Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Flower budget

It's a question that is asked so very often: "How much should we set aside for our flowers?"  The answer is sort of complicated. 

It's all a personal preference.  But, most of our couples have flowers on the top of their list and they budget approximately 10-20% of their overall budget for floral decor.  As with any wedding, things just seem to add up. 

At your initial meeting, expect to spend about an hour or two with us.  We'll ask you all sorts of questions about the style of the wedding, what your tastes are, what type of atmosphere you would like to create, etc.  We want to get to know you both and understand every aspect of what is important to you.  I think it's a great idea to do some homework prior to us meeting and rip out things from magazines, create inspiration boards on Style Me Pretty blog or My Kate Parker Wedding.  There are so many great books to get as well. Check out the wedding books on Amazon.

When you select your wedding date, it's a good idea to research it a bit and see if there are any major holidays during that week.  Flowers are more expensive around popular holidays such as Mother's Day, Valentine's Day and Christmas and Easter.

During our initial consultation, tell us everything you have dreamed about... and we'll go from there.  I'd rather you tell us what your dream is and we can pull so much inspiration from that.  For every one of our weddings or events, we create custom designed concepts.  Which means you as a couple are so very different from our other couples and therefore your wedding should reflect that!

Obviously what effects the overall floral design pricing is the type of flowers that are being used in the wedding, how many stems we need, hard goods needed and of course, how much labor is involved.  My suggestion to couples looking to achieve a full and lush look without breaking the bank is to use things in season and use a maximum of three types of flowers.  Things like hydrangea are big and fluffy and take up space.  I love the simplicity of things like gerbera daisies in simple glass bud vases mixed with a ton of votive candles!

We're working on a few photo shoots to give everyone a little bit of pure inspiration.  More details to follow.  We'll be describing everything in detail so you can know what we did, what we rented and what flowers we used!

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