It doesn’t matter whether you are planning a beach theme for your indoor ceremony or you are having an actual beach wedding, beach flowers are a must. You have endless types of flowers to choose from, and they come in colors, shapes and sizes to suit everyone’s taste and budget. All you need to do is invest a little planning time and you can treat yourself and your wedding guests to a beautiful display of flowers without spending more than you can afford.
Try these strategies for creating a winning beach wedding floral design on a budget:
Types of Floral Arrangements
The first step is determining the number and type of floral arrangements you’d like for your wedding. You can have loads of flowers, no flowers at all or something in between. Traditional weddings usually feature these types of flowers and floral arrangements: A floral arch, the bride’s wedding bouquet, the flower girl’s basket of flowers, bridesmaids’ corsages, boutonnieres for the groom and groomsmen and flower arrangements for the reception tables. Corsages or boutonnieres for the couple’s close relatives are also common. Some brides use additional wedding beach flowers to create an aisle or path leading guests to the ceremony.
Tip: You will need fewer flowers for a beach wedding because you will be surrounded by the natural beauty of the setting. If you have a limited budget, you can get by with flowers for the bride and groom only. Replace the bride’s bouquet and groom’s boutonniere with colorful Hawaiian-style leis to enhance the beach theme.
The average couple spends $2000 for flowers for their wedding. Beach flowers don’t need to cost that much, unless you choose to splurge.
When you have added up the number of flower arrangements you want, decide whether you want tropical flowers, non-tropical flowers or a mixture. After you know this, you are ready to ask florists for price estimates so you can lock in your budget.
What to Ask Florists
Unless you are an experienced floral arranger, leave that task to professionals. Ask wedding planners, other newly-married couples and hotels for their recommendations on local florists. Try to get at least three names, and meet with each candidate in person. Interview the florists by phone when this is not possible.
Ask each candidate these questions to identify the florist that’s ideal for your wedding: What services do you provide for weddings? Do you include your design services in the flowers’ cost? Have you designed floral arrangements specifically for beach weddings before? If so, can you show me some examples? Are there any additional charges on top of the cost of the flowers themselves, such as delivery or setup? How much lead time do you need for my order? Instead of an estimate, is a firm price quote possible?
Compare answers and quoted prices. Choose the florist who provides the most satisfactory answers to your questions AND offers a reasonable price in comparison to their competition.
Use Locally Grown Flowers
If you stick with locally grown flowers you will save money. They don’t require refrigeration or shipment over long distances so florists usually sell them for lower prices. This lets you have a more lavish wedding on a smaller budget.
Tell your florist about the color of your decorations, the bridal couple’s clothing and the rest of the wedding party’s clothing. When your florist knows your color palate, they can recommend local flowers that coordinate with your wedding beach theme.
Use Floral Arrangements for More Than One Purpose
Flowers for your ceremony also can be used at your reception, reducing your floral budget. Plan ahead and your florist or close friends will be able to immediately move the ceremony flowers to the reception.
Make sure you use flowers with strong, waxy blooms if you want your flowers to do this kind of double duty. Heliconia, antherium, orchids and calla lilies work better because they hold up in heat and keep their fresh look throughout the ceremony, the reception and beyond.
Include Potted Plants and Greenery
Ask your florist to use potted plants and local greenery generously in your floral arrangements. These are less expensive than cut flowers. For example, palm fronds are beautiful, dramatic and plentiful. Depending on the location of your wedding, you may be able to find some local greenery on your own…for free.
To stretch your budget even further, include potted plants such as African violets, smaller orchids, and tallandsia, and give them to guests as wedding favors.