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Your Floral Budget

How much do wedding flowers cost? Here’s what you need to know to set and stick to your floral budget.

Your floral budget can certainly run the gamut. On average, you should expect to spend about 8 to 10% of your overall wedding budget on the flowers. This will include the bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, and any ceremony and reception decor.

While this is a good estimate, you can modify many floral elements to determine the actual amount you will spend on your wedding flowers. Factors such as whether or not the flowers you choose are in season in your area, the number, size, and complexity of the arrangements, and the location of the ceremony and reception all influence your final cost estimate.

You should already have an idea of your overall floral budget before meeting with your florist for the first time. That said, there are a number of ways to cut costs without cutting elegance and beauty.

Ways to Save on Wedding Flowers:

  • Reduce the number of attendants in your wedding party. Less attendants means your florist will have to create fewer bouquets.
  • Reduce the number of guests at your wedding. Fewer tables means fewer floral centerpieces.
  • Choose in-season wedding flowers. They are often less expensive and easier to find. For a list of common flowers for each season, visit our wedding flowers by seasons guide.
  • Choose less complicated flowers. Certain flowers will run up of the cost of your floral budget no matter what season. Ask your florist to review your options with you.
  • - Flowers that tend to be expensive: lilies of the valley, calla lilies, orchids, magnolias, peonies, gardenia, and hydrangeas
    - Flowers that tend to be moderately priced: orange blossoms, lavender, daffodils, daisies, chrysanthemums, carnations, roses (due to huge variance in kind, quality, and color), and greenery such as ivy
  • Consider options other than floral arrangements for table centerpieces. Ask your florist for ideas. Scattered flower petals surrounded by votive candles create an elegant effect that won’t maximize your floral budget. This list of unique wedding decorations offers even more ideas for alternative arrangements
  • Choose a naturally beautiful location. A springtime wedding in a garden hardly needs additional floral arrangements, while an ornate church may be breathtaking on its own. Also consider that many facilities are decorated for the holidays, so holding a December wedding may provide you with gorgeous poinsettias and garland free of cost.