Wedding flower budgets can vary widely, so we were very pleased when Borrowed & Blue approached us about a budget article they were working on. You can click on the image below to see the article in it’s entirety (including photos of our work and fellow NH florist Simple Bouquets), but I thought I’d elaborate further here. Interested to know the factors that can increase or decrease your wedding flower budget, or how to decide what portion of your budget to allocate to flowers and decor? Read on!
What is the range of budgets you work with?
Floral budgets are unique to each wedding and largely depend on variables such as the size of your wedding party, the extent of your ceremony decor, or the number of tables at the reception. Average floral budgets that we see tend to be in the $1,600-2,500 range.
What are the things that dramatically increase/decrease costs?
There are many factors that can impact your floral costs. Here are a few:
- Size of the wedding - The larger the bridal party, the more bouquets and boutonnieres you'll need. Likewise, the higher the guest count climbs, the more tables/centerpieces will be required.
- Types of flowers used - Not all flowers are priced alike. If your heart is set on a wedding bursting with peonies, it's going to cost more than if you chose seasonal flowers in your color scheme.
- Accent decor - This could be anything beyond the traditional ceremony and reception decor. Perhaps you'd like masses of romantic petals to line the aisle, lush garland to frame the doorways, or unique rental items from your florist. The addition of items like these will of course impact your budget. You will have to keep in mind that they will likely require additional set up and potential breakdown beyond the base cost of the item as well.
What makes a bride/wedding easy and fun to work with?
We like to think that the floral design part of the wedding process is always fun! Couples who come to us because they love our style and are open to creative suggestion are always great to work with.
Anything you feel prospective clients need to know about costs?
The general suggestion is that floral costs should account for 8-10% of your overall budget. We often see couples who come to us later in the planning process when they have already spent the majority of their budget without accounting for their flowers. It can be very frustrating to achieve the look of your dream wedding if you haven't properly allocated for it. I strongly suggest at least touching base with a few designers early in the process to get a general sense of the costs involved. Thoughtfully planning out your budget early will save you a lot of stress later on!