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This post is part of a recurring series here on BSB – we share a wedding budget tip every Tuesday to help you save money on your wedding! You can also see past posts (and a sneak peek at what's ahead) on this wedding budget tips page for your convenience and future reference.

Wedding Budget Tip #4: Use Fresh Flowers Sparingly

Wedding Budget Tip #4:

Use fresh flowers sparingly.


I love fresh flowers just as much as the next gal, but when it came to planning my wedding expenses blooms were one of the first things to go. They just became less of a priority for us in the grand scheme of our day.

Unfortunately, fresh flowers can be pricey, especially depending on the season for a particular flower. Thankfully, there are tons of great flower alternatives for wedding decor. Whether you DIY some paper flowers or opt to use sticks or candles for centerpieces instead, there are so many stunning and budget friendly ways to create a beautiful tablescape for less. So to save money we suggest using fresh flowers sparingly in your wedding decor.

There are so many options for non-floral wedding decor. Consider anything from books to vases, teacups, bottles, vintage pieces, candles, and so much more. Your tables can still look gorgeous without dropping a grand (or several) on flowers. Check out the posts below that are filled with some fun wedding decor inspiration:

Perhaps you want the floral look without the fresh floral prices. If that's the case, you might want to consider silk flowers instead of fresh ones, which you could resell after your wedding to another budget savvy bride to recoup your cost. I'm particularly fond of these artificial lavender plants I spotted on Amazon. Super chic– and make a lovely accent for your home as well!

artificial lavender

In need of some alternative inspiration? Check out our blog series on wedding flower alternatives. And if you've got your heart set on a plethora of pretty flowers, that's okay, too. Here on BSB, we've rounded up the best places to buy bulk flowers online to keep your costs as low as possible. So if that's your situation, you'll just have to find ways to cut costs elsewhere. The good news? We've got lots of tips to share coming up to help you do just that! 😉

Looking for more creative ideas for non-floral wedding centerpieces? We love these roundups from Martha Stewart, Bridal Guide, and Brit + Co! And of course, if all else fails, head over to Pinterest and browse to your heart's content. There are so many affordable and totally doable DIY ideas for your wedding decor that don't include flowers. So if you're asking us, we say: use fresh flowers sparingly for your wedding day decor!


How do you feel about skipping fresh flowers for your big day decor?

Are you planning for non-floral centerpieces or bouquets for your big day? Let us know in the comments!!


Want more wedding budget tips? Come back next Tuesday for the next post in this money-saving tips series.

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