The average cost for wedding flowers is $1,400 for a small wedding (10 pieces) to $5,500 (50 pieces). Budget 8%–10% of your total wedding expenses for flowers. The price of wedding florists can vary greatly by region (and even by zip code). Get free estimates from florists near you.
Every bride expects to have flowers at her wedding, and the final cost will depend on how many she wants and whether or not they are grown in abundance and in season. At the least, flowers will make up the bridal and bridesmaids’ bouquets, and your budget will dictate the rest. Budget 8%–10% of your total wedding expenses for flowers.
Expect to pay from $1,400 for your wedding flowers for a small wedding (10 pieces) all the way up to $5,500 (50 pieces). The costs below are from FTD.com and other sites and appear to be an average price from florists around the country:
|Types of Wedding Flowers||Average Cost|
|Bridal bouquet||$60–$965, average $175|
|Flower girl crowns||$35–$40|
|Church altar flowers||$550–$1,585|
|Reception dinner head table||$550–$1,585|
|Reception dinner tables||$550–$800|
|Additional Types of Wedding Flowers||Average Cost|
|Mother and grandmother corsages||$20–$30|
|Ring bearer’s cushion/nest||$20|
|Flower girl’s petals||$35|
|Flowers at the end of the rows||$100|
|Floral arch or arbor||$550|
|Cake or cake table||$170|
If you’re on an incredibly tight budget, larger grocery stores can save you some money on all your arrangements because of their ability to buy in bulk and fewer overhead expenses. Their wedding flower packages usually come in about three sizes.
For example, HEB offers the following:
Sam’s Club prices start at $223 for ten pieces up to $1,119 for 43 pieces. But many brides don’t want to say that their flowers came from a grocery store florist.
Quite close in price are wedding flower packages from wedding planners like NJ Wedding Pros in Brick, NJ, with a flower package of 10 floral (rose) pieces for $399.
Individually itemed prices come from florists like Brenda’s Flowers in LA, with bridal bouquets from $150–$250, bridesmaid’s bouquets at $125, and flower crowns at $36.
You may balk at the prices quoted by prospective florists, but keep in mind that a lot goes into getting flower arrangements ready for one wedding—design, ordering, flower prep, storage, arrangement of each type, delivery, setup, and cleanup.
Just the processing of flowers alone includes taking them out of their packaging, washing each flower and stem, removing thorns, counting flowers, and removing leaves. All this takes hours and must be done before any arranging take place.
In order to make the most of your money, follow these tips:
Freesia, baby’s breath, stock roses, daisies, stock, freesia, carnations, solidago, chrysanthemum, gerbera, alstroemeria (Peruvian lily), tulips, wax flower, blue thistle, begonia, rice flower, Queen Anne’s lace, spray roses, gladiolus.
Some flowers are only available in certain months and might need to be ordered from another state or country when out of season: peonies, gardenias, stephanotis, Casablanca or calla lilies, ranunculas, orchids, lily of the valley, garden roses, and hydrangeas (but the size of these can compensate for the price per stem).
Lemon leaf, variegated or green pittosporum
Silk or dried flowers are also an option, and they give the added advantage of never wilting or dying. Afloral.com have some incredibly realistic-looking silk flower bridal bouquets ranging in price from $6–$140, and sites like driedflowersforever.com sell dried flower arrangements costing from $13–$120.
Use flowers that do well in the local climate, and make sure they do well out of water.
If you’re buying the flowers because friends are doing the arrangements, make sure you buy the flowers from reputable sources so the flowers arrive in good condition and won’t die on the morning of the wedding.
Keep the flowers in water until it’s time to set them in place.
Keep your flowers in a cool location for at least three hours before the wedding so they don’t wilt during the ceremony.
Avoid flowers that brown easily or don’t photograph well, such as gardenias and stephanotis.
Keep the boutonnieres small and simple.
Have the bouquets and boutonnieres delivered at the right time for early photos.
Low-cost ribbons and containers can display flowers beautifully.
Avoid strong-smelling flowers for the dinner.
Tip the delivery/setup team.
A minimum order is typically ten stems per flower type, and some flowers only come in boxes of 25. Some online stores charge double what others will, so check plenty of sites, plus the reviews to make sure they’ll be delivered in good condition. Order them to arrive the morning before the wedding to preserve their condition, and set aside at least eight hours to process the order and arrange them.
Your florist will/should have included the removal and cleanup of all your flower arrangements after the wedding in the price. If not, you’ll have to hope the guests will take them home or throw them out, which would be a terrible waste considering their fresh beauty.
You can’t always drop the flowers off to the local hospital or nursing home because of their regulations, so weeks before the wedding, look up local nonprofits that pick the flowers up and deliver them to receptive locations for you. You might need to pay or give a donation to the nonprofit picking up your flowers late at night.
Review your florist here on Fash, and ask for links to other sites he or she would appreciate a good review on.
With so much to organize and plan, it can be a huge relief to hire a florist with an innate sense of your style and what to recommend based on your budget. Know your budget going in; it will help the florist know what to show and suggest.
Also hire your florist at least eight months before the date to ensure availability and so your florist will be able to give you ideas well in advance that will use flowers in season.
Order your wedding flowers today, and we hope you have a fabulous wedding.
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