When it comes to wedding ceremony flowers, the bridal bouquet is one of the biggest expenditures. But the buck doesn’t stop there. If you have bridesmaids—particularly a lot of them—you may be starting to wonder: how much does a bridesmaid bouquet cost?
Although some florists say the average bridesmaid bouquet can range anywhere from $65 to $125, it all depends on your preference of flowers and how many you want to fill out the bouquet.
When budgeting for wedding party arrangements, count how many bouquets you’ll need and think about what kind of flowers you want. This will help you your florist give you a ballpark number. You can always scale back if you need to.
Don’t worry: There are plenty of ways to make your flower budget stretch. From the style to the size of the wedding bouquet, you can make all of your dreams come true while still sticking to a reasonable budget. Here’s how:
First, research a range of wedding florists and get referrals from others when you can to compare work and costs before deciding on the best fit. Make a list of questions to ask at your initial consultation if the information is not already provided ahead of time. Among these include:
Before settling on someone, consider their geographic location. By using a person or business that’s local, you can browse through their selection in person and get an idea of what it’s like to work with them.
Local florists also tend to know what’s abundant for the season by being from the area and may have a few affordable suggestions you may not have previously considered. Plus, these types of vendors may even waive delivery and setup fees or include them into the final cost of flowers.
If you find a favorite, they can get booked up quickly, especially during the peak of wedding season, so secure them in advance.
Once you’ve settled on a florist, schedule a meeting to go over specifics. Communicate your wedding colors and any hues or flowers that are off limits to include.
To prepare for this initial meeting, take a look through the florist’s social media channels or online portfolio to get an idea of the kind of bouquets they can put together and an average cost of what you’re looking for.
If money is no object for you, you can let them guide the conversation surrounding the visual concept for your wedding. However, if you want to stick to a strict budget, make sure you communicate your likes and dislikes upfront. Take photos or share Pinterest or Instagram images of other bridal bouquets that you like. Point out the colors that catch your eye, the types of flowers you like the most, and even how you’d like the flowers to be arranged. The more specific you are, the more your florist will understand your vision.
Certain flowers—like peonies, orchids, and tulips—are more costly. While beautiful, there are a variety of similar flowers that have just as much visual appeal for a fraction of the cost. The stunning petal pattern of chrysanthemums creates a similar, full-bloom effect as peonies. The taller stems make this flower striking to carry as a single stem, or when cut smaller, create a beautiful effect for an extravagant bouquet.
Daisies and roses are also less expensive, but elegant choices. With a spectrum of colors to choose from, it’s easy to make a vibrant bouquet that complements your wedding colors. Greenery or leafier flowers, like Baby’s breath or Queen Anne’s lace, are a couple more inexpensive options that maximize the look of a wedding bouquet.
To justify the cost of the bridesmaid bouquets (and maybe even save on your overall budget!), consider using the bridal and bridesmaid bouquets as part of the reception decor once the ceremony ends. How? Set up vases at the bridal party table where the flowers can be kept fresh through the night. Or, do something similar around the cake or dessert table.
With so many options available, it can be challenging to make a final decision about the flowers your bridesmaids will carry on your wedding day. But working with a florist that keeps your budget and vision in mind when creating different ideas will keep you from going over your limit, but ensure you get truly stunning bouquets that are perfect for your big day.