Wedding Flower Budget Breakdown
Helpful tips on where to focus your wedding flower budget!
[Peonies, Ferns & Eucalyptus in Bud Vases]
When planning your wedding it can be tricky to know where to begin especially with your flower budget, so, I thought it might be helpful to do a quick summary and an example of wedding flower budgets along with what you can expect to receive from me within your budget.
There is a lot of flexibility when it comes to sorting through a budget for your wedding flowers. It’s important to know, as a couple, how important fresh flowers are for you on your wedding day – you may feel flowers aren’t a central focus for your day or you may feel your flowers are ‘the thing’ that will bring your unique day to life. Also, give some consideration to your venue: does it need the additional decor florals or is it a beautiful venue itself and so you don’t need to go over the top?
As a good rule of thumb, I suggest your flower budget accounts for 10-15% of your overall wedding budget. If, on the other hand, you are looking for a Pinterest-worthy, abundant design, I would suggest allocating 20-25% of your total wedding budget. Remember, it’s your day and the day should reflect your taste and style.
Below is by no means a complete list. Like everything else wedding-flower-related there are so many ‘what if’ scenarios. The following is meant to be a rough guide to help you plan which items could be covered within your price range.
Most often, this will allow for bridal bouquet, a few bridesmaid bouquets as well as buttonholes for the groom and groomsmen. Depending on the number in the bridal bouquet, it could account for buttonholes and corsages for a few additional family members
If you are having a very intimate wedding and no bridal party, it could account for your bouquet, a buttonhole as well as a small feature installation at the ceremony or reception
£1000 – £1500
Depending on the size of the bridal party, this will cover off all personal flowers (bouquets, buttonholes) as well as allow for some table decorations at the reception. I would suggest smaller arrangements on each table or a collection of bud vases and feature blooms to fit within the budget
Or, instead of table flowers, this could allow for a large feature at the ceremony or the reception (perhaps milk churns by the entrance or a floral border positioned in front of the top table)
Alternatively, if your bridal party only includes two additional people, this budget could allow for a ceremony feature element as well as a reception installation. We could then look at using candles to decorate the tables instead of flowers.
£1800 – £2500
This budget could cover the personal flowers as well as a feature element at the ceremony and the reception. It can also cover off smaller table arrangements or bud vases for the table decoration as well as candles.
Or, if there is just one of either a ceremony / or reception installation, there would be a budget to cover off our standard sized table arrangements (compote bowls).
£3000 – £4000
This price range falls within my premium full service wedding – most often this includes personal flowers, a ceremony floral feature (milk churns, floral borders), an installation at the reception (mantelpiece flowers), as well as flowers and candles for the tables.
Having said that though, if building a custom ceremony element, this budget may only account for personal flowers, the ceremony feature and a few touches at the reception.
It’s almost impossible to provide all the details on each and every budget because every couple’s wedding is unique. The above looks to provide some guidance on what items can be accounted for within a budget.
You’ll note I haven’t mentioned lots of the smaller pieces so often requested – cake flowers, rose petals, junior bridesmaid posies, gift table arrangements, thank you bouquets. There are literally hundreds of permutations and combinations so I have left these out to try to keep things simple.
Also, prices will vary quite a bit depending on the number of flowers used and how many premium blooms are to be included. Peonies, Roses, Hydrangeas etc. are more premium flowers and the budget needs to account for this. Try to focus on a colour palette and aesthetic rather than specific flowers, I work with mother nature so I can never guarantee the 'Toffee' Roses you love will be available in 6/9/12months time.
It’s also important to be aware labour charges can vary dramatically as well – each venue has its own rules on when I can set up and when I need to pack down. All of this has an impact on costs for the day. Labour charges also change depending on the time of day I need to set-up / pack down as well as the day of the week (Saturday and Sunday incur premium labour charges and early morning set-ups and late night pack-downs also incur premium labour charges).
From my perspective, I am super excited to work with couples regardless of their budget. I do have a minimum spend of £700 for bespoke consultations so if you think your budget will be under this and you’d like to be a Flowers by April Bride, fill out my Q&A and I’ll see if there’s a way I can help!
Finally, remember every florist prices differently and it might be that florists in your area charge more for some items than I do. I’m simply looking to provide this as a guide to help manage expectations, rather than as a bible for the purposes of a formal quote.