Useful Update on the Average Cost of Wedding Flowers in 2021

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The average cost of wedding flowers in the U.S. is around $1,500 for small to medium size weddings and up to $5,000+ for large weddings. Whatever your wedding budget is, it is safe to start with 8-10% of your total budget dedicated to the florals. From there, you can work your budget up or down based on your needs.

The Average Cost of Wedding Flowers

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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, here is a range couples can expect certain floral items to cost.

  • Bridal bouquet: $250
  • Bridesmaid bouquet: $80
  • Boutonniere: $20
  • Pin-on corsage: $25
  • Wrist corsage: $30
  • Reception centerpieces: $120-$600
  • Flower girl petals: $25
  • Ceremony structures: $1,500-$4,000
  • Arrangements next to place cards and guest book: $200
  • Head table florals: $1,500 
  • Sweetheart table décor: $500
  • Cake flowers: $150
  • Flower crown: $100

Money-Saving Wedding Flower Tips

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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 a few ways to save on costs when it comes to wedding flowers.

1. Mix Expensive Flowers With Inexpensive Flowers

Get the look for less by following everyone’s favorite fashion rule: Mix high with low! 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.

2. 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. 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 centerpiece.

3. 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. You can do this with bridesmaid bouquets as well. Stick them in little bud vases and display them on cocktail tables or anywhere that could use some sprucing up.

4. 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.

5. Opt for Volume

Full-petal flowers will go much further in terms of space than smaller blooms. Try using towering flowering branches like cherry blossom and forsythia as a way to get a colorful, voluminous look.

6. 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.

These are some very useful tips on reducing your cost on wedding flowers.

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