(Closed) What is a reasonable floral budget?

posted 8 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

they all look great!  i’m not sure where you are, but here in SF, the bridal + bridesmaids bouquet is almost $500.  it’s very costly here and i’m going broke

i think people usually spend approx $60-$100 on average for a centerpiece, that seems reasonable.  $60 arrangement on the table may not be a big one though. 

 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

$500 would be reasonable for everything but the centerpieces  I spent $650 on my flowers and I had 3 bm bouquet, my bouquet, 4 corsages (moms and grandmas), 8 bouts for gm, fathers, and ushers, 1 bout for groom, and 1 single mum flower in a vase (which I provided) at each of the 24 reception tables.

You are going to pay more than that since you want a much more complex centerpiece with many flowers in it.  Perhaps you should do baby’s breath like you have in your picture?

Also, my price is for a relatively small city in the midwest.  I imagine everything would cost more in a larger city in any other state.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

We on WB can give you guesses based on our experiences with florists as well as DIY flowers, but they’re just going to be that- guesses. My advice is that you email a few florists in your area with your list of required floral elements and your budget cap for flowers and ask if it will be possible to do all of it within your budget. Some will say no, others might say it is possible, you’ll want to have a meeting with the latter ones to hear their ideas.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Most bm bouquets are $50 each and bridal bouquets are $100 each, at least in my area.  Bouts or corsages ran anywhere from $15 to $25, depending on the number of flowers in them.  Bouquets may have fewer flowers than centerpieces but you also have to remember you are paying for them to be assembled and constructed in a sturdy manner and you are also paying for the artistry of the whole bouquet.  It’s not just the cost of the flowers.

I don’t know if I would necessarily tell the florist straight up that your budget is $500.  Just tell her what you like and see how much she can do it for.  Then if it’s too much tell her that you were hoping to spend no more than $500 and ask if there are alternate flowers that she could use that would give the same overall look for less.  But if you tell her your budget right off the bat then she may mark up the prices of things and not give you as much as you initially would have got had you not said your budget.  Just my opinion at least.  I would go to a few different florists and see what they can offer you and compare prices before deciding.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Not to scare you but I actually had a florist in NYC tell me that he did not do a job for less than $7,000!  I have no idea what that includes and I am hoping that some of the others I call will be more reasonable.

I have read somewhere that on average 8-12% of overall budget can be expected to be spent with florist.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We spent $2,000 on Flowers! Ugh. My bouquet was $135 and my centerpieces are similar to the pic you posted in the black vase and they are $80 each. Just to give you an idea! Good luck! 🙂

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

we rented them for $6 each from our florist. We are using hydrangeas and garden roses

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Where I live, $500 is reasonable for a flower budget.  The centerpiece with the pomander of roses is going to be extremely pricey though.  Just by looking at the arrangement, I’d be willing to guess that the centerpiece alone is going to cost around $300, if not more.  Carnations come in a BEAUTIFUL dark purple and that will most likely cut the total in half (approx. $150).  You could add in a few fushia orchids mixed with the dark purple carns to tie into your cake flowers too.  The Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets will most likely end up costing around $50-$65 each if you want all roses.  Again, you could cut the cost by using only a few roses and substitute for another cream/white colored flower.  Depending on what kind of flowers your going to use for the bouts and corsages, you’re probably looking anywhere from $20(roses) to $25(orchids) each.  Again, I’m not from Los Angeles, just a little town in MI.  I’m sure that if you talk to your florist (or multiple florists), you’ll find exactly what you need.  🙂  Good luck!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

We’re using mostly calla lilies.

1 bridal bouquet1 groom boutonniere3-4 groomsmen bouts (ill know for sure tomorrow!)3-4 bridesmaid bouquets ( ” )1 ringbearer bout7 bouts for dads, grandfathers, etc.5 corsages for mothers, grandmothers, etc. [ Freesia ]6 flowers for the cake

My florist says it will be around $900. That price is with 4 Groomsmen bouts & 4 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets. If i go down to 3 itll drop a little. I would like to have 2 arrangements for the ceremony but i can’t see myself paying $200+ on flowers. I’m also ordering 6000 rose petals from fiftyflowers.com.

oh and im also using silk flowers for our centerpieces.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Heinz Chapel Ceremony, Museum Reception

The floral budget has been an unpleasant surprise for me as well. I knew that we wouldn’t be able to afford centerpieces from a florist, so I’ve just been getting quotes for my bouquet, 6 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, 10 boutonnieres (groom/GMs/fathers/grandfather) and 3 women’s corsages. I was hoping to get that for $700, and I’m seeing that it doesn’t appear to be possible. I haven’t gotten a quote for less than $850 yet, and sometimes up to $1000.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

i hear ya all, the floral budget is so hard because I went in knowing what look i liked and then reading from a few people on here that a bridal bouquet is like 150 and bridesmaids like 75… I already knew that i would be making my own non-floral centerpieces and boutts… so i went to the florist to get my bouquet, 5 bm bouquets, a little decor above our gazebo, and 3 corsages..   $1,100 later…

i went in with a specific feel i wanted and A LOT of different flowers are needed to create that feel… we tried to bring it down a little but it just hurt the integrity of what i wanted a little so i said, “alright, we will find the money somewhere, lets do it”  I am BEYOND excited for what i chose and i can not wait to see the end result…  

break down was $250 for my bouquet, $150 i think for each of the girls, $25 for corsages, $150 for gazebo decor.. something like that… but granted im not far outside nyc… 

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