How Much Do Wedding Flowers Cost?

The earliest known reference of using floral decorations in a formal wedding is found in an Egyptian love poem dating as far back as 1,100 BC. While one can trace that part of our modern wedding practice at such a vast historical scale, times always change and the cultural significance between then and now may share nothing in common. Nonetheless, modern science uncovers one consistent and unchanging fact amidst centuries of social turbulence.

A research published by the Kansas State University in 2009 underscores the better recovery rate of post-surgical patients admitted in private rooms adorned with indoor plants.

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As far as the human condition is concerned, flowers make us feel good. At the scale of setting the vibes for 140 people in a venue, you’d be spending up to $2,500 for an average cost of wedding flowers. The following factors may determine higher or lower actual costs:

1. Season & Type

The kind of flower you may prefer is oftentimes subject to the season, especially for the unique ones. Examples of unique buds that grow only in one season include hollies (winter), peonies (spring), irises (summer) and dahlias (autumn). These flowers tend to have inflated prices in a different season since the artificial preservation contributes to cost.

Apart from their blooming season, the price difference is often attributed to their geographical rarity or how they are being cultivated. The blog called Lovingly classifies each cost spectrum as luxury ($), premium ($), standard ($), and economical ($).

To avoid keeping track of the season, you can choose the types of flowers that bloom all year round. Their prices never fluctuate on accounts of your scheduled wedding month. There are up to 14 well-known types in this category. However, you can get the most out of your dollar by “honestly” discussing with your florist how to get splendid arrangements with these cheap flowers for weddings:

  • Baby’s Breath: up to $15 per bunch
  • Carnation: up to $2 per stem
  • Delphinium: up to $1.56 per stem
  • Eucalyptus: up to $17.80 per bunch
  • Stock: up to $1.60 per stem

2. Floral Arrangement

There are up to 10 types of wedding bouquet styles florists acknowledge, each one defined by their level of complexity. It is important to take note that you are also paying for the work hours required for the florist to finish every arrangement (not just the bridal bouquet). Nonetheless, it is the bridal bouquet that entails larger, more vibrant and more costly variety of blooms. The average wedding florist cost of arranging a bridal bouquet is $150 but elite florists like the Virginia-based J Morris Flowers charge up to $300. 

You can reduce the cost of your bridal bouquet by having them displayed in a ballerina style. This type of arrangement is characterized by a voluminous outer layer of semi-transparent fabric (tulle) neatly securing and funneling the stems of inner floral arrangement inside the tube handle.

Some types of flowers ideally cooperate with certain types of arrangements. For instance, the mokara orchid is best for resplendent tresses in the cascading bridal bouquet. Big blooms (e.g. sunflower) make an excellent centerpiece topping for circular hand-held arrangements like the ballerina or the nosegay styles. Always consult with your florist!

No matter what bridal bouquet style you prefer, you only need to restrict your arrangement to two types of flowers. You could get the following premium and luxury blooms as your limelight bouquet from huge farm-direct suppliers like Whole Blossoms:

  • Calla Lily: up to $5.33 per stem
  • Hydrangea: up to $7.50 per stem
  • Peony: up to $8.50 per stem
  • Orchid (Cymbidium): up to $24.60 per stem
  • Orchid (Mokara): up to $2.62 per stem
  • Orchid (Phalaenopsis): up to $27 per stem
  • Orchid (Vanda): up to $14.17 per stem
  • Sunflower (Teddy Bear): up to $5 per stem
  • Sunflower (Chocolate): up to $3.92 per stem

3. Wardrobe & Headcount

As a wedding accessory, flowers will need to meld perfectly (either by matching or contrasting) with the attire of the bride, the groom, entourage (e.g. bridesmaid and groomsmen) and honored guests (e.g. parents and principal sponsors). In most cases, wedding designers and florists agree to choose certain blooms to emphasize the wedding theme color.

There are two types of floral accessories honored guests will be wearing: the corsage for females and the boutonniere for the males (including the groomsmen). A Seattle-based florist called POSH charges up to $25 for each boutonniere and up to $35 for a corsage. Apart from the list of honored guests, you also need to consider the number of bridesmaids. The median cost of the bridesmaid bouquet is roughly around $75 to $100.

Always take note of the balance between flowers and attire. An overseas (Rome) wedding registry blog called Given2 gave a juxtaposing two-point rule in spending for flowers in relation to the wedding attire budget.

  • Simple attire = elaborate bouquet and accessories
  • Elaborate or stylish attire = simple floral bouquet and accessories

One of the many ways to save cost while choosing a relatively pricey type of flower for the bridesmaids entails combined micro-sizing and supersizing. Choose one big centerpiece bloom like the sunflower, hydrangea, or rose and have florists produce miniature versions of a bridal bouquet.

Another way for a cost-efficient selection of luxurious blooms is to go with the pageant or arm-sheathe type of arrangement. You can have the florist bundle together at least stems of long-stalk flowers like calla lilies and phalaenopsis orchids into a simple ornate scepter.

If you desire a more verdant and dramatic cascading arrangement for each bridesmaid bouquet, you can suggest to your florist using inexpensive green tresses like eucalyptus and ferns. They may even add long ribbons to accentuate the trimmed floral braids.

4. Ceremony & Reception

One of the most significant factors affecting the overall wedding flowers price concerns its decorative element. The size or scope of the venue will determine how many flowers you will need. Take note of the basic checklist and each of their average price ranges presented by Value Penguin:

  • Altar (Christian): $50 to $285
  • Chuppah (Jewish): $275 to $500
  • Aisle Runner: $35 to $59 each
  • Pew Decoration: $5 to $15 each
  • Head Table Arrangement: $50 to $125
  • Guest Book Table Arrangement: $15 to $75
  • Cake Table Arrangement: $25 to $120
  • Gift Table Arrangement: $35 to $75

Instead of floral displays, you can lessen (if not completely avoid) the cost needed for decorating the guest table with cheap DIY school supplies. At the center of every roundtable (indoor) or picnic bench (outdoor), picture a fish bowl with a stubby candle or a soft-glowing cubic paper lantern.  

Ask your florist to repurpose the flowers to be used as decorations, from the ceremony to your reception venue. This will allow you to significantly reduce the volume of floral items needed to decorate your wedding. This strategy works especially best if you have one venue for both the ceremony and the reception due to a decreased logistical workload.

If you intend to choose an outdoor wedding venue, consider choosing a verdant landscape such as a garden resort. The entire surroundings will supply more than enough positive greenery even with the barest centerpiece arrangements. Also, choose an outdoor venue with a sheltered ceremonial site (e.g. chapel or shrine) to avoid expensive wedding arches.

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