Wedding Bouquets You Won't Want to Toss: How to Get a Gorgeous Bunch on Any Budget

Budget Bouquet Florist Tips

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Wedding bouquets can make or break your bridal look—but that doesn't mean you have to throw your entire budget on an ultra-luxe arrangement! Here, five florists tell you how to get a gorgeous bunch on any budget, with any type of flower.

Budget Bouquet Florist Tips Country Club Wedding

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For a country-club bash
"Preppy girls often ask for colorful, round clutches of classic flowers, like roses, peonies, and hydrangeas [top]. For a similar feel at half the price, load up your bouquet with local sweet peas and tulips and substitute premium garden roses with regular ones [left]."
—Amy Gardella, Seaport Flowers

Get the look: LUXE (left) Juliet garden roses, coral sunset peonies, ranunculus, Dutch spray roses, Dutch hydrangeas, jasmine, sweet peas, and ferns, $300. LESS (Right) Sweet peas, tulips, roses, dusty millers, geraniums, jasmine, and ferns, $150.

Budget Bouquet Florist Tips Garden Wedding

Photos: Greg Marino

For a garden gathering
"One way to cut costs is to rely on fewer flowers and more greenery. It's especially smart at an outdoor wedding, since foliage enhances that lush, just-picked-from-the-garden look. To make the affordable bouquet [right] feel as special as the more flowery option [left], I dressed it up with high-end clematis and delicate Queen Anne's lace."
—Anouchka Martin, Polux Fleuriste

Get the look: LUXE (left) Peonies, Juliet garden roses, Japanese spray roses, sweet peas, fritillarias, lilacs, dusty millers, allium, scabiosas, poppy pods, rosemary, and oregano, $300. LESS (right) Menta roses, majolica spray roses, clematis, cotinus, Queen Anne's lace, geraniums, scabiosa pods, and grasses, $150.

Budget Bouquet Florist Tips Formal Wedding

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For a formal fete
"Black-tie brides love tight bouquets with lots of texture and zero foliage. That gets costly if you fill them with pricey flowers, like we did on the left. To create a less-expensive option that still looks rich [right], we used fluffy magenta carnations instead of peonies and fuchsia celosias instead of lilacs."
—Meredith Perez, Belle Fleur

Get the look: LUXE (left) Peonies, lilacs, muscari, clematis, and scabiosas, $300. LESS (right) Carnations, hyacinths, celosias, and hydrangeas, $150.

Budget Bouquet Florist Tips Artsy Wedding

Photos: Greg Marino

For an artsy affair
"If you want an avant-garde, architectural shape but don't have a big budget, stick to easy-to-sculpt greens like the no-wilt succulents on the right. The calla lilies and lady-slipper orchids on the left are not only pricey, they're also more difficult to manipulate, so your florist may charge you for extra labor."
—Sandra Taurina, Florisity

Get the look: LUXE (left) Calla lilies, lady-slipper orchids, fritillarias, ranunculus, and ferns, $300. LESS (right) Peonies, succulents, fiddlehead ferns, and anthuriums, $150.

Budget Bouquet Florist Tips Destination Wedding

Photos: Greg Marino

For a destination I do
"I love a unique bouquet, like the one on the left, that mixes tropical buds like proteas and gloriosa lilies with big, luxurious blooms like peonies. An oversize peony can cost $7.50 per stem, but you can save by using one as the focal point, as we did on the right, and rounding out the rest of your posy with greens and other flowers."
—Kathleen Hyppolite, Kat Flower

Get the look: LUXE (left) Peonies, proteas, clematis, geraniums, ranunculus, andromedas, ferns, and gloriosa lilies, $300. LESS (right) Peonies, proteas, geraniums, ranunculus, andromedas, ferns, gloriosa lilies, scabiosas, and poppies, $150.

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