After talking with local florist Tony Foss last week, I realized what a hard time some brides have coming to terms with that big... scary... BUDGET!
I want to shed some light on this situation to clear some misconceptions about specifically your floral budget. Flowers are a must have in every wedding but most people don't realize how much they actually cost. PS, having fake flowers can cost just as much as real flowers if done correctly. You could easily spend $10,000 on flowers alone. If that just made you want to throw up, just stay with me!
Before you rush to get a second and third job just to pay for your flowers, I want you to think about a couple things. First, what is most important to you? If flowers are a top priority, then they need to be so in your budget as well. If linens and having a live band are more important to you, then maybe you have different types of center pieces and most of your budget goes to personal bouquets. Second, there is a difference in the cost of what you want your flowers to be and what your florist can give you based on the budget you give them.
Don't panic yet! Wedding professional Tony Foss suggests that you be realistic and honest about your budget. There is no reason to walk out of a meeting with your florist embarrassed about your budget and feeling like you can't have something beautiful. Your florist can only work with what you tell them. When you give them your true budget, they'll let you know what's realistic and what's not. That may mean adding more greenery, smaller bouquets, or nixing the floral arch but most florists are willing to work with what you give them. You never know until you try, right?