Spotlight on: Events by Condie

Events by Condie is  a florist studio in San Diego, CA.

Events by Condie specializes in unique floral artistry for weddings and special occasions. They do this by creating unique designs & installations for their beautiful wedding arrangements that can be created in any style, including classic, country, eclectic, glamorous, modern, romantic, rustic, tropical and vintage floral designs, always providing the freshest flowers for each designs. We create the bridal bouquet together at rehearsal dinner, comfort of your home, hotel or via Skype before the big day! After creating vision boards for ceremony, cocktail & reception we get work putting together all our ideas & inspirations to set the tone in creating that perfect atmosphere. Flowers are always meaningful and provide the natural splash of colour needed at every event.

Events by Condie serves the San Diego and Los Angeles area.

Click here to connect directly with the team for your wedding or event!

Spotlight on: Kalae Designs

Kalae Design Floral Artistry is a floral design studio based in Tucson, AZ .

Kalae Design is a Tucson studio floral design company based in the breathtaking Sonoran Desert and also available for statewide and destination events. Owner Erin Willoughby is an Arizona Master Florist and finds joy in bringing beauty, class, and a creative edge to weddings and events. At Kalae Design we love working with everything from bold and daring designs to soft pastels, incorporating succulents and native blooms whenever desired. Whether eco friendly designing and US/local grown is your taste or florals imported from the tropics, we can make it happen. Our favorite part of the planning process is the initial consultation. If chatting over a cup of coffee and sharing your vision for the event sounds appealing to you too, then let’s get started!

Kalae Design serves the Tucson, Phoenix, Flagstaff, Sedona, Vail, Sahuarita, Tubac, Green Valley, Oracle, Marana, Oro Valley areas. They will also travel statewide and to your destination.

Click here to connect directly with their team for your wedding or event!

How to Get Swoon-Worthy Flower Centerpieces for Your Wedding

Weddings are the perfect excuse to unleash a couple’s inner Martha Stuart and bring to life their dream flower centerpieces. While the task seems daunting – after all, these arrangements determine the vibe of the entire reception area – it’s also very fulfilling.

Photo by Paper Antler

All you need is a brief overview of everything there is to know about flower centerpieces – a crash course, if you will. And, that’s what we’re here for, to serve as your personal guide to all things wedding centerpieces. Hopefully, by the end of this blog, you’ll feel excited and confident to tackle your own arrangements with your florist of choice.

How do I know what centerpieces are perfect for our wedding?

Every wedding flower arrangement can be assessed based on three key criteria, (1) style, (2) type and (3) cost. Floral style is usually based off the theme of the wedding, whether that’s traditional elegance, rustic farmhouse or whimsical charm.

For example, bohemian weddings usually feature centerpieces with wildflowers and mismatched jars for vases. In contrast, modern-themed nuptials tend to go for sleek and minimalist flower centerpieces.

Floral arrangements also have different types. They vary in height, shape, color palette, flower choices and accents. What you choose, in terms of style and type, will determine the cost that you’ll have to shell out for these pieces.

 

Amazing Flower Centerpieces for Your Wedding

The centerpiece is the focal point of every wedding reception décor. It turns heads, sets the mood and starts conversations simply by being stunning. That’s why couples, events planners and florists spend a lot of time perfecting each arrangement.


Photo by Amilia Photography; Florals by Enchanted Florist; Design by The New Eclectic

To help you out, we’ve narrowed down some of our favorite types of arrangements. We’ll quickly go through what wedding styles they’re perfect for and where they fall on the high to low price spectrum.

 

Vertical or Tall Centerpieces

Vertical centerpieces are meant to make a statement but, depending on the flower choices, also remain minimal. It’s perfect for modern weddings which require sleek and clean floral arrangements.

Photo by BohemiaDelMar

You can also play up the romance by using softer-looking flowers like cherry blossoms, dahlias, light pink roses and trailing ivy. Because it only takes a few blooms and accents to perfect, these flower centerpieces are usually on the low to average price point.

