Once couples get engaged and have enjoyed the blissful high for about a month, comes the realization of starting to plan the festivities. If it is the first marriage for both people, the learning curve for appropriate vendor budgets is steep and uncharted territory. Understandably, it is hard for people to set a budget for something they know nothing about (flowers, music, catering) or on the other hand, they set a budget which is completely unrealistic for what they want to achieve.
A great florist will provide you with a custom quote for your wedding flowers.
Flower shops that propose wedding package A for $250, B for $1000 and C for $2000 or what have you, should be avoided, in my opinion. There are just too many amazingly different people with amazingly different tastes out there to file them into fixed choices. It leaves no room for imagination.
Personally speaking, I do not ask people what their budget is during a first meeting. If they offer it up, then fine, but otherwise it makes me feel icky asking. For me, understanding the couples story, personalities and vision is the focus for when we first meet. Basically, are we a good match. It is obvious that we are entering a business transaction.....couple wants flowers and I in-turn listen to them and provide killer designs with exceptional customer service for their wedding day. For this, I will receive a profit for my time and talent. Win-Win:) I feel like it would start things off on the wrong foot, if the first thing out of my mouth was, "So guys, what's your budget"? Terrible. It zaps the love and creativity right out of the air. Some of my most favorite projects have been small in scale, but super detailed and special. Big budget or small budget, at the end of the day, it just has to be pretty.
I always suggest to couples to approach the wedding flowers by telling me everything that they would like to have on their wedding day. All the bells and whistles. Then I can quote it as such. I also like to quote each item separately with an in depth description. Does this take more time? Of course. But it gives the couple a detailed look of what each item is costing. That way, in the event that we need to scale back, they can select which items are not as necessary and delete them from the quote or I can rework the design to get the price down.
Below, I have provided an average pricing guide for the most commonly requested wedding flowers (including labor). Of course, there are circumstances that would cause these prices to fluctuate: availability, flower choice, design complexity, seasons, holidays, and weather, but generally this is what you can expect.
Bridal Bouquet: $150-$275
Toss Bouquet: $30-$50
Bridesmaids Bouquets: $65-$85 each
Boutonnieres: $12-$15 each
Corsages: $20-$25 each
Flower Girl Basket with Petals: $25-$30
Hair Flowers: $2-$5 per wired bloom
Head Wreaths: $65-$125 each
Arch Rental $200-$300
Fresh Floral Swag for Arch Center: $250-$350
Fresh Greenery Garland: $10-$15 per foot.
Arrangement Pillar Rental: $40-$60 each
Large Ceremony Arrangements: $200-$350 each
Chair Nosegays: $40-$65 each
Aisle Petals: $200-$450
Flowers Throughout Entire Structure (Pergola/Gazebo) $2,500-$5,000
Floral Curtain $100-$150 per strand
Guest Centerpieces $95-$150 each
Card, Gift and Guest Seating Table Arrangements: $100-$200 each
Cake Topper and Layers $65-$100
Door Wreaths: $150-$300 each
Cocktail Tables: $15-$30 each
Bar Arrangements: $75-$150
Also, a great florist will also set-up and breakdown all the flowers/decor for you as well. Some price it by a percentage of the total being spent on the flowers. It can be anywhere from 15%-20%. Other florists figure it by an hourly rate/per person. That is usually anywhere from $30-$50 per person/per hour. Plus $1 per mile roundtrip for each event site. So naturally, it is less expensive if you are having the ceremony and reception and the same venue.
I hope this sheds a little light into wedding flower pricing. Hopefully, it was a pleasant surprise and not a shock! Remember these are just average price ranges. For example, a bridal bouquet of all white hydrangea would be less expensive and a bridal bouquet of lily of the valley and hellebore would be more expensive than what I mentioned above.
Thank you so much for all of your hard work on the flowers and sharing your talent with us! We're incredibly grateful!
-Taylor and Kendra
Thank you soooo much for all of your hard work on our wedding. We couldn't have pulled it off without you! We have truly enjoyed working with you- you always have the best, positive energy....which was needed when ours was waning :). We hope to work with you again in the future. Please keep in touch.
XO Erika, Deborah and Jon