Pricing for flowers, especially wedding flowers can be an absolute mystery to many couples looking to book flowers for their special day. With Pinterest throwing beautiful images at us with no reference for what arrangements cost, couples can easily have false expectations. For many people, their most common interaction with flowers is at the grocery store check-out line. I, too, love checking out the pre-packed bouquets just as much as the cooking magazines and chocolate bars. I even grab a bunch here and there if I just can’t help myself. But when it comes to your wedding day, grocery store flowers have no place. Just like how you expect your reception dinner to be much higher quality than the hot lunch counter at the grocery store, so too should you have different expectations of your wedding flowers. However, knowing what to expect - both size and price - can be really hard.
To help clear up some of the mystery around pricing and sizes of wedding flower arrangements, I got together with my friend, Anastasia, from Olive Photography to capture some comparison images. Check below to see examples of different size arrangements and how I like to use these for a wedding.
Bud Vases, $15-$25. Shown with fritillaria meleagris, $21 includes purchase of bud vase, $17 when renting vessel.
I love bud vases! They’re simple, perfect for showing off an interesting, statement bloom like these unique fritillaria. These might be the perfect way to add a bit of colour to cocktail tables, tucked between plates of treats on a sweets table, or used in clusters on a harvest table with family-style service. For a slightly lower price point, think about mixing bud vases - some with a statement bloom and some with delicate foliage only.
Cocktail Arrangement, $40+. Shown here: $45 includes vessel, $40 when renting vessel.
These little arrangements are perfect on cruiser tables during cocktail hour. I often have clients add a couple extra of these cocktail arrangements to put in washrooms for an extra special touch. If you are getting married in a restaurant with smaller sized bistro tables, go with one of these cute little guys from every two or three tables instead of trying to squeeze a traditional centrepiece in.
Medium Arrangement, $60+. Shown here: $75 includes vessel, $65 when renting vessel.
This is great if you like the idea of the cocktail arrangements but you want a bit more size. They are also a great addition to a smaller welcome table or card table. You could also use these at your reception if you are going with harvest tables (longer, rectangular tables) instead of traditional round tables commonly used at banquet halls. I usually suggest doing two or three arrangements in the cocktail, medium-sized or medium-large sized categories down the centre of a harvest table so all of your guests - even the ones on the ends - have something pretty to look at. The vessel shown is a little bit of an upgrade but if you want to go for classic glass, the price will go down a smidge.
Medium-Large Arrangement, $80+. Shown here: $85 includes vessel, $80 when renting vessel.
This is a slightly bulked up version of the previous arrangement. A Medium – Large arrangement would be great on a harvest table, mixed with smaller arrangements down the centre of the table.
Classic Compote Centrepiece, $100 +. Shown here: $140 includes vessel, $130 when renting vessel.
A Classic Compote Arrangement is perfect as a centrepiece on a round table. This particular arrangement is packed with extra special, premium blooms including garden roses, sweet peas, magnolia, fancy parrot tulips and hellebores! These premium blooms push the price up on this arrangement, but a similar style and feel can be achieved by subbing out some of those fancy stems with equally lovely standard roses, seasonal tulips and anemones, and cherry blossoms instead of magnolia.
Long/Low Hedge Arrangement, $125+. Shown here: $145 includes vessel.
A long and low arrangement that appears to sit directly on the table is a great option for a slightly wider harvest table. The ends can be extended and taper down the table to provide interest for guests seated toward the end. Most of the volume can be kept lower with branches extending up for an architectural touch, or with blooms like scabiosa reaching above the rest of the arrangement for a gentle flourish. For larger weddings, you can use these as aisle decor and then transfer them to your reception tables. Use them to dress up a fireplace mantle or hearth with even more cascading foliage for an extra wild touch.
Statement Arrangement, $200+. Shown here: One-sided at $220 includes vessel, $200 when renting vessel.
I’d use a large Statement Arrangement like this to anchor an escort card table display or to welcome guests into your reception. This arrangement is taller and wider and meant to make your guests go, “wow!”. Something like this could be designed as a one-sided arrangement with most of the florals focused on the front of the arrangement, or it can be designed to be viewed in the round if it’s to be seen from all sides. All around, at $250 includes vessel, $230 when renting vessel.
Large Ceremony Urn, $350+. Shown here: $350 and $425 both with vessel rental.
My lovely, stone-look urns are pretty darn big! If you want to make a serious statement at your ceremony, what better way than with a pair of these beautiful arrangements to frame the altar. If the first photo wasn’t pretty enough, I upgraded this big mamma by adding more cascading greenery, romantic garden roses and elegant parrot tulips to drape over the edge of the container. Though it’s subtle, the little bit extra finishes the look by softening the edges. You might feel like, “Wow, that is a lot of money to spend!” But using florals to frame your ceremony space can really complete the look, AND, I encourage couples to repurpose these arrangements at the reception space to keep enjoying the gorgeousness! Imagine using these to frame your head table or at the entrance to your reception venue or as a backdrop for a photo booth!
When you’re getting ready to book a florist for your wedding, start by thinking about where you want flowers. Make sure you talk about what your set-up will look like so your florist can make suggestions about how to best dress your space with flowers. When I put together a proposal for potential clients, I include all of their wish list items but usually I expect that we’ll have to cut some items to get to the target budget. Sometimes I encourage clients to cut a bunch of little things (forget pew markers or washroom flowers!) so they can afford the big statement pieces. I always want my clients to get the most bang for their buck and even though arrangements like that big ceremony urn cost a pretty penny, they can actually stretch your decor budget. They are hard to miss (can you imagine walking by and not noticing those big magnolia blooms?) and can be repurposed. Putting your funds towards larger statement pieces like these maximize impact by providing a focal point in a larger room. If you are in a smaller more intimate space, use the same concept but size your statement pieces to work with the scale of your venue.