Local eco florists are available in most areas, and if you are going to buy from one of them, do let them know you are happy to take “seconds”. These are the flowers pointing in the “non-upwards” direction, and usually get chucked.
Shop local – many farms and local markets would be happy to sell you their own grown flowers. You can shop around, getting a selection from a variety of local suppliers, or if you give enough notice, you might find one who would be happy to grow them specifically for you.
Even better, if you have the time and resources, why not grow you flowers yourself? We know it’s difficult for most people, especially city dwellers, to find the space to grow all their own flowers, but why not farm out the task to friends and relatives? Your green-fingered Aunty would no doubt be delighted to gift you a gorgeous home grown bouquet as your wedding present.
Go wild – nothing pretties up a boho wedding like bunch of wild flowers. We’ve even heard of “Picking Parties”, where brides take a bottle or two of wine, a picnic, and a group friends to a local farm (with the farmer’s permission of course), to pick their own wild flowers. A slightly classier activity for a hen weekend than a trip to see the Dreamboys (although there’s always room for both).