Floral budget planning is a numbers game. In the beginning stages, it’s best to let yourself dream away about what your wedding floral decor will look like. Then, once you have a solid idea of your wedding vision, it’s time to build your flower order. When shopping for your wedding flowers you find that some of your favorite flowers are just out of reach for your budget, there are some genius substitutions for some of the industry’s pricier blooms. Or, if you want a flower but it’s out of season, these subs will help you keep the texture you were wishing for.
Keep reading to get the pro advice on the best flower substitutions!
Grouped carnations for peonies –
This genius hack will save you money, but also give you the same texture as a ruffled peony in a larger variety of colors. Check out this video on how to create Faux Peony with carnations!
Bahlia’s for Dahlia’s
Dahlia’s are a wedding flower favorite, understandably. They come in a variety of colors and shapes and can range in size as small as a baseball to the size of a dinner plate. They are also one of the industry’s more expensive items and sometimes can have a needy hydration process. That is why the bahlia is such an exciting flower option. The bahlia is a flower in the mum family which makes it an incredibly affordable and hearty wedding flower option. Check out the colors available here!
Larkspur for Delphinium
To the untrained eye, these two are almost indistinguishable, but the benefit of larkspur is that you get a lot more stems for the price you pay per bunch, compared to delphinium. If you have found yourself needing a stunning, lateral wildflower element for your wedding, click here to shop the variety of larkspur colors.
Viking Poms for Sun Flowers
This substitution is a less expensive option for both flower choices, but when you are looking to give the sunflower look, but want more of those sweet little yellow and brown blooms, the Viking pom is a pro option. Roughly the size of a quarter or bigger, these poms are like miniature sunflowers, with 4-5 blooms per stem. These are perfect for wedding boutonnieres, corsages, hair flowers, and cake decorations.
As a florist, these substitutions have saved me and my clients a lot of money or anguish when a product they love is out of season during their wedding. If you have discovered your own genius flower substitution hack comment below or share your experience with us on FiftyFlowers Instagram. And to learn more, check out the video below about cost-effective flower substitutions.
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