How much do wedding flowers cost?

There are so many different factors that go into quoting wedding flowers, and there’s no one-size-fits-all calculation I can give you. However, I can give you basic estimates on your usual floral pieces in the average wedding, and this can help you calculate what to expect!

Please keep in mind, prices vary based on location, what specific flowers are being used (peonies are expensive my friends), time of year (anemones are my arch nemesis), and the individual florist. Another unfortunate thing to be aware of, especially with COVID putting so many flower farms out of business, the cost of flowers has greatly increased in the past couple of years alone. As with the price of eggs, we hope that one day we can get back to better pricing!

Bridal Bouquets – These greatly depend on the size, but you can estimate anywhere from $75-$350 for your large, glamorous bridal bouquet.

Bridesmaid Bouquets – If you want to make this more greenery than flowers, you can save some money here, but they’re still going to range between $50-$200ish.

Boutonnieres – Cheap and easy, these typically range cost between $10-$20.

Corsages – These take more work and artistry, so they’ll typically be around $20-50.

Ceremony Arch – This is usually your most expensive single item, where it depends on if you’re renting the arch versus if it’s already onsite, and how many flowers and greenery it’s going to take to create the vision. You should expect anywhere from $350-$5000.

Centerpieces – Since this is usually the item that you need the largest number of, centerpieces are typically going to be your largest cost. This again depends entirely on the style of centerpiece and number of tables you have, but you can expect for an arrangement of flowers in a vase to cost $100-$350 each.

One thing to remember is that florists have to include so many factors into their arrangement prices. The cost of each stem is typically multiplied 2-5x in order to determine the cost of the whole design. This covers not only the cost of the ingredients but also the planning time, design time, labor, overhead, and mechanics such as tape, wire, and ribbon (and so much more).

I know these numbers can be scary, but just remember that I’ve included a fairly large range in costs for most of the items. Again, your floral cost depends on many factors such as location, time of year, types of flowers, and more! So make sure you’re communicating with your florist what you’re looking for and what your budget is, and we can help you understand where to go from there!

With love,

Savannah Wichman

Mountain Mama Florals

What is a Florist’s “Minimum Spend”?

Sometimes seeing “$____ minimum” can be daunting, I completely get it, but it doesn’t have to be. A florist’s minimum is a guiding tool, it tells you the minimum amount a project (wedding) needs to cost for them to take it on, not that they’ll charge you $X amount of money no matter what you getting (can you image $3000 for only a bouquet and boutonniere??).

You’ll find some florists that don’t have minimums all the way to florists with $10,000 minimums, this is simply information for you to help know if it’s even worth reaching out to this florist for a quote. HOWEVER, please keep in mind that most first-time brides and grooms do not know what their flowers are going to cost, so here’s a (very) basic guideline:

  • If you’re only getting Personal Flowers which include bouquets, boutonnieres, and maybe some corsages, unless you have a massive wedding party, you’re likely going to spend less than $1000.
  • If you want flowers for your bridal party, ceremony, and reception but don’t want extravagant, you’re likely going to spend $3000-$6000. This can be more depending on how many guests you have and what kind of floral decorations you want.
  • If you have 200 guests or more and still plan to have flowers for your bridal party, ceremony, and reception, plan to be closer to $10,000.

Again, this is all very basic, each florist is going to be a bit different and each couple, depending on what you’re looking for and where you’re having your wedding, is going to be a bit different. What matters is you’re informed and you keep an open mind, just because a florist’s minimum = your maximum budget, that doesn’t mean that’s not the perfect florist for you!

With love,

Savannah Wichman

Mountain Mama Florals

Where can I add flowers to my wedding?

Aside from the obvious bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces, there are SO many different places to add a floral pop to your big day! You’re planning your big day and whether you’re looking to add one extra piece or wanting to fill your wedding with flowers, have you thought about all of these spots yet?