 

Horizontal Floral Arrangements

Horizontal centerpieces have a rustic, even bohemian, feel to them. Generally, the flowers are either arranged in a row or zigzagged in a container to create a natural and earthy look.

Photo by Pretty Days, Thierry Joubert

Creative containers, like planters, ceramic bowls and oddly-shaped jars, are often used to finish off these centerpieces. Depending on what flowers you use and how many accents you’d like to add, these arrangements are usually also on the low to average price range.

 

 Classic Oval Centerpieces

The oval arrangement is distinguished by its carefully trimmed and skillfully placed flowers to create this full and tiered effect. It’s perfect for traditional and elegant nuptials, especially when the arrangement is made with crisp white flowers.

Photo by Clary Pfeiffer Photography

 

Photo by Greer Gattuso

You can also use a combination of light pinks, nudes or other subtle pastels, then add cascading flowers, for a really romantic centerpiece. The total cost of these arrangements will vary on your flower choice and how dense you’d like each piece to be. On average, they can range from low – for very minimalist designs – to high – for elegant flower options and a really full arrangement.

 

Alternative Flower Centerpieces       

If you’re really going for something different, unexpected and distinct, then you can try something out of the box. With the rising number of artsy and non-conventional weddings, alternative flower centerpieces are growing in popularity.

Photo by Bethany Erin

One of the more famous ones are the garland centerpieces. They mimic the horizonal floral arrangement but are easier to transport and set up. They also have a more rustic and carefree feel to them. Depending on the design and accents, the cost could be anywhere from low to average.

 

Whether you’re having a traditional wedding in your backyard or a quirky destination wedding, we hope we’ve given you a better insight into the options that are available to you. Surely, your creativity can come up with more flower centerpiece designs, but this list is a great place start.

 

 

 

Why Your Flower Centerpieces Cost So Much (& How to Fix That)

Learn why flower centerpieces cost more than your engagement ring & get floral insider tips on how you can save big on gorgeous wedding flower arrangements.

When breaking down the wedding budget and deciding how much to spend, we tend to list the biggest (and most expensive) items first. You know: the dress, the venue, the centerpieces.

Yes, you read that right: the centerpieces. Flowers can cost as much as a small country. OK, maybe a really small country, but still they’re shockingly expensive.

Be prepared to be quoted a number that rivals what you and your SO spent on your engagement ring.

And while a diamond is forever, flowers most certainly are not – so that makes the price tag all the more shocking.

In fact, it’s not uncommon for us to hear about brides quoted $25K for centerpieces they thought would cost $10K or less.

How does that happen? How do flowers end up costing more than diamonds?

Thanks to the Internet, it’s easier than ever to not only comparison shop, but to find the actual  value of the exact diamond you’re looking for — without compromising on style, look, and quality.

But when it comes to picking the perfect blooms for your big day without going over budget, it can get a little more tricky, which is exactly why Bloomerent was founded. Bloomerent helps couples in the same area, who are getting married just a few days apart, share floral arrangements – while saving money for sharing.

Still wondering why flowers cost so much? Here are three reasons your florist is set to charge more than you think.   

Flowers have a very short lifespan (but longer than you think)

One of the reasons that floral arrangements can easily run upwards of $5K+ per wedding may seem obvious, but it’s worth repeating: cut flowers have a very short lifespan.

But not as short as you think.

While you’re paying for the fragility of fresh flowers, they aren’t as frail and fragile as you’d guess and actually can survive longer than the big day itself. Fresh flowers can actually last anywhere between 5-13 days which is why it makes perfect sense to share the floral budget with a nearby bride who shares your sense of style.

Local vs Global

Think of florists as artists. And we love that about them. But as with all artists, cost isn’t the first thing on their mind. Creating their vision is.

And there’s a place for that.

But if you’re not a multi-millionaire, or you simply don’t want to overpay for flowers, then paying an extra $20K to ensure that your Japanese rose blossoms are actually from Japan, just isn’t going to be worth it.

Also, you’ll pay a lot more money for flowers if you select blooms that aren’t local to your area, since it costs a pretty penny to import fresh flowers.

