(Closed) I have NO CLUE what to budget for flowers

posted 8 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
1426 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Well, I didn’t do any reception or ceremony flowers- just bouquets and boutonnieres for us, our best man and maid of honor, and a couple special guests like parents, and the whole thing came out to about $150.  If you are trying to save money, being flexible about the particular flowers helps.  I just asked for something in our colors with lots of petals and with a loose, picked from the garden feeling.  We talked about a lot of garden roses, Dahlias, and maybe some ranunculus. I didn’t have a particular budget in mind when I went in.  I told the woman that I wanted to keep it pretty inexpensive, but I wasn’t even sure what flowers cost, so I didn’t have a particular number in mind, and that’s what she came up with.

Post # 4
605 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’ve heard 8% of total budget, and (although I didn’t plan it that way) it’s coming out to just about that for us. It really depends on lots of things: fresh or silk, how many attendants, what other decorations (arches, altar arrangements, cake and hair flowers, table decorations), how labor-intensive the arrangements and whether you pick in-season (easily available) or more exotic blooms. Good luck! I loved doing the flowers … so far it’s been one of the most fun parts of wedding planning.

Hey…menobride, I didn’t realize I was replying to another of your posts until I was about to hit “send.” Haha…hope you are not sick of me. You are getting married on my b-day. It’s a nice time of year for flowers!! Do you have a venue yet?

Post # 5
1403 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Depending on what area of the country you live in, florists will charge between $100-200 for the bride’s bouquet, and slightly less for the bridesmaids’ bouquets.  Boutoneirs will probably be $5-10 apiece.

You can count on individual flowers costing somewhere around $4-5 apiece.  So if you want table arrangements with 8 flowers in each, they’re probably going to cost $40 each.  The type of flowers you order makes a difference in price too; carnations are inexpensive alternatives, roses are kind of mid-price, and something exotic like black cala lilies are going to be more expensive.  Not to mention, if you pick flowers that are in season on your wedding day, you’ll save a bit in price too.

That said, I’m paying about $850 for a bride’s bouquet, 4 BM’s bouquets, boutoniers for the Groomsmen and fathers, corsages for the mothers, two large floor arrangements, and 15 very simple centerpieces of two irises each.  Wisconsin is in a less expsensive part of the world though.  🙂  Other florists might charge $1000-1500 for the same things I’m ordering.

I hope that helps!

Post # 6
202 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

My flowers cost 420$

That includes a brides bouquet, 3 maids, 1 flowergirl, 5 boutennaires, 1 corsage and 21 mums for my DIY centerpieces.

That is a great price I think. I made them small but nice, and the key was inexpensive flowers. I just asked, and they told me what was cheaper and in season.

Our total wedding is 9000$ so everything was kept low budget.

Good Luck!

Post # 7
151 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

We had a 50 guest wedding. I spent $100 at the local whole sale florist for peony and some roses. Then I cut magnolia that turned our really well with its rich green and added a lot of nice bulk. Holly trees, camellia bushes, and any kind of ever green would work our really well if you are not in an area with magnolia. You should also look for a local nursery. I found one that would rent almost any plant they had! You could do the little mini rose bushes, small ferns or almost anything to fit your event. 

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