Donice
Just Said Yes May 2022

What is your flower budget?

Donice, on July 1, 2021 at 6:11 PM Posted in Style and Décor 4 19
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I have no clue how to determine a flower budget but that is the first thing florist ask you when you reach out to them. I love real flowers and really want to incorporate them at my wedding but I don't know if I can spend the ball park price of what I am seeing in all of these wedding blogs on flowers. Is $700 - $1,000 too little? I have 7 bridesmaids. The ceremony space does not need a lot of flowers because it's outside but the reception space could use some sprucing up.

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Latest activity by Monique, on July 2, 2021 at 8:47 PM
  • JM Sunshine
    JM Sunshine ·
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    Costco and Fiftyflowers.com has corsages, boutennaires, bouquets, arrangements/centerpieces, etc. for 25% of what you'd pay a florist.
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  • JM Sunshine
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    For my daughter's wedding the florist quoted $950.00 for 4 bouquets, 11 boutennaires and 12 corsages. That didn't include decor, centerpieces, etc. It of course will depend on where you live, seasonal flowers, etc.
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  • Rosie
    Rockstar February 2022
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    Florals are hard to quote on, and I'm surprised they're asking for a budget first.

    The reason I say this, is because the cost for flowers depends on whether what you want is in season/easily available, how large or dense you want your arrangements to be and whether the flowers you want are large or small (and therefore fill space or not). Whether the arrangements you want are simple or difficult, how much of the building of the arrangement has to be done on site vs what can be done away in advance and brought in. There are so, so many factors that will impact on cost.

    I would tell them you don't know your budget yet, however this is what you want (7 bouquets, 1 arch, 10 table decorations or whatever) and these are the kind of flowers/general vibe you anticipate, and then ask if they can quote for that.

    There are ways to reduce the cost of florals - pulling out more expensive types for cheaper, similar flowers, only using seasonal stuff, using larger greenery that covers a bigger surface area, or downsizing each of the items, so I'd get some basic quotes for the size of the job you want, and then go with the florist you vibe with best, and that gives a budget you're comfortable with.

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  • K
    Dedicated October 2021
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    Average cost depends on where you live. But just know that you do not have to tell them your budget. I can’t stand when vendors will not give you a quote without asking for your budget first. They use that as a sales tactic. I would always just say, “we don’t have a budget yet.. we are just gathering quotes from different companies at this point to get an idea of what’s our there”
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  • mrswinteriscoming
    Rockstar December 2021
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    Flowers can get expensive really fast so your budget and vision for florals need to essentially work in tandem in order to ensure your floral expectations and your florist’s capabilities match. For example, where I come from, bridesmaid bouquets supplied by florists are in the vicinity of $100-200 each depending on what you want, so that in itself would exceed $1,000 for 7 bridesmaids.

    Picking seasonal flowers and avoiding luxury blooms (i.e. peonies, David Austen roses etc) will help keep budget down, but you can also shop around for quotes or even consider DIYing things if you’re game and can manage it.

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  • VIP August 2020
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    It definitely depends on where you live.
    For reference, our miniwedding flower budget was just over that (including delivery) and I'm in a fairly high cost of living area.
    Everything was smaller than its going to be at our 2021 reception, but other than the 2-person (social distancing) tables, it would all still make sense in a more typical setting.We had a floral arch, centerpieces for six cocktail-sized tables, a bar, and a bathroom; 2 bouquets (bride + bridesmaid), 4 corsages, 8 boutonnieres, and flowers for my hair.Do you know what kind of look you're going for (or wedding style if you've taken any of those quizzes), how many people you're inviting, and whether you're having a seated dinner?
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  • Alisha
    Super April 2021
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    I spent about $1000 for my bouquet , 12 boutennaires, 5 bouquets for my girls and 3 full sizes flower arrangements that sat on petal stools and a table where my unity candles. I had roses for the bouquets and boutennaires and the flowers arrangements were a couple of different flowers. I used the flowers that were the table and petal stools for my reception. My bridesmaids use their bouquet to lay across the bridal party table.
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  • Alisha
    Super April 2021
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    Here are my flowers flowers for my wedding. My bouquet and flower arrangements. The last three are the boutonnières the guys and bouquets for my bridesmaids. About $1000

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  • Jessica
    Dedicated October 2021
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    My florist is charging $200 for my bouquet, $100 each for bridesmaids’ bouquets, $15 for boutonnières, $25 for corsages, and $350 for the flowers for the ceremony arbor.


    I second what others have said about discussing what you want with the florist and going from there. I had a HORRIBLE experience with a different florist for my minimony last year. I really care about flowers and was so disappointed in what she provided. I showed her what I wanted and told her I had a budget of $150 for the bridal bouquet. It was MUCH smaller and not really what I had shown her. I would confirm that they can provide what you are looking for at the price you are able to pay.
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  • Donice
    Just Said Yes May 2022
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    I didn't even consider Costco! I had no clue they had a whole wedding section online. Thank you!!!
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  • Donice
    Just Said Yes May 2022
    Donice ·
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    Thank you for the advice!
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  • Donice
    Just Said Yes May 2022
    Donice ·
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    Thank you for the advice! Going to use this going forward!
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  • Michelle
    Devoted August 2021
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    You can use the vendor search list on WW to find rates in your area. Often the FAQ tab has pricing for bridal bouquets, etc and any WW discounts. One way to save may be silk or artificial bridesmaids bouquets because really, no one's looking during the ceremony, and they can get discarded by reception. I personally would give the mothers of the couple real corsages. Greenery as in garlands is a fresh look-- both modern and bohemian. Try not to get absorbed in looking at others' pictures on Pinterest, etc. that may not even be your style. You already have chosen an organic, outdoor ceremony element that represents you & your partner much more than a floral wall backdrop.

