Budget Top Tips
How to Spread Your Budget In % Terms
I suggest the following based on a £2000.00 budget:
- Bridal Flowers - 20% - £400.00
- Ceremony / Church Flowers - 15% - £300.00
- Reception Flowers - 65% - £1300.00
My overriding advice is not to spread your budget too thinly – concentrate on the main focal points to create impact with the flowers!
Supplying Buttonholes & Corsages
You are not expected to supply everyone with a buttonhole/corsage outside of the direct bridal party, but remember that older family members are often used to this ‘tradition’.
More Than 1 Best Man
Equality rules! – 3 or 5 bridesmaids means it is also acceptable to have more than 1 best man – but remember you need a main best man!
Church (Ceremony) Flowers
Unless you have a generous budget, remember that the ceremony will only last around 30 minutes & all eyes will be on the bridal couple. My suggestion is the following ‘IMPORTANCE RANKING LIST’ for ceremony flowers
Pedestal arrangement opposite the pulpit
Aisle flowers (single flower or ‘pew-end’ arrangements - these can be staggered)
Fresh flower confetti cones (check church/venue policy on this!)
Flowers form a beautiful back-drop to the ceremony (aisle & pulpit) & any photographs that will be taken (aisle, pulpit & entrance porch/lychgate), so that’s how to decide where flowers ought to go!... SIMPLES!
Blues & Purples
Be careful of using these colours in old churches – due to poor light levels & ‘back-lighting’ from high windows, these colours can appear almost black. I suggest going for pastel shades & adding cream and/or lime green to avoid this.
It makes sense to relocate (re-use) the pedestal arrangement to the reception venue – BUT often churches expect you to leave the flowers in the church!!! & remember to organise the logistics in terms of moving a large flower arrangement that won’t fit in a Ford Fiesta!
Reception / Wedding Breakfast Flowers
Why 65% of the budget for wedding flowers? … because this is where flowers really do their work! Flowers create ‘the look’, atmosphere & ambience and against the standard backdrop of white-decked tables, this is where you and your guests will be WOWED!... that’s why!
Tall or Low Tables
Tall table flowers may initially seem a little OTT, but take note of the size of the room and the height of ceilings. If the flowers are visible when the room is full of people, it means they are really doing their job. Low flower designs also fulfill the brief, but will easily disappear among all the guests. Half tall & half low is an effective solution.
A Mix Of Designs
With table numbers of 6 or more, why not add interest by having a mix of designs (continuation in flower choice and colour will tie everything together) – this will add to a more relaxed atmosphere and can help in balancing out the budget!
Mirrors & Candles
A great way of maximising impact & atmosphere: candlelight + flowers + reflections = pure romance! Do check with the venue – some do not allow ‘naked’ flames.
Change of Colour Scheme for the Reception
Remember, the ceremony is the formal aspect of a wedding – the reception is the celebration, so you can change the colour scheme to create the perfect atmosphere & get the party started!
Some additional options to consider
A rectangular top table adds formality and you will be separated from your guests. Oval top tables appear less formal or you could sit on a circular table right in among your guests.
Coloured Table Cloths / Runners
These really set the colour-scheme alight and add great impact to your floral colour scheme.