You typically choose your florist based on their expertise and your comfort level with their past work, reviews and demeanor. It’s important to understand what wedding flowers cost beyond paying for the flowers themselves, which we’ve outlined for your below.
What Am I Paying Florists For?
For starters, florists are responsible for sourcing and ordering your flowers before any prep can begin. Florists source their flowers from nearby wholesalers, local farms or overseas. They are then responsible for picking the flowers up or coordinating a delivery, sifting through them to ensure each flower purchased is in great shape upon arrival, and more. Once they’ve received your flowers and inspect them for quality, it’s time to start arranging. Creating the flowers for your wedding typically begins at least 1-2 days before the actual day, from bouquets to arrangements and ceremony decor. This takes time, focus and expertise. After arranging your flowers and keeping them cool so that they stay fresh, they’re then tasked with delivering the flowers to your venue and setting them up exactly how you had planned.
Florists love what they do and deserve to be paid for their hard work, help and labor. When you hire your caterer, for example, you trust them to source, purchase and cook all of the food for your wedding so your guests are happy. They are being paid for all of the food they purchase along with the time it takes to cook it all. You’re doing the same thing here with flowers. If you want quality blooms, you should invest in a quality florist. That does not mean you have to spend thousands of dollars on your flowers – quality florists offer their services at most price points. That’s one of the many reasons why we’ve hand-picked and vetted every florist in our community for you ahead of time! Each florist in our community offers different price points to meet every budget and they are all high-quality, top-rated florists.
Tips For Saving on Flowers:
- Trust the experts. Talk to your florist about which flowers you love, which you don’t love, and what your overall vision is. Once you discuss your budget, let your florist steer you towards flowers that will bring your vision to life while staying within your budget. If you want Peonies in January but don’t have the budget for it, Ranunculus is a great alternative.
- Consider high/low centerpieces. Mix it up by alternating high centerpieces with low centerpieces on different tables throughout your reception. You can cluster low centerpieces next to each other with few flowers in them to create a romantic and elegant feel while staying within budget.
- Reuse, reuse, reuse! Sharing your flowers with Bloomerent is a great option for reusing all of your centerpieces after-the-fact. To reuse flowers during your wedding, ask one of your bridesmaids to collect the rest of your girls’ bouquets and use them to decorate your sweetheart table before entering the reception. This is a great way to make the most of their bouquets while also decorating your table beautifully.
- Bridesmaids = flowers. The more bridesmaids you have, the more bouquets you’ll need to buy. On average, bridesmaids bouquet can cost around $75-120, but remember, this varies by location, which flowers are being used, and how many flowers are being used. The same goes for groomsmen with boutonnieres, but fortunately for the men, these are more budget-friendly if you choose a local flower.
- Book your wedding during peak flower season. Figure out when your favorite flowers are in season and book your wedding for that time to guarantee the best prices.
- Don’t book your wedding around flower-filled holidays. Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day are two occasions where floral prices are inflated and this will affect your floral budget as well.