Flowers are one of the most beautiful, colorful, and memorable parts of weddings. They bring an overwhelming sense of romance and luxury to the ceremony and reception spaces, add beauty and sophistication to the entire wedding party’s look, and elevate the wedding decor and resulting photography. But what’s the price of all of this natural beauty? Can you afford to have the wedding flowers of your dreams, even if you’re on a budget?
Using our below guide, learn tips for how to think about your floral budget and find out exactly how much certain kinds of wedding flowers cost.
According to florists, the average cost of wedding flowers is around $3,500. This average price point includes the whole works: boutonnieres, bouquets, corsages, ceremony decorations, table centerpieces, reception decorations, flower child and ring bearer flowers, and petals. However, flower prices can fluctuate based on their availability, and it can be easy to add floral expenses without even realizing it (what’s one more boutonniere?), so it may be wise to budget a bit more just to be on the safe side.
Here is a breakdown of approximately how much each floral arrangement element in a wedding costs to better help you create a floral budget that works for you. Remember, prices for flowers and services can vary wildly, so use these figures as a general guideline and get real price quotes from your local wedding florists!
Bridal bouquet: $170-$250
Depending on how unique and overflowing your bridal bouquet is, you could spend over $200. Looking for a way to keep your bridal bouquet cost down? Incorporate your favorite seasonal flowers into your floral arrangement.
Bridesmaid bouquets: $65-$100 each
This wedding flower cost will depend on the types of blooms you want in these bouquets, as well as the number of bridesmaids in your party. If you are looking to have a larger bridal party or elaborate bouquets, be prepared to spend more than $300 total.
Boutonnieres/Corsages: $20-$30 each
Depending on the same factors as bridesmaids’ bouquets (the number of people, the type of flowers used, etc.), you could easily spend over $200 on boutonnieres and corsages, so budget accordingly.
Ceremony and Reception Decor: $300-$600
The amount you spend on event decorations can widely vary depending on the size of your venue and the number of tables or display spaces you’d like to embellish. Depending on the amount of decorations you have, you can easily spend close to or over $1,000 for more expensive petals and elaborate designs.
For more ornate and lavish centerpieces, some couples will spend between $500 and $650 each, but as you know by now, it all depends on the size of the arrangements, types of flowers used, and how elaborate each wedding centerpiece design is.
Flower child and ring bearer: $$25-50
These may not be not a part of every couple’s wedding party, but if you plan on having one or a few sweet kiddos walk down the aisle before you, plan on spending between $25+ for his or her blooms.
Flower petals: $80-$200
If you’ve dreamed of walking down an aisle scattered with fresh flower petals, you can estimate that you’ll need an additional $80 to $200 to make this vision come to life, but for rare or out-of-season blooms, (or for very long aisles), you’ll need to plan on spending more. If this floral element isn't a dealbreaker, then this is one part of your flower budget you can skip.
It’s also important to consider that although these are the average amounts couples are spending, some will spend more on one floral element and not spend as much on another. Know what kind of flowers you absolutely want, and what you’re willing to splurge on vs. sacrifice.
The first step in making your floral budget is to begin browsing real weddings to get inspiration. Pay attention to the images of flowers that you’re drawn to, and try to find patterns in what you like. Save your favorites to your Zola account so you can share them at consultations with florists later.
Consider your wedding day details and what’s realistic to expect. The following factors will affect both the flower options available to you and their associated costs:
After gathering your inspiration and thinking about what types of flowers will work best for your wedding, make a list of all floral decorations you’re interested in having. Be sure to think about these questions before you begin interviewing florists to set expectations early (and avoid going over budget):
Based on the types and kinds of florals you think you’ll want, begin researching the general prices for each item. To help streamline the wedding planning process, we have listed average prices for basic floral items below. However, be sure to interview professional wedding florists to get actual price quotes and make sure your estimates are within the floral budget figure you have in mind.
Couples typically allocate between 8-10% of their total wedding budget to florals, but this number can vary depending on a variety of factors:
Think outside the vase: While no one can argue that fresh flowers aren’t a lovely way to decorate your reception tables, there are plenty of other ways to distinguish your wedding decor without increasing your floral budget. Getting creative here can be a great way to integrate your wedding theme and add a personal touch to your fête. Consider decorating your tables with some of the following non-floral decor:
Choose a naturally beautiful venue: To save on your floral budget without sacrificing beautiful ambience, consider booking your wedding at an outdoor venue—such as a park, garden, mountaintop, or private backyard—that is already full of stunning flowers and striking landscapes. These natural backdrops will not only look great in photos, but will require little to no floral arrangements.
Here are some final things to consider when making your wedding floral budget:
Set Up and Delivery Fees: Other costs that couples tend to overlook are the setup and delivery fees, which you will usually encounter when talking to local florists. Before signing a contract with a professional, be sure to ask if delivery and set up fees are included in their price quote, and if they’re not, ask how much these fees tend to run.
House of Worship Flower Rules and Donations If you’re getting married in a house of worship, inquire what the policy is for bringing in outside flowers to the church, synagogue, or mosque. Some churches actually require you to provide arrangements for the altar, and ask that they remain as a donation for services the next day—be sure to inquire so you can factor this cost (and/or your inability to reuse these arrangements) into your budget. On the other hand, some houses of worship do not allow any outside flowers to be brought in, so be aware of all policies before you put down a floral deposit for arrangements you can’t use.