From the Bride's bouquet and bridal party flowers to the Reception, Rose of Sharon will work to create floral pieces that capture your vision of the perfect wedding. Beginning with a personal consultation, the Rose of Sharon designers work with you throughout the wedding planning process to make sure the flowers meet the changing design and budget of your wedding.
How Much Are Your Wedding Flowers?
No idea what your floral budget should be? On average, flowers are approximately 10% of the overall wedding budget. However, your specific flowers, the size of your bridal party and the style you choose will all affect your floral expenses. Here are some prices to give you a starting place.
$70 - $400+
Your bridal bouquet is the focal point of all personal flowers at your wedding. Many styles are available, including hand-tied and cascades. Pricing depends on type of flowers used (carnations vs. peonies), the size of the bouquet, the style of bouquet, and the amount of artistry that goes into the bouquet of your choice.
Attendant (or Bridesmaid) Bouquets
$65 - $200+
The attendant's bouquet is typically a smaller version of the bride’s bouquet. However, you can mix styles of bouquets. For example, the bride may carry a cascading bouquet while the attendants carry round, hand-tied bouquets. You can also choose a different, but coordinating mix of flowers for the attendants' bouquets.
$7 - $18+
Traditionally, the groom gave the bride her bouquet. Then the bride took one flower from her bouquet and gave it to the groom to wear. Now, we create separate but complementary pieces for the bride and groom.
$6 - $15+
These will be similar to and smaller than the groom’s. This range also includes boutonnieres for the ring bearers.
Corsages, Posies & Other Personal Flowers
$7 - $27+
The price for a corsage will depend on the flowers used, the size of corsage, and the type of corsage (wristlet vs. pin-on). Our wristlet corsages can be worn on a custom-made cuff that matches your wedding style or a 'pearl' bracelet.
$17 - $67+
Posies, or nosegays, are the smallest bouquets we offer. They are quickly becoming popular for mothers to carry in lieu of wearing a corsage. Posies can also be carried by an older flower girl or very petite attendants.
Other Personal Flowers
$10 - $35+
Other personal flowers include flower-girl baskets, headpieces, and ring bearer pillows. This can also include petals to toss, decorated wagons, and/or 'here comes the bride' signs.
$28 - $120+
Aisle, or pew arrangements, vary from a small nosegay tied to the pew or chair with a bow to large, full arrangements that trail to the floor. Candelabra are often used as aisle decor and can be decorated with flowers as well. Rose petals along the edges of the aisle would also fall in this category.
$25 - $300+
This category includes tabletop unity candle accents, candelabra decorations, and large altar pieces. We can also help you create your own arch or huppa from flowers.
$45 - $250+
Short centerpieces are no more than 12" tall. Size, style, and flower variety all play into the price, as does the size and style of container used.
We offer container purchase and rental.
$80 - $480+
Tall centerpieces are typically any table decor that is 18” or taller. (Unless specifically requested, we keep the space between 12" and 18" clear so that guests can see each other across the table.) This category also includes your head-table centerpiece. Your head-table is normally a focal point in the room and is the epitome of your reception decor. As with short centerpieces, size, style, variety and container will play a part in determining the price.
Other Reception Decor
$30 - $400+
This includes your cake flowers, buffet centerpiece, a mantle or entryway decor, or any other floral accents at your reception.
These prices are intended to be a guideline only. Your specific floral cost will depend on a number of factors, including size of wedding party, size of guest list, types of flowers, size and style of floral designs, and amount of artistry needed to complete a piece.
Which Bouquet Style is Best For You?
Bouquet styles have evolved over the years to reflect the times and the personality of the person carrying it. Today, bridal bouquets come in a variety of shapes and styles. As one of your most important accessories, your bouquet should compliment your size, your dress, AND your personal style. Below are some of the more popular bouquet styles used today, and a description of what wedding styles and dresses they work with best.
This design has been considered outdated, but is now making a major comeback because of the amount of artistry involved in these designs. A cascading bouquet is a design containing a mass of flowers that are arranged to trail to a narrow end. The tail can be any length. In the traditional cascading bouquet, the tail is usually 'flowing.' Contemporary versions are usually more structured.