Of course, you can get any kind of flowers you want, but know that if you stick to a local palette, your costs will be much, much less.

Labor and Delivery

And we’re not talking babies.

Another reason your bill from your favorite local florist can suddenly skyrocket is all that time spent on designing your dream arrangement – and then of course the fees associated with delivering them, assembling them, and making sure they look perfect before you and the guests arrive.

Keep in mind the more complicated your arrangements – the more “design” that goes into them, jacking up the amount of work, the care during delivery, and of course the price.

So what’s a bride-to-be to do instead?

Only use flowers that are local and in season. Allow another wedding in the same weekend and area as yours to reuse your flowers so you both save money.

The key to staying in your budget when planning your dream wedding…

Is not only to comparison shop (thank you Internet!), but to do your research, and have a working knowledge of what you want and what you’re willing to compromise on.

If you go into flower-shopping knowing what elements of your arrangements are non-negotiable and what price-pits to avoid, you’ll be able to get your dream centerpiece for a fairy-tale price.


This blog is part of a week-long series in partnership with Rare Carat. To get more tips and facts about flowers and diamond costs, make sure to check out the Bloomerent and Rare Carat blog. 

Wedding Flowers: Cost per Season

Knowing which flowers are in season when you get married is important to know as it will significantly impact what your total bill will be. Below we’ve listed many of the most popular wedding flowers and when they’re in season for the best pricing.

Alstroemeria (also known as Peruvian Lily) is available year-round but most plentiful in June-September.

 

Amaryllis can be accessed year-round but is most available November-April.

 

Anemone are in season November-May. They are available out of season at a higher price point.

 

Baby’s breath is available year-round and is a cost effective option.

 

Bouvardia is available year-round.

 

Calla Lily’s are available year-round but most plentiful November-May.

 

Camellia is available October-April. They are available out of season at a higher price point.

 

Carnations are available year-round and are a cost effective option.

 

Casablanca Lily is the most expensive Lily and available year-round.

 

Chrysanthemum is available year-round and most plentiful August-October.

 

Spider Chrysanthemum is cheaper than traditional Chrysanthemum and most plentiful August-October.

 

Button Chrysanthemum is the cheapest of the variety and most plentiful August-October.

 

Craspedia is available year-round.

 

Daffodil (also known as Narcissus) is available November-April. They are available out of season at a higher price point.

 

Standard Dahlia’s are available late June-October. They are available out of season at a higher price point.

 

Dinnerplate Dahlia’s are significantly larger than the standard version. They are available late June-October. They are available out of season at a higher price point.

 

Daisies are available year-round and are a cost effective option.

 

Delphinium is available year-round and most plentiful in June-October. They are available out of season at a higher price point.

 

Dusty Miller is available year-round.

 

Eucalyptus is available year-round.

 

Freesia is available year-round and has the most colorful variety June-August.

 

Fern is available year-round.

 

Garden Roses are available year-round.

 

Gardenia is available year-round and most plentiful when they grow outside April-August.

 

Small Gerbera Daisies are available year-round.

 

Large Gerbera Daisies are available year-round.

 

Hyacinth (also known as Muscari) is available November-May. They are available out of season at a higher price point.

 

Hydrangeas are available year-round and most plentiful July-November.

 

Iris is available year-round and most plentiful April-August. They are available out of season at a higher price point.

 

Larkspur is a variety of Delphinium. They are available year-round and most plentiful in June-October. They are available out of season at a higher price point.

 

Lilies (or a Lily variation) are available year-round.

Lily of the Valley peaks for a short period of time in May. It is available in April and June or throughout the year for a significantly higher price.

Lisianthus is available year-round.

Myrtle is available year-round.

Dendrobium Orchids are available year-round and are the cheapest Orchid option.

Cymbidium Orchids are available year-round and are the most expensive Orchid option.

Ornithogalum (also known as Start of Bethlehem) is available year-round.

Peonies are plentiful in late May-June. They are available out of season at a higher price point.

Phlox is available June-November.

