How to Pick Your Destination Wedding Decor – Florals!

When you think decor, you may think floral first; it is however more than just that. It involves all the little details that help to bring your wedding decor style to life.

Details like the welcome sign that greet your guests on arrival, the cute little escort cards that tell your guests where to sit, the sprig of eucalyptus or rosemary that is perfectly placed on the napkins or the unique charger plates that match your decor theme. Florals however tend to be the most expensive part of the decor and here’s why!

How much does wedding flowers cost?

Your wedding florist will add to the beauty of  your wedding day and make it even more beautiful by providing gorgeous floral arrangements. Depending on your style, your wedding flowers’ cost will vary. There are several décor styles:

1.    Romantic – soft hues, delicate lighting and a lot of florals.

2.    Alternative – cool, moody color palette and plenty creativity.

3.    Vintage – old furniture, pearls, lace, old books, old clocks.

4.    Whimsical – bright splashes of color, bohemian components, mismatched chairs.

5.    Modern- clean lines, monograms, geometric shapes, sleek chairs, bold color scheme.

6.    Rustic – string lights, mason jars, wood, greenery, lace, burlap

7.    Bohemian – oriental rugs, dream catchers, pampas grass, decorative pillows, tribal.

8.    Formal – ornate flower arrangements, chandeliers, candles, light airy palette.

9.    Alternative – subculture, renaissance, marvel comics, creative, quirky.

10. Art Deco – spunky glitz, sequin tablecloths, champagne tower, metallic.

11. Glamorous – dazzling, extravagant florals, metallics, unexpected live performance or fireworks.

12. Nautical – anchors, sail boats, seashells, breezy linens, blue watercolor palettes.

13. Tropical – bright exotic flowers, palm trees, tropical fruits, bright linens.

You may look to spend around $1,500 to $15,000. Factors like the time of year (most flowers are seasonal) , type of flowers and quantities (amount of guest tables) determine your final bill.

Does certain wedding flowers cost more?

Yes absolutely! Flowers like hydrangeas, roses, orchids and peonies are not grown locally in Jamaica and must be imported. When you add up the cost of the flowers, shipping and custom charges, they can be a little on the pricier side.

If you’re on a tight wedding flower budget, using a lot of greenery and tropical flowers ( some tropicals are grown in Jamaica) is a cost effective way to decorate your reception. Other inexpensive flowers include freesia, baby’s breath, roses (not garden roses, though), daisies, and carnations.

How can I save money on my wedding flowers?

We recommend that you choose seasonal flowers for starters. Repurposing your ceremony arrangements for reception is also another great way! Your wedding arch can be placed behind your sweetheart table; this cuts down the need for an elaborate backdrop.

Another great way is to remove the arch arrangement(s) and place it on your sweetheart table.You can also mix flowers with non-floral elements like greenery or candles.

How much does a  bride’s bouquet cost?

This cost will vary depending on the types of flowers you want to include, and the arrangement’s size and complexity. On average you may spend between $80 to $350.

How much does a bridesmaid’s bouquet cost?

This tends to be smaller and less expensive than bridal bouquets. The average cost for a bridesmaid bouquet is $50 to $150.

What other services does a wedding florist provide?

Some florists also offer décor rentals like candle holders, arches, charger plates in varying colors, designs and textures. Softer items like napkins, tablecloths and runners may also be available.

What’s covered in a wedding florist prices?

Your florist does more than just preparing your quote, making the arrangements and the delivery. S(he) will spend time to meet with you to discuss your vision for your wedding, your venue, wedding style, desired color palette, and the types of flowers you like and dislike. Your florist will then create a proposal which will describe the arrangements he or she will create as well as the prices.

When your flowers arrive to your florist, he or she will take several hours, even days to process your flowers (taking thorns off of roses, counting the flowers, etc.) and storing them in a refrigerated space to ensure they look amazing on your wedding day.

Depending on how elaborate or the quantities you’ve ordered, your florist may have to hire additional help days before to create those beautiful arrangements! Each arrangement may take anywhere between 1 to 3 hours to create.

Aftercrafting your florals into masterpieces, your florist and his/her team will then bring your arrangements to your venue. A good amount of work needs to be done on premises to make sure that your ceremony and reception looks picture-perfect, from the altar to the reception table arrangements. Post wedding, they will go back to your venue to remove all of the arrangements and vessels along with assisting with the cleanup.

When should I hire a wedding florist?

We recommend hiring your wedding florist early on in the planning process, at least eight months before your wedding day. Some of your favorite flowers like peonies are seasonal and so substitutes like cabbage roses may be used to achieve a similar look. Having the conversation earlier with your florist, will save you some time and disappointment.

What questions should I ask a wedding florist before hiring?

When first meeting with a wedding florist, it’s important to get a sense of his or her experience, creativity, and personality—as well as his or her wedding flowers cost. Here are some questions to be sure to ask a wedding florist:

·         How many weddings have you done?

·         Can you offer some suggestions for creating the look I want?

·         Can you work with my wedding flower budget?

·         Do you have other weddings booked on my wedding weekend?

·         Can I see a portfolio?

·         How do you store your flowers?

·         How do you transport the flowers?

·         Are there additional fees?

·         Will you provide samples before my wedding date?

·         Which other items (vessels, rentals, etc.) can you provide, and which will I have to source myself?

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About The Owner

Our Owner and Senior Event Planner, Franciene Foster, is a certified wedding consultant with a decade of experience in the business.