There are several different bouquet styles that are in the cascade family, but the top two styles are: Natural Cascade and Traditional Cascade.
The Natural Cascade
~ A less formal design. Is typically a hand-tied bouquet with trailing natural elements such as ivy.
~ Works best with a full skirted dress, a ball gown, or a dress with a long train.
~ A great option for a tall or full-figured bride.
A more contemporary and modern variation of a cascade. This design tends to be more structured than a cascade, and is often much shorter. It is shaped like an inverted teardrop.
~ Works well with full figured brides
~ Compliments full skirted dresses, A-line dresses that flare at the waist, and dresses with long trains.
~ Perfect for the bride who wants modern touches to a traditional wedding.
Another version of the cascading bouquet. This design mimics the shape of a crescent moon where the main part of the bouquet is the center and the sides trail to the right and left. This design can be either symmetrical (both sides equal in length) or asymmetrical (one side shorter than the other).
Otherwise known as a pageant bouquet, this style sits in the crook of your elbow. This is a good design for someone interested in carrying larger flowers or line flowers such as Calla Lilies. For a modern twist, this bouquet can be carried to the side rather than cradled in the arm.
~ Works well with slim figures.
~ Compliments empire and sheath dresses.
~ Flower type determines the formality of this style.
This bouquet is composed of a gathering of flowers with the natural stems left intact. Stems may be covered with ribbon or foliage or left natural. This bouquet is most often a round shape, but can also be oval or egg-shaped. It can also be very formal or very informal, depending on they type of flowers used. Very small hand-tied bouquets are sometimes called Nosegay bouquets or Posies.
~ Works well with brides of medium heights and builds.
~ Compliments most dress styles if properly proportioned.
~ Formal hand-tied bouquets are a great option for the bride looking for a contemporary look.
~ Also perfect for the bride who wants a very natural, wildflower, or casual look.
Posy / Nosegay:
A small version of the round, hand-tied bouquet. Because of it's size, care must be taken that this bouquet is not lost against the wedding dress. This style is often used for younger or smaller members of the bridal party, and is becoming quite popular for mother's to carry. A nosegay or posy can be created as a natural cluster of blooms (less formal) or as a compact composed bouquet (more formal).
~ Works well for the very petite bride.
~ Works well for Junior attendants, flower girls, and mothers.
~ Often used as the Tossing Bouquet.
~ Compliments non-traditional shorter wedding dresses.
~ Fits an understated wedding
A round ball covered in flowers and suspended from a ribbon.
~ Works well with petite brides.
~ Works well for Junior attendants and flower girls.
~ Compliments shorter dresses.
~ Perfect for the bride who wants something 'different,' and has a playful personality.
How To Prepare For Your Floral Consultation
Like so many of the decisions for your wedding, flowers are an expression of who you are. Getting exactly the right flowers that capture your desires and style can require some serious consideration. To help you with these decisions, and to be able to provide an accurate estimate for your wedding flowers, we will want to schedule a consultation. This process usually takes from an hour to two hours, depending on how much leg-work you've done beforehand.
There are a few things you’ll need to know before we meet. This includes knowing your wedding date, the ceremony and reception locations, and the main colors to be used. It’s also important to have an idea of your floral budget.
Date: If you don’t have a date set, we can’t confirm our availability.
Location: It is impossible to give a specific estimate for anything more than personal flowers (i.e. bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages) if these locations have not been determined. Knowing the location also allows us to provide an accurate estimate for delivery and setup, as well as create the best designs for your spaces.
Color: While your flowers can help decide and emphasize this, if you change the color of dresses worn by your attendants, there's a good chance you'll change your flowers as well. For a few couples, the flowers will determine the color scheme for the rest of the wedding. This is the exception, however, not the rule. It's best to have a very good idea of the colors you want before meeting with us.
