Make your own wedding bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres to save money in your budget for the big day.

There are plenty of ways to save money on your wedding. One way is to make all or most of your own flower arrangements. Cutting expenses on flowers means you can spend money on the photographer or food so you can have more guests.

  • Making your own flowers doesn’t mean you have to do it all by yourself. DIY can mean a good friend or family member pitches in for you. One drawback to consider is whether you’ll have time for flower arranging as your wedding day approaches.
  • Having said that, flower preparation can be a fun activity for bridesmaids or close out-of-town relatives. Haven’t seen those creative cousins in a year? Ask them to bring their floral tape!
  • Buy supermarket or discount floral shop bunches to go into a beautiful bouquet. Plan ahead and have a few alternatives in mind, just in case you can’t find what you want when the time comes.
  • Match your wedding theme and colors. If your wedding gown and setting has a vintage theme, match the look and feel in your flower choices and arrangement styles.
  • Choose a common flower or theme to carry throughout your arrangements. Maybe it’s the ribbon you use or the single white rose that can tie all of your arrangements together. The boutonnieres may be only the white rose and a small piece of greenery; the mothers of the groom and bride have a white rose, a colored flower and greenery. All of the bouquets have several white roses… you get the idea.
  • Choose flowers in season. You want tulips in December? That will cost you. Choose what’s in season to save money, especially if buying from local shops and flower farms. Or choose one or two tulips or lilies surrounded by carnations.
  • Need inspiration? Peruse Pinterest and watch a few professional videos online.
  • Once inspired, don’t go crazy. Keep it simple, because as concerned as you might be about the flowers in your hands and on tuxedos or tables, your guests will be looking at the bride and groom! Sometimes, a single rose with a long ribbon in the bridesmaids’ hands makes an elegant statement.
  • Use alternative materials. You don’t have to use fresh flowers for everything you make. Check out tutorials for making flowers from fabrics or paper. Your groomsmen might prefer these anyway and fabric in particular will preserve well as a wedding memento.
  • Or supplement your flowers with a few natural objects. Depending on your color and theme, add an herb like lavender or rosemary.
  • Be sure to time your flower purchase and arranging carefully and keep your flowers fresh. When cutting them for bouquets and arrangements, cut the stem once while it’s immersed in room temperature water. Keep all cut flowers for tables and other arrangements in water in a cool, dark place as long as possible before the wedding. Once you arrange corsages and boutonnieres, place their stems in water if possible. If not, spray them lightly with water, seal them in a plastic zip-seal bag and lay them flat in a refrigerator overnight.
  • Practice before the big day, especially if you and other busy family or wedding party members are in charge of the flowers! Use heavily discounted flowers or some from your garden, arrangements or bridal shower for your practice bouquets and boutonnieres.
  • Web sites and local craft shops can offer tutorials for flower arranging. If you have time, it might be worth your while. If you give up on the idea and decide to order flowers at the last minute, you’ll spend even more than if you had gone with a professional florist in the beginning!