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FLORAL & DECOR
As a community of wedding planners, there’s one question we find even the most planning-savvy brides and grooms want to know the answer to: how much should I spend on wedding flowers prices Pretoria?
Flowers are the one major decor item that every wedding has—but that most couples have no idea how to budget out. You see stunning arches on Pinterest or massive bouquets on wedding blogs but have no idea how much any of that actually costs. You don't want to spend too much on florals and not have room for, say, good food...but, if you spend too little, you'll end up with a lackluster ceremony aesthetic or florals that are a far cry from those you've always dreamt about. Well, not to fear, brides and grooms to be! Ethereal Events Co. is here to help!
If flowers are high on your priority list, but you don't have a six-figure overall budget, how much should you plan on spending?
Before you decide on your floral budget here are some things to keep in mind
White flowers are more expensive than any other colour flowers.
Flower prices can go up and down, depending on your wedding date and season. We know getting married on a weekend where there is a public holiday could benefit your wedding guests if you're having a destination wedding. But it's important to know that the flower prices increase when there is a public holiday. There are also some dates you should look out for, like having your wedding close to Valentine's Day, Mother's day, or Secretary day.
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I hope this price estimate gives you a better understanding of what flowers actually cost.
Ask your florist to give a price estimate of your dream floral arrangements and your budget, they will probably be able to accommodate you and give great advice on how to cost down on your flowers, to suit your budget.
The average Wedding Flowers prices in Pretoria are about R15 000 -R25 000 for a wedding with 10-15 tables (100-150 guests), a bridal party of about 5 bridesmaids, and 5 groomsmen, and some extra personal florals for a few family members.
A wedding ceremony in this budget would include an arch or two-post arbor with some heavy floral as well as aisle decor or floral pieces at the aisle entrance. The reception table options would include low centerpieces, low-and-lush arrangements, or a tablescape with fun and varied elements. But there is quite a range in what you can pull off in this budget range! So, depending on exactly where the floral budget is, the floral options would vary. With a budget closer to R25 000, there would be more textural arrangements with a wide variety of premium floral choices (ranunculus, hellebores, garden roses, specialty tulips, hydrangeas, etc). If the budget is closer to R15 000, the florals would still be gorgeous and lush—we would just choose from more readily available flowers like standard roses, spray roses, proteas, Chrysanthemums, snapdragons, etc. This budget also could include votive candle decor and table number rentals.
Here are some photos from a wedding with a floral budget in this range.
If flowers are your thing and you want to go over the top, about how much should you plan on spending?
An average high Wedding Flowers prices Pretoria R30 000 - R60 000 for a wedding with about 15 tables (about 150 guests), a bridal party of about 5 bridesmaids and 5 groomsmen, and some extra personal florals for a few family members.
In general, a budget of this size gives you lots of playroom (think: imported "premium" flowers, field-grown garden roses, and a mix of interesting foliage options that can be harder to find). The ceremony could include a large-scale installation that probably looks something like a four-post arbor with heavy floral decor. And, you would also have the budget to have aisle decor and/or oversized arrangements at the aisle entrance with some rental decor (pedestals, lanterns, etc). A reception at this budget would include elevated, large-scale arrangements and a couple of options for low centerpieces—whether it's a single low-and-lush arrangement or a tablescape with lots of different elements (bud vases, delicate plants, petite arrangements). A high budget would also allow for candle decor and some specialty rentals (different florists offer different inventory—I personally like to include table numbers, specialty table runners, and a few options for the escort card display).
If you have a modest floral budget, what should you plan on spending?
A modest wedding Flowers prices Pretoria R8 000 - R12 000 and, though small, can absolutely still be lovely! Couples with this type of budget can likely still get florals across the top of an arch and light floral decor for the aisle (like draping foliage bunches for the chair ends) for the ceremony and centerpieces that are low-and-lush or bud vase gatherings mixed with hurricane candles for the reception. Floral options would be based around more easily available varieties, like standard roses, spray roses, snapdragons, Chrysanthemum, alstroemeria, Proteas, etc. And, depending on the season, more delicate options might be sprinkled throughout.
What other factors (venue, wedding party size, etc.) might affect what you can do with a budget?
The floral budget can be affected by a wide variety of factors. If the venue has a lot of rentals (votives, lanterns glass hurricanes, etc.) or an onsite arch, that can save your floral budget since those items don't have to be rented from your florist. Having table arrangements that don't need any vases will also be a great money saver, like a flower runner. Your wedding party is another place where a surprising percentage of the budget ends up. Bridesmaid bouquets can be pricey, and it's important they look gorgeous because they will be in most of the photos. But, these can be repurposed for the reception by placing them around the dessert table or on any extra focal points
around the reception area.
Advice from a Wedding florist:
A lot of clients say they don't want to spend too much of the floral budget at the ceremony because it typically only lasts 15-30 minutes and guests don't spend much time there. I totally disagree with this. This is your guests' first impression of your event! Plus, the ceremony is the moment you've dreamt about all your life. The ceremony is what you will remember the most—you say your official "I do's," have your first married kiss, and all eyes are on you two while you dedicate your lives to each other in front of the most important people in your life. So, I can't say it enough: Make it special! Make it magical!
The ceremony is also where a ton of photos are going to be taken, so—even though you and the guests are only here for 20 minutes—it's most likely the scene that will be hanging on your wall for the rest of your lives. Another major bonus? Almost all ceremony florals can be transferred to the reception—whether they are repurposed as centerpieces, stage decor, sweetheart/head table decor, placed around lounges, draped across bars, etc.—which is how you get the most bang for your buck. Don't hesitate when it comes to spending on your ceremony—those florals will go to great use!