How much to Budget for Wedding flowers?
So what is your wedding flower budget? It's a difficult question isn't it - as you probably have never ordered wedding flowers before...
As wedding specialists, we meet couples every day who come to us for advice on their wedding flowers – what’s in season, what the name of this flower, can you make this design as seen on Pinterest, and more importantly, how much will all cost…?
According to UK Bride, the answer to this question is to allocate 10 -15% of your overall budget - easy peasy. Sorted.
However, you've guessed it... the real answer is a little more complicated.
The season in which you choose to get wed will have a huge impact on the price of your wedding flowers.
Generally, prices rise around peak periods like Valentine's Day because of the huge demand and a few blooms tend to be more expensive for example peonies, which have a very short season, and again a huge demand from couples.
In the winter months, the majority of flowers will have been flown in from hotter climates, so naturally, they will be more costly.
Floral arches and large structures will take a fair proportion of your budget - allow between £500 - £1K plus, more if the design shows masses and masses of fresh roses!
Saying that they are totally worth it, a real wow factor for your wedding, after all, it is a once in a lifetime!
Foliage is definitely not a cheaper option no matter what you've heard - it takes as long to grow, if not longer than a cut flower.
Ask your florist for locally grown foliage rather than eucalyptus - it's much less expensive and there are a lot of beautiful choices.
The majority of eucalyptus has been flown in from hotter climates and is of poor quality in Summer when most couples are wanting it for their wedding!
Choosing local British flowers will often give you the best value, but not always.
Let your florist choose the very best for you and trust them to do this, they will be able to access online markets and can compare prices and quality for you.
Ask for a "Florist's Choice" this should save you a typical 10% in the warmer months.
So why does your wedding bouquet cost more than an ordinary bouquet you might buy at a florist?
Your wedding bouquet will use premium choice flowers, ordered from specialist growers.
They are sold by the size of the flower head, stem length, and quality.
Don't try and compare the flowers with supermarket flowers - these are bought in huge quantities, are often a loss leader for supermarkets and you may notice that choices are limited.
Your bouquet will often have a wide range of flowers and colours.
As a florist, we have to buy in quantity so if we can't use the remaining flowers, these need to be accounted for too in your estimate.
Your wedding florist will have been trained for many years and will have a great knowledge of durability, what works together and what not to use.
Did you know for instance there are many flowers that are toxic and cause irritation - the last thing you want on your wedding day is to be walking down the aisle with an allergic reaction.
An average wedding bouquet will have between 30 and 60 stems!
All of this will have a bearing on the cost.
Most people choose to marry on a Saturday, of which there are only 52 in the year, and it takes approximately 5 days of work to complete your wedding flowers, often 2 – 3 prep days with additional staff, deliveries, the day itself, and the day after, clearing and cleaning, plus the time spent meeting you, creating mood boards and all the administration side.
A wedding from initial enquiry to the last item being put away takes around 10 full days of work.
You’re paying for all of this work, not just the wedding day itself.
So what does an "average" wedding flower package cost?
This is the difficult bit and I'm trying my best not to be evasive...
To be fair, there is no general average, just like our couples, everyone is different - but we can give you some ballpark figures so you can plan a realistic amount.
Expect to pay around £600 for the typical Bridal party - Brides, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Buttonholes, etc.
An average spend for a typical wedding with around 100 Guests, for Ceremony and Reception flowers- it's around £1,600 -4K
A de-luxe wedding with bespoke and large statement designs will cost more.
Check out our prices by clicking https://www.chirpee.net/prices
You will find many florists have a £500 - £1.5 K minimum cost.
Whilst few of us have celebrity or Royal size budgets, decide what you are totally comfortable spending and try to be practical with regards to your wish list and the price you are willing to pay.
Have a figure in mind when you come for a wedding consultation. We will ask you!
We will respect whatever you have as your budget and can advise you on how to make the most of it!
We have a general price list on our website, which will give you clear ideas of the cost.
We are also more than happy to provide an appropriate estimate for your vision.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch we would love to talk about your wedding!
Steph and Tim x
T: 01273 951745