Flower budget?

posted 2 years ago in Flowers
Post # 2
6324 posts
Bee Keeper

Wow thats a lot to me lol. I spent literally $100 on flowers (2 bouquets). It was not my priority at all. 

Keep in mind that bouquets can double as table decor. 

eta – we spent almost $30k so we could have afforded flowers if we skimped somewhere else, but literally just didnt care about flowers haha. 

Post # 4
6324 posts
Bee Keeper

ktrv927 :  Shop around, you should definitely be able to find places with lower minimums. If you are getting married in a larger metro area, you can also check out the FB wedding groups for that area, tons of local rec’s from there! 

Post # 5
63 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: My church and Florian Park

I literally have no idea! We lucked out because my sister is a florist, and that is our wedding gift

Post # 6
2478 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

If you factor in priorities, vision, budget etc…$4500 may not seem that excessive.

We spent $27K+ on floral and decor..roughly 16 percent of our wedding cost.  For flowers only, was probably around $21K.

We got 1 bridal bouquet, 4 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, 2 mom corsages, 7 boutonnieres, a fully draped canopy with chandelier, branches, floral and greenery, flowers in gold mercury vases and candles for our sweetheart table, 15 tall centerpieces, 15 low centerpieces, glass pillar ensembles for guest tables, a stone urn for the cake table including fresh floral, greenery and moss and an escort card tree.

Post # 7
63 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

Personally, I love flowers. They were one of the most exciting parts to plan and it’s devastating letting them go. We paid just over $3k, but that included 15 centerpieces, 6 bouquets, 4 corsages/pins, 8 boutinieres, cake flowers, head table flowers, two big arrangements for the church, and pew decorations, we rented gold vases and gold votives from her too. Not bad at all! I think it all depends on what is important to you. Shop around definitely, but I love my florist and will shout out fab reviews to anyone and everyone! LOL. We heard so many compliments about our flowers and they fought over the centerpieces.

Post # 8
615 posts
Busy bee

ktrv927 :  I expected our flower quote to be close to 2K, and it came in under our expectations at $1500. 

This is what I am getting for that cost:

Wedding party/family:  1 bridal bouquet, 2 bridesmaid bouquet, 1 flower girl bouquet, 3 corsages, 7 boutonieres.

Ceremony:  2 pillars with flower displays on top

Reception:  20 centerpieces:  10 gold chargers with 2 pillar candles greenery and a touch of color from a few flowers and 10 small floral centerpieces with 3 votive candles

We will probably add two more floral arrangements for our cake table and one more for the entryway, but will decide closer to the date.

Costs include delivery and set up to the venue, to my mom’s house, and to our bakery for some for the cake.

ETA:  I live in a high cost of living area also, so reach out to mom and pop florist shops.  I highly recommend going to a florist with a budget in mind and ask what they can do for that price.  Be open to flower suggestions…roses are expensive, peonies are expensive, but there are many beautiful options a florist can give you that are with far more affordable flowers.

Post # 9
2731 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

We spent $600 CAN on flowers with a 23k total wedding budget, so around 2.5% of our budget was on flowers. That included 6 bouquets, 5 boutonnieres, 3 vases of floral centrepieces per reception table, hanging flower jars down the aisle, and extra flower vases for cocktail hour tables/cake table/gift table/guest book table.

What you were quoted seems like a pretty standard cost for a florist, which is why we DIYed all our flowers from Costco! Absolutely no regrets 🙂 

Post # 10
788 posts
Busy bee

I spent a little less than 10% on flowers. 

Post # 11
623 posts
Busy bee

Florists can be very pricey depending on what packages you get. However 4.5k sounds pricey for a starting package. 

Maybe find a facebook group in the area you are getting married and ask the ladies for their local advice. That is how I found my florist.

Post # 12
3839 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

That’s a bizarre minimum price, that would get you a LOT of flowers! 

I spent I think $600 for 3 bridesmaids bouquets, my bride bouquet, 4 boutonnieres and a flower crown. I didn’t need any for centrepieces as my friend generously made those for me (she used a couple of flowers in each one and the rest was tea lights, fairy lights and gum leaves from her yard!) Even if you do buy centerpiece flowers though I’m sure you can do it for significantly less than $4,500. 

Post # 13
433 posts
Helper bee

Most florist do not have minimum. It depends on what items you order and which design and which kind of flowers.  I would suggest to shop around. The first florist that we went to was pretty expensive about 4k but that included upgrading our center pieces(our center piece is included in venue with their preffered vendors), Bouquets, boutinniere, corsage, escort table flower. It was way too much so went to another florist and got similar to upgraded centerpiece but without upgrading, ordered boutinniere, corsage only and my total would be close to $400 and I’m planning to spend $400-$600 on flowers from costco or wholefood and DIY bouquets and escort table flower.

Also , there are other alternatives for flowers like lanterns , candle holders , etc

Post # 14
402 posts
Helper bee

Most people will say 5 to 10percent of your budget goes to flowers. But again it depends on your priority. It is not uncommon for a rather underwhelming or average bride bouquet to cost $250US. I have seen beautiful and simple hydrangea bouquets – literally 3 or 4 heads for $125. I can do them for like under 20 and for a few bucks can have dendrobian orchids out of the centre – for under $30 with fancy wrap and even some bling. arrangements can add up that is for sure. Easily a couple of hundred and you usually need two for the church plus others for signign table, gift table etc. it adds up.

Post # 15
473 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I’m spending max $600 total for our 35k wedding. Other than my own bouquet  (which is being made professionally for $200) the rest of the flowers will be DIY. At first I wasn’t for it, but my wedding planner was confident and talked me into it and I’m so glad I listened. We are saving probably thousands. 

Talk to a nearby florist, or even Costco, and buy bulk flowers. The day/night before the wedding just invite the bridesmaids over or friends/family and make the centerpeices and bouquets.

Another tip, ask the florist that you want to go with the seasonal flowers in the speicfic color of your wedding. Requesting speical flowers can bring the budget way up.

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