Example Wedding Flower Budget
I thought it might be helpful to do a quick summary of example wedding flower budgets and 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 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?
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, I would suggest allocating 20-25% of your total wedding budget. Most couples spend between £1,500-£4,000 but some spend less or budget more based on your preferences. 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 ifs’ and ‘except this’ scenarios. The following is meant to be a rough guide to help you plan which items could be covered within a 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 party, 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 – £1750
Depending on the size of the bridal party, this will cover off all personal flowers (bouquets, buttonholes) as well as a allow for some table decorations at the reception. We 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 (perhaps pillars with florals) or the reception (perhaps a hanging foliage installation with a few pops of flowers throughout)
Alternatively, if you’re bridal party only includes two additional people, this budget could allow for a ceremony feature element as well as a reception installation. You could then look at using candles to decorate the tables instead of flowers.
£2000 – £3000
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.
Or, if there is just one of either a ceremony archway and / or reception installation, there will be budget to cover standard sized table arrangements.
£3000 – £4000
This price range falls within a typical full service wedding – most often this includes personal flowers, a ceremony floral feature, an installation at the reception, as well as flowers for the tables.
Having said that though, if I am building a custom ceremony element, this budget may only account for personal flowers, the ceremony feature and a few touches at the reception.
£4000 – £6000
With this budget, you 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 installation). For the reception, the budget could allow for a hanging feature as well as flowers for the tables.
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 – flower crowns, cake flowers, rose petals, junior bridesmaid posies, cake table arrangements. 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.
From my perspective, I am super excited to work with couples with high and low budgets. I have a minimum spend of £650 (due to flower order minimum spends) and am 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.
Finally, remember every florist prices differently and it might be that another florist charges more or less 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.