Before the Wedding

  • Rehearsal dinner flowers are definitely something to be considered, and these could be reused as decorations for the wedding the next day!
  • Welcome sign flowers or greenery
  • Flowers on the steps of stairs or vines along the railings

Personal Flowers

  • Bouquets
  • Boutonnieres, don’t forget fathers, grandfathers, and officiants if you want them
  • Corsages, often for mothers and grandmothers
  • Flower crowns or hair flowers, whether for the bride, bridesmaids, or flower girls
  • Floral dog collar
  • Flower girl basket

Ceremony

  • Flower sprays attached to the inside of the chairs lining the aisle
  • Arch, altar, or chuppah flowers
  • Wine barrel toppers
  • Large arrangements on the ground at the start of the aisle 
  • Dried lavender or leaves to be thrown after the “I do”

Cocktail Hour

  • Escort card table arrangement
  • Flowers or vines on the seating chart
  • An arrangement or garland on the bar
  • Cocktail table arrangements
  • Arrangements on pedestals near entrance doors
  • Flowers on a banister

Reception

  • Floral chandeliers
  • Vines climbing pillars that exist in your venue
  • Centerpieces
  • Sweetheart table décor, often this is where couples reuse flowers from their ceremony
  • Cake table flowers or flowers on the cake
  • More bar-top arrangements if the bar differs from the cocktail hour (or move them over)
  • Guestbook table flowers or greenery
  • Memorial table flowers
  • Bits of flowers or greenery on buffet tables
  • Small arrangements in the bathrooms

Wherever you want to add flowers, be sure to communicate with your florist. We will often suggest something that could be reused from earlier in your wedding or help you plan the best way to highlight a space.

With love,

Savannah Wichman

Mountain Mama Florals

How many bridesmaids should I have?

How many bridesmaids should you have? The fun thing is, there’s no right answer! Remember you can have none, 1, 5, or even 10. However, I know this can cause anxiety for some people, so here are a few tips on how to decide who should be included in this squad.

  1. The more bridesmaids you have, the more expensive it’s likely to be. Think: more bouquets, more bridesmaids gifts, and potentially more people at the head table, especially if they have a plus one.
  • You do not need to have the same number of groomsmen or bridesmaids your partner has. You can always have them walk in groups or even have 2 guys on the arms of one girl (or vice versa)!
  • When you’re standing up, about to say your vows, who do you want up there with you? Is it your sister? Brother? Best friends? Or do you want it to be just you and your partner?
  • You do not need to decide on one Maid of Honor! I’ll say it again for the people in the back, this 👏 is 👏 your 👏 wedding, do what makes you happy! Two Maids of Honor? Cool. None because you love them all equally (or trust no one to do things)? Awesome. Have one Maid of Honor and one Matron of Honor? Great. It only matters to you and your bridal party, no one else cares (I say this love).
  • Remember, we are past the times when you could only have women up there! Is your best friend male or male-presenting? Awesome! Discuss how you would both be comfortable with them dressing and make it happen!

This is a day meant to celebrate you and your love, everything else should be decided with the intention of adding happiness or easing stress of the day.

With love,

Savannah Wichman

Mountain Mama Florals

Wedding Week for a Florist

So the flowers have been planned and ordered for weeks, and now it’s finally time to bring everything to fruition. Wedding week can be a little chaotic, but it always follows a similar flow.

7-5 Days Before

The earliest days of preparation are spent confirming assistants/freelancers, deliveries and pickup times for flowers and rentals, and checking in with the Wedding Planner, Bride, and Venue as needed.

5-4 Days Before:

I usually try to clean all buckets and vases from previous events as soon as that event is over, but sometimes I missed a few buckets or I’ve gotten some new vases that need to be cleaned with soap and water, and I make sure to get this done before the flowers have arrived. After that’s done, I organize all hard goods (rentals, décor, equipment, etc.) that will be coming to the venue with me.

3 Days Before:

Since I don’t own a cooler, I like to receive all of my flowers and greenery 2-3 days before the event to give them time to rehydrate before I design with them. Once they arrive, I clean and condition them and set them up in water buckets to hydrate.

