Most couples can plan to spend 8-10% of their total wedding budget on flowers including the bride’s bouquet, bridesmaid’s bouquets, boutonnieres, ceremony décor, and reception centerpieces, according to The Knot. Those budgeted wedding flower dollars can be spent in a variety of ways depending on your style and floral preferences. To help you get started and provide inspiration, we’ve reached out to local Central Minnesota wedding flower professionals.
Rhoda Paurus, owner of St. Cloud Floral, offers fantastic advice to couples just beginning their search for wedding flowers, “Do your homework. Find out what flowers are in season in your area, at the time. Look for styles and flower varieties that work with your theme and fit within your budget.” Jen Mayer, owner of Wedding & Tuxedo Connection continues, “Hydrangeas make great bouquets when you have a bride/groom on a budget. One thing brides need to keep in mind is certain flowers are seasonal and aren't always available during certain times of the year.”
Purchasing flowers in season plays a large role in providing beautiful décor accents while sticking to your budget. You can get a good feel for seasonal flowers and growing seasons by visiting The Flower Expert here: http://www.theflowerexpert.com/content/growingflowers/flowers-and-seasons. Another resource which provides an overview of seasonal wedding flowers is available here: http://www.wedding-flowers-guide.com/seasonal-wedding-flowers.html.
We asked the experts what’s currently trending for bridal bouquets, boutonnieres, and wedding décor. Rhoda Paurus of St. Cloud Floral, shares the trends they are seeing for bridal bouquets, “Locally grown, seasonal flowers with a wild flower organic feel to them. Going away are the tight, round bouquet with no foliages that we’ve seen for several years now. The styles are incorporating lots of “old fashioned” flowers and styles. We’re also seeing and loving the bouquets with lots of ribbon streamer accents.”
Jen Mayer of Wedding & Tuxedo Connection adds that, “Coral color has been a popular trend this wedding season so far. Also, even though the season is short we are seeing a lot of brides wanting Peonies which are beautiful but expensive! The majority of brides are still doing clutch bouquets but we have had requests for a more updated/modern version of the cascading bouquet. We are also seeing more requests for the fresh picked look for the clutch versus the nice rounded look.”
Jen continues, “Thanks to Pinterest we can do all sorts of different creations like pine cones or even shotgun shells in the bouquets or broaches. We have even had the more creative brides and grooms wanting black ostrich feathers, red Case tractors and even the fletchings from an arrow for boutonnieres.” Rhoda of St. Cloud Floral agrees that couples are looking for, “The use of rustic, natural elements, looking like an organic cluster of just picked herbs and berries. Not too structured or stiff.”
When asked about centerpiece décor, Rhoda indicates, “We are definitely seeing more table bouquets that are low and lush, with an organic look and feel- anything locally grown adds to the appeal. There are much less of the tall bouquets that have been around for several years.”
Flowers, like many components of a wedding, can be expensive. It’s not uncommon for many couples to experience sticker shock when beginning the floral planning process. Area experts offer advice and a few notes of caution to couples as they prepare for this process:
It’s no surprise that, “sticker shocks seems to be the trend when pricing bouquets from pictures given to us by Pinterest. Thankfully we can work within a couple’s budget and get the bouquets to resemble what they are looking for and stay within the budget,” shares Jen Mayer, owner of Wedding & Tuxedo Connection.
In the age of DIY many couples consider what areas of their wedding budget they might be able to create on their own, oftentimes to help keep the adding expenses at bay. While some décor items offer a feasible DIY alternative, your wedding flowers might not be one of those feasible DIY tasks. Rhoda Paurus, owner of St. Cloud Floral, expands and explains that, “I think the biggest misconception is that because you can buy flowers online at “wholesale” prices, that your wedding will turn out cheap and pretty. The consumer doesn’t see all of the work and cost that goes in to processing the flowers in the correct solutions, where to buy flowers to get the highest quality and time required to watch over the flowers so each bloom is at its peak on the right day. This process takes several days.” While you as the consumer may not have this knowledge and expertise, the talented and experienced floral designers at St. Cloud Floral certainly do! Rhoda shares that, “We take a lot of steps with our perishable product to ensure we’re sending out quality flowers created by designers with years of experience behind them.” What else makes St. Cloud Floral unique? “I think our style is ever evolving! I really enjoy the design challenges and new trends that are constantly changing. I’m always drawn to and prefer to design with a more natural look, with lots of foliages, flowers and textures,” Rhoda shares and it seems that her design preference complements the trends Central Minnesota couples are looking for!
As your wedding planning continues, be sure to visit with our professional floral member vendors. Our membership provides a nice variety of vendor styles and pricing for both fresh and silk floral options: