Photo: Love Katie + Sarah
Catching your groom's eye? That's just a given. To capture your guests' attention (and envy!), statement-making wedding flowers always manage to do the trick! But for that ethereal look you crave, forest-level greenery and lush blooms often tote a price tag that's equally as out-of-this-world. So, how does one achieve going-for-broke flowers without actually going broke? With these genius — not to mention, gorgeous — arrangement ideas!
Lisa George, owner of NYC-based Michael George Flowers, gave us the insider lowdown on how to get a full and formal look — without sacrificing the majority of your wedding budget. First, book a venue that's naturally beautifully. Choose a windswept beach, a gorgeous garden, or a wooded grove as your wedding backdrop, then just enhance your surroundings with simple floral accents.
Secondly, choose local, seasonal blooms. Options that are grown regionally will usually be more affordable and fresher than specialty varieties that need to be shipped from far away.
And finally, pick one or two wow moments. You don't have to cover every surface at your reception with flowers. Instead, set a few statement centerpieces in key areas and use more minimal arrangements on tables — like these organically opulent ones, for example...
Photo: Yasu + Junko of Judy Casey (Left); Love Katie + Sarah (Right)
A Hanging Garden
Suspended florals are an unexpected way to add drama, but a full-on canopy is out of reach for most couples. Get the look with fewer flowers by grouping small vessels — like these pots of dahlias, zinnias, and roses — across the ceiling. (Floral hanging centerpieces, Bourgeon by Amy Febinger)
Photo: Yasu + Junko of Judy Casey (Left); Austin Gros (Right)
Instead of a densely packed floral runner, try clustering bud vases filled with inexpensive blooms like lisianthus, quicksand roses, and dahlias. "Pick one or two larger 'face' flowers, like garden roses or peonies," says florist Amy Febinger, of Brooklyn-based Bourgeon. "Then fill in with cost-effective seasonal stems and fresh herbs like lemon verbena and mint." The table will still seem full, but you can cover more surface area (and easily rearrange as you set them up). (Tabletop bud vases, Bourgeon by Amy Febinger)
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Photo: Yasu + Junko of Judy Casey (Left); Next Exit Photography (Right)
A Flower Wall
For a Kimye-inspired moment without the crazy price tag, have your florist create multiple easy-to-transport square panels. Look for bloom varieties that are lush and full but still reasonably priced. We used wallet-friendly hydrangeas and lemon leaves. (Floral wall panels, Michael George Flowers)
Photo: Yasu + Junko of Judy Casey (Left); Kimberly Chau Photography (Right)
A Grand Centerpiece
A sculptural tulip display like the one above is gorgeous but pricey. Instead, try an oversize, tightly packed gathering of snapdragons — a low-cost flower that's available year-round. (Multicolored snapdragons, Michael George Flowers)
Want more genius planning tips? For the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration, pick up the BRIDES December 2015/January 2016 issue, on newsstands now and available for download here!