Ooft. Okay let’s talk about floral budgets.
This can be so hard because most florists do not share their pricing. From a consumer’s point of view… you are probably thinking….WHY IS THAT???
Well – sorry, but it’s complicated.
The reason why florists cannot post their pricing on their website because there are a lot of depending factors. How big of a bouquet are you looking for? What colors? What specific flowers? Are the flowers in season? Will the florist have to order them in or buy them from a local flower farmer? How large is your wedding? Will this take a lot of time for my florist to create?
Sometimes I am envious with photographers and venue owners. They mostly have fixed costs. Of course there is some different add-ons you can get, but they typically have set pricing. For us, we give custom pricings for each couple.
Here is a guide I have tried to make for my couples. Most couples spend 10 – 20% of your budget on florals/ décor.
As an example: Start with 15% of your overall budget, because you love flowers more than the average Joe (10%), but it’s not your favorite part of the wedding (20%). For simplicity sake, let’s pretend your overall budget is $20,000.
Right now, you are starting with $3,000.
- 1 Bridal
- 5 Bridesmaids
- 7 Bouts
- 1 Corner Arch Piece
- 10 Compotes
- 5 Candles Tables + Greens
- 1 Head Table Piece
- Cake Flowers
I am going to look at my inspo photos and I notice that some of the flowers I like are out of season. (If you do not know what flowers are in season… check out this blog). I also really like the larger bouquets that are very full! Okay, so I probably should tack on a bit for out-of-season, full florals. $3,500.
I figured out I love these particular cement compotes. Those are probably specialty compotes and my florist might need to order them. Okay let’s tag on a bit. I also need to rent the arch and the candles from my florist. Total $4,000.
I think my head table will be a piece that is slightly larger than maybe average? Maybe that’s a tad more in time and florals. Let’s now say $4,500.
Okay… so you are guestimating $4,500 for your florals. Then when you meet with your florist, they will be able to give you an accurate quote.
So to summarize:
- Take 10%, 15%, 20% of your overall budget depending on how much you like flowers.
- Look over your inspo pictures… are they full floral, out of season, or huge? Add to your budget.
- Do you want any specialty items or rentals? Add to your budget.
Of course, be open with your wedding florist. They want to help you! If you are honest with your budget, we can best help you!
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