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Budgeting for Wedding Florals

And some tips to help along the way!


We talk to many couples who are still unsure of not only what they are wanting to spend on their florals for their big day, but also how much floral items typically cost.


The general rule of thumb is to budget around 10% of your overall wedding investment to flowers, but keep in mind this is a general rule and should be adjusted based off of the overall look you were going for. You can certainly budget less if you were only looking to have personal flowers, but if you were looking for a floral heavy garden feel to the space you may need to budget closer to 15%.


Other considerations you will want to consider for your floral budget are things like bridal party size and guest list size. More often then not these are the two areas that tend to dictate how much you will end up spending to get the look you were going for. If you have a large bridal party and large guest list, things do tend to add up quickly!


We understand that there are limits, but keep in mind that things may need to adjust in order to fit your ideal budget. Stay open to alternative options that would help keep you more within your ideal budget while still maintaining the look you were hoping to achieve. It may be loose greenery instead of garland, or adding in some DIY or non floral options. Be open and honest with your vendor, and they will be happy to make suggestions!


Maybe you really want that lush over-the-top look, but your budget simply won’t allow for that throughout your event. My favorite bit of advice to give to couples is if you are looking for areas to splurge, do it in areas that are going to be heavily photographed. Something like an altar or sweetheart table that will be a large focal point. As much as we love and enjoy the day of, these photographs are what you are going to look at for the rest of your life. Investing in lush elements for those areas will help capture that overall feel you were going for your big day!


We've run some scenarios for you to look at what different floral investments can accomplish based off of wedding party and guest list size. Keep in mind that every vendor is different, and these are based off of estimates; custom weddings will vary.


Worried that your budget isn't big enough for the size of your event? Always consider A La Carte and DIY options to help adjust!


$3000

An Intimate Event

Moderate Bridal Party

Large Bridal Party

~120-150 Guests

~200-250 Guests

~160-200 Guests

1 Bridal Bouquet

3 Bridesmaid Bouquets

1 Groom Bout

3 Groomsmen Bout

2 Dad Bout

2 Corsages


Ceremony

Light and Airy Arbor

(Vining greenery with a few blooms incorporated)


Reception

8 Tables with Bud Vase Trios

7 Tables with Medium floral heavy arrangement


1 Statement Compote for a sweetheart table

1 Bridal Bouquet

5 Bridesmaids

2 Flower Girls flower Petals

1 Groom Bout

5 Groomsmen Bouts

2 Dad Bout

2 Corsages


Ceremony

Light and Airy Arbor

(Vining greenery with a few blooms incorporated)


Reception

25 Bud vase trio centerpieces

1 Bridal Bouquet

8 Bridesmaids

2 Flower Girl Floral crowns

2 Flower Girls flower Petals

1 Groom Bout

8 Groomsmen Bouts

2 Dad Bout

2 Corsages


No Ceremony Florals


Reception

36’ Loose greenery for Head table

10 Bud vase trio centerpieces

10 Loose greenery centerpieces to be paired with candles.

*Candles not provided

$6000

An Intimate Event

Moderate Bridal Party

Large Bridal Party

~120-150 Guests

~200-250 Guests

~160-200 Guests

1 Bridal Bouquet

3 Bridesmaid Bouquets

1 Groom Bout

3 Groomsmen Bout

2 Dad Bout

2 Corsages


Ceremony

Lush Circular Arbor

Lush Aisle Endcaps


Cocktail Hour

12 single budvases for decorating cocktail hour area and other areas at the venue


Reception

8 Tables with Large Ikebana Centerpieces

7 Tables with Compote Centerpieces


1 Statement Compote for a sweetheart table

1 Bridal Bouquet

5 Bridesmaids

2 Flower Girls flower Petals

1 Groom Bout

5 Groomsmen Bouts

2 Dad Bout

2 Corsages


Ceremony

Lush Asymmetrical Arbor

Lush Aisle Endcaps


Cocktail Hour

12 single bud vases for decorating cocktail hour area and other areas at the venue


Reception

40’ Lush Garland with florals draping to the floor

13 Bud vase trio centerpieces

12 Large Ikebana arrangements

1 Bridal Bouquet

8 Bridesmaids

2 Flower Girl Floral crowns

2 Flower Girls flower Petals

1 Groom Bout

8 Groomsmen Bouts

2 Dad Bout

2 Corsages


Ceremony

Lush Asymmetrical Arbor

Lush Aisle Endcaps


Cocktail Hour

12 single bud vases for decorating cocktail hour area and other areas at the venue


Reception

36’ Lush Head Table Floral Runner

10 Elevated centerpieces

10 Floral Heavy medium sized arrangements


$10,000

Moderate Bridal Party

Large Bridal Party

~200-250 Guests

~160-200 Guests

​1 Bridal Bouquet

5 Bridesmaids

2 Flower Girls flower Petals

1 Groom Bout

5 Groomsmen Bouts

2 Dad Bout

2 Corsages


Ceremony

Lush Circular Arbor

Lush Aisle Endcaps


Reception

40’ Lush Garland with florals draping to the floor

8 Elevated Centerpieces

8 Compote Centerpieces

9 Budvase Trio Centerpieces

1 Bridal Bouquet

8 Bridesmaids

2 Flower Girl Floral crowns

2 Flower Girls flower Petals

1 Groom Bout

8 Groomsmen Bouts

2 Dad Bout

2 Corsages


Ceremony

Lush Circular Arbor

Lush Aisle Endcaps


Reception

40’ Lush Garland with florals draping to the floor

10 Budvase trio centerpieces

10 Floral Heavy medium sized arrangements









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