Wedding Flowers Costs and Considerations

We love flowers and all things natural and floral.

We experience a rich satisfaction seeing a stunning bouquet held by a beautiful bride, creating that unique personal ambiance in a ceremony setting, and the wow floral installations that transform a naked venue into an amazing space for a legendary reception.

Creating gorgeous floral decor involves lots of time and planning and we work through many steps in the process of ensuring a couple’s vision becomes a beautiful reality.

Our weeks are busy liaising with brides, drafting proposals, fine tuning designs, sourcing premium blooms and foliage from our local flower growers and specialist flower markets, planning floral installations and organising the props, working through logistics with venue and lighting crews, preparing and nurturing all blooms to ensure their peak perfection … and then creating and delivering beautiful bespoke florals to enhance the character and vibe of a couple’s most important day.

Every step is critical, and the initial concept development is one of the most important.

Many brides draw inspiration from Pintrest and come to us with their chosen designs in mind and ideas ranging from simple to lavish floral styling.  This is often our first opportunity to meet with the couple and to experience their personal style and the vision they have for their wedding day.

We chat about the reasons for their design choice, their chosen venue and flowers that are important to them. Drawing on our wealth of knowledge and experience with previous floral styling at their chosen venue, we interpret their vision and pull together the best parts of their ideas into a cohesive look that will really radiate their style.

There is something magical about transforming the blank canvas of a venue into an amazing floral wonderland and artistically crafting beautiful floral features to reflect the couple’s vision for the most important day in in their lives.

Early on there are many decisions to be made and an unlimited budget would be wonderful when planning a wedding.  However, for nearly all the couples we work with, the reality of cost is an underlying consideration.  Sometimes a couple’s budget simply doesn’t align with their desires.

There are options though, and there is absolutely no need for stress.

Once we are all comfortable with the floral concept, we design the bride’s bouquet and then focus on the floral features that will have the greatest visual impact.  These are critical in establishing the ambiance and vibe for that once in a life-time celebration.  Dollars remaining can go toward finishing touches that will enhance the visual harmony crafted for the occasion.

Just a cautionary word here.  Skimping on designs and reducing size can lead to disappointment and down grade an experience.   It’s a little like buying shoes.  We really want the style and best fit; yet sometimes compromise, only to be reminded of our choice every time we wear them.

Be astute when considering a floral styling proposal.  Double check to be sure your floral designer is initially quoting on what you want and not restricting options to budget. You can decide what could change; your styling or your budget.

So, is there a guideline for dollars to spend on wedding flowers?

The amount will vary with every wedding, but as a reference the Australian Securities and Investment Commission suggests the average amount spent on wedding floristry and decorations is about 8% of the overall wedding cost.  Some couples work with 5% for floral styling, and others allocate over 10%.  The investment a couple makes in floral decor is really a personal decision.

And, regardless of the dollars allocated, your experience in working with your floral designer and the confidence, trust and respect you share is just as important.

If you are starting to plan your wedding decor and florals, take your time in finding images of styling you like and think about colour, designs, lushness, mood and the small details that are important to you both.

And, if you would like to experience sharing your dream with our Alstonville Florist Weddings team, please get in touch.  We would love to meet you and share the journey.

Images by Figtree Wedding Photography

Byron Bay Wedding Fair 2017

 

Nina Claire Photography

We recently had the pleasure of meeting many excited couples as they previewed venues and wedding services at the Byron Bay Wedding Fair. There was a lot of excitement in the air as couples went about planning their special day. Many we chatted with couldn’t wait to share their love with their friends and family at a destination wedding they’ll never forget.

Quite a few couples were busy professionals or working on graduate degrees and were looking for guidance and tips on how to streamline the planning process.  They shared a common desire to have a fun, stress-free event that was also a joyful experience. As lots of couples came to realise, Byron Bay Weddings and the wedding service professionals invited to participate in the Fair can make this happen.

Choosing a venue was a challenge for some. There are many excellent options and the beautiful coastal and hinterland locations on the amazing north coast offer overwhelming choice.  We suggested to a few couples that they allow their sixth sense to guide them in finding the venue that is right for them … and to relax and enjoy the experience.   Their eventual choice of venue will be influenced by their personal style and vision, and then décor and florals will follow … this will be so important as it puts their personal stamp on the day.

Byron View Farm, Forget-me-not, The Byron Surf Club, Earth House, Verandahs and Orchard Estate, to name but a few, were some of the amazing wedding locations showcased on the day.  We found our niche at Fig Tree with a group of other talented wedding service providers who were on hand to chat about styling and decor, floral design, wedding photography, music, hair and makeup and much more.

Nina Claire Photography

It’s no secret that Fig Tree is one of our favourite wedding locations.  Its magnificent expansive views over the Byron Bay coast line and lush gardens under the ancient fig tree provide a captivating setting which is complemented with many intriguing nooks and alcoves.

Alstonville Florist Weddings Photography

We were thrilled to be asked to exhibit our love of distinctive floristry and artistry at Fig Tree, and really enjoyed the responsibility of designing and creating floral styling to showcase the brand-new ceremony area on the upper lawn.  We added floral decorations to the beautiful white stone ceremony site overlooking the magnificent coastline with Byron Bay light house in the distance.  The fresh tropical theme furnishings from The Wedding Shed decked with our elegant florals were a feast for the eyes.

Alstonville Florist Weddings Photography

Spectacular white phalaenopsis orchids and lots of lush tropical foliage accented with gold leaves set the scene for a soft, romantic and very elegant, intimate tropical paradise … so beautiful and such a stunning setting. We loved creating a vista that was so feminine, but which also had a broad appeal … yes, the guys loved it too!

Alstonville Florist Weddings Photography
Alstonville Florist Weddings Photography

Featuring a host of fabulous suppliers, the Fair was brilliantly coordinated by Byron Bay Weddings who know exactly how to organise the perfect event.  The weekend was designed to inspire and inform couples about the venues and the suppliers and services that could make their wedding planning seamless and result in the most amazing day … finessed to a tee with the knowledge and experience of caring professionals.

So, if you enjoyed your visit to the Fair and are inspired with lots of wonderful ideas for your special day, keep in touch … via Instagram or email.  We look forward to being on your dream team!

Nina Claire Photography

Floral Designs Up High

Chandelier

Having one of our floral chandeliers featured in “Wow Factor” Hanging Floral Installations, is exciting and something we are very chuffed about.   Up high floral displays create amazing atmosphere – they are real statement pieces.

This blog post from Tesselaar Flowers includes so many wonderful options for floral ceiling features that really do create a “Wow Factor”.  Take a look and let us know what you think.

Wow Factor Hanging Floral Installations from Tesselaar Flowers