Is $500 too little to spend on wedding flowers?

by DIY wedding planner on June 2, 2012


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I am so tight on the budget. I want to spend only $500 on flowers. I met 2 florist, they both couldn’t keep the budget under. They both extimated about 800. I guess that’s normal….

I want flowers for bride&groom, 4 bridesmaids, 5 groomsmen, 1 father, 1 grandmother, gazebo and 10 centerpiece.

I think I don’t mind downgrade the flower type, but I just still want it to look nice and don’t want it to look like flowers from a deli around the corner…

I thought of the option of DIY also but I don’t have a proper room or fridge to keep the flowers till the wedding, so i gave up on that.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

LiLU June 2, 2012 at 5:12 am

YOu should look for other options…

God bless u

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Stuart June 2, 2012 at 5:50 am

Flowers at your wedding will really make the day. However, the important parts will be your guests, your groom, and your memories of the good feelings.

Find a freelance florist who is really creative, and will do the work inside your budget. Be very blunt: “I have a maximum of $500 to spend on flowers, and here’s what I want. Can you make it happen?”

Good luck, and congratulations!

- Stuart

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@}---> June 2, 2012 at 6:27 am

Its probably an unreasonable expectation – weddings are sooooo expensive. Only way you could cut back on flower expense is to go with something cheaper or eliminate them all together – do a different centerpiece for example, use candles instead.

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Bride to be June 2, 2012 at 6:29 am

Keep searching, you WILL find what you are looking for!
Ask ways of getting the price down! :)

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Due 5/20/09 June 2, 2012 at 6:31 am

My budget was smaller than that, so I opted for silk flowers. I bought all of the flowers I needed (bride & groom, 5 bridesmaids, 5 groomsmen, 4 ushers, 2 ring bearers, 2 mothers, 2 fathers, 4 grandmothers, and the flower girl petals, as well as 3 centerpieces) for under $100 from saveoncrafts.com

I made the arrangements myself. Other than time, this was by far the least expensive way for me to do my flowers. We are doing the same thing for my sisters wedding in May.

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angelwowings23 June 2, 2012 at 7:14 am

In the area of bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces, it’s easy to saw down the cost. First of all, you can buy flowers in bulk and do everything yourself. Bouquets and Boutonnieres are rather easy to do yourself. You could also create simple centerpieces on your own. Buy bulk vases and you’re set. Another option would be to buy silk flowers or velvet flowers and make everything on your own. My bouquet, my bridesmaids’ bouquets, and the boutonnieres for my wedding are all velvet flowers that I’m assembling myself (under $100). Also, you could always skip the flowers for the centerpieces and use candles on mirrors or bowls with sand or glass colored stones with floating candles in them. The options are endless and you could definitely keep your budget WAY under $500. I’m putting together all 24 of the centerpieces I need for the wedding and the total cost of all of those supplies is about $150. Good luck. Hope my response was of some help.

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KKS June 2, 2012 at 7:39 am

I spent less than that! I had an outdoor wedding so I didn’t need a lot of floral decorations. My money went only to my bouquet, the BMs bouquets, and the grooms and groomsmen’s corsages.

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AJ June 2, 2012 at 8:10 am

$500 may be a little on the low side. But flowers are not going to be the center point to your wedding. That’s you. So, maybe get the perfect flowers for bride and groom. And then for the rest of group downgrade a type of flower…get same color obviously but doesn’t need to be the same type of flower. And limit the size of centerpieces and how much you want to decorate the gazebo. My cousin just got married and only spent about 570 on flowers. So its just a matter of what kind and how big you are on making sure there are flowers there.

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Tricia T June 2, 2012 at 8:40 am

I would have the florest do the wedding party, but lose the florist flowers for the gazebo and centerpieces.

Like others have said, you can buy silk flowers. Try going to Michaels or Hobby Lobby. You can buy garland of silk flowers to decorate the gazebo.

As for deli flowers, I have to laugh. My plan was to have a small bud vase on each table with tulips from our gardens. The vase was to be surrounded by a circle of votive candles. Well, the weather did not cooperate and the tulips didn’t bloom until the week after the wedding. Naturally. And I planted about 100 tulips the fall before just for this purpose.

The day before the wedding, I bought $60 worth of tulips from the grocery store. They looked fine. But then…the look I was going for was simple and low key. I wanted just a splash of color. I can’t stand when people have this huge centerpiece and it is so big it blocks you from having a conversation from the people across the table from you.

