As a wedding photographer, I get to see a lot of beauty on a wedding day. I have to admit, I have a soft spot for wedding flowers! Just like a wedding dress, the choice of flowers is so personal it tells a lot about the bride, and I love to see people’s personality reflected in their bouquets. My house is also a bit of a houseplant jungle, so maybe that’s why! I also know that when you start planning your wedding and pinning all these gorgeous ideas to your Pinterest inspiration board, it’s very hard to draw up a budget and figure out the cost of wedding flowers.
That’s why I’ve put together a few ideas to get you started, to give you the average cost of wedding flowers in Ireland so you can set your expectations. And if you’re still looking for your dream florist, check out the best wedding flowers in Ireland!
Cost of Wedding Flowers in Ireland
You might be wondering what portion of your budget you should set aside for wedding flowers. Just like with anything else, the sky is the limit, and you can even pick the colour! Basically, there are a few things that will determine the cost of your wedding flowers, and the main factor is simply the number of flowers.
What looks like a simple bridal bouquet is actually pretty dense flower arrangements that uses a lot of flowers. Combine it with the fact that you’re likely to want more than one variety and colour of flowers. Another cost factor is whether your flowers of choice are in season or not (hint hint: go for seasonal flowers, it’s more eco-friendly too!).
Traditionally, most couples go for a large bridal bouquet (€80-200), smaller bridesmaids’ bouquets (€70-150), buttonholes for the groom, groomsmen and fathers and potentially corsages for the mothers (€15-30) . You’re also likely to have a floral arrangement for your ceremony (€150-700, and you can use it again for your top table later), as well as decorate your reception tables (€30-150 per table).
Besides these essential pieces you might go for a few extras – pew end arrangements for the church (€20-80), flowers for your cake (€20-80), floral arches (€300-700), bride and groom chair decorations (€30-100) and thank you bouquets (€40-60) for the mothers, usually presented during speeches.
Based on these figures, you can easily see the cost of wedding flowers in Ireland for a more or less traditional wedding is in the range of €800-2000.
How can you reduce the cost of wedding flowers?
1. Stick to just a few varieties of flowers
If you want a single protea in your bridal bouquet, your florist will still have to order 10 of them. Try to pick your few favourite types of flowers and use them throughout your wedding arrangements. Mix them into the bridesmaids’ bouquet, candle arrangement and table decorations.
2. Use the same arrangements for ceremony and reception
If you’re having two different venues for your ceremony and reception you can easily arrange to transport your arrangements from one location to another. You can ask your family or bridal party to help with smaller arrangements but you might want to hire your florist to manage bigger ones, like pedestals or floral arches. There will normally be an additional fee for transportation but it will certainly cut down on your total wedding flower budget.
3. Opt for one or two statement pieces
Instead of spreading your budget evenly over each table centerpiece and pew end, go for a few “wow” pieces that will really impress your guests. Pedestal vases, floral walls, a wish tree or hanging designs are all great ideas to really draw your guests’ attention. You can decorate the rest of the place with lanterns or candles (your venue might be able to provide some pieces).
4. Choose flowers that are in season and local
Besides being eco-friendly, this advice will really help you to cut down on the cost of wedding flowers. One of the biggest expenses for the florist is sourcing the flowers themselves. Of course you can get ranunculus for your August wedding but they will have to come from South America, so maybe opt for a different variety! Besides, local and seasonal flowers will look much more natural in your wedding setting – tulips would be really unusual against colourful October foliage, right?
5. Listen to your florist’s advice!
I know it sounds obvious but this is probably the most helpful tip of all. Your florist has your best interest, so be open-minded, and you might be surprised at the fantastic options they can come up with. It does help if you give your florist your general preferences. But if you don’t force them to replicate the exact bouquets from your Pinterest board the result will be even more impressive than you expected!
Best Wedding Flowers in Ireland
Over the years, I’ve had a chance to work with some amazing and really creative Irish florists. So if you’re still searching for the best wedding flowers in Ireland, check them out!
Aster Flowers and Events
I first met Katie of Aster Flowers as I was dreaming up an autumnal bridal photoshoot, and we discussed ideas over coffee. From the first moment I was completely blown away by her enthusiasm and inspiration, as well as her super-creative approach when it comes to decorating your venue. Since that shoot I’ve had a chance to work with Katie multiple times, and her taste never ceases to amaze me. Not only will she create beautiful arrangements for you, she’ll make sure to get the best idea possible of what you’re envisioning for your wedding. She’s amazing if you’re looking for someone who will truly transform your space and your look – from candles and wish trees, to loose bouquets and flower crowns.
Fiona’s Fleur Weddings creations never cease to take my breath away. She grows her own flowers, and her arrangements and bouquets always look really personal. Fiona’s style is perfect for romantic and vintage weddings but she also experiments a lot with less common flowers if you’re looking for something more contemporary. I love how fresh, leafy and natural her work looks!
Once Upon a Wedding
Laura from Once Upon a Wedding does not only flower arrangements but the whole styling service complete with props, seating plan, centrepieces and more. I worked with Laura on a gorgeous international wedding. The bride and groom had met in South America and then spent two years traveling between Ireland, the States, Canada, the UK and Sweden, so it’s no wonder travel was an important theme for their big day! I loved the soft pastels Laura used for the bridal flowers and the world map seating plan.
Camelia of Austen Flowers is based in Wicklow and takes her inspiration from this garden county of Ireland. I mean, who wouldn’t? She uses both traditional flowers, like roses and peonies, but is also happy to experiment with less common varieties. I love her use of distinct colour palettes. One of the shoots we’ve worked together on was a La La Land inspired bridal shoot. We obviously went with yellow and purple hues – it’s the only way to get these dreamy LA sunset colours in Ireland, haha! Camelia created absolutely stunning arrangements. So if you’re not afraid to go for bold colours she is your girl!