How much do wedding flowers cost?
One question that I am asked consistently is the cost of wedding flowers.
This is one of those questions that is really difficult to answer and is a bit like saying how long is a piece of string. Unless you have an unlimited amount of money for your big day you are going to have to set a budget and this varies from couple to couple and does depend somewhat on your venue and the type of day that you are planning.
Generally as a rule of thumb about 10% of your budget is a reasonable amount to set aside, however, if you did want flowers to be a big focus on the day then a larger proportion of the budget would be advised.
Our average customers spend between £1,400 to £2,000 on the flowers for their big day. We can work with budgets big and small but as a rule of thumb we do operate on a minimum spend of around £800.00 for a weekday wedding and £1,000 for a weekend wedding.
When planning your wedding flowers there are some elements which will affect the cost of the flowers for the day. These include the season, your wedding date and what it is you are wanting in terms of flowers and all of these factors need to be taken into account when planning.
The Season of the Wedding
Flowers work through seasons and their availability and quality can be very dependent of the time of year that you are getting married. During the warmer months when there is an abundance of British Grown Blooms available we always strive to use as many seasonal and local blooms as possible. Some varieties of flowers are available all year from International growers, however, if the season is not right for these flowers their quality can be lacking and the cost significant. It is available to explore with your florist what varieties of flowers are available for your day. There are always beautiful substitutes.
The date of your wedding
There are some months and times in the year when flowers are just more costly due to demand. If your wedding falls around Valentines, Mother’s Day or Christmas expect to pay more for your order. The height of the summer wedding season can also mean that flowers are more costly and so the date you book your wedding does play a significant part.
The Blooms that you are Wanting
Peonies are on of those flowers that everyone knows and loves. They are stunning and look amazing in bouquets and deigns, however, they are very costly to purchase and the season for these limited to just April May and June. The same with some premium roses. David Austin Roses always come to mind for that dreamy bouquet look. However, these also have a large price tag when it comes to purchasing and so if you are working to a tight budget alternatives or limiting the use of certain flowers is always beneficial and your floral designer can advise you accordingly.
Because of these factors we do not offer quotes for wedding flowers without first having a consultation with you around what it is you are wanting in terms of flowers and what your expectations and wishes are.
Based on certain budget brackets here are some things you can expect for your wedding flowers order (these are dependent however on the factors above)
£800.00 plus wedding flower budget
Based on one of our average weddings an £800.00 budget could get you a beautiful abundant bridal bouquet, 4 bridesmaids bouquets, buttonholes, corsages, a top table arrangement and some simple reception table flowers such as jam jar flowers or foliage and flowers set around lanterns and candles.
If you wanted more flowers for your reception on this budget you could opt for more simple foliage or gypsophila bouquets for your bridesmaids or even corsages in place of bouquets. Equally consider using your bridesmaids bouquets for table centres.
For this you should be able to comfortably accommodate all of your bridal party flowers, ceremony table flowers and focal table centres such as abundant urns.
If you wanted to focus more on a statement instalment you could consider small simple table centres and focus more on a statement area to decorate.
This is a great budget if you are hoping to really flower up your venue. With this budget you can generally accommodate your wedding party, create beautiful table centres and ceremony arrangements.
If you are wanting abundant florals then this budgets starts to give you flexibility. This budget allows for elaborate and full arrangements beautiful meadow arrangements lining an aisle or perhaps some abundant hanging clouds or hoops as well as table centres and your bridal party flowers.
If flowers are your thing then this is a great bracket to be really creative, install beautiful and full instillations and show stopping arrangements as well as use the flower varieties that you have dreamed of.
These brackets are just for advice and the best way to start planning your wedding flowers is to book a consultation with a florist and explore your plans with them. Florists are skills in advising you on bloom varieties, where you can put flowers and re-use them and what is achievable.
Posey Rose offer initial online consultations on Saturdays and Sundays at 10.00am. Drop Michelle a line via the contact page to book yours in and lets explore all things flowers!