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How much do Wedding Flowers Really Cost?

What should a Bride spend on her Wedding flowers?


The cost that a Bride (or a couple) spends on wedding flowers can vary widely depending on a few factors.  Things such as the location of the event, the preferred type of flowers, the number of people in the wedding party, the complexity of the bouquets and arrangements, and of course, the Florist you choose.  Generally, booking a consultation with your Florist is the very best way to understand the cost of flowers and your wedding vision.   With most Brides having a vision of their wedding flowers, photos from Pinterest, etc, an experienced Floral Designer can assist you if you’ve got champagne tastes on a beer budget.  The Floral Designer can also suggest substitutions to make your vision become a reality.  There are plenty of articles stating that on average wedding flowers can cost about 8-10% of a total wedding budget but at Panda Flowers, we can design wedding florals to any budget.

Here's a rough breakdown of potential flower-related expenses:

  1. Bridal Bouquet: The bride's bouquet is usually the most important floral arrangement and can range in cost from $100 to $500 or more, depending on the type of flowers and design.  Style.  For example, a bouquet of roses would cost different from a bouquet of peonies or orchids.   
  2. Bridesmaids' Bouquets: The cost per bridesmaid bouquet can vary, but they might range from $60 to $150 each, again, depending on the stems chosen.
  3. Corsages and Boutonnieres: These are usually worn by family members, close friends, and the wedding party. Prices can range from $20-$25 for boutonnieres, $25 - $35 for a pin-on corsage, and $35 to $50 for a wristlet. 
  4. Ceremony Flowers: Decorations for the ceremony venue, such as the altar, pews, or aisle markers, can cost anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. Depends on the size and quantity of pieces required.
  5. Reception Flowers: Centerpieces, table arrangements, and other decorations at the reception can also vary greatly in cost. A single centerpiece might range from $65 to $300 or more.
  6. Venue and Scale: The size of the venue and the scale of the floral decorations will significantly influence the cost. Larger spaces will require more flowers to create a noticeable impact.
  7. Type of Flowers: The types of flowers you choose can greatly impact the cost. Some flowers are more expensive due to their rarity or seasonal availability. 
  8. Complexity of Arrangements: Elaborate arrangements, intricate designs, and special requests will increase the overall cost.
  9. Florist Expertise: A well-known and experienced florist might charge more for their services compared to a smaller or less experienced one.
  10. Season and Location: The time of year and the location of the wedding can affect flower prices. Flowers that are out of season or need to be imported will cost more.
  11. DIY vs. Professional: Some couples choose to do their own flower arrangements to cut costs, while others opt for the convenience of hiring a professional florist.

Considering all these factors, a bride might spend anywhere from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars on wedding flowers. It's important to do your research, get quotes from different florists, work with a florist that you feel comfortable with and communicate your budget and vision clearly to ensure that you get the floral arrangements you desire without breaking the bank.


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