Poppies are most plentiful April-August. They are available out of season at a higher price point.

Protea is available year-round.

Queen Anne’s Lace is available April-September. They are available out of season at a higher price point.

 

Ranunculus is in season November-April. They are available out of season at a higher price point.

 

Roses are available year-round.

 

David Austin Roses are available year-round and are the most expensive Roses.

 

Ruscus is available year-round.

 

Salal (also known as Lemon Leaf) is available year-round.

 

Snapdragons are most plentiful June-August but can be accessed year-round for a higher price.

 

Spray Roses are available year-round.

 

Stephanotis is available year-round.

 

Succulents are available year-round.

 

Sunflowers are available August-October. They are available out of season at a higher price point.

 

Sweet Pea is available November-June. They are available out of season at a higher price point.

 

Tuberose is available June-September.

 

Tulips have many different varieties and are most plentiful November-May. They are available out of season at a higher price point.

 

Veronica is available year-round.

If you have any additional flowers you would like added to the list, let us know!

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Wedding Budget: Ways to Splurge vs. Save

You just got engaged (Congrats!). You’ve spent more time on Pinterest planning your big day than you’re willing to admit, but have no idea where to start in reality. Don’t worry, this is a judgment-free zone and we’re here to help. Whether you have an uncapped amount of money to spend on your wedding or you have a budget to follow, there are plenty of ways to have your guests wish you were getting married every weekend. We put together a detailed guide of the “big vendors” on your list and how you can splurge versus save. 

1. Venue – Arguably the most important part of your planning process. First, this is where you’re going to celebrate your newlywed status with all of your loved ones – make sure you’re happy with your choice. Secondly, once your venue and date is set, you can now book all of your vendors since you have officially have a wedding date.

  • SPLURGE: As you’ve probably learned by now, where you get married makes a big difference in how much you’ll end up paying for the wedding. If you’re in the NYC area, most venues in Manhattan can be considered a splurge. Most venues charge per-person and others charge a (large) fee to rent out a ballroom for your wedding – and that’s just the beginning.  Not in NYC? Still easy to splurge. If you or any of your relatives happen to have one or some acres to your name, you could set up a beautiful wedding in your backyard – literally. Contrary to popular belief, this definitely gets filed under splurge. You’ll be responsible for hiring every vendor and renting every item needed to make your backyard rival North West’s birthday party.
  • SAVE: Most venues have a per-person minimum and that number will also place you in a specific ballroom, assuming your venue has more than one room for events. Other venues charge a fee to rent their space but require you to hire outside vendors for everything else. Having a smaller wedding is the easiest way to save here, but certainly not the only way. Make sure to ask your venue a lot of questions – if they allow outside vendors, you have more flexibility to choose your vendors on your budget. If your venue requires you to use their in-house services for everything, ask them what that will include. A lot of times that per-person rate includes more than just the entrée and cocktail hour, but it can include the open bar, linens, custom menus, cake, lighting, and so on. If your venue adds all of this into your per-person price, not only does this make life easier for you but depending on what the per-person number is, it may be a really good deal.


Photo Courtesy of Buds of Brooklyn

2. Menu  If you’re planning on having a ceremony and reception that lasts more than 2-3 hours, your guests will expect to be fed. This will also ensure your guests don’t skip out early to grab some grub (side note: make sure to feed your vendors too).

