How Much Will Your Wedding Flowers Cost in 2018?

According to real time quote data sent through Decidio, in 2018 couples in the United States can expect to pay an average of $1,778 for wedding flowers, which is roughly 5.7% of their total wedding budget. This service ranks number 6 in terms of cost behind hiring wedding musiciansand and ahead of buying wedding decorations. You can also click here to review a complete list of average wedding costs nationwide.

The best way to ensure that you have a beautifully decorated wedding without overspending on your budget is to first know what your wedding theme and wedding colors will be. Once you have this information you’ll be able to sit down with prospective florists to discuss their ideas on what type of wedding flowers will work best. Included below are real time nationwide data on what other couples have spent on their wedding flowers over the past 12 months, what factors will affect the price you pay, and great cost saving tips and ideas on how to stay within your budget!

2018 City and State Averages

How much you pay for your wedding flowers will mainly depend on where you live. Pricing will also depend on the level of demand for that particular florist, whether you are getting married in wedding season, how many different types of arrangements they will need to make, and other factors. In more expensive metropolitan areas or cities like Boston, New York City, or San Francisco, you can expect top florists to charge upwards of $7,000 and up. Shown below are the average costs spent on wedding flowers over the past year. How does your area compare? *NOTE: The amounts appearing below are updated throughout the year.

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The Average Cost of Wedding Wedding Flowers by State

StatesAverage Cost
USA$1,794
Alabama$1,676
Alaska$1,958
Arizona$1,747
Arkansas$1,483
California$2,112
Colorado$1,803
Connecticut$2,169
Delaware$1,703
District of Columbia$2,129
Florida$1,786
Georgia$1,642
Hawaii$1,906
Idaho$1,493
Illinois$1,734
Indiana$1,480
Iowa$1,434
Kansas$1,469
Kentucky$1,647
Louisiana$1,674
Maine$1,685
Maryland$1,905
Massachusetts$2,147
Michigan$1,594
Minnesota$1,559
Mississippi$1,661
Missouri$1,505
Montana$1,436
Nebraska$1,441
Nevada$1,754
New Hampshire$1,887
New Jersey$2,281
New Mexico$1,515
New York$2,054
North Carolina$1,618
North Dakota$1,433
Ohio$1,570
Oklahoma$1,629
Oregon$1,684
Pennsylvania$1,869
Rhode Island$1,954
South Carolina$1,676
South Dakota$1,351
Tennessee$1,628
Texas$1,750
Utah$1,680
Vermont$1,641
Virginia$1,722
Washington$1,874
West Virginia$1,488
Wisconsin$1,609
Wyoming$1,766

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What is Included?

It is always a good idea to compile a list of flowers you will need to adorn your wedding before meeting with your selected florist. Doing so will help bring focus to what will be discussed and will also help you keep costs under control. The most popular types of flower arrangements you may need for your wedding day are listed below. Feel free to use this list when consulting with your local florist, and remember you can save on costs with making that item yourself or removing it entirely from the list!

Personal Flowers and Bouquets: Important people participating in a wedding such as a bride and bridesmaids should all have a small handheld arrangements of flowers to carry. The bridal bouquet should not be so large that it takes attention away from her dress, but should instead complement her overall look. Bouquets carried by bridesmaids can either be different from the bridal bouquet to provide contrast, or can be smaller arrangements of the same flowers used in the bridal bouquet. The bride should also have a separate arrangement made to be used for the bouquet toss. Bouquets made by your florist in this group includes:

  • Bridal bouquet

  • Bridesmaid bouquets

  • Bouquet for tossing at the reception

  • Bouquet for flower girl — Many couples opt for a basket of petals instead

Corsages: Important females (not including the bridal party) attending and/or participating in a wedding such as the mothers of both the bride and groom, the grandmothers of both the bride and groom, any female readers, and even a female officiant should all wear very small matching arrangements of flowers of the same type used in the bouquets. These corsages can either be worn on the woman’s wrist, or it can be pinned on the left side of her dress or near the left lapel of her outfit. Floral corsages in this group include:

  • Corsage for mother of the bride

  • Corsage for mother of the groom

  • Corsage for both grandmothers

  • Corsage for officiant (if female)

