The first and most important tip is: Have a floral budget in mind, and tell your florist what it is!
I know sometimes people think that if they tell the vendor their budget, the vendor will simply try to spend all of it to make the most money. But really, most vendors just want to work with you to make your wedding vision a reality. And if you have only budgeted a few hundred for flowers, but you meet with your florist and plan out all these elaborate arrangements and she tells you it will be a few thousand, there's going to be a problem.
Telling your florist (and really, all your vendors) what your budget is allows them to realistically work with you to get you the most for your money. They won't recommend the most expensive or elaborate options if they know it's not going to work within your budget, so it will save both of you time and prevent you from having to change plans later once everything's been priced out and planned out.
A few things to consider (which I'll discuss in more detail in future posts) as far as making the most of your budget:
- what types of flowers you want
- what flowers are in season
- what different types of flowers cost
- what types of containers you want to use
- what styles of bouquets, arrangements, etc. you want
- who in the wedding party/family will have flowers
- where do you need flowers
Those are just a few things to think about and talk with your florist about. Maybe you absolutely love orchids, but they're a bit too expensive - consider only using them in select locations/arrangements, or finding a less expensive flower that still achieves the look you want.
More tips on saving money and getting the flowers you want without breaking the bank coming up in the future!