Splurge or Save? Navigating the Floral Finances of Your Dream Wedding

la centenaria 1779 wedding 18

Have you ever wondered what goes into the price tag of floral arrangements? Let’s unveil why wedding flowers are a treasured but expensive aspect of your special day.

In a recent poll on our platform, @thebridaljourney, we delved deep into the realm of wedding flower costs, engaging our followers in an insightful discussion. 

Among the responses that emerged, echoes such as “Florals from my wedding are coming in around 9k.” and “Lake Como Florists costs well over 100k.” resonated with diverse experiences and budgets. From the statement, “The flowers for my wedding in 40 days are $4,300. I am getting the bare minimum,” to the declaration, “My florals were $30k, and they were worth every penny,” the spectrum of perspectives painted a vivid picture. 

From the more affordable of “We got ours done for $3,500, and they were incredible” to “I had my wedding in Greece with lots of flowers. It came to a total of AUD 4,000,” every quote encapsulated a unique sentiment. One follower noted, “2k pretty much only gets you the bridal party flowers these days,” and spoke of budget constraints, “My florals were about 8k, which was pretty minimal,” showcasing the diverse spend on flowers and their cost. 

We also heard from a wedding Planner and Stylist in Sydney, Du Jour, who mentioned, “Most florists we work with have a minimum of 8k, and there is a reason why”. 

As we embark on this expedition, we aim to unravel the enigma shrouding wedding flower costs, delving deep into the realm of blossoms and budgets. 

nina & jack

Photography Marcos Sanchez

From Farm to Bouquet

Delving into the world of wedding flowers, Farmers meticulously nurture high-quality blossoms cut, sorted, stored, and often imported from distant shores and imported in.

Behind every enchanting arrangement lies a dedicated florist whose work begins before sunrise. As early as 2 AM, you will find these florists meticulously selecting the finest flowers. The florists then invest in large refrigerators, carefully maintaining the blooms’ freshness and vibrancy until they’re ready to be arranged.

Each flower and every piece of foliage is then meticulously prepared, stripped of excess, cut to perfection, and hydrated to ensure they remain vibrant throughout the day. Picture a single bouquet with approximately 30 individual flowers – a testament to the labour of love that encapsulates the essence of your wedding.

la dichosa bettina carlos 631

Photography La Dichosa

The Art of Curating

A wedding is not just an event; it’s a narrative woven with intricate details. Florists don’t merely create arrangements; they bring to life a vision encompassing the entire venue. The time spent installing and setting up, as well as the subsequent pack down, cleaning, and disposal, contribute to the immersive experience that is your wedding.

A team of skilled individuals, often working with weekend rates, collaborates to craft your floral dreams. Their dedication breathes life into every arrangement, ensuring every stem is in harmony with the others. The expertise and attention to detail transform flowers into poetic expressions that transcend words.

Navigating Budgets

These firsthand accounts showcase the diverse range of budgets and floral visions, highlighting the uniqueness of each celebration. Each budget paints a distinct picture:

Embracing the Essence: What $2,000 – $5,000 can get you.

Creativity blossoms even within this budget range. Focusing on critical elements like bridal party flowers and focal points, this budget beautifully captures the essence of your love story. Here is what this budget can get you:

Budget // $5,000 AUD

TBJ follower // @lucieo_

Budget // $5,500 AUD

Florist // @ceciliafox

Budget // $2,000 AUD (Bali wedding)

TBJ Follower // @taykaina

Budget // $5,000 AUD

Planner & Stylist // Haus of Hera

Florist // Bloodwood Botanica

Photographer // Lover of mine

Budget // $4,000 AUD

TBJ Follower // @sophiesparks__

Chic Simplicity: What $5,000 – $10,000 can get you.

Minimalist yet captivating, this budget welcomes you with carefully selected blooms that radiate understated elegance. Each arrangement carries a whisper of romance, enhancing your celebration’s intimacy. Here is what this budget can get you:

Budget // $7,000 AUD

Planner & Stylist // Haus of Hera

Florist // Bower Botanicals

Photographer // Tropical Romance

Budget // $10,000 AUD

TBJ Follower // @oliviadowns

Budget // $7,000 AUD

Florist // @ceciliafox

Elegance within Reach: What $10,000 – $20,000 can get you.

With this budget, the florist’s artistry shines through sophisticated arrangements. Striking a balance between luxury and intimacy, these flowers create an ambience of timeless beauty. Here is what this budget can get you:

Budget // $16,000 AUD

Planner & Stylist // Haus of Hera

Florist // Studio Botanic

Photographer // Dean Snushall Photography

The Lavish Extravaganza: What $30,000+ can get you.

A testament to luxury, this budget unfolds into an abundant garden of luxurious blooms, cascading arrangements, and captivating centrepieces. Every corner tells a tale of grandeur, and floral arrangements become sculptures of magnificence. Here is what this budget can get you:

Budget // $30,000 AUD

Florist // @ceciliafox

Budget // $50,000 AUD

Florist // @ceciliafox

Budget // AUD 35,000

Budget // $75,000 AUD
Stylist // Haus of Hera

Florist // Fontana Floral 

Photographer // Cassandra Ladru

FAQs: Navigating the Floral Realm

Q1: Why do some florists have higher minimum budgets than others?

Florists invest not only in flowers but also in their expertise, labour, and creating unique designs. Higher minimum budgets reflect the dedication required to craft a bespoke floral experience.

Inspiration from The Bridal Journey Pinterest

Q2: Can I achieve an elegant look on a tight budget?

Navigating the balance between floral dreams and budget constraints calls for strategic planning.

1. Prioritise elements that are sentimental or pivotal to your vision. 

2. Collaborate closely with your florist, sharing inspirations and budgets openly. Their expertise guides you towards cost-effective alternatives and creative solutions. 

3. Explore seasonal blooms or locally-sourced flowers for authenticity and affordability. 

4. Focus on impactful focal points to create visual splendour. With transparent communication and professional guidance, orchestrate a floral symphony that resonates with your heart and budget.

Inspiration from The Bridal Journey Pinterest

As we unravel the captivating world of wedding flowers, we invite you to explore the boundless possibilities they offer. Your wedding’s floral tapestry can be as diverse and unique as your love story. 

At The Bridal Journey, connect with us for personalised inspiration reflecting your unique love journey.
Follow us on Instagram, shop and sell pre loved wedding items with us at Reveiled, listen to us at The You and Me Podcast and pin with us at TBJ Pinterest.