Whether you’ve been dreaming about your wedding from when you were little, or you’re only just beginning to think about it now you actually have your own to plan, wedding flowers are an unavoidable part of planning and having a wedding.
There are flowers for every type of wedding, and every type of wedding will include flowers of some sort, but finding the perfect wedding flowers without blowing half your budget can be a challenge, especially if you have no idea where to even begin looking.
This article talks about the different types of bouquets and other floral wedding essentials, their average costs, how to make your wedding flowers more affordable, and how to make sure the blooms are looking their most beautiful on the day - without upstaging the bride(s).
Types of Wedding Flowers
All the focus might be on the bridal bouquet being tossed at the end of the ceremony, but there are several different types of flower arrangements to think about when it comes to planning a wedding, including the following:
- Bridal bouquet
- Bridesmaids bouquet
- Floral centerpiece arrangements
- Alternatively, you could hire a wedding florist to arrange it all for you
Depending on the style of wedding you’re having and your budget, you may opt for more or less than what’s on this list, but these are the most popular types of wedding flowers.
How Much Should You Spend on Wedding Flowers?
As with anything for your wedding, there is no amount that you “should” be spending. The day will be what you make it, and you might find that you decide to spend less on the wedding flowers so you can leave more of the budget free for you to... put behind the bar?
With that being said, wedding flowers tend to take up approximately 8-10% of the total budget on average, so you should aim to set this aside if you’re leaving the flowers until last.
Trying to pin down an exact amount as an example of how much wedding flowers can cost is near impossible, as there are so many factors that can influence the final price.
For example, the type of flowers and bouquet, the season, the location, the decor, the number of bridesmaids you’re having… just to name a few. As a rough guideline, however, WeddingWire predicts that couples spend between $700 and $2,500 on wedding flowers.
How do you break it down into the individual costs for each arrangement, then? That’s what we’re about to answer. Not only is it interesting to know, but it also allows you to determine which of the most common wedding flower arrangements you want, and which get the cut.
The Highs and Lows of Wedding Flower Shopping, From Cheapest to Most Expensive
As your wedding plans start to progress and the costs start to add up, many people find themselves asking, “what are the cheapest wedding flowers?” and we don’t blame them.
On the other hand, if you know you’re planning an extravagant wedding with all the bells and whistles, you might be wondering just the opposite.
Wherever you land on the spectrum, this next section will cover the average high and low costs of different flower arrangements.
What is the Average Cost of a Bridal Bouquet?
As one of the most anticipated arrangements of flowers at any wedding, it’s perhaps no surprise to learn that the bridal bouquet is one of the most expensive you’ll buy.
Brides who feel strongly about their favorite flower or those who wish to remain in keeping with a particular floral theme may be happy to spend a little more on their bridal bouquet, which could see them spending upwards of $350 or even $500 as an estimated average.
At the other end of the scale, you can find beautiful bridal bouquets for much less at $150, or even less if you follow our thrifty wedding flower tips which we share later in this article.
What is the Average Cost of a Bridesmaids Bouquet?
It’s natural to spend a little less on the bridesmaids bouquets - after all, there should be no upstaging the bride or her bridal bouquet on the big day. However, the costs can still add up quickly depending on how many bridesmaids you’re planning on having for your wedding.
On average, the amount spent on bridesmaids bouquets starts at around $30 and can be anything up to $75 per bouquet, so you’ll need to seriously think about how many bridesmaids you’re having and whether or not you can afford to splash out on these.
You may want to similarly consider the costs of an arrangement if you’re having a flower girl, which tends to fall under the same category as bridesmaids bouquets.
What is the Average Cost of Boutonnieres?
What are boutonnieres, I hear you ask? This is basically a fancy wedding term for the flowers that you sometimes see adorning suits at weddings, which have the ability to bring together the whole wedding party as you can choose flowers to match your other bouquets.
As a single flower, boutonnieres are obviously going to be a lot cheaper than the rest of your wedding flowers and can range from $15 to $25, with $18 being the average amount spent.
What is the Average Cost of Floral Centerpiece?
