When consulting with brides on the floral design for their big day, I often hear, “I’m on a tight budget”. In the end, most all of us are on a budget. So what is realistic? What should you prepare for when planning wedding flowers?
The majority of Blossoms by bev’s wedding designs are priced individually, based on my cost of the flowers from the supplier, the processing required as well as the amount of labor involved. But in order to set a budget for wedding flowers, the bride needs to know some general price guidelines.
With the ever growing popularity of sites like Pinterest, the Knot, Wedding Wire, brides are able to see every type of bouquet that can be imagined with the click of the mouse. These designs are magazine worthy, full, lush bouquets and arrangements where only the best of the best is published. While studying photos in magazines and online sites can be helpful in getting a general idea of likes and dislikes, it is equally as important to have a general knowledge of the cost of flowers.
Most brides have previously never planned a wedding before, and every little thing adds up, so here are some general guidelines. The below prices are based on lush, full designs. There is a price range given. The less expensive price given would apply to the cost of a smaller arrangement or an arrangement using flowers that are on the less expensive side.
Bridal Bouquets typically range from $200 – $300. If you were to choose to use all carnations, baby’s breath or mums, the design would cost less. However, most brides are choosing bouquets full of hydrangea, garden roses, peonies, callas, ranunculus, and tulips just to mention a few. You will see garden roses in most all of the photos of bridal bouquets. The price for one stem of garden rose is $6.00 – $8.00. Peonies are beautiful and very popular in bridal bouquets, but are very expensive running $15 – $20 per stem. Yes…$15-$20 per stem, retail!
An all rose bridal bouquet of the same variety/color using standard roses – not garden roses – can take approximately 24 stems for a nice dinner plate size. The large all rose bouquets that are featured in many magazines can contain up to 48 stems. Roses to the floral designer are sold 25 stems to a bundle and can run $3.00 -$4.00 per stem, depending on the specific variety. Once labor as well as the stem wrap is factored in the cost, the average price of a 24 stem all rose bouquet, of the same color, would be approximately $150.00.
An all rose bridal bouquet with two colors still take the same amount of roses, approx. 24, but now 25 of each color must be purchased, (2 bundles) which raises the price of the bouquet. If the additional roses cannot be utilized in other designs, then they are a loss and the client will most likely cover that expense.
Cascading bouquets begin in the $350 range and can go several hundred dollars higher depending on the size and flowers chosen.
Bridesmaid’s bouquets typically range from $100 – $150 with the higher price point coming into effect if the bride selects flowers like peonies, garden roses and other costly flowers. A smaller version of an “in season” mixed bridal bouquet designed with hydrangea, a few roses and other seasonal flowers generally run on the average $90-$100. Mounds of baby’s breath seem to be popular for vintage style weddings. A salad plate sized mound is generally one full bunch of baby’s breath and can average $60. One single stem rose, wrapped in the bride’s choice of ribbon and adorned with a bow would run around $12.50.
One recommendation Blossoms by bev makes to all of our brides is that they reuse the bridesmaid’s bouquets as floral centerpieces for the reception. We always deliver our bouquets in clear, cylinder vases, so they can easily be set on a reception table for a bridesmaid to place her bouquet in after the ceremony.
A single bloom of rose or ranunculus or a double bloom of spray rose with a leaf or berry accent falls into the range of $15. The cost does not come from the material used…typically it’s only one or two buds per boutonniere with a filler and foliage, but the cost of boutonnieres as well as corsages comes from the labor involved. Although small, they are labor intensive floral arrangements.
These pieces are typically given to moms, grandmothers, and other women that the bride or groom may want to honor. They come in several different styles. Pin on corsage will run $30, wrist corsages will run $45. Trending now are mini bouquets for moms to carry instead of wearing a corsage. They will run $40.
These young ladies can carry mini bouquets for $35 and up. Kissing balls or pomanders (round balls of flowers on a ribbon handle range from $55 filled with mini carnations to $135 or more if filled with roses.) A small basket full of flower petals, adorned with a bow, will start at $40, depending on the kind of flower petals used. Floral halos/crowns made from baby’s breath or greenery will cost approximately $50 each and a floral halo made from greenery and sweetheart roses will cost approximately $60.
