Flowers are one of the places in the budget where you are most likely to experience sticker shock. There are multiple reasons for this: not understanding all of the flowers that you’ll need or want to support the overall decor, not understanding how seasonality of flowers affects pricing at certain times of the year, etc. This post is going to focus on the first of these.
When it comes to flower budgeting for your wedding, often, the first items you’ll think of are bouquets and centerpieces. While these are certainly critical components of your wedding flowers, other floral needs should be considered so that they don’t sneak up on you–and your budget!–unexpectedly. See our breakdown below for additional items to think about when putting together your wedding flower budget. You won’t need all of these, but you can, at least, consider them beforehand as you put your budget together. It’s better to rule things out than to forget altogether!:
Pre-Wedding Day Flowers
If you want your florist to provide a sample of either your bouquet or centerpiece in the months or weeks before the wedding, you will need to ask for it well ahead of time and be prepared to pay for that to be done.
In addition to the bride and bridesmaid bouquets and boutonnieres for the groom and groomsmen, you will likely need flowers for the rest of the bridal party and other VIP guests. These could include flower girls, ring bearers, parents and grandparents, readers for the ceremony, ushers, and possibly the officiant if he/she is your pastor or friend.
For the ceremony, decorative flowers can consist of those for the altar, aisle, aisle seats, back row of seats, unity ceremony table, or any other tables you plan to have set up. Flowers for the back row typically come into play for weddings that are not occurring in a house of worship. For the cocktail hour, you may want flowers for the gift table, guestbook table, bar, cocktail hour (or cab) tables, and escort card table. For the reception, centerpieces are the most obvious, but could also include bars, cake table, any memory tables or displays, other dessert displays, and a toss bouquet.
*Try to reuse as many of the decorative flowers from your ceremony as possible at the reception.
*Determine where you want to create the biggest visual impact and keep the rest minimal.