Why Are My Wedding Flowers Costing So Much?
It’s the question that might be in the back of your mind as you begin to get quotes for your wedding day. If it is, you’re not the only one having this thought. Prices have been changing, and we are presently seeing it more and more. You might be constantly trying to tweak the budget you have for your wedding to try and fit in everything you want, while not completely breaking the bank.
There will be numerous expenses for the day, no matter how big or small you want your celebration to be. There’s your venue (or rentals, if you’re doing an at-home wedding), your vendors (regardless of how many you plan on hiring), and of course, flowers and decor!
Flowers are often a big part of your wedding day – they are a focal point of photos, the men have them on their tuxedos, the girls carry them down the aisle, and your guests will be surrounded by them as part of the gorgeous decor throughout your ceremony and reception.
While you’re excited to pick out your flowers and color scheme, you can’t help but keep wondering why the price of your personal flowers and decor costs so much.
Well.. we are about to tell you why!
Here are five reasons why your flowers may make you feel like you’re breaking the bank.
Supply & Demand
Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, and proms are just some reasons to keep in mind as you are thinking about supply and demand of certain flowers. Not to mention everyone else that is having a wedding on or around your date! Farms will sell their product for more money around certain times because they know it is in such high demand. The more a product costs to obtain, the more a finished product will cost. The bouquet you are holding or the flowers on your table had to go through a lot of steps to get there: from farm, to truck, to wholesaler, to florist, to venue!
Fuel is needed to transport many different vehicles in the process of getting your flowers from farm to table (or hands). Flowers have to be driven from the farm to an airport. The flowers are pickup up and brought to a location where they will be worked on for your big day. Then, transporting all of the flowers to your venue (and often times more than one stop) have to be taken into consideration. All of this traveling has unfortunately become very costly.
There was a national strike in Ecuador that blocked all deliveries. Flowers were sitting in hot trucks, being destroyed and unable to be used.
With all of that in mind, make sure to save enough room in your budget for your floral needs AND remember to stay flexible. Everyone is working as hard as they can to make your wedding vision a reality, while also dealing with some extensive external factors that we have no control over. Weather conditions have been crazy, and sometimes flowers are damaged in the process.
Believe it or not, the season you’re in has a lot to do with the cost of your flowers. Flowers work on a monthly schedule. If the flowers you want are not in season the month of your wedding, you could end up spending a lot more money than usual. It’s important to pick flowers based on whether they are in season or not. For example; Snap Dragons, Roses, and Sunflowers are all in season during September. If you wanted Daffodils, which are in season in June, for your September wedding, it’s going to cost you.
When it comes to your wedding bouquet, you have to keep in mind that you are paying for quality. Your florist is not just getting you your flowers, but designing an overall look for your wedding with the flowers of your choosing. Professional formal florists put a lot of time and effort into your bouquet. A professional florist is not only creating a beautiful bouquet with their artistry, but they’re also choosing the most high-quality flowers to make sure your wedding will have the most vibrant floral touch.
Any of these reasons may be the cause behind the large price tag on your flowers. You might be thinking of cheaper alternatives. Would it be better for you to choose another florist? Find a different supplier? While you keep your budget in mind, it is important to remember that your wedding day is an investment. Invest wisely so you are not overspending on any aspect.
Contact us today and check out our Planning Services to find out how we can help you invest safely for your wedding day ! Be sure to check out our Instagram page @njweddingpros to see our past events!
Lisa Tardo and Elise Monsanto
NJ Wedding Pros
740 River Rd. Suite 240
Fair Haven, NJ 07704