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We know budget is where most couples like to start, and honestly, it's where we like to start, too! In terms of planning, we’re advocates for setting a budget early and sticking to it. This aids us in providing you with the best design recommendations possible and frankly, the best bang for your buck!
"It’s important to know, as a couple, how important fresh flowers are for your wedding day."
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 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 provide or is it a beautiful venue itself and you don’t need to go over the top?
In terms of budgeting, we have a $3,000 minimum spend for our full service offering, and as a good rule of thumb, we suggest your floral budget account for 10-15% of your overall wedding budget. If, on the other hand, you are looking for Pinterest-worthy, abundant design, we would suggest allocating 20-25% of your total wedding budget. Some couples spend less or budget more based on their preferences. Remember, it’s your day and the day should reflect your taste and style!
Our Budget Rough Guide
Below is by no means a complete list. Like everything else wedding-related, there are so many ‘what ifs’ and ‘except this’ 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 the bridal bouquet, a few bridesmaid bouquets as well as boutonnieres for the groom and groomsmen. Depending on the number in the bridal party, it could also account for boutonnieres 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 boutonniere as well as a small feature installation at the ceremony or reception.
$1,500 – $3,000
Depending on the size of the bridal party, this will likely cover all personal flowers (bouquets, boutonnieres) as well as allow for some table decorations at the reception. We would likely also 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 (an abundant floral archway) or the reception (perhaps a hanging foliage installation with a few pops of flowers throughout). 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.
$3,500 – $5,000
This budget could cover the personal flowers as well as a feature element at the ceremony and the reception. It can also cover smaller table arrangements or bud vases for the table decoration as well as candles.
Or, if there is just one of either a ceremony archway and/or reception installation, there will likely be budget to cover our standard sized table arrangements.
$5,500 – $7,500
This price range most often includes personal flowers, a ceremony floral feature, an installation at the reception, as well as flowers and candles for the tables.
Having said that though, if we are building a custom ceremony element (i.e. chuppah), this budget may only account for personal flowers, the ceremony feature and a few touches at the reception.
$7,500 – $10,000
With this budget, we are often looking at a collection of personal flowers, large statement/impact pieces at the ceremony (for example, urn arrangements or an archway PLUS aisle flowers OR a feature chuppah installation). For the reception, the budget could allow for a hanging feature as well as flowers and candles for the tables.
Again, 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 we haven’t mentioned lots of the smaller pieces so often requested – flower crowns, cake flowers, rose petals, junior bridesmaid bouquets, gift table arrangements, etc. There are literally hundreds of permutations and combinations so we 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, orchids etc. are more premium flowers and the budget needs to account for this.
It’s also important to be aware that labor charges can vary dramatically as well – each venue has its own rules on when we can set up and when we need to pack down. All of this has an impact on costs for the day. Labor charges also change depending on the time of day we need to set-up/pack down as well as the day of the week (Saturdays and Sunday incur premium labor charges and early morning set-ups and late night pack-downs also incur premium labor charges).
"From our perspective, we are super excited to work with couples regardless of their budget."
We are always happy to provide suggestions on where the money is best spent, where to get ‘the most bang for your buck’ at your venue and how to make the greatest impact on the day. From our perspective, we are super excited to work with couples regardless of their budget. Finally, remember every florist prices differently and it might be that other florists you talk to charge more for some items than we do and perhaps less for others. We’re simply looking to provide this as a guide to help manage expectations, rather than as a ‘end all’ for the purposes of a formal quote.
Budget Planning Tool
Because we understand how important the budget conversation is, we've specifically created this planning calculator to serve as a guide during the planning process. I invite you to check it out here if you haven't already, keeping in mind it's meant to be only a guide and doesn't constitute a formal quote.
Planning your wedding should be a fun and exciting time! If you are searching for your dream wedding florist and are looking for an expert to help you navigate the world of wedding flowers and floral budgets, I would love to chat with you and learn more about your big day! Click here to inquire about our services and see if Flux Floral is the right fit for you!
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