Photo: Nicole Paulson
Incorporating beautiful and distinctive flowers into your bridal bouquet can set the perfect tone for your wedding day, but what about budget-conscious brides who desire the same level of style in their arrangement? Blooms can add up quickly if your favorite flowers are expensive.
Thankfully, Lisa George of Michael George Flowers and Lewis Miller of Lewis Miller Design have a few tricks up their respective sleeves to give you the bouquet you covet — without a crazy price tag. Both florists agree that the key to keeping floral costs under control is selecting blooms that are in-season and available within your geographical region. As Miller explains, "Keep it simple, keep it seasonal, and keep it local. Jet fuel is expensive." Here are their picks for inexpensive flowers to carry on your wedding day.
Lisa George suggests incorporating snapdragons into your bouquet for texture and dimension. The inexpensive blooms are annual, and therefore ideal for providing a pop of color or wild white backdrop to a fall, winter, or spring arrangement.
2. Million Star Baby's Breath
George recommends supplementing a basic bridal bouquet with sprigs of Million Star Baby's Breath, an elegant and traditional choice for bridal blooms. Also known by the name of Gypsophila, the classification of flowers to which Baby's Breath belongs, the bloom is consistently available, regardless of season. Due to its ever-blooming attribute, Baby's Breath is an economical and charming floral choice.
See more: The Best Bouquets From Real Weddings
Brides who crave a touch of regal panache in their bouquet might be inclined to reach for Irises, the flower varietal which inspired the iconic Fleur de Lis design seen on the crests of the French monarchy. The affordable, perennial bloom is available in over 200 iterations, from the crimson and rust-colored "Play With Fire" to the delicate, pastel-hued Monet's Blue Iris.
A perennial bloom and much-beloved bridal bouquet staple, mums are resilient, vibrant, and visually intriguing flower to add to your nuptial posy. George suggests adding them to your bouquet for a stunning, autumnal accent with a bargain price.
Lewis Miller favors zinnias for July and August weddings for their bold hues and ability to punch up a bouquet.
Yet another sturdy and affordable perennial bloom, alstroemeria can be found in a range of eye-catching hues to complement any bridal color scheme. Also known as the Peruvian Lily, Alstroemeria provides unexpected pattern and volume to a nosegay.
Another late summer and early autumn favorite of Miller's is the dahlia. Iconic for its array of shades and beautiful petal arrangement, the bloom is perfect for a budget-conscious bride.