If you have read all four of the ‘Floral Fortnight’ blogs then firstly I hope you really enjoyed them and picked up some helpful tips along the way. Secondly you’ll have noticed a few budgeting tips, to help with this further Sue and I have put together some helpful things to keep in mind when budgeting for your wedding flowers and some rough pricing guidelines.
Having seen so many possibilities in blogs, on instagram, pinterest and at your friends weddings you probably have a few ideas of what you’d like. I bet you’re still wondering what sort of number to put next to the line, wedding flowers on your budget spreadsheet? So let’s dig in to the juicy bit.
Starting with the bouquet, i’d advise that you try to budget at least £100 and expect prices to start at £150 for a cascade bouquet. Statement arrangements are difficult to budget for because the world really is your oyster. Pedestal arrangements will start around £200 and from there chat to your florist about what you want and the best way to achieve it. Table centre arrangements are much like statement pieces that it’s hard to price them up without know first what you want to achieve. Expect to pay between £65 – £150 per table as a starting point. If you want to keep within a smaller budget or you have a lot of tables then stay low with arrangements, or mix taller centrepieces with the lower ones.
Whilst writing these blogs i’ve noticed the trends and narrowed down my floral budgeting tips. Here’s my top five!
Let your florist be in charge, by this I mean allow your florist the opportunity to help you. They have all the experience and know how, they’ll be able to make the best recommendations on colour, styling, arrangements, types of florals and everything in between to make sure you get the best flowers at the best prices.
As a general rule expect to pay 10% of your overall wedding budget for your wedding flowers. As a starting point I pencil in at least 7% for couples.
If you are looking to make a statement on a budget then choosing moveable arrangements is going to be the way to go. Paying your florist to stay and move these arrangements is always going to be preferable, it’s going to be cheaper than having lots of flower arrangements and is going to ensure your flowers stay looking perfect when moved.
Flower prices fluctuate and so it’s best to let your florist decide. This ensures there is flexibility, and that you are going to get the best flowers available at the time of your wedding. As a general rule stick with seasonal British flowers for the best quality, abundance and prices.
Spend your flower budget on the most photographed items like the top table and bouquet.
Sue and I really enjoyed drinking coffee and chatting flowers in order to bring this series of four blogs. We hope you’ve found some nuggets to take away and use when planning your own wedding. If you have any questions regarding any of the ‘floral fortnight’ series, or you’d like to hear about either of our services and how we can help you on your wedding day then we’d love to hear from you!
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