Flowers are classic wedding décor. Whether you want just a bridal bouquet or are planing floral arrangements throughout your venue, they're likely to play a part in your big day's look. But how much should wedding flowers cost?
It's not easy to give exact prices. That's because there are so many factors at play - we'll explain these, as they'll help you work out how to make the most of your flower budget.
As you'd imagine, the biggest factor affecting price is the amount of blooms. Put simply, if you want a full-on floral wonderland, you'll need to allocate more of your wedding budget to the flowers. Not that bothered about flowers? You can save on your spend by keeping it simple.
We’ve spoken to a range of professional florists, who offer all kinds of services, to give you some flower cost guidelines.
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How Much Should I Budget for Wedding Flowers?
As explained, this depends on a range of factors, but if you want the full works - flowers for the bridal party, bridal bouquet and reception flowers - the team at Pesh Flowers advises that couples should expect an order to come in at upwards of £1,000.
Coming in at a similar number, Charlotte from Herbert and Isles says: “We find that weddings tend to start on an average of £1,200-£1,500, although we offer bespoke packages for all weddings.”
Communication with your florist is key. “Something that’s really helpful as a florist is when your clients are really upfront and open about their budget from the start," says Rosie from Lavender and Rose. "Once your florist knows what you’re able to spend with them, they can design something that will look beautiful, but within your budget.
“It’s worth knowing that from our experience most florists will charge around three times the wholesale value of a stem. At first this may seem ludicrous, but when you consider they have to order, collect, condition, get them to their ‘peak bloom’, arrange, deliver and install them – you begin to understand where the extra cost comes in.”
What Factors Will Affect the Cost of Wedding Flowers?
When it comes to your floristry order, there are three main areas that can impact the total cost of your wedding flowers; where your wedding is (and where your chosen florist is based), the time of year you’re getting married and the floral order itself.
While it may not be the biggest factor in flower pricing, the location of both your wedding and your florist can affect the cost of your order. “As florists on the move we are able to travel far and wide for weddings, however if the wedding is quite far then your delivery charge will depend on how big the distance is for us to travel,” says the team at Herbert & Isles.
What's more, prices are higher around the UK. Florists in a major city are likely to charge more, particularly if they're particularly sought-after.
One thing all the experts agree on is that rising prices during certain times of year wasn’t down to high wedding seasons, but instead due to changes in the flower market.
London florist Blooming Haus explained: “For example, red roses around Valentine’s Day are always going to be more costly, or if you are getting married between Christmas and New Year then your selection of flowers can be limited and again, more expensive.
“Stick to seasonal blooms, as they will be at their most beautiful and less expensive when they are in season. Most of our couples let us have free rein over the selection of blooms as long as we stick to their colour scheme – meaning they are getting the best selection for their money.”
READ MORE: Our Guide to Seasonal Wedding Flowers
Your Wedding Flowers Order
The size, style and details of your flower order will undoubtedly be the biggest factor when your florist prices up what you’ve asked for.
A lot depends on the style of your wedding venue. “Some venues don’t need a lot of decoration, for example country manor houses," say florists Sonning Flowers. "However, venues such as marquees and blank canvases are likely to require more décor, making your order potentially more expensive.”
Put simply, the more space you need to fill, the more flowers you'll need.
“The scale of your brief will hugely affect the cost of your flowers," says Rosie. "Lots of couples now want something which will make their wedding stand out – like hanging installations or wall designs. These, as you might have guessed, come at more of a cost than your bog standard table displays!”
You can keep costs down by prioritising key areas of your venue.
“The more designs you want, the more you’ll spend on your flowers, but if you do have a budget you want to stick to then it’s always best to consider the main areas of the ceremony or venue first," say Herbert & Isles. “Even though it may sound more costly to have a few large, dramatic pieces such as floral archways and garlands, it’s more impressive to your guests and they stand out a lot more than lots of smaller designs."
Ask your florist about using greenery, too. This is often much less expensive than blooms, but brings a lovely, fresh feel to a venue, and can have a real impact.
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If you're keeping to a stricter budget, you may need to consider simpler arrangements. The more complex the arrangement, the more time it'll take your florist to create - and that has an impact of costs. The same goes for your bouquet. A pared-back, hand-tied bridal bouquet of wildflowers and foliage is going to be less expensive than an opulent style.
What Can You Get For Your Budget?
£0 – £300
Obviously, for £0, you get no flowers - unless, of course, you decide to grow your own flowers to go fully DIY!
Alternatively, you could create your own arrangements and buy flowers from a farm or wholesale market. Remember, you can always go part-DIY: create the reception arrangements yourself, for example, but get professionally made bouquets and buttonholes.
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Most of our experts agreed that for the top end of this price bracket (£300), you should be able to get an order from a professional florist which includes a bridal bouquet, two bridesmaid bouquets, five button holes and two corsages.
If you’re not keen to splash the cash on your wedding flowers and just want the basics, this is a pretty good place to start. Prices will vary depending on the types of flowers, sizes of bouquets and the other aspects we mentioned above – but this is a good guideline of prices to approach a florist with.
£300 – £650
According to Sonning Flowers, upping the budget to £650 means you can consider including some table centrepieces in your order.
For up to £650, you should expect to order bouquets for you, your bridesmaids, corsages and button holes and some simple table décor – until you increase the budget slightly, the table decorations are likely to be simple greenery, and you may not be able to get one for every table, depending on how many guests you’re having.
£650 – £850
A budget of £850 should give you room to include a statement piece at the wedding.
This higher budget should allow for all the bridal party flowers including button holes and corsages, simple floral centrepieces for your reception tables and one larger floral display or aisle décor.
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£850 – £1,200
With a budget close to the £1,000 mark, you'll have more choice when it comes to venue décor, as well as bouquets and bridal party accessories.
Talk to your florist about what's possible in terms of reusing flowers, to make your budget go further. If you want to have flowers at the ceremony, the smart way to save is to reuse them at the reception. What's more, larger bridesmaid bouquets can do double-duty as table centrepieces.
“We’d include bridal and bridesmaid bouquets, button holes, corsages, table centrepieces, ceremony urns, bud vases and up to nine small hanging foliage hoops to decorate the venue with,” says Rosie.
Depending on the flowers you choose, £1,200 should give you the opportunity to really get creative with your florist in creating some beautiful displays.
£1,200 and Over
Charlotte from Herbert and Isles says that for £1,200-£1500, couples should expect all of their bridal party bouquets and accessories, table designs and ceremony flowers. Depending on the florist, you may also be able to have have a floral installation, such as chandeliers, flower balls, garlands or archway.
The team at Blooming Haus say that for £1,500 and above, couples should expect something similar to the image below. “We're talking a full design package including colour and flower research to match the couple’s choice, consultation with the couple and at the venue, up to six hours of designing and a range of floral arrangements.”
Ready to start making your floral dreams a reality? Head to our directory of wedding florists to find your perfect match.