Incorporating seasonal flowers into your wedding day gets you the best quality blooms for a lower price tag. This guide can help you save big on your floral budget, no matter what time of year you plan to tie the knot.
There are many costs associated with wedding planning, from the venue to the invitations and beyond. One of the more expensive wedding costs can be florals, with an average bridal bouquet costing $150 — and that’s before you calculate centrepieces, bouquets, boutonnieres, and other floral displays. After all, is said and done the average couple can plan to spend $700-$2500 on their floral budget.
Incorporating seasonal flowers into your wedding day gets you the best quality blooms for a lower price tag. This seasonal flower blooming guide can help you save big on your floral budget, no matter when you plan to tie the knot. You’ll get the best quality and a lower price tag because blooms are more affordable during their peak season.
When you order in-season flowers, your florist doesn’t have to compete with other businesses to order a flower that’s in high demand and low quantity. It also cuts down on shipping costs because florists can more easily use local vendors.
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Average Cost of Wedding Flowers
Whether you’re opting for a minimalistic wedding, or you’re going all out with a bright, bold palette, your wedding flowers can really be one of the most beautiful parts of the day. A wedding ceremony will traditionally incorporate the bridal bouquet, bouquets for the bridesmaids, corsages, and altar flowers, just to name a few. Moving into the reception, guests are greeted with stunning blooms used as centrepieces, garlands, and even on the cake. The possibilities are endless! But with so many ways to incorporate floral touches, it can all be a little daunting, especially when it comes to building this decoration piece into your budget.
Before you determine any floral plans, be sure to start with your wedding flower budget early on. This will give you a better idea of your must-haves, wants, and pieces of traditional floral design that you may want to skip. But how much do wedding flowers even cost? Where’s a couple to begin in building that budget? Read on for a few tips and tricks from floral and wedding planning experts to help better understand the average cost of wedding flowers, how to save on flowers, and a few sample budgets to get you started.
The Average Cost of Wedding Flowers
The average cost of wedding flowers can vary widely, depending on how many flowers you need, the types of flowers you choose, and whether or not they’re in season. Though no wedding flower costs are set in stone, florist Caitlyn McCloskey, owner of Sea Lily in Malibu, California, provided a range of couples can expect certain floral items to cost.
- Bridal bouquet: $150–$350
- Bridesmaid bouquet: $65–$125
- Boutonniere: $24–$45
- Pin-on corsage: $32–$48
- Wrist corsage: $48–$65
- Reception flowers: $75–$250
- Flower girl petals: $65 per bag
- Altar flowers: $75–$500
- Arrangement next to sign-in book: $150–$250
- Arrangement next to place cards: $65–$125
- Head table centrepiece: $65–$150
- Sweetheart table garland: $12–$45 per foot
- Guest table centrepiece: $75–$400
- Cake flowers: $25–$150
- Flower crown: $45–$125
Ways to Offset the Cost of Wedding Flowers
Though wedding flower budgets can be expensive, there are ways you can keep your flower costs (relatively) low and maximize your overall wedding budget. Here are eight ways to save on costs when it comes to wedding flowers.
Mix Expensive Flowers With Inexpensive Flowers
Get the look for less by following everyone’s favourite fashion rule: Mix high with low! “One of the best ideas I have ever seen was the bride who had white roses and bushels of baby’s breath,” says Ani Keshishian, creative director of Anoush Banquet Halls & Catering and L.A. Banquets. “She alternated between roses on one table and baby’s breath on another, and you couldn’t tell the difference in her photos. It was very elegant and did wonder for the feel of the wedding.” If you’re not a fan of alternating, try choosing a lot of filler like stock and greenery and adding in pops of the expensive and coveted flowers, such as David Austin roses or peonies, suggests Jennifer Arreguin and Natasha Burton, cofounders of Swoon California in Santa Barbara, California.
Use Lighting and Other Décor Alongside Floral Arrangements
Votives and candlelight are just as romantic as flowers, and they can help keep you within budget. “You can also mix in personal items for the table displays like pictures, keepsakes, or lanterns instead of concentrating solely on blooms,” Arreguin and Burton advise. Another bright idea if you don’t have a big flower budget? Concentrate on finding unique vessels that may take fewer flowers. Choose items that, when combined with other design objects such as the above-mentioned candles in multiples, will create a stunning centrepiece, recommends celebrity event planner Michael Cerbelli, CEO and president of Cerbelli Creative.
