When it comes to florals, all of our brides fall into two categories – “I love them!” or “Ehh, they die and aren’t that important to me.” Either way, flowers can add up pretty quickly and both types of brides want to know how to get the most out of their wedding floral budget. We teamed up with the AMAZING Kaytee Stice owner of Roots Floral Design to provide some guidance on ways to save on your wedding floral budget along with some tips to get the most impact for your buck!
Establish Your Entire Wedding Budget First
We strongly recommend hiring a wedding planner (YES, Kaytee!) to assist with this. There are so many details, logistics, and important questions that will need to be answered during your wedding planning. A planner may seem like an extra expense at first, but you will save hundreds of hours of time and resources. Your planner will help you navigate your budget allotments based on your individual wants and needs.
Once you have an overall view of your budget, sit down with your fiancé and list out your priorities from most to least important. This list may differ between the two of you and a wedding planner can help navigate towards a middle ground. When your list is finalized, where do flowers fall? How will you know just how important flowers are to you?
Prioritize Your Flower Designs
Even if you are a bride who loves flowers and considers them to be really important, you still probably have a budget that you need to stay within. How do you know where you should spend the bulk of your floral budget? Where can you cut back to afford something else? We’ve broken up each section of your wedding day to help you decide.
Wedding Party: With wedding trends shifting towards a more modern approach, we are seeing less and less interest with wedding party flowers. As floral designers (and wedding planners) we actually love this trend. You can easily spend a significant amount of your wedding floral budget just on personal flowers depending on the size of your bridal party and family. For couples on a tighter budget, it really limits options for the ceremony & reception.
Wedding party flowers are worn mainly for the ceremony and about 30-90 minutes during photos. Without a water source, boutonnieres, corsages, and crowns can wilt. For the amount of time they are used, we suggest couples find more long-lasting options to give to their wedding party. Jewelry, pocket squares, ties, etc. are some great alternatives. Don’t be afraid to break from the mold and forego personal flowers! We recommend couples completely eliminate all wedding party flowers except for bridesmaid bouquets.
Ceremony: Although your ceremony will be the most important part of your wedding day, it will also be the shortest. Finding that balance is key in ensuring your money is well spent on your ceremony flowers.
There are usually three design options: entrance urns, aisle decor, and a ceremony arch installation.
- Entrance urns: A great way to make an impact. They provide a warm welcome to guests and can easily be reused for the reception.
- Aisle decor: We typically tell brides to go without unless it can be reused later on at the reception. Aisle decor in low containers can be reused in front of the band, bar, or even on your head table.
- Ceremony arches: A common “must have” when it comes to non-church ceremonies. Although these installations are stunning, they come at a price. Are there some situations when an arch isn’t worth the investment? Absolutely. A floral expert will be able to go into more detail on whether the investment is worth it or not. Depending on the size and scale of your ceremony arch, these designs can also be reused. Most common places are behind a sweetheart table or cake table.
Reception: From a florist’s point of view, the reception is where couples should spend the majority of their wedding floral budget. Couples don’t always agree that reception flowers should be high on the priority list, but we encourage that their table designs be thoughtful and impactful.
There are several ways to ensure you have cost effective floral arrangements for your reception. When there is a mix of multiple table designs at a wedding, they provide interest and a sense of movement throughout the reception. Multiple table designs allow the guests’ eyes to travel the space and to really study the overall feel and atmosphere of the wedding. We want to be able to create a guest experience for all your family and friends who have traveled far and wide to celebrate your special day! Allowing for multiple table designs can also help with overall costs. By combining the traditional and minimalistic designs, each table provides impact without blowing the overall budget.
Accent Décor: These are our favorite arrangements to design but it is usually the first to go when it comes to smaller budgets. These arrangements are unique and allow the wedding to be one-of-a-kind and special. Not every wedding needs a lot of accent floral decor pieces, sometimes even finding the budget for one or two can make all the difference.
A huge shout-out to Kaytee for providing amazing tips and tricks to navigate your wedding floral budget. Please give her a follow on Instagram. She is so knowledgeable and so willing to provide brides with information to educate them on floral designs. Her designs are also AMAZING!
Photography Credit: One July Photography