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Less is More - Centerpieces That Won't Break The Bank!

Many of my bridal clients think that heavier greenery and fewer flowers = Less $$$. Sadly, this is not always the case. Greenery like any other cut stem product is based on supply and demand, seasonal availability, and cost to produce. Don't let the fact that there is no bud, bloom or color fool you. We work with foliage that is twice the cost of some flowers. Here is one of our most popular requests.

basic hand bound two variety garland that would cost on average between $9.25 and $12.00 per Ft.

Draping wedding garland. Garland centerpiece

hand bound garland with floral accents

When it comes to garland there are several factors that influence price.

* The quality and type of greenery

*The thickness desired

* The length

* The addition of flowers

This is why we often see bakers fern or some other inexpensive foliage used to cut the cost. As in the example below. Make no mistake the type of greenery used will effect the look of the garland not to mention most garland is outsourced. Very few florist have the time to hand bind hundreds of feet of garland. Most buy them premade. Even then, they are upwards of $12.00 per ft. due to the work and time it takes to produce them combined with the fact that most novelty greenery like Silver dollar and Seeded Eucalyptus, Bay leaf, magnolia, and Olive branch can run as high at $3.50 per stem. It takes an awful lot of greenery to create a thick romantic garland!

Be prepared to pay more for Garlands that look like this!

Average cost $27.00 to $42.00 per ft.!

As a designer, I am not suggesting that anyone compromise the look of their wedding day but there are ways to have the look you love without going into debt! For Example, I might recommend the fuller more expensive garland for the sweetheart table while using a single type of greenery on the guest tables embellished with bud vases or flowers from the bridal party. Here is an example from a wedding we did last year.

Scanlan Wedding Hickory, NC

Other ideas could be the use of bud vases with bridal flower selections or even a nice dish sparsely designed with an upscale flower such as tulip or Gloriosa Lily.

Botanical Bud vases, Foliage centerpieces, Greenery centerpieces

Understanding price points will go a long way in helping you to determine your floral budget and how to decorate for your event. A good florist will be able to work with almost any budget so get creative ! Here are some ideas you won't want to miss! The first look is my favorite, Enjoy.

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