The Flower Budget

Part of my job as a floral designer is to shoot you straight about your budget. Managing your expectations is part of the education process and my responsibility as the pro on the subject. Like many designers, I have a minimum budget I work with and that minimum that relates directly to your guest count and wedding party size. Why is that?

The short answer is that the number of guests directly correlates to the number of tables you’ll have at your reception. The more guests you have, the greater number of tables needed and the greater need for decor on every table of some type.

 
 

 

managing your expecatations

While we love to create tables filled with lush florals, the last thing we want for you is to be let down when your budget, your dreams, and your expectations don’t align. One thing we can assure you is that there’s always a solution to make a big impact if you don’t have the budget for full flowers.

 

1

What You Want

Your Personal Flower Preferences and Expectations

Consider in advance what type of flowers you like, and if you don’t know explore our Pinterest page of flowers. Consider whether you prefer lush, full arrangements, or you are ok with some greenery and a mix of arrangements of different sizes.

 

2

What Size

Your Total Estimated Guest Count & wedding party

Every person means another seat, another table, another design that is needed to fill that space. Every bridesmaid is another bouquet, etc.

If you have a guest count of 200 and you plan to seat 8 per table, that would be 25 tables. So, you have to imagine now that you are responsible for a tablescape for each of those tables.

 

3

What You Are Willing To Afford

What You Find Reasonable To Spend

You might be in the position to spend $10,000 on flowers, but it is highly possible that you don’t find that reasonable. Or maybe you do. That is completely a personal preference and something you must address honestly with your designer.


 
 
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Options

 

full floral

This is going to be the most expensive option of having dense floral centerpieces, bouquets, and ceremony installations. Expect to spend around $3500 and up for this option.

 

lanterns & luminaries

You don’t always need to have florals on every table to make a beautiful wedding day. We use candles, lanterns and other luminaries for your reception tables, and limit the floral designs to wedding party flowers or ceremony flowers or both.

 

greenery & floral mix

When budgets need to be spread out among larger guest counts, we often recommend the use of a mix of greenery and florals. This can be in the form of heavily greened centerpieces with minimal flowers, or a mix of centerpiece designs. For example, you have 20 tables and we provide floral centerpieces on 10 tables, and greenery centerpieces on 10 tables.

 

greenery only

It’s completely possible to create a fully amazing design with all greenery! We love the elegant and natural look created by combining all sorts of greenery, foliages, and vines. Pair with some tea lights and you have instant ambiance.

 

Here are some tips for working with your budget

  • Take inventory of how many pieces you’ll need. Bridesmaids bouquets, your bouquet, all centerpieces, candles, ceremony installations, and other details that add up.

  • If you love Peony, but they aren’t in season consider using them for only one piece, or substituting another similar flower. We, as designers, can’t just buy a single Peony, we have to purchase them in bulk.

  • Greenery has made a strong showing lately and some very elegant and conversation-worthy tabletops! Consider using mostly greenery. But be aware that garlands are expensive and require lots of tedious labor. Those are not a good cost effective substitute for lots of flowers.

  • We often propose an approach that mixes a certain percentage of centerpieces made from lush florals, some from greenery only, some plants, and some candles with greenery.

  • Be open to suggestions and understand that your floral designer is trying to make your dreams come true.


On my services and pricing pages, you’ll see examples of weddings and what they are priced at.

Invitations 101

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The invitation wording can be done in several ways, either very formal and traditional or more casual, modern, etc.

THE INVITATION

Type these details out and confirm spelling and dates and other important information

  • Identify who you intend to list on the invitation and correct spelling of names

    • Bride and Groom Full Name

    • Parents Full Names

  • Ceremony Venue

    • Venue Name and Address

  • Date and Day

  • Time

    • If you are getting married outside in the evening, check the sunset time for your location and make sure you are giving the photographer enough time to get those beautiful “golden hour” shots in before the sun sets all the way.

  • Details

    • Dinner to follow

    • Dinner and dancing to follow

    • Reception at

      • Venue Name and Address

  • RSVP Date

    • Give them at least a month or longer to RSVP

THE REPLY CARD

  • Attendance yes or no

  • Guest names

  • Meal preferences

THE REPLY ENVELOPE

  • RSVP Name and Address

  • Who will manage your replies?

MAP CARD

  • A drawn map or written directions for tricky to find places

ACCOMMODATIONS OR ADDITIONAL CARD

  • Hotel and travel details

  • Wedding website details

    • This is a good place to include a link to your registry

What Not to include

  • Never include details about your gift registry on your wedding invitation.

when to mail

  • Mail the invitations no later that two months from the date of your event.

  • If possible you should plan to send a Save The Date as early as possible in your engagement if you are having a wedding where many of your guests will need to travel.