Wedding flowers add beauty, fragrance and color.
W&H Wedding Flowers guide to help plan your budget.
Your Reception Site.
Flowers can transform a stark room into a warm inviting space.
The flowers for your reception should be a reflection of your wedding style and color scheme.
Table centerpieces should compliment the other flowers in the reception space.
The centerpieces should also work with linens and table settings you have chosen.
It is important to keep centerpieces low. So that guests can easily converse with each other.
If you want a more dramatic tall centerpiece. Choose a raised floral arrangement that begins above eye level.
Budget are always a factor. Alternating high and low centerpieces is a cost-efficient way. It will still add impact to your event.
Price Range: $30-$300. Average Price; $65-$175.
Reception Wedding Flowers can also be used for your home decor.
Head Table Centerpiece.
Your guests will take their cues from those sitting at the head table.
This important table should be decorated with a larger more dramatic arrangement.
Price Range: $50-$400. Average Price: $150.
Buffet Tables/Cocktail Tables.
If buffet tables are used. A floral arrangement will add beauty and color to the display.
Depending on the size of your buffet arrangements can be placed across the table. Use the same floral scheme as your centerpieces.
Cocktail tables can be decorated with petite arrangements. Use the same floral scheme as your buffet tables and centerpieces.
Buffet Table Price Range: $175-$750. Buffet Table Average Price: $400.
Cocktail Table Price Range: $15-$50. Cocktail Table Average Price: $25.
Fresh flowers are a beautiful addition to a wedding cake. Add your theme colors.
Price Range: $40-$250. Average Price: $70.
Who pays the Wedding Flowers for your Reception Decor.
A 30-35% labor fee is usually attached to all wedding floral packages.
This labor fee covers the cost of the following:
• Consultation time with wedding designer.
• Wedding floral proposal and up to three proposal revisions.
• Site visits with your designer.
• Locating, ordering and processing of flowers.
• Boxing, delivering, ceremony and reception set-up and break down.
• Pick-up of any rental items.
Complimentary time and proposals.
Set up a complimentary time to meet a florist at their design studio. View their wedding floral portfolios.
Once you have a better idea of your wedding flower needs. You can set up a consultation with their wedding designer.
Often there is a consultation fee. Usually about $50. Ask when booking the appointment. This can be credited to your flower budget should you book with the florist. Be sure to ask about this credit.
This consultation allows you to plan your wedding flowers in detail. You will also be provided with a detailed pricing proposal for your flowers. If not ask for it.
If you are planning on a Sunday wedding, ask if they are available.
A Guide to Who Traditionally Pays for What Wedding Flowers.
Traditionally, the Groom’s family paid for the flowers. The Groom pays for the Bride’s bouquet.
Today, however both families often share the cost.
When you write your order with the florist make sure you know to whom the bill is made out. Also who will pay the deposit and final invoice.
How to budget payments for your Wedding Flowers.
To confirm most services for wedding flowers, florists require a non-refundable deposit. There is an additional 50% balance due 60 days prior to the event.
The balance is due 14 days prior to your wedding. Check your agreement carefully.
Guideline tips courtesy: Tiger Lily, Charleston, South Carolina. Visit www.tigerlilyweddings.com.
Networking with floral and décor shops.
San Francisco-based Barbara Brooks has put together a network of boutique florists. Several of which specialize in weddings worldwide. Brooks works with them to ensure quality and uniqueness every time she places an order.
The invited floral designers specializes in fresh, seasonal flower arrangements, potted plants and gourmet baskets. They can deliver wedding flowers anywhere in the U.S., Canada and in selected countries. Visit www.bbrooks.com.