  • SPLURGE: For your menu, go all out – full open bar with top shelf liquors (might want to add some Advil to your favors for your guests’ next-day hangover), no shortage of appetizers during cocktail hour (and that includes the seafood station), a fancy selection of entrée plates for the actual dinner (don’t forget about your gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian friends!) and the dessert bar that no one will have room for by the end of the night, but everyone will indulge in. This is pretty easy to splurge on – a simple “I’ll have everything” will do the trick.
  • SAVE: Consider having a brunch wedding or a buffet dinner. Weddings that take place earlier in the day are great for saving. For starters, most venues charge a lot less to get married during the day as opposed to having an evening wedding – the very same day. Also, you could get away with doing a lot less while still putting together an unforgettable event for you and your guests. Instead of having a full-blown open bar, create a boozy brunch bar. Skip the cocktail hour and opt for a buffet of all your favorite brunch foods and have a bartender whip up some of the best brunch booze (Mimosa, Bloody Mary’s, Bellini’s). We’ve been to this kind of wedding before and it was perfect, especially because you could go back for seconds, thirds, fourths, and so on. What? We love brunch. If you’re having an evening wedding, have a few items for your cocktail hour instead of an entire room worth of food and go easy on the alcohol by offering complimentary beer and wine only. Not willing to skip the cocktails? Another idea we love is to put together a list of his and hers favorite cocktails and have them flowing through the night. Love a good mango margarita? Put it on the board and give it a fun name. Whiskey on the rocks for the guys? Done. You can mix this with beer/wine or just put together a few cocktails that are available for your guests instead – this way, you know exactly what kind of liquor you will need ahead of time and can budget for it.

Photo by Emma Cleary

3. Bridal Party – If you decide to have a bridal party, that is. It is not easy deciding which of your girlfriends and bros will get the honor of being your VIP guests, especially when you’re worried people who get cut will get upset. We would like to seriously encourage you do to something here: what YOU want. Your wedding day is all about you and your partner and your friends should be excited just to be there. Now that we’re done ranting…

  • SPLURGE: Have all your closest girlfriends, cousins, family – etc. There’s no set number of what is and isn’t acceptable, it’s whatever you are comfortable with. Keep in mind that every bridesmaid needs a bouquet (assuming you’re opting for flowers – we’ll get to that soon) and usually gets a gift for all her help and money spent for your big day. Since we’re in the splurge column, let us remind you that getting ready in the same outfit is fun for pictures and treating your ladies to some pampering pre-wedding won’t upset them either. Hair and makeup is another thing to consider – if you have a specific request that your ladies wear their hair a certain way and/or do their makeup a certain way, since we’re talking splurge, consider taking care of this tab for them. If you can afford to cover the tab for everything, your girls would seriously appreciate it – but there is no obligation to do so, even on a splurge.
  • SAVE: Cut it down. If you have a lot of family you want in your wedding party, consider having just family – your girls will understand. Otherwise, choose a few of the people you really want up there with you and keep the number as low as possible. The less amount of people you have in your bridal party, the less you will have to pay for their flowers and gifts – two things that the bride should always take care of, unless you really can’t justify it in the budget. Ask your ladies ahead of time if they are financially comfortable with paying for their dresses, shoes, accessories, hair/makeup (if you are set on them getting this done professionally), and all pre-wedding festivities such as your bachelorette party, bridal shower and everything in between. Also, consider letting your girls wear their own shoes and accessories – this will help their budget and yours.

    Photo Courtesy of Fern Studio


4. 
Guest List & Invites – Who’s paying? This is a serious question and one that is debated a lot. If one set of parents is paying on their own, they should be allowed to invite whoever they want. If both sets of parents are paying, both should be allowed to invite whoever they want. If no sets of parents are paying and the bill is yours, you make the final decision on who mom and dad can invite and what the cap is, if any.

  • SPLURGE: You and your partner invite all of your close friends and your parents invite all of their close friends. The more the merrier! I mean, we’re splurging here, right?
  • SAVE: Since this is YOUR day, we think you should be inviting all of the people you want there first and foremost. Remember that while this is your day and we are all about you having the final say, it is important for your family too and they want to share it with the people they love so if you can compromise and stay in budget, everyone is happy.

Photo by Daniela Constantini

5. Dress & Accessories, Hair & Makeup – This one’s easy. You are really, really, ridiculously good looking and you are going to look really, really, ridiculously good looking in anything you decide to wear. Do not let anyone tell you differently because they’re lying. Here’s some advice anyway:

  • SPLURGE: Any bridal shop your heart desires. Customize your gown and veil. All of the diamonds. Slide into a Kardashian hair or makeup artists’ DM’s for pricing and availability. Let’s be real, you don’t really need advice on how to be a bride who’s balling without a budget.
  • SAVE: If you’re great at doing hair or makeup, consider this approach if you’re comfortable with it. There are plenty of incredibly talented stylists and makeup artists that are reasonably priced, so don’t feel like you need to settle! The same goes for dresses – you don’t need to spend a couple month’s salary to look beautiful on your big day, and there are plenty of sites out there that offer brand new dresses worn only once for a fraction of the cost (sounds kind of familiar to us…).

