Updated: May 14, 2018
Ah, that age old question…You have your heart set on that Pinterest ready wedding landscape but have no idea how much the floral arrangements for a wedding like that will cost. So you ask yourself how can I get this look with my particular budget? When you do a search for wedding flower cost one of the main and most traditional tips is to make sure you set at least 10% of your wedding budget aside for your floral arrangements. While this is a good starting point, how much you want to put aside depends mostly on your needs and wants for your wedding. So today I’m going to list some factors you need to keep in mind while planning your flower budget as well as provide a sample of what an example flower budget can look like.
1. So what all goes into the cost of flowers? The most obvious factor will be the flowers themselves. Fresh flowers have a cost attached to each stem so you'll have to factor in how the size of your arrangement will effect your costs. The type of flower you use also has to be considered. So for example, Orchids will be more per stem than the standard rose so you want to keep that in mind when choosing the particular flowers you want to use. When you get into arrangements, you are also paying for the florists time, labor and design skills as well as any ribbon, vases and other materials that we use to make your arrangement come together. As a designer, we are not only interested in the arrangements themselves, but making sure that they have a cohesive look with the rest of your wedding. That’s the value we want to provide.
2. How big is your wedding party and wedding guest list? One of the biggest factors in the overall cost of your wedding will be the size of your wedding. The cost for a wedding party of four with 50 guests will be drastically different than a wedding party of 10 with a 250 count guest list. The more bridesmaids you have the more bouquets you will need. The more guest you have, the more arrangements you will need for each of those tables. This is probably one of the key elements of your wedding that you will have to consider when you are trying to determine how much you want to spend on your flowers (and on your wedding as whole).
3. What’s important to you and what is not? No matter how big your guest list is or what you see on pinterest, at the end of the day you have to determine what is most important to you on this day. If you have to have Peonies, then have them. If it’s more important for you to have a stunning floral wall than it is to have a centerpiece on each table then maybe that’s the way to go. If you want to have beautiful garland runners on your table, then go that route. This is your day and if it makes more sense to have the flowers of your dreams in your bouquet and find beautiful alternatives for some of the other flower arrangements then make that decision.
There is no one way to do this. How much you want to spend will be dependent on your specific wedding wants and needs. So put together some ideas, speak to your florists about your options and make decisions that work best for you. Happy Planning!
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