouquet on the grave of your departed loved ones so they become part of your special wedding day. Maybe departed parents or grandparents.


- Put your bouquet into a suitable vase or holder and put it in your window or display cabinet as a memento.


- Give your bouquet to a bridal shop for use a window display.


- Give your bouquet away to a charity shop.


- Sell it on E-Bay so that someone else on a budget can use it and you make some money.


Whatever you choose to do, be sure that going for the artificial wedding flower option has a multitude of uses after your wedding.