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What should I spend on my wedding flowers?

Updated: Jun 3

Unlocking the Beauty: Understanding the Flower Spend for Your Wedding

Caroline and Scott getting their first glimpse of their wedding flowers

Planning a wedding involves numerous decisions, but one of the most visually impactful choices you'll make is selecting your wedding flowers. Whether you're dreaming of a romantic garden-themed celebration or a chic, modern event, flowers set the tone and enhance the ambiance of your big day. As a wedding florist based in Cheshire, I understand that budgeting for flowers can be daunting.


THE MISCONCEPTION OF WEDDING FLOWER COSTS


Once a bride remarked: 'I could go to a supermarket and buy flowers for a lot less'. I agreed she could, but I asked whether it would achieve the look she wanted on her special day. There was a pause - the answer was 'no'.

There is a misconception that putting the word 'wedding' in front of flowers means you will be charged a fortune. I went on to explain: if you bought a pack of roses, would they open up into beautiful large, ruffled heads? No, well, that's because I am selective in the ingredients that go into your floral creations, and I have spent many years training to be able to make your bouquet perfect- it's a piece of art!


Bride and bridesmaids with their white, sage and blush bridal party flowers

THE ART OF FLORISTRY


You also need to remember that most couples choose to marry on a Saturday, of which there are only 52 in the year, and it takes approximately seven to 14 fourteen days of work to complete your wedding flowers, from the initial enquiry to the finished creations. Floristry is an art. There is time spent creating your designs stem by stem, sourcing the ingredients and planning the perfect florals for your wedding. Add the day itself into the equation, and your florist will be setting up and styling, along with collecting, clearing and cleaning up the day after. You’re paying for all of this and the admin, and it's definitely not a 9-5 job....but I love it!

The cost question is difficult as there are so many possibilities. Every couple has a unique vision; some want to wow their guests with stunning floral creations, whilst others want to create floral memories so that every time the scent of freesia or rose is near, it transports them to a wedding memory they will treasure for a lifetime.

However, we understand the challenges in how to go about planning and budgeting for your wedding flowers when you have no idea about flowers, and you probably have never been married before!


blush and white table centrepeice by Jacqui O

FACTORS INFLUENCING THE COST OF WEDDING FLOWERS

There's nothing quite like walking into a ceremony or reception where the flowers have transformed the space, and you have made it your own. However, there is no ‘one size fits all' approach when it comes to budgeting for wedding florals, as we're in the design industry, and many variables come into play, including the types of flowers, the complexity of arrangements, and the size of your wedding.


Some couples will spend less; some will spend more if flowers are important to them. Most of our clients spend more as they value the importance of floral aesthetics. Fragrant flowers and foliage and visually stunning arrangements are truly a feast on the senses, which you can't help but touch!


BREAKDOWN OF FLOWER COSTS FOR DIFFERENT SPENDS


INTIMATE & ATMOSPHERIC: Stunning Florals on a modest spend (Under £3,000)

With this spend, you can achieve beautiful, memorable floral arrangements that create a stunning atmosphere. Here’s what you can typically expect:

  • Bridal Bouquet: A beautiful bouquet using seasonal flowers and greenery.

  • Bridesmaids' Bouquets: Smaller, simpler versions of the bridal bouquet.

  • Buttonholes and Corsages: Essential flowers for the groom, groomsmen, and close family members.

  • Ceremony Flowers: Simple decorations like pew ends or registrar arrangements.

  • Simple Centrepieces: Elegant yet minimal arrangements for guest tables.


ELEGANT & UNDERSTATED GLAMOUR: Elevate Your Wedding with Refined Floral Designs (£3,000 - £6,000)

Our clients most popular choice allows for more elaborate designs and a greater variety of flowers:

  • Bridal Bouquet: A more intricate and lush bouquet with a mix of premium flowers.

  • Bridesmaids' Bouquets: Coordinated but varied hand-tied's.

  • Buttonholes and Corsages: Hand-made personalised touches for the bridal party and family.

  • Ceremony Features: Enhanced decorations such as floral arches, aisle markers, and urn arrangements.

  • Table Centrepieces & Styling: Creative and varied centrepieces, incorporating candles and accessories.

  • Reception Flowers: Additional floral elements like top-table arrangement, cake flowers, bar arrangements, and guest book table decor.


ROMANTIC & ABUNDANT: Make a Statement with Luxurious Florals (£7,000 - £10,000)

For a more luxurious experience, expect opulent and customised floral designs:

  • Bridal Bouquet: A show-stopping bouquet with the finest blooms and detailed artistry.

