This post is part of a series here on BSB where we share wedding budget tips to help you save money on your wedding! Today's post is all about wedding flowers– an area of the wedding that can easily be pretty costly. If you're looking for tips to save money on wedding flowers, you can start by choosing in-season flowers for your arrangements.
Wedding Budget Tip #16:
Choose flowers that are in season for your wedding floral arrangements.
Want to save money on your wedding? Choose in-season flowers for your wedding floral arrangements.
You might have a certain type of flower in mind for your wedding bouquet or centerpieces, but did you know that your favorite flower might cost you MORE money at a certain time of the year?
Flower costs can vary based on seasonal availability
The increased cost is typically due to decreased availability. It's a prime example of supply and demand. Flowers are seasonal, meaning that they tend to bloom during a certain season. Therefore each flower type will be more readily available during their peak times of the year.
Now, there are some flower types that bloom all year round– though not necessarily in the same place. It depends on the region the flowers are sourced from. It's important to consider the season of your wedding when choosing your wedding flowers because if you pick an out-of-season bloom, you could end up overpaying or going over budget.
It's not completely impossible to get certain flowers during their non-peak season, but typically it would lead to increased prices because of the cost of flying flowers in from out of the country. Paying more for something during a certain time of year, when you could get it during another time of year for less just isn't very budget savvy.
Need help choosing in-season flowers?
Be smart about the blooms you select for your bouquets, centerpieces, and more by selecting stems that are in bloom during your wedding month. Want to know what flowers are in season during the different months of the year? Check out the graphics below to view the in-season flowers during your wedding month!
Which flowers are in season during your wedding month?
This isn't a complete list, of course, but a general one to give you a basic idea. A good place to find a comprehensive list would be this list of flower availability by month from our friends at Fifty Flowers. We referenced this list when creating these in-season flower graphics.
We hope these handy tools and resources help you choose affordable flowers for your big day. When you choose in-season flowers for your wedding, you'll likely save money because they are more readily available and easier to get.
Flower Availability By Season
When it comes to sharing seasonal flower availability, it depends on the area of the country or the world that you live in. Some flowers might be more readily available or reachable in certain areas of the world than others, regardless of the season. Here are some lists of flowers that are mostly available during certain seasons of the year in the USA:
🌷 Spring Wedding Flowers
Apple or cherry blossom, Cymbidium Orchid, Daffodil, Dogwood, Forsythia branches, Gerber Daisy, Hyacinth, Hydrangea, Iris, Larkspur, Lilac, Lily, Lily of the Valley, Lisianthus, Mini Calla Lily, Pansy, Peony, Ranunculus, Rose, Sweet Pea, Tulip
🌻 Summer Wedding Flowers
Anemone, Aster, Button Chrysanthemum, Calla Lily, Craspedia, Cymbidium Orchid, Dahlia, Daisy, Delphinium, Freesia, Geranium, Hydrangea, Iris, Jacobs ladder, Larkspur, Phalaenopsis Orchid, Poppy, Queen Anne's Lace, Rose, Shasta Daisy, Snapdragon, Spider Chrysanthemum, Stock, Sunflower, Viburnum, Zinnia
🍁 Fall Wedding Flowers
❄️ Winter Wedding Flowers
Where to Buy In-Season Flowers for Your Wedding
Buy Bulk Flowers Online
Looking for resources to order flowers for your wedding day? If you are interested in doing your own wedding flowers, you may want to consider purchasing from a wholesale florist. We've featured numerous great options where you can order bulk flowers online for your wedding.
Other ways to save money on your wedding flowers:
Looking for other money-saving wedding ideas to reduce your wedding flower costs? Check out these related posts!
So tell us: have you considered the seasonality of your chosen wedding flowers?
Leave a comment below and let us know!
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Editor's note: Due to the pandemic, some of the general wedding planning advice we share may not be applicable or possible due to restrictions on events. Please adhere to all current regulations and stay safe and healthy! Get more resources for planning a pandemic wedding here.