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VCW June 2, 2012 at 9:24 am

Have you thought of trying silk flowers? I picked mine out myself and had someone arrange them into bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres. Plus put some on a headpiece for myself and the flower girl. I paid about $100 at a Hobby Lobby store.
I had to use silk because my groom has allergies. I was lucky too, that my cousin’s wife does flower arranging and did them as a wedding gift.

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Gillian June 2, 2012 at 9:33 am

If you purchase sturdy flowers, and you can arrange them the day before, you may not need refrigeration to keep them. You can purchase inexpensive 5 gallon buckets to keep them in (at your local hardware store).

I am thinking about doing my own flowers. I have always loved carnations and they are inexpensive. You can get 150 carnations for $74.99. Bouquets are really not too difficult to make. I think boutonnieres are more difficult.

Another idea is not to have flowers for your bridesmaids. I am tempted to skip the flowers for them and have them carry cute parasols. You can get cute parasols in your colors and have them carry a parasol instead. Luna Bazaar has cute parasols for under $10 each.

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Bride to be - FALL 2009 June 2, 2012 at 10:33 am

Hi there,

I too am on a tight budget and I told my florist the same thing that I wanted to stay in the 500 range, I’m doing my own centerpieces, approx 20 of them. So that right there that saved me tons. I’m having a Fall wedding so decor for me is especially important!

I got an amazing deal from my florist, I originally was going to go fake but after seeing a bunch of them the ones I saw that were “cheap” I didn’t like the quality then there was a rubberry type fake very realistic and GEORGOUS but they would end up being much more expensive than the real thing, so I decided to stick with fresh.

For myself I got an extravagant beautiful fall bouquet (fresh),

[see - google FTD Wedding Flowers and see bouquet number #26 Heart of Hearts Bouquet, I have everything the same except with burnt orange Callas! It's Georgous! and my florist gave me this same bouquet for only $100.00!!!!]

I have 1 MOH, 2 bm’s, 1 Bman, 2 gmen’s, 2 ring boys, 1 flowergirl (wreath and head wreath) Plus all the boutinerres and corsages for both sides parents plus chuch arrangements & 2 huge head table arrangements all for $615 (taxes and deliver included it came to 545 before all the taxes and delivery!). Oh yes, and a beautiful throw away bouquet, at no extra charge.

Making my own centerpieces saves me a bunch of money, I bought my vases in bulk at ikea for 1.99 OUTSTANDING DEAL! they used to be 13.99 each! and I bought a bunch of fake leaves and fall berries and a craft store for 1 to 2 each! If it wasn’t for that, I’d be looking at spending over 1300 alone in flowers. Why pay someone to do your centerpieces when you can do them yourself????

I hope this helps, For what I paid, I’m getting a very extravagant and rich look, not simple by any means. So I’m not sure what to tell you…for myself for the very rich look I got I think I got an amazing deal, but if you’re going simple for 800 then I would say keep looking around.

Good luck and all the Best!
Congratulations! : )

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mydarlyngirl June 2, 2012 at 11:04 am

What kind of flowers are you going with? You should be able to save by using flowers that are naturally in season as they do not require a greenhouse. There’s a link below to a list of flowers by season- you can google and see if you find any pretty- should be able to help drop the price a little. I am doing an informal spring wedding and I don’t really want my unofficial bridesmaids(also singing during the processional) to have bouqets- I’m going with a little flowered hair clip about the side of a bouttonaire- again cheaper then a bouquet.

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Dianna June 2, 2012 at 11:59 am

For real flowers, 500 is on the low side. I have 8 small centerpieces (had 16 tables… 8 with flowers, 8 with candles), 3 large centerpieces, two arches decorated with greenery, two spiral candle holders decorated with greenery, lots of other greenery and babies breath throughout the church, three bridesmaids bouquets, my bouquet, two corsages for my honorary attendants, four boutonnieres for the parents, one for one living grandparent, one for the groom, two for the ushers, and three for the groomsman… so, total of 11. Oh, and a throw away bouquet.

My flowers were a mix of carnations, daisies, roses, etc. I told them to go with mostly cheaper flowers, but throw in a few nice ones. I live in a very rural area of WV and my flower cost was discounted because one of the owners is my cousin. It was around $1300. They also helped set everything up though and I rented the arches and spiral candle holders from them.

If you want to cut flower costs, you’re going to have to do something else for the centerpieces.

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Cher June 2, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Make your own centerpieces!!!
buy bows on-line for gazebo

we have a local craft store that
does wedding flowers
if you are near Pittsburgh pa
Or many stores in Ohio
check this out
http://www.patcatans.com

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