What Percent of a Wedding Budget Should Go Toward Flowers?

Etiquette

If you're working on creating a wedding budget, you've got to do your homework first. You can't create a realistic budget without knowing approximately what things cost in your area. So, when it comes to wedding flowers, how much do couples usually spend? Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your budgeting questions in our daily post.

We are starting to work on our wedding budget—how much should we spend on flowers?

If you're a total flower fiend, then the sky's the limit when it comes to your wedding flowers. It all comes down to priorities, so if flowers are a big deal to you, then you should plan on spending more on your arrangements. That said, most brides typically spend about eight to 10 percent of their overall budget on flowers. This usually includes the bridal bouquet, bridesmaids' bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, and ceremony and reception arrangements. But how much you actually spend depends on many different factors, such as the types of flowers you want (some blooms, like peonies and garden roses, are much more expensive than others), whether or not the flowers you choose are in season in your area, and the size and complexity of the arrangements.

So, let's run the numbers: According to the Brides American Wedding Study, last year the average couple spent $23,883 with an average of 153 guests. If we assume that they're spending eight percent of their total budget on flowers, that would amount to $1,911. Once you have an approximate idea of your floral budget, make an appointment with a florist to discuss a possible floral proposal. Let them know your budget and he or she should be able to figure out how to get the prettiest flowers for your wedding while staying within your budget. Keep in mind, though, that some florists have floral budget minimums, so if yours does not meet theirs, you'll need to move on until you find the right florist for you.

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