No matter how many times I post about it, the most common question we get is, “How much are my wedding flowers going to cost?” This is a difficult and very unpredictable question! You shouldn’t be surprised by a florist’s unwillingness to blindly throw out numbers at a brief encounter or in a quick email. It is very hard for a florist to give an exact cost because so many variables are involved. We always reserve our cost estimates until we have had time to sit down and thoroughly talk through everything!
But back to the question at hand–the harsh, but honest truth: probably more than you think!
All weddings are going to have different components. Some will be just bouquets and boutonnieres; others will be rentals, centerpieces, church pieces, etc. The number of pieces you have and the size of your wedding will greatly affect your floral costs. Here are my best pieces of information for coming up with a realistic floral budget!
· Your floral/decorating budget should be 20-30% of your over-all wedding budget. For example, if your total wedding budget is $10,000, you can look at spending $2,000-$3,000 on flowers and decorations.
· The average wedding flower and decoration cost in Columbia is around $1,500; this amount holds true for our business as well. This price range would be a good starting point for a budget if you are having the “average” wedding. A large number of guests, special flower requests, and extensive decorations will certainly increase the price.
· It is VERY difficult to do a flower centerpiece for less than $15. Most centerpieces you see in magazines are well over $50-$100 each. Centerpieces are the quickest way to rack up spending on wedding flowers. If you are working on a tight budget—you may consider creative options for centerpieces. (We especially like to be creative and create unique pieces for our customers, whether they be floral or non-floral!)
I hope this information about floral costs gets you thinking in the right direction and provides useful to your wedding planning!
Kim Martin — Floral Design Specialist — Columbia, MO