Having flowers at your wedding has been a tradition dating back nearly as old as weddings themselves. Injecting the color and beauty that flowers offer into a wedding ceremony is a great way to lend elegance and charm to your most memorable of days. However, buying wedding flowers can be a very costly endeavor. In fact, it can eat up much of your wedding budget that could easily be spent elsewhere. Even if you are just having a bridal bouquet to toss, it adds up quickly. Fortunately, there are a few elegant and creative wedding flower alternatives that are quickly gaining in popularity. Best of all, you can purchase them or make them for a fraction of the cost of buying real wedding flowers! Here are my 4 favorite options.

Paper Flowers

Paper flowers are a really great way to save some room in your wedding budget while still giving the effect that real wedding flowers provide. There are several places online where you can purchase paper flowers, or there are also several free templates available if you want to make them yourself. Paper flowers can make for a great DIY wedding project, but you can still save a lot of money if you buy them premade. Regardless of the route you choose, paper flowers are a great alternative to wedding flowers.

Wooden Roses

Image of a Wooden Rose Being TrimmedWooden roses are the perfect blend of realism and price when looking to avoid the cost of real wedding flowers. Roses made from wood are as inexpensive as 17 cents per flower, which means you can buy a dozen wooden roses for the price of just one real rose. The additional benefit that wooden roses offer versus other wedding flower alternatives is that they look exactly like a real rose. However, they give you some clear advantages as well. Wooden roses have a bendable wire stem which allows them to be attached to objects that real rose stems would deem impossible. Also, the leaves are made from hand-carved wood that will never rot. So, wooden roses last forever and make a great keepsake for your guests to take home and enjoy!

Tissue Paper Flowers

These are by far one of the cheapest alternatives to wedding flowers. Moreover, tissue paper flowers are a fun project that nearly anyone can take on! Making your own tissue paper flowers is a great way to save money on your wedding; mainly because you can make them for a fraction of a cent each. Also, many brides are opting for tissue paper flowers because they are a fun DIY project that you can do at your bridal shower. Consider getting all of your bridesmaids together to help you make them. That way, you can complete enough tissue paper flowers for your wedding in a very limited amount of time! There are several videos and tutorials available online about making tissue paper flowers. Honestly, all you need is a large stack of tissue paper and a little elbow grease to complete this fun and money-saving DIY wedding project.

Wedding Sparkler Bouquet or Centerpieces

Of course, simulating flowers is not the only option that you have. Whether you are seeking something for a bouquet or your centerpieces, sparklers can be a fun twist! Obviously, you’ll want to dress them up a bit using ribbons, tags, or another type of decoration. However, they are much more memorable than folded pieces of paper at the end of the day. Imagine walking down the aisle and having sparks flowing from your bridal bouquet. Similarly, imagine your guests’ delight when they see centerpieces filled with wedding sparklers instead of traditional roses. It is a very cost-effective and simple solution to a very common problem at receptions.

No matter which option you choose, these wedding flower alternatives will save you a bunch of money and make your reception even better. Look, I love real flowers as much as the next person. However, they only stay alive for about a week and then you literally have to toss them in the trash. Sure, you’ll probably end up throwing most of these items away, too; but at least they don’t dent your wallet nearly as bad. Good luck and I hope you found an option that’s right for your wedding!