  • Bridesmaids' Bouquets: Unique, high-end bouquets for each bridesmaid.

  • Buttonholes and Corsages: Luxury flowers and bespoke designs for all.

  • Ceremony Features: Extensive decorations, including flower columns, intricate aisle runners, and lavish meadow ceremony crescents.

  • Centrepieces: Grand, elaborate centrepieces that can range from towering arrangements to elaborate tablescapes.

  • Reception Features: Comprehensive floral decor covering every aspect of the reception, from fireplaces, windows and chandeliers to detailed floral place settings and guest favours.


LUXURY & OVERFLOWING, WITH ILLUSTRIOUS FLORALS THE ULTIMATE WEDDING (Over £11,000)

For the ultimate in luxury, enjoy an abundance of opulent and customised floral designs that create an immersive ambiance for guests and arouse the senses. This is an unforgettable experience:

  • Bridal Bouquet: An extraordinary bouquet crafted with the most exquisite blooms.

  • Bridesmaids' Bouquets: Premium, individually designed bouquets for each bridesmaid.

  • Buttonholes and Corsages: High-end, hand-made custom floral designs for the entire bridal party.

  • Entrance Feature: Grand welcome arrangements, from urns to arches and staircase florals that will evoke memories of your wedding for years to come.

  • Centrepieces & Styling: Magnificent and lavish centrepieces, from towering floral sculptures to intricate tablescapes with stylish accessories, including glowing candles and floral guest favours, making your guests feel cherished and enchanted.

  • Reception Features: Unparalleled floral decor throughout the reception, including adorned fireplaces, chandelier florals, an abundant flower top-table feature, and luxurious photo opportunities, leaving you and your guests talking about your flowers for years to come.


A wedding couple sitting at a sweetheart table

SAVVY SPENDING: EXPERT TIPS ON HOW TO SPEND YOUR FLOWER BUDGET WISELY

At Jacqui O we believe you get what you pay for and encourage couples to choose a spend range (e.g. £3,000 - £6,000) when enquiring. Here are our top tips for using your spend wisely:

  • Be Transparent About Your Budget: Be open and honest about the desired figure you have in mind. It really helps if you share this, to ensure we keep to it, although it's not always possible if your vision is fighting the budget. If uncertain about setting a budget, inquire about the average spend of the florist's clients as a reference point. A seasoned florist will leverage this knowledge to offer tailored solutions that meet your expectations while respecting your financial boundaries.

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  • Prioritise Impactful Arrangements: We always say 'less is more' when it comes to using your budget wisely. Prioritise spending on statement pieces that hold significance to you, such as your beautiful bouquet, a striking floral feature for your ceremony, or elegant table arrangements to elevate your guests' experience. Don't be tempted to dot flowers everywhere as it reduces the impact, wastes your money and will often go unnoticed.

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  • Strategic Budget Planning: The best way to start budget planning is to have a 'must have' and a 'nice to have' list. The 'must have' list is all about your personal priorities and we recommend putting them in order. Your bridal bouquet and groom's buttonhole may be first on the list, as these will feature in your wedding photographs which you will treasure for a lifetime. If you have dreamt of saying 'I do' in style, then a statement ceremony arch and aisle flowers may be high on the list, or perhaps your guests’ experience is more important, and you choose to allocate the majority of your spend on the reception table centrepieces. The 'nice to have' list may include welcome flower arrangements, fireplace florals and staircase installations which are perfect for the ultimate wedding experience, but not essential.


Wedding speech flower backdrop for groom

  • Repurpose with Purpose: So you and your guests get to enjoy the beauty of your wedding flowers for longer whilst reducing waste. Some of our couples choose to place the ceremony arch behind the reception top table to frame them whilst others use it as a photo booth for their guests to enjoy. There are so many possibilities, and asking your floral designer is a great way to see what is possible with your scheme.

  • Seek Professional Guidance: As designers, we know how and where to save and how to create more abundant florals. If a florist comes back and their quote is too high but they tick all the boxes (e.g. style, they’re a likeable, empathetic person and have a great ethos), give them a chance to rework it for you, particularly if they have worked your venue before…they are an expert in the field after all.

Embracing expert advice and focusing on what truly matters can ensure your wedding florals are both breathtaking and budget-conscious, making your special day in Cheshire unforgettable.

Simple white and green floral sweetheart table

CREDITS

Photographer Jade Osborne



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