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  1. Be flexible about your flowers. Heavy rains can wipe out crops, and an early heat wave can shift a season earlier. Transportation problems, labor strikes, and customs officials can delay them. Realize that you won't always be able to get exactly the flowers you want. Instead of being overly specific with a florist, focus on the quality that's most important to you – a particular hue, texture, or style – and allow your florist to choose the best available flowers.


  1. You can get most flowers at any time of year from somewhere in the world, but flowers that are in season are heartier, more robust, more abundant, and far less expensive. Even better are locally grown flowers, which save you a bundle on transportation costs – cosmos trucked in from a local farm can cost as much as 40% less than those flown in from Holland.


  1. If your budget is limited, concentrate your flower dollars where they'll show the most; the alter or ceremony area, the bridal bouquet, and the centerpieces. No one will notice if you don't have pew decorations.


  1. If your wedding is in a house of worship, find out if you can share ceremony flowers with another couple. Or have your wedding near Christmas, when the church will be fully dressed for the season.


  1. Ask your florist whether he has seen any “bargain” flora. A florist can buy two bunches of gladiolus for $10 – you'll have a hundred blossoms easily mistaken for orchids when scattered on tables, floated in glass containers, or hung on fishing line from chandeliers. In winter, flowering branches provide a lot of drama for much less than cut flowers. Sheaves of wheat, tall grasses, and bomboo can supplement arrangements or be used in large urns in place of pricier posies.


  1. Make inexpensive flowers look lush by sticking with one color and massing them together. Carnations and baby's breath can be striking when handled creatively.


  1. Submerge long stems of flowers (orchids, gladiolus, and amaryllis are gorgeous) in tall glass cylinders. The stems are a statement all their own.





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