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:
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!
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!