Two Bouquets, Two Budgets: Save vs. Splurge Wedding Flowers

Tropical Wedding Bouquets

Photo: Greg Marino

We challenged five top floral designers to give us their best wedding bouquets on two different budgets. See if you can tell the difference.

Tropic Thunder

"If you're tying the knot in an island paradise, you need blooms that do well in hot and sticky weather. Exotic orchids hold up beautifully, but some varieties, like the phalaenopsis, go for $50 a stem. Yikes! Bring down the cost by fluffing up your bouquet with reasonably priced and readily available mokaras." — Sandra Taurina, Florisity

Pictured above: Splurge (left), Phalaenopsis, vanda, and cat's tail orchids, $300 (Based on New York prices); Save (right), Mokara orchids, nerines, lisianthuses, and godetias, $175

Preppy Charm

Preppy Wedding Bouquets

Photo: Greg Marino

"Getting married at the golf club, bridesmaids awash in pink? Here's how that look translates to flowers: Ask for perky, ruffly stems in a sunny madras palette. Peonies are a perennial favorite, but jumbo carnations capture the same feel for a quarter of the cost." — Meredith Perez, Belle Fleur

Pictured above: Splurge (left), Peonies, ranunculus, cymbidium orchids, and sweet peas, $300, Save (right) Carnations, tea roses, wax flowers, alstroemerias, and geranium leaves, $150

White Magic

White Wedding Bouquets

Photo: Greg Marino

"Not too long ago, baby's breath had a bad rep, but now the filler is super trendy. Use it in a monochromatic arrangement to add a lot of texture for not a lot of money (versus pricey freesias). Leave blunt-cut stems exposed for a look that isn't cookie-cutter ballroom." — Peggy O'dea, Zeze flowers

Pictured above: Splurge (left) Garden roses, freesias, narcissi, astilbes, and bouvardias, $250; Save (right) Sweet Williams, baby's breath, stock, roses, and godetias, $150

Garden Romance

Garden Wedding Bouquets

Photo: Greg Marino

"For an outdoor wedding, especially one in the country, fill out your bouquet with delicate wildflowers like sky-blue tweedias and chamomiles, which are essentially fun-size daisies. Field-grown blooms, as long as they're in season when you're ordering them, aren't nearly as spendy as tree peonies."
— Taylor Patterson, Fox Fodder Farm

Pictured Above: Splurge (left) Tree peonies, tulips, narcissi, delphiniums, muscari, tweedias, and clematis vines, $250; Save (right), Tweedias, narcissi, chamomiles, muscari, clematis vines, and tulips, $150

Graphic Impact

Graphic Wedding Bouquets

Photo: Greg Marino

"Nothing pops against the stark white walls of an art gallery like statement blooms in a single bright hue. Re-create the contemporary vibe of amaryllises, callas, and silver foliage (leave the green greenery to outdoorsy girls) with lilies, tulips, and eucalyptus. For your requisite dash of quirk, swap scabiosa pods with yellow billy balls."
— Tony Montano, Winston Flowers

Pictured above: Splurge (left), Amaryllises, calla lilies, scabiosa pods, and dusty millers, $285; Save (right), Asiatic lilies, tulips, billy balls, and eucalyptus leaves; $135

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