Budgeting for your wedding can be somewhat on the stressful side and maybe that’s because you really don’t know where to even start. Which is totally understandable because you probably aren’t planning weddings all the time! I’ve put together 3 simple topics to consider when planning for your floral budget. Hope it’s helpful and happy planning!! XX, Alaina
The type of flowers you want will affect your overall budget. Hydrangea vs Peony is a great example because a small bouquet of all hydrangea can start at $35 where the same size bouquet with all peony can start at double or triple that. I normally always suggest doing bouquets of mix flowers so you get that beautiful, romantic layering and dimension of the flowers. Just see what works best for you. If you love peony- get them! That is if they are in season, which I will go over next.
The time of year and season of your wedding can play a big part in the cost of your flowers. I’ll use the example of peony again. They are ‘in season’ for most of the spring/early summer which is the best time to get them for cost effectiveness. You can still get them out of season (sometimes), but will pay up to double the price. I always suggest using flowers that are in season to when you are getting married. They not only look their best (very fresh), they can be locally grown and not be as costly as shipped in flowers. If you’ve seen my designs, you know I’m in love with using unique finds that are special to that certain time of year!
The amount of flowers you want at your wedding will affect if you need a larger or smaller floral budget. If you have nine bridesmaids vs. three- you need a larger budget. Again if you are going to need twenty table centerpieces because you are having a large reception- you need a larger budget. If you want ceremony arbor flowers and aisle flowers- you need a larger budget. You get it! The more flowers you want, the more budget you will need.
It’s your wedding, so if you love flowers then get them! There’s nothing more gorgeous than walking into a wedding with breathtaking floral pieces. For many, the flowers are basically the only décor being used so if that’s important to you talk it all out with your florist. I always try to work with budgets and come up with ways to maximize what you have with what I can give.
Also, I’m upfront and honest about all these topics I shared with you. If you are feeling unsure about it all, please email me and we will set up a time to chat. Sometimes it’s so much better to talk it out with someone who deals with this all the time.
If you want a number to save up to…start at $3500 for full service. It’s a good starting point and see if it fits for the florals you want. We will have another post on full service floral design coming soon, so be sure you’ve signed up for our newsletter!
All photos taken by Ashley Fisher Photography
*Please take into consideration that the number values listed are only applicable to what we do here at Accents. Location and the florist can drastically change these values. As I always say, no matter where you are or what florist you are working with, have open communication and ask all the questions you have!
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