The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Day Flowers
There’s a lot that goes into planning a wedding, and wedding day flowers are just one small part. Besides choosing to commit to someone for life (no small step, indeed), you’re also hosting an event. Sometimes it involves a guest list of friends and family that exceeds well into the hundreds, gathering in multiple places.
For people who regularly plan events, all those details and all the scheduling may come as no surprise. For the most part for them, it’s no big deal. But for most brides, a wedding is the biggest thing they’ll ever be in charge of. It’s also the most expensive thing they’ve probably ever budgeted for too.
Those factors together—a big event, unfamiliarity with everything required—can be troublesome. It’s part of the reason so many weddings end up more expensive than families planned. And one of those things that can quickly get out of budget control is flowers.
Budgeting Factors with Flowers
Like most elements of a wedding, the flowers are used in multiple places—bouquets, corsages, centerpieces, decorations. That is part of the reason why most experts say to put 8% of the overall wedding budget for flowers. (If your budget is small and 8% barley makes a dent, check out this article “Minimalist Flowers, Big Impact” for a few more tips.)
There’s another explanation for why flowers start out as a relatively minor piece of your budget and then grows: seasonality. Wedding day flowers are beautiful, but not all are easy to come by during different seasons and specific locales.
Of course, there are some blooms that are grown in good quantities all year round. The carnation and freesia are just two examples. But many couples don’t want the flowers that everyone can get. That’s why it’s important to check the season. For example, expect price differences if you’re trying to obtain a cosmos in winter.
Wedding Day Flowers Guide
Need more help with choosing wedding day flowers? Thankfully you can use the info in this graphic to help guide your seasonal, budget-smart flower choices.
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