2-1 Days Before

I typically spend the two days leading up to the event building all of the designs that I can pre-build, saving the most delicate, such as boutonnieres and corsages, for last.

Night Before

The night before the event is spent reconfirming all timelines, driving routes, and the order list to make sure I haven’t forgotten to make anything, and I try to pack up the van as much as possible to make the next day less stressful.

Day-Of

Wedding Day can be a long day, sometimes spent in the middle of nowhere, so I always make sure to pack plenty of water and snacks before I go back through my packing list, check and double check the Order list, and then head to the venue to set up! If it’s a wedding where I need to break things down afterwards, I’ll return near the end to do so and then bring everything back to the shop to unload before calling it a day.

A Few Days After

To wrap up the event, I send thank-you emails to the client and Wedding Planner a few days later (to give everyone a chance to decompress). I truly appreciate every client and vendor I work with that make my job a dream job!

Happy Floristing everyone!

Sincerely,

Savannah Wichman

Wedding & Event Packing List: Florist Edition

Who else has stress dreams about forgetting to bring something important to an event?? Just me? Well in order to give myself some organization (and peace of mind), I keep a handy dandy list of most of the things I could need at an event as a Florist. Whether you’re a brand-new Florist or a seasoned professional, you already have some sort of list (mentally or not) of what you bring to events, and everyone’s list is a little different. One of my favorite things to do is talk to other Florists about what some of their “must bring” items are, especially since this usually leads to horror stories of when they forgot to bring something. It happens to all of us, but hopefully this Wedding & Event Florist Packing List will help you remember something and prevent a horror story of your own:

  • Pocketed tool apron
  • Floral clippers
  • Large shears
  • Wire cutters
  • Cable cutters
  • Everyday scissors
  • Ribbon scissors
  • Floral Glue
  • Floral wire
  • Waterproof tape
  • Clear tape
  • Stem tape
  • Zip ties (different lengths)
  • Fishing line
  • Chop sticks (good for added support or impromptu stems)
  • Rubber bands
  • Floral food packets
  • Ribbon (a few different colors)
  • Water tubes
  • Tape measure
  • Trash bags
  • Gloves
  • Boutonniere pins
  • Safety pins
  • Corsage wristlet
  • Step ladder
  • Broom and Dustpan
  • Crowning Glory (flower spray)
  • Lighters
  • Batteries
  • Pens
  • Portable phone charger
  • Sealable jugs of water (to top off vases)
  • Index cards
  • Business Cards
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle (usually more than 1)

Before leaving for the wedding/event I always:

  • Double check my directions
  • Double check my order list and timeline
  • Make sure the gas tank is full

I hope this list helps and that you go into your next wedding or event feeling more prepared! From one Florist to another, Happy Floristing!

Sincerely,

Savannah Wichman

Photo Editing for Beginners

Being the non-professional photographer that I am, my photos ALWAYS need to be edited. I’ve learned a few tricks on how to edit a photo to get it to look the way I want, even if my original shot wasn’t exactly great. First thing’s first, what tools do you use to edit?? I edit everything straight through my phone (unless I need to photoshop something big, then that’s on my pc) and I primarily use Adobe Lightroom. However, I have the free version of Lightroom, so I also use Snapseed to blur backgrounds when necessary, and sometimes I will also edit the photo straight in iPhone Photos’ editing features since I’m able to adjust the “brilliance” more easily.

Okay so you have the right tools, next you need to decide how you want your final product to look! I don’t like when my photos look over-edited to where they seem unreal, but I also prefer sharp lines, vibrant colors and decent contrast. The point of my editing is to accentuate my pieces and make the viewers see how great they are in real life- the last thing I want is to misrepresent how something will look when you buy it! That being said, sometimes it’s fun to have artistic photos that are edited to look (in my opinion) super cool, even if they definitely don’t look like that in real life.

When I get to the actual editing, I use Lightroom first and I go down the line of tabs: start with lighting, next adjust color, then increase texture, clarity, and sharpness. If I had to choose one editing feature that’s my favorite, I’d have to say it’s playing with contrast (this helps the image pop and not feel as flat). After getting my lighting and colors fixed up in Lightroom I consider the focus within my photo. If too much of the image is in focus and I want to narrow that down, I’ll open it up in Snapseed and use their Blur tool as my last step.

