Average cost of wedding flowers
Whether you go for a minimalist wedding or choose a bright, bold palette, your wedding flowers can really be one of the most beautiful parts of the day. A wedding ceremony traditionally uses the bridal bouquet, bouquets for the bridesmaids, corsages and altar flowers, to name a few. Upon entering the reception, guests are greeted with stunning flowers that serve as centerpieces, garlands, and even on top of the cake. The possibilities are endless!
Before committing to any flower plans, start your wedding flower budget early on. That way, you’ll get a better idea of your must-haves, desires, and traditional floral designs that you might want to skip. But how much do wedding flowers cost anyway? Where should a couple start building that budget?
Below are some tips and tricks from the flower and wedding planning experts to better understand the average cost of wedding flowers, how to save flowers, and some sample budgets to get you started.
The average cost of wedding flowers
The average cost of wedding flowers can vary widely depending on how many flowers you need, what types of flowers you choose, and whether or not they are in season. While no wedding flower cost is set in stone, florist Caytlyn McCloskey, owner of Sea Lily in Malibu, California, has provided a number of couples can sample certain floral items.
- Bridal bouquet: $ 150- $ 350
- Bridesmaid Bouquet: $ 65- $ 125
- Boutonniere: $ 24 to $ 45
- Pin-on Corsage: $ 32 to $ 48
- Wrist Corsage: $ 48- $ 65
- Receiving Flowers: $ 75-250
- Flower Girl Petals: USD 65 per bag
- Altar Flowers: $ 75 to $ 500
- Location next to login book: $ 150-250
- Placement next to place cards: $ 65– $ 125
- Centerpiece of the main table: $ 65– $ 150
- Sweetheart table garland: $ 12- $ 45 per foot
- Heart of the dining table: $ 75 to $ 400
- Cake flowers: $ 25- $ 150
- Corolla: $ 45- $ 125
Los Angeles wedding planner Tessa Lyn Brand of Tessa Lyn Events has seen a wedding flower budget of up to $ 75,000. Brand recommends devoting 10 percent of your total budget to flowers as a good rule of thumb. A budget of $ 3,000 is enough to get a nice presentation. On average, their customers spend between $ 6,000 and $ 11,000 on wedding flowers.
Money-saving wedding flower tips
While wedding flower budgets can be expensive, there are ways you can keep your flower costs (relatively) low and maximize your overall wedding budget. Here are eight ways to save wedding flower costs.
1. Mix expensive flowers with inexpensive flowers
Get the look for less by following everyone’s favorite fashion rule: mix high with low! “One of the best ideas I’ve ever seen was the bride who had white roses and bushels of breath,” says Ani Keshishian, creative director of Anoush Banquet Halls & Catering and LA Banquets. “She switched between roses on one table and baby’s breath on another and you couldn’t tell the difference in her photos. It was very elegant and did wonders for the feeling of the wedding.” If you’re not a fan of variety, pick a ton of fillers like broth and greens and add pops of the expensive and sought-after flowers like David Austin roses or peonies, suggest Jennifer Arreguin and Natasha Burton, co-founders of Swoon California in Santa Barbara , California.
2. Use lighting and other decor in addition to flower arrangements
Votives and candlelight are just as romantic as flowers and can help you keep your budget. “You can also mix in personal items for the table displays like pictures, keepsakes or lanterns instead of just focusing on flowers,” advise Arreguin and Burton. Another great idea if you don’t have a big flower budget? Focus on finding unique vessels that may hold fewer flowers. Choose elements that, in combination with other design objects such as the above-mentioned candles, form a breathtaking centerpiece in multiples, recommends the prominent event planner Michael Cerbelli, CEO and President of Cerbelli Creative.
3. Reuse your ceremonial flowers at the reception
Sometimes you just have to make it big or go home, right? So if you want big, over-the-top arrangements, get these, but try to use them multiple times. “These arrangements can be placed on staggered pillars to create a beautiful backdrop for the ceremony,” advises Scoobie & Company’s wedding planner Scoobie West. “Then they can easily be transported to the reception room during cocktail hour.”
You can do this with bridesmaid bouquets too. Put them in small bud vases and display them on cocktail tables or anywhere that needs a touch of freshening up.
4. Choose wedding flowers that are in season and grown locally
Don’t choose flowers that are completely out of season or don’t live with the climate in which you are getting married. In addition, options that are grown locally are usually cheaper and fresher than specialty varieties that have to be shipped from far away.
5. Decide on volume
“Flowers with full petals go much further than smaller flowers,” says wedding planner Francesca DiSalvo-Follmer, owner of Pure Luxe Bride. Erica Taylor Haskins, co-founder of Tinsel Experiential Design, loves using towering flowering branches like cherry blossoms and forsythias to create a colorful, voluminous look.
6. Stick to some types of flowers
The more variety, the higher the cost. Instead of overwhelming your floral arrangements with a multitude of different flowers, keep it simple and stick to a few varieties to keep costs down and prevent your florist from ordering in bulk.
7. Consider using plants
Consider using potted plants or herbs for your centerpieces, suggests wedding planner Jyl Deering at Deering Events so that guests (or you) can take them home to replant. Palm trees and hearty desert cacti are also a great way to make a statement without going overboard on flowers. Succulents and terrariums are also good choices.
8. Be open-minded and ask your florist for advice
If in doubt, ask your florist for insight. According to event planner Kristine Cholakian Cooke, owner of Simply Charming Socials, your florist should be able to offer you some great alternatives that meet your expectations visually and are more accessible for your date too. “We always find that brides who are more open to first-time flower meetings can really learn about flowers and options that they didn’t know existed,” says Cooke. “In the end, the results can be beautiful and unexpected.”
9. Choose a place that is naturally beautiful
Book a venue that is naturally beautiful. Choose a windswept beach, beautiful garden, or wooded grove as a wedding backdrop and add simple floral accents to your surroundings.
10. Pick a “wow” moment or two
You don’t have to cover every surface in your reception with flowers. Instead, put a few statement centerpieces in key areas and use more minimal arrangements for tables. Some examples of ways to create “wow” moments are hanging gardens, flower walls, and great centerpieces.
Example wedding flower budget
To get a feel for some real wedding flower budgets, here is an exemplary breakdown of a real couple’s budget. Florist Natasha Lisitsa of Waterlily Pond Design Studio created the modern, sculptural flower arrangements in a lively affair in California’s Carmel Valley.
- Bridal bouquet: $ 300
- Groom’s Boutonniere: $ 18
- Four bridesmaid bouquets: $ 440
- Fresh Flowers for Bridesmaid Hairstyles: $ 25
- Four Groomsman Boutonnieres: $ 72
- Two father and grandfather Boutonnieres: $ 36
- Mother and Grandmother Corsets: $ 60
- Ring Bearer’s Nest: $ 50
- Flower basket with petals: $ 35
- Two flower arrangements on the altar: $ 300
- Two flower garlands on church railings: $ 500
- Wreath on church doors: $ 75
- Escort card table arrangements: $ 275
- “Wish tree” display: $ 225
- Seven table arrangements: $ 1,750
- Two flower arrangements as a chandelier decor: $ 500
- 55 floating candle arrangements: $ 220