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Budget-Friendly Wedding Flowers Thursday, February 3, 2011

Ever since Charlotte declared that carnations were "filler flowers" on "Sex and the City," carnations have been notoriously known as cheap and tacky. However, I'm happy to report that carnations appear to be making a comeback! Besides the fact that they are budget-friendly, carnations can be quite striking and sophisticated when arranged correctly; tightly bunched with no extra greenery. So while you may have your heart set on Calla Lilies, it might be worth giving the cheaper floral options a chance!

If you're looking to scale back your floral budget without having to scale back on the actual quantity, try reevaluating your choice of flowers. When you sit down to select what types of flowers you'd like to include in your wedding decor, consider two things: (1) Seasonality and (2) Fragility.

Seasonality. Flowers that are grown year-round are going to be more accessible, and therefore cost less. A lack of accessibility is the main reason that peonies, tulips and gardenias are notoriously expensive.

Fragility. Flowers that require less care, don't bruise or wilt easily are going to be more budget-friendly options for your wedding day. Delicate, high maintenance flowers, such as orchids and stephanotis, grow in a very limited supply, are difficult to ship and require more of the grower's attention and care.

Budget-Friendly Wedding Flowers Include:

Orange Blossoms
Baby's Breath
Queen Anne's Lace
Alstroemeria Lily
Sweet William

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Photo Credits: The Knot, Wedding Flowers, Our Wedding Plus, Intimate Weddings and Martha Stewart Weddings.

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