So you’re editing your photo and something just doesn’t feel right about it, it happens to all of us! Take a step back, do something else and come back to it, you may find you love it as it is (and were overthinking things per usual) or that you now realize what’s missing! In the end, it’s about how you want the photo to appear to the viewer, and that just takes practice.

Happy Floristing and Happy Editing!

Sincerely,

Savannah Wichman

Improving Photography Skills

Let me start by saying: I am not a professional Photographer, and I have absolutely no clue what I’m doing most of the time with Photography. It’s a skill that I’m still working on and learning, but I can at least say I have improved and learned a few things since first starting product photography.

Product photography is a key ingredient in the necessary evil that is marketing; I wish I could just tell a few people I make beautiful arrangements and then word of mouth would do the rest of the work, leaving me to never have to post anything ever again, but unfortunately that’s not the way this works. Taking the right picture (and marketing it the right way) is sometimes more work than my actual job: being a Florist, so it’s important to do it well (or at least not suck at it).

During my trial-and-error-style of photography studies I learned about the necessity of a few important things: setting intent, background, angles, lighting, and editing. Think of “setting your intent” as the planning phase: decide what you want the image to show and focus on. This may be showing the use of a bouquet by having a bride holding it, or it may be highlighting the artwork on a wineglass by showing off the brushstrokes. If you don’t know what you want your image to portray, you won’t know how to set it up!

Background, angles, and lighting are all somewhat self-explanatory, but that doesn’t make them easy to get the hang of. When figuring out where to stage your photo, a large part of that is deciding what is going to be behind your focal point (*cough cough* background *cough cough*). Backgrounds can enhance your image as well as take away from your focal point. I typically choose a background that’s mostly one color and has some texture (e.g. a paneled wall, an interesting-grained wood table, a lush plant, etc.). Once you’ve decided on your background, you’ll need to figure out your angles and lighting. I tend to take a BUNCH of pictures, moving the objects as well as the camera, to figure out what looks best. Ever notice how you sometimes look different in different pictures of yourself? The same goes for objects! Play around with the angles, play around with the lighting, figure out what works best for what you’re trying to create.

Editing your photo digitally is a WHOLE different ballgame that I’ll talk about in another blog post soon, but for now, go take some pictures!

Happy Floristing!

Sincerely,

Savannah Wichman

How to Pick Your Flowers

Think of building a floral arrangement like you’re cooking dinner: you have food in the fridge, you can throw it all into a bowl and maybe it will turn out alright, or you can look at a recipe to see what ingredients work together. After you figure out what foods to use, then you can go back to the “throwing it into a bowl” plan, or you can follow the instructions to make sure it turns out the best it can. Flowers work the SAME WAY (gasp!).

You can walk into any grocery store and grab a bunch of those petally, leafy things and call it a day; or you can pick out certain flowers that go well together and follow a plan to put them together. First thing’s first: how do you pick what flowers to use??

Floral Arrangements, whether you’re building a centerpiece, bouquet, or even something more complex, all have three basic properties:

  • Color
  • Size
  • Texture

Let’s break it down…

Color

               Colors should complement each other! For a basis think some light, some dark, and some middle toned. You can choose complementary colors (colors that are near each other on the color wheel) or contrasting colors (colors that are across from each other on the wheel). One tip when choosing contrasting colors, try to have colors that tie each other together. For example, having pink and blue flowers and incorporating some purple as well.

Size

               Size works the same way as color: think one big, one medium, and some small. When you have all the same size nothing sticks out and the individual flowers don’t get the attention they deserve.

Texture

               Adding some texture elements means maybe using some greens or flowers with atypical petal structure. If they’re all the same shape it tends to blend together and it’s hard to tell where one flower ends and another begins.

Now you’re ready to pick out your flowers! Happy Floristing!

Sincerely,

Savannah Wichman