How Much Should I Spend on Wedding Flowers? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself


When it comes to planning parties, there’s one question our team of Southern California wedding florists hears time and time again: how much should I spend on wedding flowers? As you and your florist design your wedding floral plan, starting with your budget is a must—but how, exactly, do you begin to build out that budget? Not to fear brides- and grooms-to-be—today, we’re breaking down five questions to ask yourself when deciding how much to spend on wedding flowers.

1. How much do I have to spend?

This one is a no-brainer. Look at your overall wedding budget and decide how much of that number you can comfortably devote to your floral plan. Starting with, at the very least, a rough number gives you a guideline to stay within as you move on to the next questions.

2. What is the average spend in my area?

Where you’re tying the knot is a major factor when it comes to the cost of wedding flowers. Pricing varies greatly in different markets—so, rather than googling the average spend nationwide, make sure you’re researching costs specific to your wedding locale.

3. Are the flowers I want in season?

If you have your heart set on sunflowers in the winter or peonies in November, you’re going to have to pay a premium to make that happen. Expect to pay more for blooms that aren’t in season. If you don’t have your heart set on a specific flower, but rather are more concerned about the overall look, then choosing affordable, in-season flowers is a great way to make your budget stretch further.

4. How do flowers play into my overall decor plan?

If flowers are the main attraction when it comes to your wedding design plan, you’ll obviously want (and need) to devote a bit more of your overall budget to flowers (and scale back in other places). If, on the other hand, flowers are more of an accessory for your wedding design plan, then you can probably scale back on your floral budget and spend more in other places.   

5. What are my “must haves” versus my “nice-to-haves”?

Are you just dying to have a lush ceremony arch? Are greenery garlands on each table a must? Can you forego bar arrangements in order to afford that floral chandelier you’ve been dreaming of? Make a list of must-haves versus items that would be nice to have. Then, work with your florist to see what your must-haves column looks like budget-wise and what options you have for adding on a few of your “nice to haves”? Also, don’t underestimate the power of repurposing! A seasoned florist will be able to offer suggestions for repurposing arrangements and installations from your ceremony for your reception space.

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Heather Sharpe