Your wedding flowers should cost you whatever you are prepared to spend to get your vision to work within your budget.
10% of your budget… have you heard that before?
That “10% of your total wedding spend” theory is perhaps a guide for if you have no idea. Weddings are a major expense and where you choose to spend your budget is such a personal thing.
If flowers are your jam and you want it all then that % will be higher.
If flowers aren’t your thing but you want to keep mum (or dad, aunts, grandma) happy and still have a few then the % allocated maybe lower.
Your day. Your choice. Your budget.
(your = you + partner)
Three common pricing problems:
1. I have no idea of the names of flowers or what they cost!
You have no idea of what flowers are what / what is in season / what is an expensive wedding flower… let alone how much you want to spend.
I always suggest to my clients in this boat to start with the look they want rather than the actual flowers. Hashtag searches on Pinterest and Instagram (or wedding magazines if you are old school) are the best places to start. Develop a mood board of colours, shapes, styles you like and give that to your florist. Your florist can then tell you the best in season flowers to use to get this look.
2. I want it all but I’m on a budget!
So you want the 10+ bridal party, the ceremony arbour, huge tall centrepieces and a massive floral hanging installation over the dance floor but you are on a budget… this is a tough one.
You could shop round and try and find a florist in Melbourne who will quote you to win the job. It is a competitive industry and there are always newcomers looking to break into the market. My strongest advice is just make sure they have insurance! Many venues require this – especially for hanging pieces. Please remember that it is super uncool to show other florists competitors quotes. #dontbeuncool
If the thought of choosing the cheapest quote doesn’t sit well then narrow down which parts of the vision are critical. The hanging installation is going to be a large part of the budget, can you forgo it? Or the extra large tall centrepieces on the table – would making them one size smaller really hurt the look?
3. I’m saving for a house and only have a small budget
This one is soooo not a problem so long as your wish list isn’t large and you don’t have your heart set on the trio of pricey wedding blooms (peonies, David Austin roses and phal orchids).
If you are comfortable with your budget then tell your florist as early as possible in the process. It will make it so much easier if you are both on the same page. Together you can work to achieve a suitable vision for a price you are happy with.
We offer our pricing online so that you can tally up your wish list and see if we are a fit for your budget before you contact us. We also have sizing options so that you can pick items to fit. Size definitely does impact the price of wedding flowers.
So how much should your wedding flowers in Melbourne cost?
As much as you want to spend to get the look you can afford.