Photo by Daniela Constantini


6. Flowers & Décor –
This is really important but doesn’t have to be expensive anymore. Flowers are used to decorate your ceremony and reception, first and foremost, but also to decorate your name card table/entry table and much more.

  • SPLURGE: Peonies any time of the year! Peonies are a very popular flower but only in season for a few weeks every year, and when that time ends, they are really expensive to get. With no budget for flowers, you can do anything your heart desires from building a flower wall for your guests to take photos in front of, decorate your arbor or chuppah in any creative way with tons of flowers, have the centerpieces of your dreams on each table and so much more. Another option for splurging is Bloomerent. We may or may not be biased, but hear us out – Bloomerent is not only for the bride who wants to save money or spend it elsewhere, it’s also perfect for the bride who wants to have flowers decorating every part of her wedding – from ceremony to reception and everything in between. While everybody likes getting money back, even on a splurge, you’re also paying it forward by helping the environment and giving another bride the chance to share the beautiful blooms you put together. Full creative control, choice of a top-rated florist, sustainability and money back? No brainer.
  • SAVE: Consider local flowers that are in season only to save. This will eliminate the time and cost of flying flowers in and sourcing them from overseas. Bloomerent: reuse fresh floral centerpieces from a wedding or event the day before yours to save money and make a sustainable decision. You save 40%-60% on the centerpieces you reuse and have your flowers designed and delivered by a top-rated florist who you get to work with for all of your extra flowers. Want to make minor changes to the flowers before your big day? Go ahead! Since your florist is the expert repurposing your reused flowers, you can make custom changes ahead of time if you want to make any minor adjustments or add any flowers. Aside from your centerpieces, another way to save is having your bridesmaids bouquets double as your sweetheart table décor after the ceremony. Let your florist know you want to do this ahead of time and they will make sure it’s all set up when you walk into the ceremony for your first time as Mr. and Mrs., Mr. and Mr., or Mrs. And Mrs. If flowers aren’t your thing, there are other beautiful non-floral options for your centerpieces that are cost efficient – Pinterest, anyone?

Photo Courtesy of Fern Studio

7. Photos, Videos and entertainment – Every couple is different. Some prefer to have both photos and video while others prefer one to the other. Some couples prefer to have a band while others go with a DJ. There’s no wrong answer here! 

  • SPLURGE: A great band is usually more expensive than hiring a DJ. These amazing bands book up quickly, so act fast! When hiring your photographer, ask how many people you can hire for your wedding. If you’re splurging, you’ll likely want at least 2-3 photographers on hand so they can capture different angles and areas of your wedding throughout the night. Hire a videographer, too! Get those vows on video and all of your guests’ questionable dance moves so you have them for years to come. Don’t forget the photo booth. When you look back on your perfect wedding day, you’ll be happy you have photo and video memories for you and for your future children to get to experience your big day with you!
  • SAVE: One photographer, one cameraman and a reasonably priced band or DJ. Ask your band or DJ questions – how many people are in the band and what does pricing look like? If you opt for a DJ, shop around to get prices then compare. If you want to cut down the costs even more, some people don’t hire a videographer and prefer to spend on photos only. Besides, who knows if you’ll be able to watch those DVDs in 10 years – I mean, do people under 15 even know what VHS was? #TBT.

Photo Courtesy of BloomBar

Ultimately, there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to planning – every couple is different and each decision is personal. We hope the above tips help you plan your big day or at least get some insight into how to plan. Did we mention that we are really good wedding guests?

What Should my Wedding Flowers Cost?

