As we step into engagement season, many new couples are jumping into wedding planning! Let us be the first to congratulate you.
Budgeting is often one of the hardest parts about wedding planning. If you are having trouble getting started with your budget, check out our blog post here. After you’ve determined a budget, it’s time to start thinking about how much of that to allot to flowers.
As your florist, we believe flowers are one of the main “line items” when it comes to wedding planning as they are some of the most photographed and most memorable parts of a wedding. They can heighten the look of any space and really bring the romance. However, many couples worry about making their dream wedding happen while still sticking to a budget, and florals are one of the first things to be cut.
The first step is to talk to your significant other, as you want to make sure you are both getting those wedding “must-haves” and maybe for you that’s flowers, but maybe he really wants an open bar. Talk first, then start budgeting! To help, we decided to start a blog series on budgeting for florals, saving money and floral alternatives! Stay tuned in the next few weeks for tips and tricks.
For this first blog post, we wanted to focus on the most basic question: how much should I budget for florals?
Like anything, budgeting for florals really depends on what you want for flowers! Typically, we advise couples to set aside 10-15% of their total budget to put toward flowers. This is a good place to start, and this can of course vary based on how many flowers you want or what specific type of flower you are choosing.
For our crafty couples, or our really low-key couples who might want to DIY or have a small wedding party and not much else, 5-8% for bulk flowers or a few personals (think bridal bouquet, groom’s boutonniere and maybe 1-2 people in a wedding party) is a good place to start.
Unfortunately, there is no magic wand or one-size fits all price guide out there. Things such as season, location, type of flower and even color can all have an impact on how much you end up budgeting for flowers.
The most important thing to remember about budgeting for florals is you and your florist can often work together to make sure you get the style and mood you want, while still keeping it in your budget.
In the coming weeks we will focus more on ways to save money, such as local flowers, bulk flowers, seasonal flowers and where to spend your floral budget, stay tuned lovely readers!