Creating the perfect look for a wedding or event is exciting, but it can be overwhelming at the same time - especially when it comes to budgeting. You know you want to bring your dream vision to life, but you also know you don’t want to break the bank because of it.
Just thinking about it all can bring on unwanted stress!
This is why Lana is answering some of Fairbank’s Florist’s most common and pressing questions when it comes to spending on event floral.
Her decades of experience in the floral industry provides her a keen sense of style while keeping a wide range of budgets in mind. Following she shares a few of her secrets!
LANA: This is such a great question! Many couples are unable to do everything they desire throughout the entire wedding, so I suggest selecting just a few pieces to indulge on in order to make a big statement.
The bridal bouquet!
I find that most brides keep and post pictures that include their bridal bouquets. Whether that be pictures with the groom, her bridesmaids, family, or friends, typically the bridal bouquet is her stunning accessory in all of these pictures. Because of this, I highly recommend spending on a bridal bouquet that is exactly what is wanted.
And recently, I have noticed that boutonnieres and corsages have become more antiquated. They have a tendency to get in the way and become bruised when hugging. There is usually a fair share that fall off because of this - and that’s not fun right before pictures!
Many of our more recent weddings showcase bridal and bridesmaid bouquets for the women and a clean, no boutonniere look for the men. This can be a smart way to save money on one element and put it into another!
LANA: Although a mock-up piece may seem simple and surely inexpensive, it is actually the opposite!
A mock-up involves more work than the wedding itself because:
- purchasing individual flowers from the floral market is more expensive than purchasing them in bulk
- multiple flowers and/or containers may need to be purchased and shown for clients to select which they prefer best
- the flowers needed for a wedding in June, for example, may not be readily available in January for a mock-up, which means higher cost to find the exact flowers or utilization of similar stock
In addition, our designers charge for their skills and time - essential for the right look. It is because of these reasons that we are open and honest with our clients about requiring payment.
Throughout our design process we communicate if we think a mock-up is necessary and what the associated cost will be. Some weddings and events may not require one, but know that you are always welcome to ask for one to put your mind at ease!
LANA: Depending on the couple, there can be many ways to spend in one area and lower a budget in another.
My recommendations are:
1. Let me select what is beautifully available at the floral market that works with your vision.
It’s wonderful to have a look in mind with specific flowers. It tells us exactly what you like! But sometimes when I arrive at the floral market, I become inspired by certain flowers that may have just arrived that are even more stunning for your special day.
For example, the pink peonies you requested may have arrived small and unopened, but less expensive garden roses in the same color are in bloom and half the price. By trusting me with the empowerment to select what I think will create your look best from what is at the floral market, I am able to many times help couples save money while exceeding their expectations!
When it comes to being mindful about your budget, consider repurposing elements throughout your wedding or event. And we are experts at this!
Recently, we have loved making floral or greenery walls that have been used to hold placecards at the cocktail reception and then has been repurposed as a photo booth backdrop during the reception. Voila!
Also, reusing the flowers or elements from a ceremony can, most times, be easily brought in to the reception. Whether it be altar pieces that sit on each side of the sweetheart table or a ceremony arch that the wedding cake is displayed under, we love to repurpose!
3. Pick a few “WOW” signature pieces.
If you can’t go all out on everything, select a few signature design elements.
Specifically, we are in love with:
- Floral Chandeliers (stunning for a hanging altar piece or for display over the dance floor)
- Flowers on Trees (think beautiful blooms attached to trees by the ceremony or welcoming guests to the reception)
- Floral Backdrops or Overhead Pieces (whether it be a full rose wall for a ceremony backdrop or flowers dripping from overhead venue arches, these pieces stand out and can impress)
Other elements may be a custom-made ceremony arch, ceremony aisle pieces, sweetheart table arrangements, that one-of-a-kind bridal bouquet, and even the cake display.
So what’s your signature piece going to be?
Do you have a floral budgeting question you’d like to ask Lana? If you are planning an Orlando or Central Florida wedding or event, please call Lana at (321) 695-5440 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Budgeting doesn’t have to stress you out and ruin the day of your dreams. We are here to help keep your mind at peace while WOWing you and your guests!