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

*All photos by Leda of Stolen Glimpses with Bloomerent Florist Larkspur Botanicals

 

How to Figure out your Wedding Flower Budget

When it comes to wedding planning, one of the first things we’re told to do is set a budget. While there’s no right or wrong answer around what your wedding flower budget should be, we’re here to help you figure out what to spend and what to expect. We break down what factors into how much your flowers will cost so that you know exactly what to budget for your wedding flowers. 

Photo Courtesy of Bride & Blossom

First, answer these questions to help you understand what to budget for based on your needs:

  1. What are the most important things for you to have at your wedding? Are flowers on, or at the top of, the list?
  2. How many people are you inviting and how many do you expect to attend?
  3. Where is your wedding? Is it one of the more expensive areas to be married? 
  4. How many people are in your bridal party? Include anyone who would need flowers.
  5. Do you have any flowers that are must-haves for your wedding? If so, which flowers? 
  6. Are you flexible around aesthetic or do you have a specific vision you want brought to life?
  7. What is your overall wedding budget?
  8. Are you planning to decorate any or all parts of your ceremony? (e.g. arbor, chuppah, aisle, seating)
  9. Are you planning to decorate your reception space beyond having centerpieces on every table?

Once you answer these questions, you’ll have a general idea of what flowers you want and how many, roughly, you’ll need. This means you’re almost ready to start speaking to florists! Next, let us explain how your floral price is determined so you know what to expect.


Photo Courtesy of Blossom Floral


What Determines How Much My Wedding Flowers Will Cost?

  • Wedding Location – Where you get married plays a role in the cost of your flowers as price varies by location. It may be more expensive to fly flowers to your location if they aren’t in season or grown locally. Many flowers are flown into the U.S. from South America and Europe, meaning you’re paying a premium to have your flowers sourced and shipped from overseas.   
  • Type of Flowers Wanted – If you have flowers you know that you must have, check to see when they’re in season and how much they cost versus when they aren’t. You can also ask your florist these questions directly for a clear answer, price, and alternative floral options that are in your budget. 
  • Month You’re Getting Married – When you get married is important because many flowers are seasonal. Many popular wedding flowers are grown year-round, like Roses and Hydrangea, while other popular flowers have a small window where they are considered seasonal, easy to source and cost less, like Peonies or Calla Lily. 
  • Size of Arrangements and Amount of Flowers – Tall centerpieces cost the most due to the larger vases and flowers required. Garlands are often mistaken to be budget-friendly, but they are typically considered to be a more expensive option (and charged per foot) because they include a lot of greenery, including eucalyptus which is considered high-end, along with other flowers of your choice. Mixing high and low is a great way to save while still having the best of both worlds. Low, romantic centerpieces are also trending this wedding season and a great way to save money and create a space for your guests to easily see and speak to one another at the table.
  • Labor – Like most things in life, you get what you pay for is also true when it comes to choosing your florist. That’s one of the big reasons why we’ve hand-picked a community of florists for customers. Each florist is different whether it’s their time in business, experience, pricing, style and more. That said, all of our florists are top-rated and always worth what you’re paying for.

Now that you have a better idea of what you’re looking for and what to expect around costs given the above factors, it’s time to get to the last step and discuss your floral budget in numbers.

Photo Courtesy of Allure Florals

How Much Should I Budget For My Wedding Flowers?
It’s recommended that you budget 10-15% of your overall wedding spend on flowers. This does not mean that you can’t have beautiful flowers if you budget less – it’s all about preference and the above factors. If flowers are one of the most important investments in your wedding and premium flowers are a must, you can expect to pay more and likely go beyond the recommended allocation for flowers. If you’re more interested in less flowers consisting of what’s in season when and where you’re getting married, you can allocate a smaller percentage than what’s recommended while still having exactly what you want. This is not a one size fits all number – there is no set price. Consider how many arrangements, bouquets and ceremony flowers you’ll need, as these will cost the most, and mention this number to your florist when you speak to them. Ultimately, your florist will be able to help you figure out the best flowers for your budget, or lack thereof, and help bring your vision to life. The more prepared you are for your first florist meeting, the more you can expect to get out of it in return.