Altar flowers can be a beautiful focal point of the ceremony. Most brides tend to lean toward one or two full arrangements, then reuse those pieces at the reception on the buffet or at the entrance as a show piece. The average cost of an arrangement designed in an urn for an altar is $400, depending on blooms chosen. For the design to give the effect that most brides want to achieve, the scale of the design has to be large. Anything smaller than this looks out of proportion. It’s easy to spend $500 -$600 for really large designs.
Floral arbors designed by Blossoms by bev will run a minimum of $500 for a design similar to the first photo below with the design only across the top of the arbor or arch. An arbor that has a lush, full asymmetrical design as in the second photo will typically run approximately $600. An arch covered with lush, full greenery and flowers 3/4 of the way around the arch as shown in the 3rd photo below will run a minimum of $900. A full floral arch as shown in the 4th photo below will run a minimum of $1100.00. The cost factors driving these floral designs are both the actual number of hours as well as the labor involved in designing and creating the floral arbor. In addition to that, to get the lush, full look that most brides want, the number of floral and greenery stems used in the design of a floral arch or arbor can easily run into several hundred stems.
Many wedding venues have a fireplace in the area/room where the reception is held and a lot of times, the bride will want to dress that mantle up making it a focal point in the room with the wedding cake on a table in front of the fireplace. Blossoms by bev has worked on several floral designs for fireplace mantles. Some examples of those are given below. The minimum cost for the floral design on a fireplace mantle is $200 with that style being given in the first photo below. The second floral design on a fireplace mantle below where many more floral stems are used would run $400 and the third floral design on a fireplace mantle shown below would run $350.00
This is an area where brides can definitely blow their budget. Large, satin bows run $15. These designs are created to mark family reserved seating or to decorate the aisle. Bows with greens will be $20-25 and bouquets of flowers used as aisle flowers begin at $40 and will go up from there depending on the type of flower used in the bouquets. . If you are wanting to do aisle flowers, find a place at your reception where they can be used again. This helps stretch the overall floral budget.
Pedestal or Elevated Designs
Pedestal or Elevated designs are stunning and can bring a lot of drama into the room. These designs can require hundreds of stems. The minimum that Blossoms by bev can create one for is $300. The elevated designs you are seeing featured in magazines run $500 and up. If the designs feature cascading orchids they are priced even higher. This price often includes the elevated stand to place the floral design on.
These designs come in many shapes and sizes. Weddings typically feature low designs and elevated designs. At Blossoms by bev, small, round centerpieces start at $50. A centerpiece similar to the teapot design given below will run $72.00, tax and delivery included at Blossoms by bev. A centerpiece similar to the round rose design in the white vase will run $107.91, tax and delivery included at Blossoms by bev. A large low centerpiece to anchor a large farm table also known as a feasting or king table will run $215.00 at Blossoms by bev. Use these sparingly! A huge misconception is that gatherings of little designs or water designs with submerged flowers is less expensive. This is simply not the case. Filling multiple vases with submerged flowers and candles is costly due to the amount of on site labor involved. Think of 20 reception tables with 3 cylinder, water filled/flower submerged vases for the reception. That’s 60 vases that have to be transported and filled on site. The same holds true for multiple bud vases per reception table.
Also, if you choose to do farm tables or oblong tables, also known as king tables or feasting tables this style of seating requires even more flowers if the bride chooses to use flowers on these tables. One small, round centerpiece on a table that large gets lost.
At Blossoms by bev, one big bloom of Peony would run $15 to $20. Three blooms of Garden roses would run $30. A topper of flowers including spray roses, hydrangea, etc…would run $45 and up. A topper with a few blooms on each layer = $65 to $125 depending on how many layers and the flowers chosen.
Truly, nothing is more painful for this flower lady than telling a bride her flower requests are out of her budget. So to keep that from happening, make a list and concentrate on the areas that you want to concentrate on the most – the bridal bouquet, the wedding party flowers, and the area behind and around where the bride and groom will stand for the ceremony. All of these areas will be photographed over and over, so that’s where you want to put the majority of your budget. Then let the extras be the extras if they fit in. If they don’t, be creative with how to do centerpieces other than flowers if your budget won’t allow that. (Look on Pinterest! There are lots of ideas!) Photos, candles, etc. can go a long way in adding that personal touch to your wedding and they make beautiful centerpieces. I truly hope these general guidelines help!