I have won many awards for my organic wedding designs and I get requests for everything from Platinum level bouquets filled with rare orchids and roses to simple Nosegays for tiny budget brides. I design each bouquet with the same passion and attention to detail for my clients, the results are as special as each bride who will carry it.
I’m sure many brides have browsed beautiful websites , watched TV & Movie weddings and wondered, WOW what does that bouquet cost!?! Suprisingly some simple hand tied designs may run more than a full cascade due to the rarity or delicate nature of the content. I have seen the shock on brides faces when they hand me a page torn from a magazine with Lily of the valley, Massive Peonies and rare blue Himalayan Poppies! BUT dont fret, as a Professional designer, I know how to “Rethink” that dream bunch of blossoms into a reality budget possibility.
Here are some ideas of deceptively simple designs with BIG price tags.
Carried by celebrities and sophisticated Spring brides. this fragrant beauty can tip the scales at $400. and up on the tiny side. One recent celebrity Lily of the Valley large bridal bouquet was in the $2000. range.
Why? the delicate nature of these beautiful flowers and the per stem wholesale costs are at the very top range of the wedding faves. Its all about fragrance and old school tradition with this delicate bloom.
East coast brides may fair better when in season, but west coast brides will always find these in the high end.
Other high end blooms are Gardenias and specimen Orchids ( not to be confussed with commercial orchids)
In comparison to this delicate hand tied bouquet, You could have a Top of the line Butterfly Orchid cascade and grooms Lei for less. or a romantic lush in season Spring round with peonies and roses for about half the current price of this tiny beauty.
What about the budget bride?
Smart use of color and seasonal flowers can give you a Million dollar look on a realistic budget. Medium sized Bridal Bouquet of single color rose with in season dutch mini calla and interesting berries looked elegant with simple matching mini calla attendants bouquets. No DIY for this smart bride, she had us design 10 simple clean centerpieces in the same flowers and a beautiful wedding arbor with rental silk draping and fresh garlands which then was used as a wedding pavilion for their garden reception. Double use of the exisiting space and flowers for an affordable WOW factor.This reasonably priced wedding was featured in a national magazine. And was a wedding setting winner! She stayed on her realistic budget under $1650. for a beautiful full day of simply elegant flowers and service for 100 .
The Average Wedding?
No Bride wants to think of her wedding as average, and in this case we are speaking only of the most popular price range for a wedding for 100 guests with a selection of the brides favorite flowers.
Most Brides Bouquets that are in demand are in the $200.-$300. range in current pricing. This is not the standard hand tied at my studio, but rather a FULLY DESIGNED custom Bouquet, it may have added Bling with Crystals, feathers and beads, It may be a cascading style or High Style Asian influenced beauty. Lavish ribbon wraps or silver handled Vintage tussies. Matchng Bridesmaid designs can average from $75. to $100. each , But again a great floral designer may have several options to compliment from simple to over the top to meet the brides desired look and budget.
This brides Eco themed organic wedding had many special order requested flowers from large White Peonies and purple artichokes, rare tea green and Amnesia roses with Picasso calla lilies and organic Kale and lavender, Lush, use of flowers and veggies made this a winner, yet kept the costs in the brides desired budget.
communicating your floral vision is key to acheiving award winning results and the life long memories and photos to share with your grandkids someday! Thats Priceless!