Planning a Cost Effective Wedding
Updated: Jan 9
Hey, we get it. Weddings are expensive! Even the thriftiest of us can find the numbers stacking up and in Jan 2022, Bridebook’s Survey found the average cost of a wedding was £16,529 and the average cost for wedding flowers was £786. If you divide that by the average length of a ceremony and reception (around 5 hours), that's nearly £3 per minute on just the flowers!
In light of this, we've put together some tips on how to keep the costs down when choosing wedding flowers, and be kind to the environment too. So whether you're planning a location wedding, going bright with a multicoloured theme or bringing your pets, we have tips for you to cut the costs on your wedding flowers!
Paper vs Picked
Our paper flowers made from recycled paper are a sustainable alternative to real blooms but they can be also be cost-effective too! By choosing paper, you can order your blooms months in advance, making it easier to spread the cost. There's also no need to worry about the blooms wilting on the day in the heat or the cold! What's more, if you're looking for an out of season flower, there can sometimes be a premium to pay with real flowers, but with us, you can have any flower you like at any time of the year in any and every colour you can dream of.
Our Prices Stay The Same
Many people don't realise that when you are quoted for fresh wedding flowers, this price may change depending on demand, bloom and other factors. In comparison, once we offer you a quote, our prices are fixed and you can be reassured that there will be no unexpected costs just before your big day. We also offer the option to pay in advance to receive a discount, or to spread the cost across two payment- just ask us about our finance options!
Choose your Paper
If you're budget won't quite stretch to that castle for your
Game of Thrones inspired ceremony, we can make your paper flowers out of the book pages for you, giving you your own version of the land of Ice and Fire to treasure in the years after your wedding. Or, if you're going retro, why not choose music from your favourite decade to make up your bouquet? From Etta James to The Pet Shop Boys we have you covered!
Multi Use Blooms
Flowers are the universal symbol of love and are perfect for the aisle, but what if you want to go beyond holding them for the ceremony and photos? What if you want to use them as gifts for your bridesmaids or even as decorations for your cake? We're happy to hear it! That's why we offer multi-use flower bouquets that can be used in multiple ways—as table decorations, cake toppers, gifts for your bridal party or Mother of the Bride and so much more! As our flowers won't wilt, they can be repurposed either on the day or afterwards and there are no preservations costs like those associated with a fresh flower bouquet.
As they are unusual, our paper flowers turn heads wherever they go! So why not opt for a single flower or a buttonhole as a statement piece?
The beauty of our flowers is that they can be made in any size to suit your needs, perfect for pinning to clothes, hair, for wrist corsages, pet leads and so much more! Oh, and we make flower crowns too (for humans not pets)!
We are never going to pressure you to spend more money than you can afford to, and will do everything we can do make something beautiful within your budget. We get just as excited about making a single buttonhole or a flower girl basket that's going to mean a lot to someone as we do for a huge wedding.
Helping the Environment without Breaking the Bank!
Choosing eco-friendly fresh flowers can be tough without the higher cost. Our paper flowers are made from recycled and salvaged materials, meaning you can help the environment, meet your sustainable wedding goals and still have beautiful flowers. And if you want tropical flowers, we can create those with zero guilt about the air miles! You can read more about why paper is a good choice for a sustainable wedding in our blog post that gives 7 ways to use paper flowers to meet your zero waste wedding goals .
Any Colour You Like!
We know it can be disappointing to find out that the flower you love doesn't naturally come in the right colour to match your wedding theme, bridesmaid dresses or your shoes...and you will often have to pay a premium to have flowers dyed the colour you'd like. But don't worry, because with us, you can have any colour you like without the premium cost. So whether you're going for Netflix series Wednesday vibes with black dahlias, or blue sunflowers, gold lavender, purple snowdrops or even rainbow roses, we've got this!
Supply the Paper
This may only reduce the cost by a little, but suppling us with the paper you want used for your blooms if you already have it at home can help knock the price down, and after all every penny helps! So whether it's love letters, book pages, maps for your location wedding or something else, just let us know and we will work with you to create flowers unique to you and your wedding that have more than one meaning.
It may seem like an obvious one, but we offer free delivery on all our wedding flowers, so no need to worry about courier fees at the last minute!
How You Spend Money
Whilst cutting costs is sometimes the only thing we think about, it also helps to know that the money you do spend is going to a good cause. As a social enterprise, we were established to support women affected by domestic abuse to access fair employment. It is these women who will create your beautiful blooms and who will benefit, as our profits go back into funding our social purpose. You can read more about what we do to help women with employment, training and work experience here.
"...it is these women who will create your beautiful blooms and who will benefit, as our profits go back into funding our social purpose. "
Find Out More About Our Paper Flowers
We're all about making your day as special and unique as you are, so we handcraft all our flowers with care, but cost-effectively - meaning you can have your (wedding) cake and eat it, too. We offer a wide range of options and we can help you create an unforgettable experience no matter what kind of wedding you're planning! You can take a look at some of our previous wedding flowers on our wedding page.
So whether you want something traditional or offbeat, we can help make it happen, and all within your budget! Just fill in our enquiry form on our wedding webpage, or send us an email and let us know what kind of flowers you have in mind! You don't have to spend a fortune on flowers for your wedding and we can help make that happen!