Have you ever seen a wedding without flowers?
Of course not! Flowers give life and beauty to any wedding ceremony. Their visual appeal and natural fragrance lift the height of the event and create the ultimate vibe you’re going for — be it romantic, rustic, modern, or whimsical.
Over the past years, Tagaytay has been the ideal destination for couples and organizers seeking out high-quality floral arrangements that don’t cost an arm and a leg. Aside from the famous Tagaytay Flower Market, the city is also home to several flower shops and experienced wedding florists that will dress your wedding up with the most beautiful blooms.
Flower Market in Tagaytay
The Tagaytay Flower Market is located at the city’s Public Market. It’s hard to miss as you’ll find rows of flower sellers along the Tagaytay-Santa Rosa Road, like a mini version of Manila’s Dangwa. While the Dangwa Flower Market is a well-known provider of flowers in Manila, majority of their blooms come from Tagaytay, so you’ll get them cheaper and fresher at the source. You can get flowers such as Malaysian Mums for as low as Php300/dozen.
The sellers can either arrange the blooms for you or prepare them for transport back to Manila.
How to get to Tagaytay Flower Market
From SLEX, head over to the Sta. Rosa Exit. This route heads directly to Tagaytay Public Market where the fresh flowers are located.
Another alternative route that also passes through the Sta. Rosa – Tagaytay National Road is the Eton Exit in SLEX. This route is highly recommended during weekends to beat the heavy traffic going south.
Wedding Flowers You’ll Find at Tagaytay Flower Market
These include the bride’s bouquet, flower girl baskets and headdresses, and principal and secondary sponsor’s flowers. Depending on the type of flowers used for the arrangements, prices range from Php5,000 to Php10,000.
These consist of spray arrangements for the altar, pedestal aisle arrangement, topiaries, and candleholder arrangements. Depending on the flowers used, prices range from Php7,000 to Php15,000.
These include pillars for the backdrop and entrance, table centerpieces, and dove cage arrangement. Prices range from Php10,000 to Php20,000 depending on the type of flowers used for the arrangements.
Types of flowers include calla lily, carnation, chrysanthemum, roses, Malaysian mums, sunflowers, peonies, local hyacinths, daisies, and roses.
How to Make Your Own Wedding Bouquet with Blooms from the Tagaytay Flower Market
Flowers can be one of the biggest expenses for weddings. For instance, a simple bridal bouquet from Flora Portico costs Php2,500. If you want to save some serious cash, you can go the DIY way for your wedding bouquet. There’s also something unique and intimate about creating the bouquet you’ll be carrying on your special day.
However, it’s not simply throwing some stems together and calling it a day. Here are some tips to keep in mind when you choose to decorate your own bouquet.
- Settle on a budget
Before going to Tagaytay Flower Market, do your research. Check out the stalls or shops selling the freshest blooms, and if they offer flowers within your budget. Your budget will also dictate the number of flowers you’ll need as well as the type of flowers you can buy.
- Take note of the anatomy of a bouquet
Choose a flower that’s important to you. It can be the first flower your fiancé gave you, the flower he proposed with, or even your mother’s favorite that she always had freshly cut on the kitchen table.
Secondary flowers provide a great place for the eye to rest when moving throughout the colors, lines, and intricacies of the bouquet. They provide a backdrop for your focal flowers. For instance, if your focal flowers are sunflowers, you can choose daisies to complement them.
Textural flowers add interest to your bouquet without taking any of the attention away from the focal and secondary blooms. They also make your bouquet feel more natural, organic, and cohesive. A popular type of textural flowers that you can find at the Tagaytay Flower Market are rice flowers and Baby’s Breath.
Foliage helps tie in the look of your bouquet, giving it a natural look and feel. Popular types of foliage include leather ferns, honey bracelets, and Leyland cedar.
