April 18, 2022

How To Make The Most Of Your Wedding Floral Budget

On your wedding day, one of the main focuses will be on the florals. It’s a given! Weddings almost ALWAYS include flowers in some way, shape, or form. It’s no surprise that couples often set aside a specific budget for these beauties. While we would loveeee to dive into pools of flowers and cover a venue from top to bottom in beautiful blooms we know it’s just not reasonable. Wedding flowers can be expensive. So, we want to help you figure out how to make the most of your wedding floral budget. What are the must-haves and what can you survive without? 

Determining Your Wedding Floral Budget

When deciding on your wedding floral budget, you’ll want to narrow down which floral elements are the most important to you. Often, these heavy hitters are your bridal bouquet, ceremony flowers, and large installations or reception designs. These are the items that will make the biggest statement on your wedding day. If you’re under a tighter budget, you can keep elements such as sign florals, boutonnieres, family flowers, cocktail hour, and reception florals on the smaller side or even exclude them completely. Wedding florals add up quickly, especially dinner table centerpieces! If your wedding is over 50 people there can be a lotttt of tables floral arrangements to pay for, but we have some tips for you!

tropical wedding reception table centerpieces
Cherece Casale Photography

Mix It Up

Stay budget-friendly by mixing up your tablescapes! Use a variety of bud vases, and candles surrounded by greenery and flowers, or mix small arrangements with large arrangements to really maximize your space without breaking the bank. By giving your tables movement and various elements to look at, it’ll fill the space and not seem like you’re sparing any cost on florals. By switching up your design table to table – you not only create a unique look but you can also save a lot more money! Traditional medium to large centerpieces cost a LOT more than a couple of bud vases and hand-laid greenery pops. 

wedding reception floral centerpiece
Melissa Marshall Photography
Cherece Casale Photography

Reuse and Repurpose

Another wonderful way to utilize your floral budget wisely is by repurposing the larger items (those that aren’t installed) towards other parts of your wedding day. For example, if you have impressive aisle markers at your ceremony, consider moving them to floor in front of your sweetheart table as a framing piece! But, if you do decide to repurpose a floral arrangement elsewhere on your wedding day just be sure it works in the space. Aisle markers and bouquets aren’t exactly made to be centerpieces; so explore other areas where you can repurpose these! 

ceremony aisle floral arrangements with greenery and white flowers
Melissa Marshall Photography

Budget-Friendly Floral Types

Our next tip on how you can make the most of your wedding floral budget is to not go too crazy with the dried/bleached floral trend. I know it is sooo popular right now (and for a good reason!) However, it can actually end up being more expensive than fresh flowers. Yup, you read that right! Dried florals often cost 2-3 times more than fresh floral, and unless you’re using pampas it usually requires more product to give the same amount of coverage. I’m totally in love with dried and bleached florals but I promise there are some amazing combinations we can make using both dried and fresh florals!

dried bridal bouquet by good seed floral
Karra Leigh Photography
sweetheart table wedding floral arrangements
Jessie Schultz Photography

Trust Your Florist!

And finally, (this may be my biggest tip!!) allow your florist to run with their creativity! Florists spend a lot of time working with their suppliers and flower farms to see what is available, in season, and what will give you most bang for your buck. Your florist is going to know what flowers work well together and which flowers you’ll want to steer away from. Allow them to guide you in the planning process and trust that they want your wedding to look amazing just as much as good as you do!! So, choose a florist you trust and let them work their magic. 

wedding floral centerpieces by good seed floral
Melissa Marshall Photography

Flowers from floral designers will never be inexpensive, but there are many strategic ways to work these designs into your wedding floral budget so you’re able to make the most of their beauty. Explore the many options out there and give us a shout if you’re ready to dive into planning your wedding day florals!