Reuse Your Ceremony Flowers at the Reception
Sometimes you just have to go big or go home, right? So if large, over-the-top arrangements are what you want, get them, but try to give them multiple uses. “These arrangements can be placed on staggered columns to create a gorgeous backdrop for the ceremony,” advises wedding planner Scoobie West of Scoobie & Company. “Then, during cocktail hour, they can be easily transported to the reception space.”
Choose Wedding Flowers That Are in Season and Locally Grown
Don’t choose flowers that are completely out of season or don’t jive with the climate where you’re getting married. On top of that, options that are grown locally will usually be more affordable and fresher than specialty varieties that need to be shipped from far away.
Opt for Volume
“Full-petal flowers will go much further in terms of space than smaller blooms,” says wedding planner Francesca DiSalvo-Follmer, owner of Pure Luxe Bride. Erica Taylor Haskins, cofounder of Tinsel Experiential Design, loves using towering flowering branches like cherry blossom and forsythia as a way to get a colourful, voluminous look.
Stick to a Few Types of Flowers
The more variety, the more the cost. Instead of overwhelming your floral arrangements with a multitude of different flowers, keep it simple and stick to a few varieties, keeping costs down and preventing your florist from ordering in bulk.
Consider Using Plants
Consider using potted plants or herbs for your centrepieces, suggests wedding planner Jyl Deering of Deering Events, so guests (or you) can take them home to replant. Palms and hearty desert cacti are also a great way to make a statement without having to go overboard on flowers. Succulents and terrariums are a great choice as well.
Be Open-Minded and Ask Your Florist for Advice
When in doubt, ask your florist for some insight. According to event planner Kristine Cholakian Cooke, owner of Simply Charming Socials, your florist should be able to give you some great alternatives that meet your expectations visually and are also more accessible for your date. “We always find that brides who are more open-minded going into initial floral meetings can truly learn about flowers and options they didn’t know existed,” says Cooke. “In the end, the results can be beautiful and unexpected.”
Select a Venue That’s Naturally Beautiful
Book a venue that’s naturally beautiful. Choose a windswept beach, a gorgeous garden, or a wooded grove as your wedding backdrop, and then just enhance your surroundings with simple floral accents.
Choose One or Two “Wow” Moments
You don’t have to cover every surface at your reception with flowers. Instead, set a few statement centrepieces in key areas and use more minimal arrangements on tables. Here are some examples of ways to create those “wow” moments:
Seasonal Guide to Wedding Flowers
Use this flower blooming chart to determine which flowers are in season before you visit your florist. Keep in mind that weather, climate, and a number of other factors can impact flowering seasons, so make sure to double-check with your local florist before you order. Once you’ve checked out our flower blooming chart, keep reading for bouquet inspiration organized by wedding season. If you know what month you’re planning your wedding or pre-wedding event, you can also jump to the specific season for flower inspiration here.
Spring Flower Inspiration
Spring kicks off the year’s biggest blooming season. As the weather slowly warms, plants begin to flower into beautiful pastel shades. You’ll want to take advantage of the fresh florals as they awaken for your springtime wedding. It’s the perfect time of year to add in pinks, peaches, purple, and cream into your wedding style.
Something to keep in mind when selecting your springtime bouquets is that cold fronts and long winters can delay the flowering season, which can impact the fullness of your blooms. Touch base with your florist a few weeks before the wedding to see if you can still buy locally sourced in-season blooms to cut down on cost or if it makes more sense to order them due to weather.
Check out some of our favourite delicate springtime blooms:
This large petaled flower is found in a wide variety of wedding bouquets. Its petals look similar to rose petals but are extremely delicate and tissue-paper thin. Their colour palette makes them perfect for any season, and despite their springtime bloom, they are cheap and widely available so you can feature them all year long!
Add a whimsical touch to your bouquet with bluebell wildflowers. These intense blue bulbs grow in woodland areas and are linked with fairy enchantments in British folklore. Their deep shades make this flower a moody addition to any bouquet, perfect for a garden-inspired look.
Because poppies prefer cooler weather, these flowers have a short blooming season that wraps up by May. If you’re getting married in spring, this crinkly spring flower will add bright colour to your bouquet. Although the petals come in many shades, the centre is usually bursting with yellow, making this wildflower a perfect addition to a bouquet for a free-spirited outdoor ceremony.
This voluminous flower is a wedding bouquet favourite. Peonies have silky, fluffy petals that come in light hues. The petals have a strong aromatic scent, and they begin to burst as the warm weather moves in, making them a perfect option for a fresh springtime wedding. They’re also fit for royalty as they are Megan Markle’s favourite flower.
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Summer Flower Inspiration
Summer is the perfect time of year to feature bold colours and full blooms. Many flowers that began to bulb in springtime reach peak bloom during the hot summer months, so you have endless options to take advantage of.
