How Much Do Wedding Flowers Cost? A Budget Comparison
I’ve already explained in a previous post about why wedding flowers are so expensive but what can you expect for your wedding flower budget?
Before I answer this I think it’s important to discuss how you decide your wedding flower budget. I always suggest that couples should budget at least 10-15% for your flowers. However, if flowers are an important part of your day then you should be budgeting more around the 20-25% mark.
So how does that all translate into cash? Here I’ve given you some examples of what you can expect based on an average sized bridal party of you & your partner, four bridesmaids & four groomsmen.
This usually accounts for a bridal bouquet, a few bridesmaid bouquets & buttonholes for the groom & groomsmen. Depending on the size of your bridal party this may also leave room for buttonholes or corsages for other important people involved in your wedding or a small arrangement for your ceremony or reception.
This should allow for all bouquets & buttonholes for a modestly sized bridal party & some table decorations for your reception. Depending on how many tables you have would impact on how far this budget would stretch. I would usually suggest small arrangements or bud vases.
For this size of budget on top of the bridal party flowers you could look to have elevated table arrangements instead of bud vases. Or you could have keep the tables simple & splash out on a large installation such as a moongate.
Now you can look to have a large installation & maybe a smaller arrangement for your ceremony & a more standard selection of table centrepieces as well as your bridal party flowers.
This would enable you to have your bridal party flowers, a statement piece for your ceremony, a statement piece for your reception & simple table arrangements. Or instead of two statement pieces, have just one but upgrade the table centrepieces.
As we get into this price range we really are talking about two statement pieces, bridal party flowers & standard sized table centrepieces. Or one statement piece but elevated or larger table centrepieces.
For this sort of wedding flower budget we really are talking statement piece for the ceremony (think pedestals, aisle flowers or an archway) and plus large or elevated table centrepieces & a statement piece for the reception, such as hanging flowers as well as you bridal party.
Of course every wedding is unique. And I’ve barely mentioned many of the items available to you. The combinations really are endless. Prices vary based upon the amount & variety of the flowers used. Top quality blooms cost more. There is also delivery & set up charges to consider as well as clearing up after your event. Some venues require everything to be cleared up late at night ready for another wedding the next day. This will be reflected in the pay rate of the team.
I’m also a believer in less is more. If your budget means you can’t have everything you want then focus on doing one thing spectacularly rather than lots of smaller things. I am alway happy to guide my couples & help them get the most for their wedding flower budget whilst taking into account their style, their vision & their venue. After all, I’m the wedding professional, use my skills to better your big day!
There will undoubtedly be a florist out there who would do it cheaper than I might quote, nor am I remotely the most expensive. I don’t churn wedding flowers out left right & centre as if on a conveyor belt. For me your wedding will be the only wedding I am working on that weekend, you will get all my skill & all my time with no distractions.
For me the beauty of my work comes first. And if beautiful flowers are what you want then I will deliver blooms beyond your expectation.
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