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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.