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There is so much flexibility and range when it comes to sorting through a budget for your wedding flowers. It is important to evaluate, as a couple, how important fresh flowers are for your wedding day. Also, give consideration to your venue; does it need the additional look that flowers bring, or is it a beautiful location itself and you don't need to go over the top?
You might feel that flowers aren't a central focus for your big day, or, you may feel that your flowers are the thing that will bring your whole unique design and special day together.
As a good rule of thumb, we suggest your regular floral budget account for 10-15% of your overall wedding budget. If, on the other hand, you are looking for that Pinterest-worthy, abundant design, we would suggest allocating 20-25% of your total wedding budget. Some budget less or spend more based on decor preferences. Remember, IT'S YOUR DAY and the day should reflect your taste and style.
Below is by no means a complete list. Like everything else wedding-related there are so many ‘what ifs’ and ‘except this’ scenarios. The following is meant to be a general guide to help you plan which items could be covered within your price range.
Most often this will allow for bridal bouquet, a few bridesmaid bouquets as well as boutonnieres for the groom and groomsmen. Depending on the number in the bridal party, it could account for boutonnieres and corsages for a few family members.
This would include one small focal ceremony or reception piece, or a few smaller floral arrangements/loose flowers.
Depending on the size of the bridal party, this will cover all of the personal flowers (bouquets, boutonnieres, flower crowns) as well as family personal pieces. This would also cover several table centerpieces for the reception, we would suggest smaller arrangements on each table or a collection of bud vases to fit the number of tables.
Instead of table flowers, this could allow for a large feature at the ceremony (perhaps a full archway with florals) or the reception (cascading foliage installation with pops of flowers throughout). Depending on the size and number of arrangements needed, this could also cover aisle runners, or decorative statement pieces at the reception.
This price range starts our "full service" weddings, meaning each area of the wedding is covered (personals, ceremony and reception) with options.
This budget would cover all of the personals, for wedding party and family. It would also cover a feature element at the ceremony (arch, chuppah, large church urns) and the reception (mantle/hanging installation) and could cover smaller table arrangements or bud vases for the reception tables.
If there is only one of the ceremony or reception pieces needed, this would also allow a budget for larger table arrangements, as well as other decorative reception pieces.
As well as the main personals, ceremony and reception pieces, this budget opens the options of large and custom installations. This includes reception ceiling pieces, extra large ceremony arches/other.
Centerpieces for reception tables would all be standard and a mix of tall statement pieces.
This budget range is the largest because of the options and possibilities that are available for you to customize.
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It's almost impossible to provide all of the details on each and every budget because every couple's wedding is unique. The above aims to provide some guidance on what items can be accounted for within a vague budget. You'll note that we haven't mentioned a lot of smaller pieces (crowns, cake flowers, rose petals, junior bridesmaid posies, gift table arrangements)- there are hundreds of combinations and options that we've left out to simplify.
Also, prices will vary quite a bit depending on the number of flowers and premium blooms being included. Peonies, orchids, etc, are more premium flowers, and the budget will account for this. Your personal proposal will take into account the types, styles, and availability of your specific flower preferences.
It is also important to be aware that labor and delivery charges can vary dramatically as well- each venue has it's own rules on when we can set up, and when we need to clean up. All of this has an impact on the "day of" costs.
From our perspective, we are always excited to work with couples regardless of their budget. We have no minimum spend, and are always happy to provide suggestions on where the money is best spent and how to get the most 'bang for your buck' at your venue.
Lastly, please remember that all florists price differently. In your area it may be that florists charge more for some items than we do. We're simply looking to provide this as a guide to help manage and set expectations, rather than a 'set in stone' quote for all events.