It isn’t just the ceremony you have to think about when you’re planning your wedding flowers, as you may want to incorporate a floral arrangement as your centerpiece.
This can be a lovely way to tie in your floral decor in a beautifully thematic way that really highlights your wedding flowers, whilst also being a great piece of decoration for your guests to admire around their tables in between speeches and dancing.
So, baring in mind that these prices will vary depending on the choice of flowers and the florist you use, here are some estimates regarding the costs of centerpieces.
Traditionally you would have smaller arrangements for the centerpieces on the guest tables, meaning these will be the least expensive on your list. Subject to how many tables you’re having, you can expect to spend anywhere from $80 to $400 for the smaller centerpieces.
At the head table, the majority of couples will have a more extravagant floral arrangement displayed as the centerpiece which will cost more. These can cost between $50 and $150 for just the one arrangement, so be sure to consider this when you’re setting the budget.
You might even want to consider going out for the dessert tables centerpieces, as these will give your guests to admire some of the more elaborate arrangements without needing one on every guest table.
The Average Cost of a Wedding Florist
There’s nothing that says you have to hire a wedding florist. You might be perfectly happy picking out flowers for your wedding yourself, and just having them made up at your chosen florist and delivered to the venue on the day.
However, some people choose to hire a florist to take the stress out of at least one part of wedding planning, as a professional will be able to put together some incredibly beautiful arrangements for you incorporating your favorite flowers and sticking to a set budget.
You could ask your florist to match the floral arrangements to your wedding decor or a certain theme, and some will offer the service of setting up the flowers at your wedding.
For all this, you can be looking at paying anything from $700 to $1,20. If you’re unsure about which florist to choose, most wedding venues will have some good recommendations that they’ve used before or who are already approved to work at your venue.
How to Cut Costs on Your Wedding Flowers
There are certain things that you just shouldn’t scrimp on for your wedding if you don’t have to, but luckily, wedding flowers aren’t one of them.
You can find beautiful flowers that will suit any style or theme without having to go back and revise the guest list, especially if you follow some of these useful tips for how to cut costs when it comes to your wedding flowers:
- By centering your flower arrangements around your favorite bloom and surrounding it with cheaper varieties of flowers you can keep the overall cost of the bouquet lower.
- Fill your bouquet with a lot of greenery as foliage tends to be cheaper than flowers, meaning a limited budget doesn’t limit you to sparse, sad floral arrangements.
- If you’re wedding theme or has a rustic or bohemian aesthetic, why not substitute all or some of the fresh flowers for dried flowers, as these are a cheaper alternative.
- Using in-season flowers is also usually less expensive compared to choosing flowers that are out of season. In spring, gerber daisies are a great choice, or holly can add a festive twist to your winter wedding.
- Another easy way to cut down on flower costs is to reuse your ceremony flowers at the reception, plus it will keep everything looking like it’s part of your wedding theme.
- Work with your venue and if there are beautiful gardens or outdoor spaces with flowers, why not use the natural scenery as your backdrop rather than spend a tonne of money on recreating the same look inside.
- Get all hands on deck! If you can’t afford to hire a wedding florist to set up the floral arrangements on your wedding day, why not ask a few friends or family members to help set up the flowers while you’re busy, you know, getting married.
- In a similar vein, why not turn to a bit of DIY to keep costs low? Bridesmaids bouquets, or really any of the arrangements can be made yourself which will be a less expensive option. You can have all your bridesmaids round one night to help!
- The last tip we’ll share herre (although there are plenty more to be found online!) is that if you’re planning on having a completely flower-filled wedding, it’s worth buying your wedding flowers in bulk to keep costs down. You’ll need to put the bouquets together yourself, but it’s more affordable and you can even make an evening of it.
We hope this article has been helpful in opening your eyes to the costs of wedding flowers.
If the numbers we’ve discussed throughout this article already has you thinking about cutting 50 guests from your guest list, don’t panic! You don’t need to spend a fortune on flowers.
You can find a lot of ways to cut down on costs for your wedding, and these days, what couple isn’t looking to do exactly that?
For further tips and information about weddings, check out some of our other articles or maybe have a browse on Pinterest for some ideas.