Boutonnieres: Important males attending and/or participating in a wedding such as the groom and groomsmen, the fathers of both the bride and groom, the grandfathers of both the bride and groom, any male ushers helping guests to their seats, the ring bearer, and even a male officiant should wear small arrangements of flowers that match the corsages and bouquets worn or carried by the female wedding participants. These boutonnieres should all be pinned on or very near the left lapel of their jackets. This group includes boutonnieres for the following people:

  • Groom

  • Each groomsman

  • Ring bearer

  • Father of the bride

  • Father of the groom

  • Each grandfather

  • Wedding officiant

  • Each Usher

Flowers for the Ceremony: Transform your ceremony venue into an incredibly beautiful garden setting by simply picking the right flowers. There are a number of ways to use flower arrangements to add a beautiful element to your wedding ceremony, including:

  • Entryway arrangements

  • Welcome table arrangements

  • Altar or chuppah arrangements (note: many churches do not allow decorations on the altar)

  • Pew and aisle arrangements

Flowers for the Reception: Next to the wedding ceremony, the wedding reception serves as another focal point of the big day. There are several areas of your selected reception venue that will either experience more guest traffic or areas that you want your guests to focus on or draw their attention to such as:

  • Bar area or cocktail table

  • Card table

  • Guest table centerpieces

  • Bride and groom chairs

  • Buffet table

  • Wedding cake and cake table

Key Points to remember:

  • In 2018, you can expect your florist to charge you an average of $1,778 for wedding flowers, which is roughly 5.7% of an average wedding budget.

  • What you ultimately pay for your wedding flowers depends on where you are located, your florist’s level of experience, the type and quantity of flowers you want, and other factors.

  • Various wedding floral arrangements can be used to adorn both the people attending the wedding as well as the ceremony and reception locations.

As mentioned above,you can carefully choose which arrangements to use and which to skip to save money. Don’t forget to also negotiate with your selected florist to see if they have ideas on how you can include more floral elements yet still stay within your budget!

Tips on Saving Money on Your Wedding Flowers

Now that you know how much wedding flowers cost, here are some easy ways for couples to stick to your budget while at the same time respecting the time and talent of the floral artist you choose to hire.

  • Having every arrangement listed above will undoubtedly result in a visually stunning wedding, but if you have to stay within budget then keep it simple by starting with bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces and prioritizing your list from there.

  • You can save money by choosing a more expensive flower you really want for important arrangements like your bridal bouquet, and using a similarly colored but less expensive flower for your other arrangements like table centerpieces.

  • Use more lush foliage and greenery, and even baby’s breath in your arrangements to supplement your flowers and make them look more impressive.

  • You can save plenty on floral decorations simply by having an attractive location or venue that doesn’t need to be decorated with many arrangements to look beautiful.

  • Reuse your ceremony flowers for your reception venue to maximize your budget. Experienced florists will always have great ideas on how you can repurpose your arrangements between locations and still make them look fabulous.

  • If you have friends that are also getting married, your floral designer will likely give you both a discount if you both hire them as your wedding florist.

  • Be realistic with your florist about your budget. Give as many guidelines as you feel necessary, but let your florist select the specific blooms that make the most sense based on your bottom line.

  • Having your wedding in a month that is out of wedding season in your area will lower demand for your florist’s services, allowing you more opportunities in negotiating a better deal. This principle will also apply to every wedding vendor you hire, resulting in savings of many thousands of dollars!

  • Local flowers that are in season will ensure that you have the freshest buds and you will save on transportation costs too. You can also opt to use blossoms that are widely available in your area for your arrangements. Visit your local farmers market or do a quick google search for ideas!

  • Talk with your florist about incorporating some larger flowers into your arrangements. While these may be more expensive you will need fewer of them to make a big impression so you can stay within your budget.

  • Check out your local bridal expo or look online on sites like Decidio for discounts or deals offered by local florists. If they also have good reviews online add them to your list of vendors to interview!

  • Buy your wedding flowers (and everything else wedding related) using a credit card that has great points or generous cash back benefits for a built in discount.

  • As with all your wedding vendors, many times you will get a discount or at least some freebies by just asking!

Remember that your selected florist will be happy to work within your budget to make your day beautiful. That said, it is up to you to be open to their creative suggestions and alternatives whether they involve substituting flowers or leaving some arrangements out completely in order to make that happen. Be sure to have an idea of your colors or theme before meeting with your selected professional (including any arrangements found on Pinterest or elsewhere online that caught your eye) so that your meeting will be productive. Lastly, be honest with yourself as to your budget so everyone is clear on what you can and can’t afford!