While the bride and groom will always take center stage at their wedding, florals are increasingly becoming another important focal point on this big day. Flowers used to be merely accents at weddings. Now they are show stoppers. Florals are used to create gorgeous spaces that will be enjoyed and remembered by friends and families for years to come.
How much should you budget to create the floral design of your dreams? These insider tips will help you plan and prepare your wedding flower budget, so you can craft the day of your dreams.
Make a List of What You Need
When you want to prepare a fabulous meal, you need a shopping list, correct? The same is true for florals. First, you will need to decide what you will be shopping for at our floral studio. There are four components to keep in mind while creating your wedding flower budget:
- Flowers for children
- Flowers for pets
- Florals for people of honor
- Altar flowers
- Ceremony arches
- Aisle decor
- Cocktail table flowers
- Dinner tabletop florals and decor
- Candles & candelabras
- Large tabletop vases
- Buffet flowers
- Cake flowers
- Place card table decor
- Seating Charts
- Champagne Walls
- Photo backdrops
- Stage/Dance floor decor
- Hanging florals
- Fabric draping
- Florals for Signage
- Candles & Votives
- Labor & Design
- Delivery Vehicles
Floral Budget Rule of Thumb
For decades the accepted wisdom was to set aside 10% of your wedding budget for flowers. However, as florals have moved to the forefront of wedding planning, that number needs to be adjusted. Weddings of the past typically did not have hanging florals, flower walls, and the tablescapes that are expected today. These more elaborate designs require more flowers and more labor.
Modern couples also tend to opt for the higher end blooms seen in celebrity weddings. We have seen an increase in requests for ranunculus, peonies, English garden roses, anemones, and other show stopping blooms. These floral choices increase the cost of your wedding flowers.
The expansion of flowers as decor pieces at weddings also leads to increased costs. More elaborate designs require more labor and longer setup times for the designers and crew. More delivery vans are required to bring Instagram worthy floral installations to venues. 10% of your wedding budget just won’t be enough anymore.
Our advice is to plan to spend 20%, of your wedding budget on florals: Can we change the percentage to 20%?
If you have a $50,000 wedding budget, allocate $15,000 for flowers.
- With a $100,000 budget, plan to spend $30,000 on floral designs.
- A $200,000 wedding budget should plan to set aside $60,000 for flowers.
Using 30% as a guide, instead of 10%, will give you a more realistic idea of what you can expect to spend on flowers for your wedding day.
Flowers vs Services Breakdown
Once you have decided on your floral wedding budget, remember that part of it will cover the actual flowers, and part will cover the service fees. For planning purposes, you can generally plan your budget with this in mind:
- 75% of your floral budget will go towards flower purchases
- 25% of your wedding flower budget will pay for services (installation, set up, etc.)
Many couples forget to budget for the cost to make their wedding flower and decor plan a reality! Having a better idea of how much you can spend makes the planning a lot less stressful.
If you dream of having a lavish floral wall or spectacular tablescapes (both of which we excel at!) then you will need to budget accordingly. We love to provide “Full-Service” weddings, which means we take care of everything from start to finish. We are also delighted to provide flowers for more intimate, smaller weddings as well! Reach out to us and let us show you what we can do to make your wedding floral dreams come true.