Flowers are a gift that many people love to receive, which look and smell fantastic and are a suitable gift for many occasions. Flowers were once seasonal, but they are now grown throughout the year due to demand, so you can always buy your favourite blooms. The increased availability of flowers year-round is excellent for consumers, but there is a price to pay, as flowers can be expensive. However, there are ways you can reduce the cost of flowers and try to get better deals, and you can use plenty of tips to help achieve this. Below, you can see some advice to help you get beautiful flowers without breaking the bank, no matter what occasion or who they are for.
Avoid The Big Holidays
You will notice that the cost of certain flowers will significantly increase closer to holidays, such as Easter, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day. The cost of flowers delivered for Valentine’s Day will usually be more expensive than if you bought the same flowers a week later, so trying to avoid buying flowers during significant holidays can help you reduce their cost, allowing you to buy more. However, you might be unable to avoid buying flowers during the busier times for condolences and celebrations, so when you do have to buy flowers close to a holiday, ensure you purchase seasonal ones.
Purchase Seasonal Flowers
One of the best ways to ensure you get the best price for the flowers you buy is to ensure you shop for seasonal flowers. Although it is possible to purchase flowers throughout the year, buying them naturally when they are in season will see you get a much better price. If you buy flowers in the UK in spring, seasonal flowers include daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths, and in the summer, you can expect to see colourful options like sunflowers and roses. When choosing flowers in season, you will save money and enjoy fresher and more vibrant arrangements that will last longer.
Choose A Local Florist
You can also save money on the cost of flowers when you purchase them from a local florist rather than a national chain, especially when buying in bulk for a wedding or other celebration. The more frequently you use the florists, the better deals they may offer you, and you are also supporting a local business and your economy rather than making a bigger company richer. Wherever you live in the UK, there will be a florist not far away, and you can often order online or use the telephone if you prefer. When you have a rapport with your local florist, you can tell them what you want and your budget, and they can supply you with what you need. Whether looking for flowers for a special occasion like a wedding, birthday, or anniversary or as a beautiful gift, your local florist is often the best option.
Buy Loose Flowers
Another excellent way to save money on the cost of the flowers you buy is to purchase them loose and not as part of a floral display. When you buy bouquets and floral arrangements, you also pay for the florist’s time; purchasing loose flowers can offer significant savings. You can buy the number of stems of each type of flower you want and arrange them by yourself into a stunning display, giving you a sense of achievement. You do not need to be experienced, and plenty of videos online on platforms like YouTube can show you how to make stunning-looking floral displays. You may find that once you start buying loose flowers, you never return to buying premade bouquets and arrangements.
DIY Flower Displays
When getting flowers for a large event or celebration, like a wedding, DIY flowers can offer you significant savings and reduce the cost of the event. Rather than buying from your local florist, you can visit the flower wholesalers and purchase directly from the companies importing the flowers. You will get a much better rate for the flowers you purchase than buying them from a retailer or high street florist, offering significant savings on beautiful-looking blooms. Whenever you mention the word “wedding”, prices go up automatically, so if you want to save money on the cost of your big day, consider buying all the flowers from a flower market or wholesaler and getting the best price possible.
Flowers From Your Garden
If you love flowers and have a garden, you will also potentially have many beautiful flowers and plants growing outside your home. You can selectively cut some of the best stems from the different plants in your garden and create stunning bouquets or arrangements. If you are giving them as a gift, they can be more personal when they have come for your garden, making the recipients more appreciative of your gift. It is also significantly cheaper than buying flowers, and depending on what is growing in your garden, you can have plenty of flower options.
Consider Potted Plants
One drawback to giving flowers as a gift and using them to decorate for events is that they die and wither and will have to be thrown away. However, one way to avoid this is to give a potted plant as a gift or use potted plants to decorate rather than buy flowers that will die. If you have a garden at home, you can take cuttings from your plants and grow them as gifts for your friends and family so they can use them to brighten their homes. It is a gift that keeps giving, as long as the recipient can care for them and not let them die.
These are some ways to help save on the cost of flowers when you want to give them as a gift or use them to decorate for an event. You do not have to spend a fortune to have stunning-looking flowers, and you may find you have a hidden skill if you try arranging them yourself.