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Blooms for Every Budget

Floral Tips from Heather Petrus with Florajean Flowers

Published online: Jan 04, 2024 wedding
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Budget: Start with a realistic idea of what you’re willing to spend.

Brides look at gorgeous pictures on Pinterest and tell me that’s what they want without knowing the cost involved. Your florist can help you choose where your budget will have the biggest impact and where your money is well spent.

I definitely would splurge on the bridal bouquet and one big focal piece like the arch, mantel or ceiling. If you have the budget for every table to have a bloomed-out arrangement, that’s great. But not every table needs a big centerpiece. I like to do half big and half small for interest. If you need to cut back, I don’t think Boutineers, Corsages, Buffet, or entrance table flowers are necessary and often go unnoticed.

Remember, you’re not just paying for flowers—you’re paying for the product, the time spent designing, labor, delivery, setting and cleaning up. You’re getting so much more than flowers.

Stay in Season: Quality and cost is always better with blooms that are in season.

During the summer months I love to use local unique blooms from East Idaho flower farms. I get better quality and quantity for the price versus flowers being flown across the world. I love to choose flowers that represent the season and time of year. If you are getting married in the Idaho winter season, no worries. Warmer climate blooms are the best in my opinion during our winter months. Two dates I would avoid getting married, Valentine's week and Mother’s Day week. The flowers double in price and the quality goes down.

Photo by Alyona Oborn.

Trust your Florist: Go with the florist that represents your style and overall look.

Don’t get caught up matching every Pinterest picture perfectly. Florists don’t copy–they create. When you’re dealing with real flowers it's difficult to make anything identical. Give your florist your palette and overall look and they will make your vision come to life.

When you’re looking for an event florist, look at their real weddings and real clients' work. Not every wedding will look like their photo shoot that was staged perfectly. Referrals are always a great place to start.

Photo by Maddie Kaye.

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