Budget: This is a word that you will hear over and over when planning your wedding, and we recognize that it can be an uncomfortable subject to discuss. We ask for a budget because, more than anything else, this will help us guide you in your floral selections. While flowers are generally about 10% of the overall wedding budget, the size of your wedding party, the types of flowers you pick, your style, and the importance you place on your wedding flowers will affect the specific amount you will spend on flowers. We understand that every couple has different priorities, and that flowers may not be everyone's top priority. (Although they are ours!) Giving us a realistic budget to work with and an understanding of your wants, needs, and abilities, lets us create the beauty and atmosphere you deserve at your wedding within the budget you set.
If you do not have a specific amount set aside for flowers, please let us know your overall budget and/or the amount you are comfortable spending. We'll do everything we can to meet your needs!
See How Much Are Your Wedding Flowers? (found below) for wedding pricing help.
Flowers: The one thing you DON’T need is specifics about your flowers. It’s helpful, but not critical. During the consultation, we’ll guide you through the best options to fit your style, colors, and budget. However, it’s not a bad idea to start looking through (and gathering) pictures of flowers that you like. You don't have to know the difference between a rose and a lily--that's what we're here for. Just start focusing on flowers before you come in. Look at magazines, books, nature, and the web. (One great place to start: OUR GALLERY.) Don't worry, if you haven't started your own collection of images, we have plenty!
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How to Reserve Our Services for Your Wedding
When you first contact us, we will email you a form to complete before meeting. This form gives us the background information we need, including contact information, location specifics, event times, number of guests, wedding style, bridal party specifics (number of bridesmaids, groomsmen, parents, grandparents, etc). Please complete this form as soon as possible so that we can start thinking of ideas to show you. It shouldn't take more than just a few minutes to fill it out.
Next we’ll meet with you and iron out all the details. Usually, we meet at our shop, but if you live out of town, we can set up a video or phone conference. If you have a planner or coordinator, please feel free to bring them with you. You are welcome to bring family, trusted friends and/or members of your bridal party. However, the more people involved, the harder it is to reach a consensus and the longer the consultation will take. We recommend no more than one or two additional people attend. We also recommend that you do not bring young children, they are not often interested and we don’t have an area for them to play during our meeting.
After we’ve gathered your information, noted the things you like and don’t like, gone over photos and ideas, we’ll create a proposal unique to your wedding. This will be emailed to you a few days after our meeting. (We try to send your proposal within just a couple of days, but if a lot of research is required, we may take a bit longer.)
To reserve our services for your date, you will need to complete the contract, which will be included in your proposal. This can be done at any point. For busy wedding months, we recommend doing this as soon as possible. Once you've reserved the date and received the proposal, let us know if there are any changes you want to make...and since planning a wedding is a process, there generally are changes!
Ready to Schedule Your Consultation and Order Your Wedding Flowers?
In today's wedding, it is common for the Bride and Groom to bear most, if not all, of the financial responsibility. Traditionally, however, the Bride's family is responsible for most of the wedding flowers, with a few items that are specifically the responsibility of the Groom's family.
Bride / Bride's Family
~ Flowers for all female attendants (including Flower Girls)
~ All corsages EXCEPT those for Mothers and Grandmothers
~ All Ceremony decor
~ All Reception decor
Groom / Groom's Family
~ Bride's Bouquet
~ Corsages for Mothers and Grandmothers
~ All Boutonnieres
~ Flowers for family members unable to attend wedding
~ All decor for the Rehearsal Dinner
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How Much Do Flowers Cost?
There is a large price range to flowers. If you aren't familiar with flower pricing, it can be a bit overwhelming. Which flowers are the most cost effective? Which ones look expensive, but aren't? Where can you get the most for your money?
We've divided some common flowers into three categories:
$ Standard: Lowest price, not 'cheap' looking
$$ Premium: Middle of the road in price, often the most common wedding flowers
$$$ Deluxe: Highest priced, but offer a definite WOW factor!
Deluxe & Tropical Flowers
* List is not comprehensive. * Pricing is an average only; subject to seasonal variables and holidays.
* Images curtesy of www.sierraflowerfinder.com