The loving attention to detail that brides and florists put into wedding flowers adds a magical touch to the big day. The first step in floral planning is determining a wedding flower budget. We talked to wedding planners and florists to answer the question "How much do wedding flowers cost?" Read on to better understand the average cost of wedding flowers, complete with floral budgets from real brides and expert tips on how to save big on flowers.
The Average Cost of Wedding Flowers
The average cost of wedding flowers can vary widely, depending on how many flowers you need, the types of flowers you choose, and whether or not they're in season. Though no wedding flower cost is set in stone, here is a range that brides can expect certain floral items to cost.
Bridal bouquet: $150–$350
Bridesmaid bouquet: $65–$125
Pin-on corsage: $32–$48
Wrist corsage: $48–$65
Reception flowers: $75–$250
Flower girl petals: $65 per bag
Altar flowers: $75–$500
Arrangement next to sign-in book: $150–$250
Arrangement next to place cards: $65–$125
Head table centerpiece: $65–$150
Sweetheart table garland: $12–$45 per foot
Guest table centerpiece: $75–$400
Cake flowers: $25–$150
Flower crown: $45–$125
10 percent of your overall budget to flowers as a good rule of thumb. Our average client spends between $7,000 and $15,000 on wedding flowers.
Ways to Offset the Cost of Wedding Flowers
Though wedding flower budgets can be expensive, there are ways you can you can keep your flower costs (relatively) low and maximize your money. Here are a few ideas:
1. Mix Expensive Flowers with Inexpensive Flowers
Get the look for less by following everyone's favorite fashion rule: Mix high with low! Try choosing a lot of filler like stock and greenery and adding in pops of the expensive and coveted flowers, such as David Austin roses or peonies.
2. Choose Wedding Flowers That Are in Season and Locally Grown
Don't choose flowers that are completely out of season. Tulips, peonies, and hydrangeas, for example, don't last long on a hot summer day outdoors. That means you have to order twice as many to make sure you'll have enough still alive for your wedding, which is a total waste of money. On top of that, options that are grown locally will usually be more affordable and fresher than specialty varieties that need to be shipped from far away.
3. Be Open-Minded and Ask Your Florist for Advice
When in doubt, ask your florist for some insight. He or she should be able to give you some great alternatives that meet your expectations visually and are also more accessible for your date. We always find that brides who are more open-minded going into initial floral meetings can truly learn about flowers and options they didn't know existed. In the end, the results can be beautiful and unexpected."
4. Select a Venue That's Naturally Beautiful
Book a venue that's naturally beautiful. Choose a windswept beach, a gorgeous garden, or a wooded grove as your wedding backdrop, then just enhance your surroundings with simple floral accents.
5. Choose One or Two "Wow" Moments
You don't have to cover every surface at your reception with flowers. Instead, set a few statement centerpieces in key areas and use more minimal arrangements on tables.
The florals at your wedding are, after all, a "make or break" element that simply can't go overlooked. For your Boston Wedding, we are the absolute best choice as your wedding florist! Call us today for a free consultation about your wedding flowers. We are headquartered in Newburyport, MA and serve all of New England.
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