I’m just going to cut to the chase on this one – no! The two most common price complaints I hear from couples are on invitations and flowers. Most people say they can’t imagine spending so much on something that’s just going to die and end up in the trash. Trust me, I get it. One of the hardest parts about my job is watching gorgeous flowers get left behind at the end of the night. However, that doesn’t mean you should attempt the art yourself in order to save money.

Florists possess a unique talent that allows them to take these individual stems and arrange them in a way that flows cohesively highlighting each bloom while creating balance within the arrangement. While it seems easy to a bystander, it’s actually a bit more difficult than you think. In addition to that, below I’ve listed some pretty compelling reasons as to why you should leave the flowers to the pros.

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You don’t have the time.

Trust me when I say, you don’t have time for this. Because flowers are obviously a living thing, your arrangements have to be made the day before your wedding. While in your head you imagine you’ll have a few hours to get this done, you definitely won’t. The day before your wedding is often filled with last minute errands, visiting with friends and family you haven’t seen in years, getting ready for your rehearsal and having your rehearsal dinner. Unfortunately four hours or more spent arranging flowers just isn’t on the itinerary.

You don’t have the storage.

Storing buckets and buckets of fresh blooms definitely takes up a lot of space. But in addition to that, to be kept looking their best, flowers need to be stored in a cool, low moisture environment. Prior to contrary belief, common household refrigerators are not a good way to preserve freshness over a period of time. In fact, the temperature inside your fridge will cause flowers to brown, wilt and ultimately die quicker. Florists have special storage spaces for their flowers that can’t be replicated in your home.

It’s not really that much cheaper.

Yes, you may save a couple hundred dollars by attempting to do the flowers yourself. However, how much is your time and sanity worth to you especially the day before your wedding? If you’re asking me, it’s totally worth it.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I completely understand being on a budget. However, there are savvy ways you can save on flowers, like choosing less expensive stems and opting for smaller arrangements, that will also allow you to save your time and energy for only the things you can do.

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