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Budgeting for your wedding flowers

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 four!


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.


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!

You can find Sue here:

www.brambleandbelle.co.uk

www.instagram.com/brambleandbelleflorist

Emma x

Gorgeous photography from Claire Graham Photography

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Statement Floral Arrangements

Statement floral arrangements are a great way to make a stylish decorative impact, there are lots of beautiful options and something to fit any venue and most budgets. Taking inspiration from your venue for a floral statement piece is one of my favourites, like this gorgeous marble fireplace at Balcombe Place. The best part is these arrangements and columns can be moved to another part of the wedding day.

You really can get creative with shapes, installations and styles and totally transform a space. Sue’s top two tips for floral arrangements that not only pack a punch but also come in within budget are:

Choose a statement piece that is moveable and has a multi-purpose. The costs to move the arrangement will be less than creating new and several pieces. (always better if your florist moves the arrangement so that it remains it’s integrity and still looks it’s best)


To maximise not only your budget but also to ensure the florals have the biggest impact your better off having one or two large arrangements. Your guests are more likely to remember and appreciate one stand out arrangement than several smaller ones.

With this in mind let’s dive in the some of the most popular arrangements and a few tips and along with some advice.

There are pedestal arrangements, like urns or plinths which are moveable. These can come in many different sizes and will look beautiful at your ceremony, dressing a doorway and can be moved if not too heavy to your wedding breakfast.

Then there are column flowers which are also moveable but it has to be a professional florist who installs it and moves it. They will be easily damaged if handled by someone who isn’t sure what they are doing. It’s definitely worth paying for your florist to stay all day and make the most of this tope of arrangement. They are fabulous picture opportunities, and I just love it when they are moved outside and become part of the natural environment.

You also see arches a lot on pinterest and as beautiful as they are they are not moveable and are usually on heavy frames. Sue says, they aren’t considered timeless but they are fashionable at the moment and can work with many styles. Make sure that where they are placed is going to make the most out of it. A ceremony backdrop, a backdrop for pictures or a feature in the wedding breakfast room.

There are many options including hanging installations. You’ll need to check the mechanics of the piece with the venue but if it can’t be hung from the ceiling and you are set on a installations above the head then it is possible to create something with poles.

That was a whistle stop tour of statement floral arrangements, i’d love to hear what you are planning to have at your wedding. If you have any questions for either Sue or I then please do get in contact.

The next blog will be our last on ‘floral fortnight’ and I’ll be giving you some budgeting advice for your flowers.

You can find Sue here:

www.brambleandbelle.co.uk

www.instagram.com/brambleandbelleflorist

Until next week

Emma x

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