It’s also the perfect season to add tropical, warm weather flowers to your special day. Bright, exotic floral choices are a great way to tie a summertime vibe into your ceremony. One thing to keep in mind is that all that sunshine makes heat waves and dry spells common this time of year, which can impact the blooming season of some flowers.
Here are some of our favourite warm-season blooms:
Add a bright pop of summertime to your wedding with this classic wildflower that resembles rays of sunshine. Sunflowers begin flowering in July, and their bountiful bloom makes them extremely affordable. Sunflowers are also considered a symbol of good luck, so incorporating them into your floral display will start your marriage off with positive and bright sunny vibes.
Early summer is the best time to take advantage of snapdragons, which begin budding in the cool springtime. This flower is from the Mediterranean and has fragrant petals and long stems. Snapdragons come in a wide variety of beautiful bold shades, and they’re perfect to pair with larger buds such as roses and peonies.
Start your honeymoon early with this tropical stunner. While many varieties bloom year-round, orchids feel especially seasonal during the sunny summer months. Their bright petals resemble butterfly wings, and despite their high cost, orchids can be a practical bouquet choice given their long life span. Pair with lush greenery and bright bulbs for a lush, tropical floral design.
These dreamy summer flowers are bright, bold, and uniquely shaped. While they begin blooming in late May, their flowers begin to burst during the summer months into early fall. Dahlia’s large bloom, affordability, and variety make this a practical and impactful addition to your bouquet.
Fall Flower Inspiration
Flower season slows down as the crisp air moves in. Autumn sees plants and trees shed their leaves as foliage transforms into beautiful jewel-toned hues. This whimsical time of year is a great time to add boho touches to your wedding day, such as flower crowns. Other seasonal touches for your floral arrangements can include twigs, feathers, and berries.
Many summer blooms continue to flower throughout early fall, so despite the changing colours, autumn brings you’ll still have tons of options to choose from. You’ll also find a rebirth of some cool-weather bulbs that resurface from spring after hiding from the summer heat.
Here are some of our favourite flowers to add to a fall wedding display:
This statement flower will steal the show at your wedding. The tropical flowering plant in South Africa’s national flower and it stuns with a heavy head, spiky petals, and a thick stem. Despite its light pink colour, the uniqueness of this flower makes it the perfect addition to a moody fall bouquet.
This exotic longtailed plant has a rich Aztec history, and its name translates to “love lies bleeding.” With rich harvest hues such as pink, red and green, these petals hold colour even when dry. The velvety flowers will look sultry and glamorous as they cascade down your wedding bouquet.
Also called mums, this popular flower signifies autumn abundance, making it the perfect addition to your fall wedding day! Mums come in brilliant shades and offer brides tons of variety in a flower shape. They’re also easy to grow in the late summer season, making them an affordable bouquet addition and a great flower for fall gardens.
This summer bloom is still in season through October, making it a perfect addition to an early fall wedding display. There are multiple shades of petals so you can choose a more traditional autumn colour or surprise your wedding guests with pops of delicate blue petals paired with more traditional fall shades.
Winter Flower Inspiration
Few flowers can survive the hard frost of wintertime. Celebrate the strong stems that bloom despite the chill by featuring them in your winter wedding!
This season is all about delicate decadence, from your wedding cake to your floral display. Try featuring neutral flowers with pops of bright red and green. You can also add in festive holiday ornamentation with features like pine cones and red berries.
Here are some lovely and sturdy winter floral options:
Often called a Christmas rose, these flowers may bloom as early as December. Hellebores have a rich history in both Ancient Greek Mythology and Christianity. These plants’ tolerance for frost and stunning, rich petals make them an obvious choice for a dreamy winter wedding display.
Also known as windflowers, these bulbs are a symbol of love between Adonis and Aphrodite in Greek Mythology. This, along with their striking petal shades, including deep plum, makes them a perfect choice for a winter wedding.
Delicate greenery has been really popular in wedding florals over the past few years and the beautifully textured leaves of eucalyptus make this a perfect choice for a winter bouquet filler. Native to Australia, these leaves grow on trees and have a strong, aromatic scent. They look beautiful fresh or dried, so you can buy them fresh or stock up early.
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Winter Garden Rose
Roses are a symbol of love and beauty, which is why they’re the most popular wedding flowers. They also bloom all year round, making them a romantic and tasteful choice any season. Winter Garden Roses bloom in December so their soft, delicate petals won’t break the bank and still offer a beautiful colour variety during the winter season.