There’s just something about fresh flowers and lush green plants that can completely transform a dull room and convey your style and personality in ways you didn’t even know were possible. Flowers are the icing on the cake, they’re the Saturday to a weekend, they’re the jelly to the peanut butter but how much do they cost?
There are so many variables that go into selecting and pricing your wedding flowers that it’s hard to give a simple answer to this often asked question without an in-depth wedding consultation. Some of the variables you’ll want to consider are (in no specific order):
Who pays for the wedding flowers?
Traditionally, the bride and her family pays for the ceremony and reception flowers in addition to the bouquets for her bridesmaids and flower girl. The groom and his family pay for the brides bouquet, his groomsmen’s boutonnieres and the mothers and grandmothers coordinating corsages. Today, wedding payment traditions are often not considered and a lot of the time it’s up to the bride and groom to pay for their wedding flowers.
Determining this will help tremendously in sorting out what you have to spend on your flowers.
Am I having a small, average or large wedding party?
Determining the size of your wedding party is a greatly considered factor in planning your wedding flower budget. A small wedding party will have 1 or 2 bridesmaids and groomsmen while a large wedding party will have 6 or more and somewhere in between, you’ll find the average. Most brides and grooms choose 3 to 5 bridesmaids and groomsmen.
Will I provide my own vases or containers?
Providing your own sourced vases and containers will affect your reception centerpiece pricing. A lot of wedding and event florists also tend to have rental vases as an option. This way, you don’t have to figure out what to do with all of those vases after the wedding and you also save money this way.
Providing your own vases could save you – $200+ depending on the size of your wedding and how many tables you have.
Tip – At your wedding flower consultation, inquire with the florist about rental vases.
Will I be picking the flowers up and transporting them myself or will the florist be providing on site set-up services?
It does happen, we do have brides that opt for picking up their own flowers to transport to the ceremony and reception sites but let’s face it, you have enough to worry about that day and likely so do your closest friends and family. Your wedding florist should offer delivery and set-up services while some also offer tear down services. While this is an extra charge to consider, it’s going to save you a headache as the day of should be spent relaxing and enjoying the day worry free.
Have I considered all places that could be decorated with flowers or plants?
More often than not, small details like the cake or cake table are overlooked when considering wedding flowers. Have you thought about decorating the car or having an archway at your ceremony? Did you remember a boutonniere for your officiant, ring bearer and other special guests? These small detail items are just one more way to make the theme of your day come together.
You’re having a late September wedding and you want to incorporate your favorite flower into your wedding flowers. A good wedding floral consultant will listen to your wants and explain to you that a certain flower may not be available at that particular time of year and will give you suggestions on something that may be comparable. Also, in the event that we are able to special order certain flowers that are not in season at the time of your wedding, you will incur extra cost for this.
What is my flower style?
Here is where you’re going to find your biggest variable in determining how much your wedding flowers will cost. It’s kind of like comparing roses and carnations. Roses tend to be more elegant and pricey, while carnations are a more economical flower option. If you like dahlias, garden roses, orchids, hydrangea, anemones and calla lilies, chances are your going to come out on the higher end with your wedding flower proposal whereas if you opt for daisies, carnations and alstroemeria, you’re less likely to spend as much on your wedding flowers.
Should I DIY my wedding flowers?
This is a personal decision, but as a florist and someone that’s gotten married before, it’s really just one more unnecessary stressor for a bride and her bridesmaids to tackle. Often brides will decide to have fresh flowers for their bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages and opt for silk flowers for their reception centerpieces because they think this will be more cost effective, which is not always the case.
More often than not, silk flowers, even at 50% off at Hobby Lobby can cost more than fresh flowers. At the end of your wedding, you’re left with all of these artificial flowers and what do you do with them? You don’t even want to think about this! I had a client that decided to do this. I made her wedding party flowers in fresh and she DIY-ed her reception flowers with artificial flowers from Hobby Lobby. What ended up happening was she became very stressed and overwhelmed and Hobby Lobby would eventually run out of the flowers in her colors and style and she would have to venture to several different craft stores only a few days before her wedding trying to hunt down flowers for her guest tables. She ended up short on centerpieces.
Research suggests that wedding flowers will cost 10% of your entire wedding cost.