This is one of the questions we're frequently asked, and it's a bit challenging to provide a straightforward answer! The outcome largely hinges on how integral flowers are to your dream wedding aesthetic. Your vision could be based on Pinterest boards brimming with lavish floral displays—ranging from grand floral arches at the entrance of the church to enchanting meadows lining the aisle and tables adorned with an abundance of flowers, complemented by the soft glow of candles and stunning overhead flower installations. Alternatively, you might have a more understated concept in mind, featuring a lovely bouquet to carry down the aisle and simple recycled jars filled with flowers lovingly arranged by family and friends as table centrepieces.
In order to assist you with your planning and budgeting, we'd like to provide a few examples of various wedding budgets and demonstrate which floral elements can be accommodated within each. We have used our Buckets & Bouquets elements to create these options, so all can be tailored to your colour palette and would feature the best of the season's availability from our flower field.
It's commonly suggested within the wedding industry that wedding flowers typically account for 10 to 20% of your overall budget so this can be a good starting point. For this blog we will consider options from £500 to £1000 - look out for the next in the series coming soon with other examples.
Wedding Flower Budget of £500
If you budget is around £500 we would suggest considering our Buckets & Bouquets Wedding Flowers, where you combine having your wedding party flowers created by one of the Featherstone's florists and then enlisting friends and family with decorating your venue with buckets of flowers that have been carefully curated by us to work perfectly in your arrangements.
For your £500 budget you could consider:
Your Bridal Bouquet
2 x Bridesmaid Bouquets
2 x Buttonholes
2 x Event Bucket of Blooms
You could then place 5 bud vases per round table seating 8-10 people and consider adding a few tea lights and a couple of pretty coloured tapered candles to finish your centre piece beautifully. The mini botanical vases could be placed along your top table.
Our Bridal bouquets and Bridesmaid Bouquets include a glass vase which we always recommend you take with you to the venue so that you can place your bouquets in these while you eat, chat and dance so the flowers are able to have a refreshing drink. You can make the most of these by placing them on the cake table, or where guests leave presents and cards - adding an extra floral touch to your venue.
Wedding Flower Budget of £1000
If you have a larger bridal party and are planning around £1000 for your wedding flowers you could consider:
Your Bridal Bouquet
3 x Bridesmaid Bouquets
2 x Flower Girl Posies
2 x Flower Girl Flower Crowns
5 x Buttonholes
2 x Corsages
5 x small vases to be placed along the aisle and then as centrepieces on tables
1 x arrangement for the registrar table that can be re-purposed for the top table arrangement. This could be a low meadow box style design, about 50 cm in length designed to feel as if the flowers are growing up from the table and incorporating trailing foliage to cascade over the edge of the table.
For the purpose of this pricing example, these would be created by the Featherstone's Team at our Farm, before being carefully wrapped and boxed so that you can collect them from the Barn on the morning of your wedding and take them straight to the venue. Once there they will simply need unpacking and placing, which venue coordinators are often very happy to help you with. It is always worth checking who is going to be available to help you on the morning of the wedding so you can arrange for a willing helper to be your driver!
We hope this provides a useful starting point when planning your wedding flowers. Do pop us a message if you have any questions and keep an eye out for the next in this blog series where we will take a look at what floral options you could consider with a £1500 budget and a £2000 budget.