Do You Know How Much to Budget for Flowers?

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We encourage couples to create a “budget” for their wedding, itemizing individual cost estimates and percentages.  And one of the most asked questions I receive is, “How much should I budget for my bouquets and other floral requirements?”   After all, this is something most of us do only once in a lifetime. 

One of the most important ingredients that can make the wedding special is the decoration, and weddings are incomplete without blooms to contribute to the beauty of the décor.  Here are some estimates of the “average” cost in our area of wedding flowers.   Keep in mind that the average cost depends upon the availability of flowers and the total number of flowers needed for the bouquet fill.

 

We interviewed a number of local wedding floral vendors here to get these averages for you:

Product                                Range                    Average

Bridal Bouquet              $80-$300.00                  $ 175.00

Toss – Bridal Bouquet         $15-$35                  $   25.00

Boutonnieres                       $7 – $12                   $   10.00

Corsages                           $15 – $35                   $   17.50

Pew Bows & Greens             $8-$15                   $     8.00

Mother’s Roses                   $7 – $20                   $   15.00

Bride’s Maids                    $ 25 – $55                  $   40.00

Lg. Décor Bouquets         $75 – $150                   $   95.00

Flowers for Cake                $40 – $75                  $   50.00

Delivery*                       $50 – $125                     $   75.00

*Most couples forget about this expense

  

Check back tomorrow as we will address factors that can help you manage costs and save you money in this area.

Something Unique

 

Rather than an expensive floral bridal bouquet, you might want to consider a new look that is becoming very popular – the brooch bouquet.  This alternative for brides who want to avoid carrying flowers can be something fun to create.  Many brides raid their grandmother’s jewelry box to find the perfect heirloom pieces.  Classic pearls, sapphires, cascading gold….just about anything can be used.Other brides have enjoyed the search going to estate sales and antique shops.  And sometime the couple picks out pieces together.  It’s a great look for the vintage wedding.

Blue Brooch Bouquet

 

Silver and Gold Brooch Bouquet

If you are not the creative type, and still want to have a brooch bouquet, there are places like www.bluepetyl.com that can create your brooch bouquet for you.

And as the same time, you have your “something old” and/or “something borrowed”.   And do any of you brides know the full verse to that English poem?  A small gift will be sent to the first bride who can site the entire poem.