Photo Courtesy of Flour LA

Finally, we’ve put together a sample contract for a mid-sized NYC/NJ wedding for context:

Real Bloomerent Weddings: Tara & Max

Tara, a Bloomerent bride, talked about her August 2017 elegant and romantic garden-themed wedding at Paramount Country Club in New City, NY. She worked with Bloomerent florist Wyld to create the timeless, elegant outdoor and indoor garden setting she desired.

We asked Tara to answer a few questions about her wedding and planning process to give insight to all future brides and grooms.

How did you find your florist?

Through Bloomerent! I searched through several different Bloomerent recommended florists, but after speaking with Lydia from Wyld, it was a very easy decision. She completely understood the style I was going for, and was such a sweetheart.

How did you hear about Bloomerent?

My good friend, Danit Zamir, is the co-founder and co-CEO, so I’ve known about Bloomerent from the very beginning and couldn’t wait to use them for my wedding! 

Were you the first or second event?

First event.

How did working with Bloomerent ease the traditional experience of choosing a florist?

As many brides know, searching for wedding vendors can be overwhelming. There are so many different companies to choose from that it’s difficult to know where to begin and who to trust. What I love about Bloomerent is they’ve already done the vetting process for you. I was able to go off of their recommended list of trusted florists, and find the florist who was the best match for me. 

Would you recommend Bloomerent to friends?

Absolutely!

What was the inspiration/theme of your wedding?

Our wedding was garden inspired, and it was really important to me to keep everything romantic, elegant, and timeless.

How did your inspiration/theme influence your flowers?

With the goal of keeping things romantic, elegant, and timeless in mind, I opted for a neutral color palette for the flowers, with pops of greenery, and lots of candles. Our ceremony took place in an outdoor garden, but the reception was indoors. In order to keep the garden feeling alive, Lydia hung flowers and greenery from the chandeliers surrounding the dance floor. This was one of my favorite details!

How was your experience working with your florist?

Flawless! Lydia is one of my favorite vendors we worked with. Aside from being obviously talented, she was a complete pleasure to work with. I had lots of questions along the way, and was very particular about the details, and Lydia patiently answered every question and delivered on every detail.

What was the highlight of your wedding?

There were so many special moments that it’s hard to choose just one, but I would have to say the highlight of our wedding day was having our favorite people in the world in one room. We had family and friends travel from near and far, and the amount of love and joy that radiated in that room was inconceivable. I wish I could replay that feeling over and over again! 

What made you decide to be the First Event?

The creative/design aspect is something I really enjoy, so I knew I wanted to be the first event to have that experience. I also had a very specific color scheme and vision in mind for my flowers, so it was important for me to be able to have that control.

* all photos by Stephanie Sunderland.

Spotlight on: Loblolly Organic Farm

Loblolly Organic Farm is a farm florist in Maryland.

Loblolly Organic Farm is a flower farm owned by husband-and-wife team Courtney and Benny.

We believe in slow, locally grown flowers, nurtured for their intrinsic qualities. The quality of any flower product begins with the soil, so that’s where we start. We feed our plants the very best. This means no chemicals, just slow grown and picked at exactly the right moment. Not only do these flowers last longer, but they come packed with more vibrancy from nutrients they’ve soaked up from our rather spoiled soils. Our philosophy is simple; be stewards of nature to produce the healthiest plants possible and therein the healthiest planet. This is what guides us here at Loblolly and this is what you can expect when you see any of our products.

Loblolly Organic Farm produces over 30 varieties of flowers. With an on-site studio, and an abundance of gorgeous seasonal blooms, Loblolly Farm is able to design and arrange exquisite florals for your wedding. Inspired by nature, the harmony and rhythm present within their farm, every arrangement is made with love and care. Sustainability has never looked so beautiful.

Loblolly Farm serves Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Wondering if their beautiful arrangements and fresh flowers are available in your area? Click here to connect with Courtney and Benny directly for your wedding or event.