We set a $5000 floral budget for my engagement party but my mom added enough to make it a total of ~$7000 (tip for delivery and set up included).
We wanted it to look like a flower shop too! We chose tulips, and since it was around Valentine’s day (that was the theme), we had a LOT of cream, pink, and red tulips. We didn’t have any other type of flowers or any fillers.
I’m trying not to share any photos on the bee (since we can’t remove them anymore), but I’ll try to explain it as best as I can. The florist wrapped each cluster of tulips (in one colour) in a long tulip leaf, and put it in a tall vase. Some of the tulip clusters were in single bases, some were in long rectangular vases, and some were cut short and wrapped with twine in short spherical vases.
Vases were scattered all over the venue, and the tables had an ombré effect (red to pink to cream to pink to red). There were 4 bouquets of tulips (about 10 tulips in each bouquet) in front of each place setting in ~8 inch high square vases, and they ran down the table in an ombré pattern. We had long tables, with a runner across, and the tulip bouquets ran down the entire table.
Tulips are relatively cheap around this season, so for our budget, we were able to get a lot of flowers. For any other type of flower, we probably would have needed to double the flower budget.
To really maximize your budget, ask your florist what’s in season, and what they can source really cheaply. I wanted a pure floral design with no fillers, but choosing lots of greenery can also maximize your budget.
I suggest you look at inspiration photos but judge your florist on what they have in their porfolio. I wasn’t super happy with my florist, and won’t be using them for my wedding. I took in a photo I found online and the team said they could do it, no problem. What we ended up getting vs what we had asked for was a disappointment, but guests all commented on how it beautiful the flowers were.
Obviously guest don’t know what your inspiration is, so work with your florist to make sure they can do what you’re asking of them. Don’t accept one mock up as proof of their competence, because when they need to make 50 arrangements, they may cut corners.