On average, couples spend 8-10 percent of their wedding budgets on flowers. With the average American wedding costing upwards of $27,000 in 2012, that’s roughly $2,400 for flowers. Since floral design adds much to the tone and aesthetic of a wedding – not to mention being present in most of the photos of the day – it is inadvisable to skip flowers altogether. Still, the budget-minded couple may be able to save on flowers by purchasing only those seen as necessities for the big day. Floral necessities include:
- The bride’s bouquet
- Smaller bouquets or corsages for bridesmaids
- Corsages for mothers and grandmothers
- The groom’s boutonniere
- Boutonnieres for groomsmen and ushers
- Boutonnieres for fathers and grandfathers
- A corsage or boutonniere for the officiant
If there is room left in the budget after these necessities are accounted for, couples may choose a few more add-ons to their floral package. Popular additions are reception centerpieces, flowers to top the wedding cake, or a toss bouquet for the bride.
Couples who choose to go all-out may also add flower arrangements for the alter, pew markers, petals for guests to throw and centerpieces for the head table, buffet table or guest book table at the reception hall.