When planning a wedding, the flowers are always high on a brides list of things to do. For some brides, having the right flowers is a critical part of their wedding theme and if not perfect, will see the bride in tears or let down.
However, as with all things in life, a budget must be set aside for flowers on your special day, and that means you need to do invest time in researching and doing homework so as to meet your budgetary requirements while at the same time satisfying your dreams for the perfect wedding.
Budgeting for Flowers
When it comes to weddings, one question for many is what it will cost for the flowers or will wonder if they should include a floral centrepiece on each table? All of this brings us to the age old question – how much should we expect to spend on flowers?
There is no easy answer to this as each wedding is different and each bride has different expectations. When it comes to flowers, the sky is the limit and it can be inexpensive or can run into the thousands. The general rule of thumb most wedding planners take when advising clients is 10% of their wedding budget should be dedicated to flowers.
Ultimately it comes down to what you want at your wedding. When you consider bouquets for the bridesmaids, corsages, the boutonnieres, and flowers for the ceremony and reception, things can add up. A nice gesture for those with larger budgets is to have one guest collect the flowers from the church and donate to a local hospital. This will at least see the flowers carry on and provide value for others after your special day.
The total cost will depend on the type of flowers you choose for your wedding. So factoring that into the budget will help you keep costs down. Flowers such as roses, peonies and blooms can cost more than others, so selecting flowers that are less expensive but just as attractive is a good way to go.
Running the Numbers
If you look at the average cost per wedding in America, it works out to $23,885, and that covers an average of 150 guests. Based on the recommended 10% rule, that would mean your budget for flowers should be $2,388.
After determining your budget, you are best suited to book an appointment with your local florist to discuss options and request they design a proposal for you. As this is a fair chunk of your budget, get multiple quotes and ask for examples of past weddings, and inquire if they have a list of past clients willing to give a reference.
Make sure you are clear with the florist on your budget for flowers. If they propose a plan that is more expensive, move on as they are not listening to your budget needs, so they may not be best suited for your floral needs either. Also, remember that some florists have a minimum wedding charge so enquiring this ahead of booking an appointment will save you time and stress.