If you’re not a flower expert, don’t hesitate to reach out to local pros who specialize in wedding arrangements. They’ll be happy to answer any questions and give you fantastic tips. Until then, here’s some quick tips to get you started!
Originally published by Jeff Gitlin on August 9, 2018 for LendEDU.
Couples can expect to invest roughly 10 percent of their total budget on wedding flowers, according to Brides.com’s wedding planning veterans. But when you’re just setting up your own wedding budget, you’re likely trying to figure out the average cost of wedding flowers and other items to see what you can afford.
These days, wedding flowers cost between $1,400 to $11,000 for floral arrangements. Of course, many factors go into the cost of floral arrangements, and there are several ways to reduce the costs of wedding flowers with a little careful planning.
What is the average cost of wedding flowers?
Often, the average cost of wedding flowers goes up in correlation with the size of the venue, the size of the wedding party, and the number of guests. Each bouquet and table arrangement adds sizable increases to the total cost. Having more bridesmaids means more bouquets, and adding more tables means more centerpieces.
If you are working with a small budget for wedding flowers, it helps to dig into the average costs of each arrangement and revise your plan as your budget allows.
The average cost of wedding flowers by arrangement, according to Brides.com, is as follows:
- Bridal bouquet: $150 to $350
- Bridesmaid bouquet: $65 to $125
- Boutonniere: $24 to $45
- Pin-on corsage: $32 to $48
- Wrist corsage: $48 to $65
- Reception flowers: $75 to $250
- Flower girl petals: $65 per bag
- Altar flowers: $75 to $500
- Head table centerpiece: $65 to $150
- Guest table centerpiece: $75 to $400
- Cake flowers: $25 to $150
Which are the most expensive wedding flowers?
Again, there are many reasons why some arrangements are more expensive. If the flowers are not in season, or if they are exotic, they will likely cost more. Whether they include greenery or are primarily flowers also affects the cost. As with all trends, wedding flowers go in and out of fashion, which means their prices change as demand changes.
Here’s an example of some of the most expensive and in-demand wedding flowers today. Wholesale prices are helpful to keep in mind as you work with your florist, but florists aren’t always eager to give out the per-stem price because a final arrangement will be exponentially more than merely a sum of the stem prices. Here are examples of average wholesale per-stem prices:
- White Peonies – Wholesale for $7.50 per stem
- Ivory Hydrangeas – Wholesale for $8 per stem
- Long-Stemmed Gloriosa Lilies – Wholesale for $5 per stem
Which are the cheapest wedding flowers?
Thankfully, many of the most popular wedding flowers these days are also some of the most affordable. These less expensive wedding flowers are less exotic and are often used to mimic the look of the costlier options. For example, a well-versed florist will suggest using a group of carnations to mimic the look of a peony. Here are some affordable popular examples:
- Candy-Cane Carnations – Wholesale for $1.60 per stem
- White Roses – Wholesale for $2.00 per stem
- Baby’s Breath – Wholesale for $1.50 per bunch
- White Oriental Lilies – Wholesale for $4 per stem
Factors that affect the cost of wedding flowers
As with all aspects of a wedding, the cost of wedding flowers can quickly spiral out of control. One wedding planner interviewed for Brides.com spoke of a $75,000 floral budget. Obviously, a $75,000 budget is not the norm. Most people take the following factors into consideration, to plan appropriately and get their costs down to a more reasonable level:
- Type of flower – Finding less expensive alternative flowers to the exotic and most popular varieties will save money. Using greenery and budget-friendly filler flowers around a few expensive stems in each bouquet also cuts costs.
- Season of wedding – Choosing flowers that are in season will ensure your florist has plenty on hand and has no need to make a special order. Seasonal flowers can also be found from local suppliers.
- Size of wedding party – The more people in your wedding party, the more bouquets, corsages, and table centerpieces you’ll need.
- Guest tables – The more individual tables you’ll have, the more you’ll need to spend on guest centerpieces.
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