Thrifty wedding: Wedding flowers on a budget

The average spend on wedding flowers in the UK is between £300 and £500 and can be much higher if your wedding takes place over two venues such as a church and a reception hall.

My sister and brother-in-law married in June and had a beautiful wedding on a low budget. A few weeks ago I posted about the vintage style name cards I hand made for just 37p each. They also kept the cost of their wedding flowers low by making these practical choices:

Choose seasonal flowers

It sounds obvious but having flowers that are not in season will cost more to produce therefore they cost more for the flower arranger and for you. Keep the cost of your flowers down by choosing to get married when your favourite flowers are blooming. So, if you have your heart set on Lily of the Valley then you will need to get married in May. If dictating when you get married by the flowers you want isn’t practical, then look for alternatives that are similar to your ideal flower. For example, Waxflower are similar in colour and daintiness like Lily of the Valley, are available all year round and are considerably cheaper. has a really useful tool showing seasonal flowers by month. Visit the page here.

Arrange the flowers yourself

You can reduce the cost of your table flowers by arranging them yourself. The downside is that it’s another thing to do before your big day but we had great fun cutting and putting the flowers in to vases. You could always nominate a family member to help. If you want immaculate designs then this option probably isn’t best for you but if, like my sister, you prefer a more natural and irregular display then it’s really easy to achieve the look yourself. Sheryl purchased her seasonal flowers in bulk from the flower arranger for just £120 to arrange into 12 small to medium displays.

Use your flowers for both venues

Traditionally the church is decorated with flowers for the ceremony and the reception venue has different flowers. Why not use the same flowers for both venues? Just nominate a few people to grab the vases and put them into a box which can be transported to the reception. If it’s timed right, the flowers can reach the venue while the remaining congregation are having their photographs taken. We did exactly this for my sisters wedding. While the guests left their tables and made their way to there cars to get to the reception, we scooped up the flowers, popped them in the boot of the car and whipped them out as soon as we got to the reception. Yes it was a little faffy but if your funds are restricted then beggars can’t be choosers if you want stunning blooms!

Here are some photos of the flowers we arranged and how they were displayed on my sister’s big day.

The flowers arrived a couple of days before the wedding in large tups. We covered the kitchen table with newspaper and got cutting

The next morning the light poured through the window and the flowers in their vases looked wonderfu. We decorated jars to use as vases; another budget yet beautiful idea. I will post about these soon!

The arrangements were carefully placed into a fruit box after half of their water was removed, then popped in the boot of the car to be transported to the venue the day before. 

China tea cups were presented with a rose head and decorated with a handmade name card. Stunning yet cheap as chips!

Each table was decorated with the arranged flowers in the hand decorated jars alongside our vintage china and my sister’s handmade hessian table runners.


I hope I have convinced you that you don’t need to spend a fortune to decorate your wedding with beautiful flowers!

PS. Did you take steps to cut the cost of flowers

on your big day? I would love to read your tips.

By Jenni Tulip

I'm a bright-haired, hill walking, magpie whispering, skull collecting, tree hugging, money saving, bird watching, happy campervanning, ferret fanatic, woodland dweller sharing my stories and passion for the outdoors to inspire you to immerse yourself in nature.