(Closed) Let’s talk flower budgets!

posted 7 years ago in August 2012
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I think I have heard before that 10% is the suggested amount of the budget to be allocated to flowers or flowers/decor.  Whether that’s too much to spend is all a matter of personal preference.  Personally, I do not want to spend 10% of my overall wedding cost on something that will die.  I mean, I know you can use faux flowers, but the principle and the priorities are still the same for me.  I want some nice-looking flowers, definitely, but I just can’t see allocating an entire one-tenth of my budget to flowers.  I’d much rather spend it on other things.  Overall I’m expecting the wedding to run somewhere between $30K and $40K, and ain’t no way in hell I’m spending $4000 on flowers.  We’re spending that kind of money so people can enjoy themselves, not look at exotic flowers in the centerpieces.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I am only doing 7% But I have a small budget…

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would rather save the money for a rainy day, or something more useful. I agree with one of the pp’s that it’s a bit too much. I also believe it’s a personal preference, and the budget you’re having of course.

I will probably be spending 100 dollars on the florals. We are trying to get the florals as a wholesale and do it myself. We are having a small intimate wedding and allthough I love florals alot, I don’t want to put alot of money into it. And we are thinking of using baby’s breath as centerpieces, which are cheap and costeffective aswell!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

The Knot budgeter is giving me about 1200 for flowers. I don’t plan on spending that much. We went over budget on the venue and my dress, so we need to cut back in other places. Flowers aren’t extremely important to me, so we will cut a bit from there. As long as we have some flowers, I will be happy. We don’t need anything over the top.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

In our $24K wedding, we’re planning to spend about $1K on flowers: my bouquet, BMs bouquets, posy bouquets for moms, corsages for aunts and grandmothers, boutonnieres for GMs, dads, uncles, grandfathers, officiant (all roses and greenery), rose petals for the aisle, some sort of floral decor for the stairway up to the ballroom, and loose plumeria blossoms to decorate the tables. I don’t think flowers are particularly important, but I think they up the ‘romantic factor’ of my historic venue, so I don’t mind spending a small portion of my budget on them. We’re doing candle-based centerpieces.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Our budget is $5k, and we were quoted $600 for the stuff we originally wanted, which wasn’t all that much… so more than 10%. I think we’ll be cutting back quite a bit, and our budget is probably skewed by being so low, haha. But I think 10% is reasonable if flowers are important to you.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My wedding is $25,000 and I’m only spending $400 on flowers. I opted for fake flowers for centerpieces (the ones that look and when you touch them feel real) and candles. The guys are having button boutonnieres and the mothers/grandmother are having fake flower coursages/boutonnieres

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My original budget was $1,000 but then soon realized there was no way to achieve the centerpieces I wanted with only that so I doubled it to $2,000 and this did not include the hanging crystals which I had to buy myself separately.  

So no, I do not think 10% of a budget is too much and YES, I think they are very super important.  Many women will say that they are not really into flowers but I honestly think its more of the cost associated with them that they don’t like.  I’ve heard women say.. “He sent me a $200 bouquet but they are going to die anyway so I would have rather of had those $200 to buy a Coach bag!”  This may be true however even they cannot deny the feeling they felt or the warmth of the smile they had when they saw the bouquet the first time.  So again, it’s more of a psychological afterthought of the cost.  Flowers just always seem to bring a sense of beauty & warmth which most definitely sets the mood and ambiance =)

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

We”re spending $1400 on flowers.  Our total budget is 18,000, so a little less than 10%.  I wanted more flowers but we just can’t afford to spend more.  This is for 2 big alter arrangements, 10 centerpieces, flower petals, my bouquet, 4 bridesmaids, 3 corsages, and 8 boutonnieres.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Our budget is approx 38,000.

I’m budgeting around 800 MAX for flowers (5 bouquets, 2 flower girls, corsages  and bouts for parents, aunts, uncles and groomsmen).

Then we are spending approx 10/centerpeice. We may have about 28 tables so add in another 280.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We have a small budget of 10-12,000. I was told to expect to pay about 8% on flowers. As with everything in your budget, it is give or take. If I spend a little less, say 6%, I could splurge a little more on a photog. Or vice versa. It just despends on what you deem important enough to give more priority to!

 

I want to have a non-traditional bouquet made from felt flowers I’ve been drooling over for years, but if I ‘splurge’ on that, I might need to figure out where to spend less to make up for the overage.

I hate budgeting ๐Ÿ˜›

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Our budget is about 20K. 

We are getting wholesale peonies from a farmer cut in July and stored in his fridge (cut peonies can be stored for upwards of 3 months apparentely).  

We are being charged $1/stem.  I think we’ll end up getting around 400.  And then filler for free. 

So we’re spending (with gas to drive to his farm, and leaving bubble room) ~$450 for 400 peonies.  If we choose to have another flower like small spray roses or filler roses/ranuculus… then we’ll probably spend max $600.00

We are DIY’ing the centerpieces though, and buying the flowers wholesale. 

(I was getting quoted $8/stem from a neighbourhood florist). 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We are spending $950.00 on flowers and that includes centerpieces, bouquets and pin on corsages.  So that would make it around 3.5% of our overall budget.

Real flowers are beautiful but they are not much of a priority to me.  But I will also go ahead and say that fake flowers were a total no-no for my fiancé.

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