Splurge or Save on Bridal Bouquets

Emma Frankart Henterly
Orchard Lane Flowers

This story first appeared in the Spring/Summer 2019 issue of Columbus Weddings, published December 2018.

The blooms that go into your bouquet have a major effect on your bottom line. We asked three local florists to create a knockout, no-price-is-too-high bridal bouquet, as well as a wallet-friendly version for those with Champagne tastes and a beer budget. Here’s what they created. In each photo above, the “splurge” version is in the vase, and the “save” version is lying down.

Orchard Lane Flowers

Strikingly similar in appearance, these bouquets differ only in the price of their blooms. Both feature Italian ruscus, weeping podocarpus and agonis to provide wispy texture. The splurge bouquet features peonies, dahlia, garden roses and ranunculus; its counterpart swaps those flowers out for standard roses, spray roses, carnations and chrysanthemums.

Connells Maple Lee Flowers & Gifts

English garden roses give the splurge arrangement its interest, with silver dollar and seeded eucalyptus to provide texture. For the budget-minded, a dozen standard roses are classic and economical.

The Paper Daisy Flower Boutique

Tropical tones reign in these arrangements, which are filled out with leafy greens. The pricier bouquet uses garden roses, orchids, anemones and stock, which are substituted with standard roses, calla lilies, daylilies and statice in the money-saving version.