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The dreaded budget.

After 10+ years of working with brides, without a doubt the number one question they have is in regards to their budget. How much money should they set aside, how to figure out what things cost, how to save money...and the number one question; is their budget reasonable. After spending some time poking around the interwebs this morning I can tell you without a doubt that any article a bride reads about floral budget is a bold face lie. I'm not sure where these people get their facts and figures from, but let me try and break it down as simply as possible for you.

Flowers cost money.

To say a floral budget should be 8-10% of your total wedding cost doesn't really tell you much. I mean...what if you have a budget of $15,000 for your whole wedding. You really love flowers and think they're your most important design element. Please, I beg of you...budget more than $1,200 for your flowers or you will be very sad with the outcome. Believe me when I tell you, it'll be a giant bummer. Now lets say you don't understand the need for flowers...you want candles instead of centerpiece, and you only have 3 bridesmaids. You may not need to even budget $1,200. It all depends on your design aesthetic and your needs.

Now lets talk trends. Little cluster centerpieces are still as popular as ever. Lots of little bottle clustered together looks quirky and relaxed and elegant all at the same time. There is a common misconception that this:


...is far more costly than a centerpiece that resembles something like this:



EHHHHH (this was my feeble attempt at a game show buzzer, which I'm positive I failed miserably at)...you're mistaken. So, you spend the time (remember, time is money!) to travel to numerous junk stores/antique malls to collect the perfect bottles and little containers. Each bottle costs you on average $4 bucks...some are less and some really fancy ones that you can't live without might get up to $8-$10. Lets say you have 5 bottles per table, with an average cost of $25.00 on just the bottles alone. Now you have to fill them. Did you take into consideration how big the openings were in your bottles? Will they need more than one flower to make them look visually "correct"? Larger flowers such as peonies, dahlias, roses, orchids and other "showy" beauties tend to fill these little bottles best as they visually fill your table quickly. Now, lets say each bottle you've collected can fit 2-3 flowers, some only needing one...and that super fancy bottle over there needing 4. At an average of $4-$7 per flower your "cheap" centerpiece has easily crept over the $70 price tag. Not to mention you're now the proud owner of 100+ bottles.

The more traditional centerpiece above, requires no work from you...and can easily be done depending on your flower selections for $60+ Obviously the one above is a slightly more $$$ version, but really...with a few florist tricks a little imagination and a wave of our magic wand it can be done.

Obvious budget buster: lots of guests=lots of tables=lots of centerpieces=lots of $

Some simple ideas to cuts cost which don't look like you've forgotten about the centerpiece until the day before. Plants, pictures, fruits/veggies, sticks, stylish balloons. If any of these sound remotely interesting and you want some ideas...done hesitate to ask me!

The bouquet.

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I often get reactions of shock and awe when brides see the cost of their bouquet (and I know for a fact that I hover on the lower end of the spectrum as far as pricing goes). On average expect to pay $140+ for your bouquet...and about $55+ for your bridesmaids. This of course depends on what you want, so make sure to ask questions! Why are bouquet so expensive you might ask. Well...there are a couple contributing factors. Your flower choices, the amount of different types of flowers you have in your bouquet and the amount of work it takes to put together the bouquet. Some flowers such as orchids, gardenia, lily of the valley, gerbera daisies, and hyacinth require individual wiring, which adds to the time the bouquet takes to put together (again...time is money!)  If you've read online that your bridal bouquet will cost $75-$100, ignore that silly statistic and add some more money to that and forego the ladies room arrangement. The bridal bouquet is almost as important as your dress. It appears in almost 75% of pictures, its what sets your dress off and its like a really big fancy piece of jewelry. It's important so please...I beg of you. Don't skimp out on it. If you love a generally expensive flower like calla lilies but you've talked yourself out of using them for fear that your budget will be blown....by all means, put them in your bouquet and skip them in your centerpieces. There is no rule telling you that you cant do that! Like I always say...if you love something...carry it.

Obvious budget buster: lots of bridesmaids=lots of bouquets=lots of $
I could just keep going and going and going...but instead I'll leave you with this. Your wedding if you choose can either be totally gorgeous and over the top, or equally as gorgeous and understated. As for your floral budget. Do a little research...research is key. Before sitting down to talk to a florist, ask your friends how much they spent on flowers, go into a flower shop and ask the basics. "I need to buy a centerpiece....what do they start at?" You don't even need to go into the full blown description of what you're trying to do. Honestly, be sneaky about it....a good florist will give you a wide range of options and ask YOU the appropriate questions. If you don't like their answer, assume that you wont want to receive a quote from them for your wedding. BUDGET HIGH...put more aside than you think you would like to spend on your flowers. It will allow for a little wiggle room, it will ease your mind, and it will also allow for you to not have to beg your great Aunt Gert for a couple hundred bucks. All in all, flowers will cost you money, but they really are the beautiful perfect buttercream frosting on the giant cake that is your wedding.

If you have any questions about your budget that you would like answered, please dont hesitate to leave them in the comment section. I will answer as honestly and to the point as humanly possible. No question is off limits. Let me have it!



After looking at thousand of wedding photos, wedding flower inspiration, blogs, pinterest and anything flowery under the sun, there is something striking and perfect in the simplicity of a single flower. Not arranged, no fuss...just close up, pure and pretty. I would like to thank the magic of Instagram for making my somewhat ok photos look pretty super duper.

Ranunclus- Ranunculus Asiaticus
Phlox- Phlox Paniculata
Mimosa- Acacia Dealbata
Ranunclus- Ranunculus Asiaticus
Fritillaria- Fritillaria Assyriaca
Pin Cushion Protea- Leucospermum Cordifolium
Rex Begonia- Begonia Rex-cultorium
Hens and Chicks- Sempervivum
Rose "Deep Purple"- Rose perpetua
Beauty Aster- Callistephus Chinensis
Ranunclus- Ranunculus Asiaticus
Anemone- Anemone Coronaria

Ranunclus- Ranunculus Asiaticus

Anemone- Anemone Coronaria
Banksia- Banksia Aemula