- Pick seasonal blooms
Certain flowers command higher prices when they’re off season. For instance, peonies can be quite expensive when they’re off season, especially during the summer. The Philippines’ hot climate is also unforgiving to flowers that bloom in temperate zones, so expect higher prices for flowers such as tulips and lilies. Off-season blooms also won’t be as lush and as pretty as those in season.
- Go to the market a day before your wedding
You want the flowers to be as fresh as they can be on your wedding day. If your schedule is clear the day before your wedding, head over to Tagaytay Flower Market during the early morning. That way, you’ll have a full selection of flowers to choose from and they’ll remain fresh and beautiful the following day.
- Gather your materials
After you’ve picked out the flowers and foliage for your wedding bouquet, gather the following:
- Floral tape
- Clean up the flowers
Before you prep and craft your DIY bouquet, you’ll need to clean the flowers first. With your hands, take out the leaves and carefully wipe the stems to remove any dirt that’s clinging on to the blooms. Then, remove any thorns for a smoother base. Finally, cut the stems so they have equal lengths.
- Gather the flowers into a bunch
After you’ve cleaned and prepped the flowers, gather them into a bundle. Choose 3-5 focal flowers that will serve as your wedding bouquet’s base. Then, start adding in the secondary and textural blooms in a circular manner.
- Properly store the flowers
When you’re done, place your bouquet in cool water overnight to keep the flowers nice and hydrated for your big day. Your bouquet needs its beauty rest too!
- Add the bouquet’s finishing touches
In the morning, dry the stems with a clean cloth and add a ribbon to wrap around the stems. For a natural touch, don’t cover the entire stem with ribbon. Above the ribbon, leave 1-2 inches of the stem exposed as well as 3-5 inches below the ribbon. You can use pretty pins to make sure they’re secure. Then, spray the bouquet lightly with cool water and cover the blooms with damp tissue until it’s time for you to walk down the aisle.
Flower Shops in Tagaytay
If you want to skip the hustle and bustle of the Tagaytay Flower Market, you can also head over to these floral shops scattered all over the city.
RCJC Flower Shop
RCJC Flower Shop offers an extensive range of floral arrangement products and services for weddings. Using fresh and beautiful flowers, they can create stunning flower pieces for every requirement and budget. They currently have two floral packages for weddings, which include arrangements for both the entourage and the church decorations.
Address: Mendez Crossing, Tagaytay City, Cavite, Tagaytay, Cavite
Phone number: +63 (046) 413 4130 or +63 920 405 7081 | +63 916 522 0164 | +63 923 847 0407
Il Fiore Flower Boutique
Founded in 2011 by owner and creative director, Bhem Meijer, Il Fiore Boutique combines flowers, colors, designs, and patterns in perfect harmony. They can create unique and meticulous arrangements based on your theme and specifications.
Il Fiore Boutique’s floral services include arrangements for the bridal bouquet, entourage, wedding ceremony, and reception styling. Their team has produced thousands of gorgeous blooms and wedding bouquets in Tagaytay that offer the perfect combination of quality, good taste, and value for money.
The Flower Farm
The Flower Farm goes beyond providing you with the best fresh-cut flowers. Their resident florists are dedicated to providing their clients with stunning, creative, and elegant floral creations that will captivate your guests or recipient.
From stand-alone wreaths to bouquets, the Flower Farm has the expertise and experience to turn your vision into a reality. They grow their own flowers in their farm and are recognized as one of the Philippines’ cut flower industry pioneers for introducing new floral varieties in the country.
The Flower Farm’s office is located at Rada St., Makati, but their farm is located at Tagaytay.
Even after the Taal Eruption, the Tagaytay Flower Market is still blooming as usual. As most of the flowers you see in Dangwa are from Tagaytay, sometimes it’s best to get them from the source, where they’re at their freshest and prettiest.
As there will be a lot of flowers and arrangements for you to choose from, it can be difficult to decide on the perfect blooms for your big day. If you need a more in-depth resource about floral arrangements, we have an article that tackles the types of floral arrangements you’ll need to buy and the costs for each floral decoration.
Good luck and enjoy hunting down the perfect blooms!