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  1. Stick to simple arrangement. Hand-tying bouquets for centerpieces is relatively simple, whereas pinning hundreds of carnation heads to foamboard to create a wall of flowers takes hours of manpower. Floral installments that have to be assembled on-site require more staffers at the location and cost more than those that can be made ahead. If the flower estimate is coming in too high, talk to the florist about ways to simplify the arrangement to reduce labor costs.


  1. If the ceremony and reception are in the same place, design large arrangement to preform double duty. Big urns or columns marking the aisle or alter can flank the entrance to the reception or the stage for the band. A floral arch or chuppah can shelter the wedding cake. Just make sure arrangements are moved discreetly.


  1. Choose a small wedding party. At the high end, eight bridesmaids can mean $800 in bouquets; if you have only two bridesmaids, you've saved $600.


  1. Create centerpieces out of potted plants, such as orchids or hyacinths. They are cost-effective and can double as gifts to close relatives or members of the bridal party.


  1. Think low. Low centerpieces cost less than tall ones – and your guests will get a better view.


  1. Choose a location that you find beautiful. You'll spend far less to decorate it or hide its flaws. Botanical gardens and conservatives can often be rented for weddings, negating the need for flowers. Some florists and nurseries also rent out their studios for events.


  1. Avoid having a wedding near dates where there is peak demand for flowers, nearly Valentine's Day and Mother's Day. Around Valentine's Day, the price for roses can double.





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