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The cause of a lot of confusion, brides are looking for more than just table centerpieces theses days. Lighting, linens, lounge furniture, specialty candles, outdoor decor, the list goes on and on. Because of the growing complexity of wedding design I think there should be some clarity to how much should be spent on your flowers vs. your floral and event design. In general I would still allocate 8%-10% of your total budget to your flowers. This should include:

  • Personal flowers- bride, bridesmaids, moms, flower girl, ring bearer, groom, groomsmen, fathers, readers, grandparents, etc.
  • Ceremony flowers- altar arrangements, aisle adornments, aisle runner- if allowed, entrance arrangements, wreaths, etc.
  • Cocktail hour flowers- bars, bathrooms, cocktail tables, stationary hors d’oeuvres, gift table, place card table
  • Reception flowers- centerpieces, buffet arrangements- if applicable, bars, bathrooms, cake table, etc.

You don’t need to include all of these flowers on your wish list, but it shows you all of the possibilities. In terms of your budget, expect to spend around 50% of your total flower budget on your centerpieces. Depending on the number of members of your bridal party, your personal flowers can really eat into your budget as well.

Here are a few photos of examples of the more classic flower proposal and what you should expect for services:

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Photo by Blush Imagery

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Photo by John Santerre for David Murray Weddings

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Photo by Emilie Inc.

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Photo by Claris Photography

When referring to floral and event design, things can get expensive quickly. Oftentimes, event designers will include the rental fees in this total, so you should expect to see the following items included in up to 20% of your total budget:

Flowers -all of the above plus
Specialty flowers -chandelier installations, chair back treatments, tent pole garlands, multiple styles of centerpieces, etc.
Lighting -paper lanterns, uplighting on the ceiling and walls, GoBo monograms for dance floors, chandeliers, outdoor ambient lighting, etc.
Rentals -table linens, napkins, custom chair treatments- sashes, caps, full covers- china, glassware, flatware, unique table shapes and sizes, chairs
Lounge furniture -couches, chairs, chaise lounges, ottomans, light cubes, custom pillows
Ambiance Decor -sheers or draping of walls, candle installations- mantles, walkways, etc.
Outdoor Decor -pathway lighting, outdoor furniture, etc.

Here are a few photos showing what full floral and event design look like:

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Photo by Claris Photography

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Photo by Claris Photography

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Photo by Claris Photography

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Photo by Nelson Hancock

If you have any questions about floral and event design budgets please leave it in the comments. :grin:

The Wedding Budget Series:

Part 1: Venue/Caterer
Part 2: Photography

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I am looking into having a tent-wedding - the last picture with all the paper lantern lighting interests me. Is that something a florist would have, or must I purchase those myself? Any idea how much it would cost to decorate a tent and do lighting with those lanterns?

 
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@ZBee: Hi ZBee, As a floral and event designer, we provided all of the linens, rentals, flowers and lighting for this wedding. Some florists will have lighting available, but I would check with your tent company. They should definitely have the capabilities or know and work with a lighting company that can help you out. Depending on the size and type of tent you’re having, paper lanterns can cost anywhere from $500-$2500.00 to install. This greatly depends on how many lanterns you’re installing as well.

 
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I am struggling to find someone to transform an outdoor space into a reception area. Below is a quick lists of the tasks I’m looking for. Can you please let me know what someone coordinating this would be called (a floral designer / event designer/ wedding coordinator ??) and a recommendation or two as to where I could find them? Also, what would I reasonably expect to pay as a fee fo rthese services? Thanks so much!

Design a layout for the reception area, including placement of outdoor dining tables, dance floor, bar, tent, lighting, and pathway decorations that is both beautiful and functional

Selecting reception chairs, table linens, table set-up, plates, seating areas, etc. and decorations

Coordinate lighting to help guests safely and comfortable walk from the reception location to the poolhouse restroom facilities and move about in the dining/dancing/seating areas

Develop a solution, such as stepping stones, to facilitate guests in formal wedding attire walking along the gravel path/lawn leading to the reception area

Design cost-effective, attractive liners (floral or otherwise) to run along the long gravel path leading from the wedding site to the reception site

 

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