    Costco could be an option, but for me it's more stress to diy with no skills. I think others on WW forums have found wooden floral ideas and hand-died them. Other non-floral design ideas for your indoor reception could be lighting, drapery, and personal touches. Best wishes, Bride.

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  • SHY
    Master January 2022
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    I don't think that's too little of a budget, but that also depends on what all you're wanting florals for, what season your wedding will be in, and what flowers are available during that time. I told our florist that our budget was $1k max. Our venue is beautiful as is, so we really don't need too much of florals or greenery. I specified what my must haves were and she was wonderful giving me suggestions on what type of flowers would better fit my budget. I told her what I liked, and she gave me alternatives that are more cost efficient, but just as beautiful. She even created a pinterest board to share with me, and if I see something I like, I add it to the board so that it gives her a good idea of what I want.

    For $955 we're getting: Bride & bm's bouquets, groom boutonniere, single stem for mother's and gma's, arbor swag, garlands for the head table, scattered greenery for table centerpieces, welcome sign swag, greenery on the first two chairs of the ceremony aisle.

    We aren't having a flower girl or ring bearer, so that helped cut costs, and our venue provides a lot of faux greenery already, so we're going to use some for the mantlepiece of the fireplace and anything extra we might need.

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  • Courtney
    Savvy May 2022
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    I am struggling with the same thing! I also have 7 bridesmaids! I am considering doing floral loops/hoops for the girls instead of bouquets. They are super cute, trendy, and use significantly less flowers than a bouquet. I’ve also been considering Kukka flowers, which is DIY of your up for that, or Bouqes, which offers DIY or prearranged.
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  • Kari
    Master May 2020
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    It really depends on your florist and the area you live in.

    Floral arches, flower walls, arbor swags, and chandeliers are among the most expensive designs for wedding florists and can cost anywhere from $200-$500 for decorating an arch/arbor to several thousand dollars for a live flower wall. Centerpieces can be super variable, but I would expect to pay anywhere from $50-$300 to decorate each table.

    Bouquets are surprisingly pricey. Bridal bouquets tend to be in the $125-$250 range and bridesmaids bouquets in the $65-100 range for reference. So if budget on the low end and say $150 for your bouquet and $75 per bridesmaid, you are already at $675. Boutionnieres typically cost $10-$28 each ($12-$15 seems typical), so if you have the equivalent number of groomsmen tack on about another $100 or so. If you want to add flowers for family (corsages for moms and bouts for dads), as well as something for the officiant, add that as well. As you can see, you quickly run out of funds for much else.


    I think we will end up spending about $800 on florals for our wedding (we are still waiting upon a refund for a deposit for items we rented, so I won't know the actual total until we get that). We used all locally grown, sustainably produced, in season flowers, so it is doable to do flowers within your budget, but it really just depends on what you are looking for. We had a small wedding (~50 people, just six 8-foot farm tables and a sweetheart table), no bridesmaids, and ordered bulk flowers for our table decor. I'm absolutely amazed by how much we got and how stunning the flowers were (and what an impact they had) for such a modest florals budget. Our largest expense was the arbor swag, and in my opinion the best bang for the buck was the bulk flowers we self-arranged for our reception decor. I did not have any bridesmaids, we did not do corsages for our moms (too itchy, awkward and not necessary), and we debated whether or not to do boutonnieres for the guys but ended up doing six bouts total.

    If you have limited funds I would strongly consider where flowers will make the most impact. You'll likely want a pretty bouquet for photos, but it doesn't need to be huge to be stunning. There are mixed opinions on whether or not bridesmaids need bouquets, but some people opt for a single flower or an alternative item for them to hold (anything from lanterns to adoptable puppies). Boutonnieres are not necessary and skipping them won't have much of an impact on your experience or aesthetic, but could help your budget. I feel like the best money we spent was on the bulk flowers because guests enjoyed them throughout the reception and we were able to collect them and give them away after. The area in which we probably didn't need to spend as much was on the arbor swag - I just thought the arbor at our site was too rustic and wanted to try to hide it - but it was only "enjoyed" for maybe 20 minutes of our ceremony and that's it. We tried to collect in the next day but a lot of the flowers had wilted and there was little left to salvage, even after a cool evening. Both cost the same but I think one had a much bigger impact on our overall event.

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  • Elizabeth
    Dedicated August 2021
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    $3,000.
    My bouquet, a toss bouquet, 5 bridesmaids bouquet , 2 flower crowns for the flower girls, 3 corsages, 13 boutiner, a large church flower arch that will be relocated to reception, pew flowers that will also be relocated to reception, and 30 high and table centerpieces.
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  • Erin
    Just Said Yes September 2021
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    I think we will spend about $2,800 all-in for my bouquet, 4 bridesmaids bouquets, 2 corsages for moms, 10 boutonniere, a wooden arbor rental, floral swag to affix to the ceremony arbor, loose table greenery and florals for 15 dinner tables, and 5 bud vases. That includes the strike fee and sales tax

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  • Monique
    Expert June 2022
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    I am doing dyi and and silk flower because of the prices that the florists that I have look up. And they look real and soft why spend all that money on them when. They are going in the trash after plus my mom is allergic to real flowers. And I am not excluding my mom. So that is 1,000 to 3,000 in my pocket and use it elsewhere
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