Faithful to the Ikebana principles of minimalism, I compose my floral designs with few flowers. The reasoning behind minimalism is based on the fact that leaves and stems are better suited to express the three points (man, heaven and earth) that govern an Ikebana composition. Depending on the place where the arrangement will be used and the season, I may use a single gorgeous flower, which can be very effective in creating a pleasant aesthetic impression. But the focus of my arrangements is to recreate nature. So, as a rule of thumb, I tend to keep my compositions rather simple. As in Ikebana, simplicity and minimalism are at the heart of my designs.
Purchase synthetic flowers instead of the natural ones. Synthetic flowers may cost a bit more when you buy them in bulk, but they could save your money as they last longer than the natural ones. Here is how it will be worthy to buy the synthetic ones; when you buy the natural flowers for flower girls, bridesmaids, as well as for yourself, they tend to whither rather quickly, more so in case of indoor weddings. As a result, you may end up buying more fresh flowers. One more advantage of buying synthetic flowers is, you can chose any petal color, any bloom shape as per your preferences and thus giving you more freedom in planning the decoration at your wedding.