I’ve been wanting to start going over some specific budgets for you all more. I thought a good place to begin was at the most frequently stated budget that we see come through in our wedding inquiries. So, let’s talk about a wedding flower budget of $3000. Here’s a post for you so that you can get a good idea of what a 3000 dollar wedding flower budget will get you.
Well, unfortunately, the answer is no.
That’s something only you can decide for yourself. Generally speaking, flowers account for 10% – 15% of your overall wedding budget. However, if you’re wanting something really lush and full of flowers, we suggest up to 25% of your budget going towards your flowers at your wedding. Ultimately, though, how much to spend on wedding flowers comes down to the amount you are wanting to invest in order to add ambiance and aesthetic to your event.
Here at Foliage, the average wedding flower project is between $3000 and $6000.
The average cost of wedding flowers can vary depending on how many flowers you need, the types of flowers you choose, whether or not they’re in season and which wedding florist you choose to work with. Most florists follow industry standard pricing when giving you a quote for your event, and we do the same!
Brides.com says that couples spend and average of $6000 to $11,000 on wedding flowers. How do those numbers make you feel? Energized? Excited? Overwhelmed?
However your body is responding to this, that’s ok! Cause guess what? The joy of planning your wedding is the fact that you get to choose your budget for your floral decorations.
To explain it quickly, the more people you have in your wedding party, the larger percentage of your floral budget will be going to personal flowers.
“Personal flowers” is a term we use to mean all the bouquets, buttonholes, corsages, flower crowns, flower girl baskets, family members flowers, etc. that you or you wedding party will be wearing/carrying during the ceremony.
So for example, if you’re a bride that wants to have 10 bridesmaids, and you want them to all be carrying medium-large sized bridesmaid bouquets, then you’ll need to expect most of your $3000 budget to be going towards those 10 bridesmaids flower bouquets, in addition to your bridal bouquet.
That’s why you might hear a wedding planner or florist say “Depending on the size of the wedding party” when you’re first inquiring with them. Cause it really does all depend on your specific vision of your wedding party and your day!
If your wedding party includes 5-6 attendants in total, a $3000 wedding budget will cover off all personal flowers (bouquets, buttonholes) as well as allow for some table decorations as reception flowers. We’d suggest smaller floral arrangements on each table or a collection of bud vases filled with a few romantic, full blooms each to fit within the budget.
Or, instead of table flowers at the reception, this budget + wedding party size could allow for a large floral feature at the ceremony (perhaps an archway with florals) or at the reception (perhaps a hanging flower installation with a few pops of flowers throughout). It most likely won’t cover both.
Alternatively, if your bridal party only includes two additional people (let’s say one attendant for the groom, and one for the other groom), or even no wedding party at all, this wedding flower budget could allow for a ceremony feature element and a reception floral installation. We could then look at using candles to decorate the tables instead of flowers.
We could really have fun with the flowers for the wedding ceremony as well as create some impactful moments at the reception.
This is often one of the first things we suggest couples think over on their own as they begin to pull together a vision for their ceremony and reception flowers on their wedding day. Some couples want to have flowers everywhere! Some just want a few accents here and there to highlight the day. Some will choose less bridesmaids to have a floral archway that they are married under. Others want popular wedding flowers, like a head table decorated just for them at their reception.
I’d suggest thinking about what’s the bigger priority to you: the amount of people in your wedding party or the amount/size of the floral moments at your event. Again, there’s no right answer to this! It’s all up to you, and whichever you decide is perfect! Let’s do it!
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