What You Need To Consider When Budgeting for Flowers

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.

Wedding Venues and Cost Savings

Weddings can easily cost tens of thousands of dollars if you aren’t careful. In fact, there are many people out there who expect such ceremonies to cost so much money. They do not have to, though. There are numerous ways you can keep a wedding under budget. You could go one further and have a very cheap wedding, but one which is still stylish and feels like a special day. Here are a few handy hints to help get yourself started if you aren’t made of money.

Venues and Ceremonies Can Be Cut Back but Elegant

Venues and ceremonies are where you should be outlaying most of your budget. Everything else can be cut down on if you really want to. However, venues, ceremonies and receptions are going to cost something, and there are no two ways about that.

Firstly, you can scrap the idea of a big church wedding. That would cost thousands. Instead, it is advantageous to look for a small hotel, a pub, or a village hall. These places often cost significantly less, and their plain halls can often give you a blank canvass to decorate them as you see fit for your dream day.

Ceremony fees don’t have to cost a packet, either. The marriage license and ceremony itself can be costly, but the reception doesn’t have to be. Booking a venue is usually made cheaper if you guarantee a certain number of guests. Putting on a simple buffet and having a bar where guests pay for their own drinks can really bring down the cost of a wedding. Most venues will be happy to cater to your needs since they are guaranteed salespeople love a drink at weddings.

Cutting Down on The Bride’s Costs

Most women have the dream wedding dress picked out. At the end of the day, though, this just isn’t feasible for everyone. However, you can certainly get a gorgeous wedding dress for far less. Being open to highstreets dresses, or even rented dresses can really help you save the dollars. The same is true of jewellery and shoes – cheap imitations can be pulled off.

Tradition can kill some people’s dreams of great weddings. After all, you really don’ want to pay for all of your bridesmaids to be dressed the same. Just ask bridesmaids to wear similar tones and colours (most will be happy to oblige), and a groom can simply wear a tux he already has.

Budget cuts can also be found in terms of décor (flowers and plants make great additions to a hall wedding), cakes can easily be acquired at local bakeries (if you aren’t too fussy), Deejaying can be taken on by your “younger” brothers/sisters, nieces or nephews with an eye for a tune, and honeymoons can be postponed until later dates. Amateur photographers are also far more cost-effective than professional ones, and there are many out there with an eye for a good picture.

All in all, by cutting corners and applying a bit of DIY to your wedding day, you can have a superb, fun and exciting wedding for just a few thousand dollars, much less than what you might expect. Remember, some people actually prefer cheaper, simpler weddings – just because you can afford a $30,000 wedding, doesn’t mean you have to have one.

Getting Married in Other Countries

If you’ve got a generous budget for your upcoming wedding, getting married in other countries or in a far-off exotic local can be a real treat. Sure, it’ll be a bit of troulbe logistically for some of your guests to get to, but they can make it their annual holiday to boot. Certain places are hotter than others, so let’s have a quick peek at some ideas for weddings abroad for the romantic couple.

For the Romantic Couple

Many people get married in Hawaii. Whether it is the sandy beaches, the tropical drinks, or the surf, there are plenty of reasons why a hot wedding in a sunny place might appeal to the romantic couple. If sunset walks on the beach are your cup of tea, San Francisco is closer to home, or the Caribbean tops the list, no matter where in the Caribbean you end up.

Italy is famed for its romance, but if you want to add a splash of style to your wedding, why not go to Tuscany. Taking in the beauty of the Italian countryside is one thing but sipping delicate and fine wines as you toast to your future happiness sounds even more exciting.

If wines are your cup of tea (in a manner of speaking) and romance is essential, you could always tie-the-knot in Paris. The City of Love is famed as a favourite honeymoon destination, but why not go the whole hog and marry there instead? With umpteen cathedrals and churches to choose from, fairytale weddings are guaranteed in France.

For the Extreme Couple

We’re not all the lovey-dovey type. In fact, many people prefer a bit of wildness in their relationship, and they are equally as optimistic about a wild wedding, too. If you’re after a great party (and somewhat sidelined wedding) venues don’t really come any more fun than Las Vegas. Saving on the ceremony and splashing the cash on the slots, it just one way to go, though. Thailand is another great venue for couples who want to spend more time grooving and partying than kissing and cuddling.

Backpackers and animal lovers might want to incorporate those themes into their wedding. New Zealand is home to some of the most diverse geology in the world and is the ideal wedding spot for backpack couples. If you love your lions and your zany for zebras, an African safari could also be just what you’re looking for.

If none of those fit the bill, and you and your soon-to-be better half are real adventurers, then there’s something else which might float your boat. Provided you are planning a wedding which is a little bit in the future then you may wish to check out getting hitched at the bottom of the ocean, or in space. Sure, they aren’t very practical at this moment in time, but there’s no bigger (or expensive) way to cement your vows to one another than under kilometres of water or in zero gravity.