Back in the Fall, my friend Katherin from Resounding Whispers Photography and I started talking about doing a styled shoot together this Spring. We decided to do earthy wedding decor and collaborate with some of our favorite Chattanooga-area vendors. Little did we know, Spring 2020 was going to be practically non-existent due to COVID-19.
As owner and lead florist of Lang Floral Designs, a wedding floral studio in Chattanooga, Tennessee, I see a very wide variety of wedding budget breakdown percentages. Each bride or client who reaches out to us about their wedding flowers receives a questionnaire from us which includes a few questions about their wedding and floral needs so we can review it and make sure we’re a good fit. Within that list of questions is “Overall Wedding Budget” and “Floral Budget”, and I can’t tell you how often we get an answers like “I really have no idea what I should be spending on flower (or what wedding flowers cost), so right now I’m just looking for some pricing.”
However, before we schedule our first meeting, I require some kind of answer about the budget breakdown from them. Here’s why: What if the floral budget is a huge question mark and after we meet I give them a quote for their DREAM WEDDING floral package of $5,000+? But if they were actually hoping for a quote of under $2,000, then the bride is going to be so shocked by the quote that she’ll probably just move on to the next florist in town. So now we’ve both waisted a bunch of time.
I would so much rather get a sense of what the client feels would be reasonable for their wedding. It’s not that we can’t work within a smaller budget. But with a rough budget of about $1,800, I would have never spend an hour+ in a meeting talking about the DREAM wedding package. We would have looked at her inspiration pictures and said “Okay, so if you LOVE this extravagant centerpiece, but you’re on a tight budget, maybe we could do 4 centerpieces similar to that (slightly scaled down), and 10 smaller and more affordable centerpieces on the remaining tables to balance out the cost.”
So how much should you be spending in each category of your wedding budget? Read more to see our suggested percentages and download your own customizable wedding budget Excel spreadsheet!
Here at Lang Floral Designs, we have created wedding flowers for more than 100 weddings. So when working with a tight budget, how do you know whether or not you can afford to hire a florist? How do you know if you can manage to DIY your wedding flowers. And if you do decide to hire a professional, how can you make sure to choose options that are affordable. Here are my PRO tips for budget-friendly wedding flowers.
The information and links in the article about planning a wedding during the COVID-19 pandemic pertain to people in the United States. If you are in another country, please follow your national and local guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are in the United States, please check national and local guidelines and mandates, as well as the CDC‘s most recent information.
Original Article Published March 16, 2020. Edited Aug 17, 2020.
How could the Coronavirus (COVID-19) effect your 2020 or 2021 wedding? Postponing or Cancelling the wedding?
So you’ve been planning your wedding for months. You’ve booked your vendors and paid deposits, have a rough guest count, and have dreamt about the perfect wedding day for you and your fiancé. Then all of the sudden, this dark cloud called the Coronavirus (COVID-19) seemly put a halt to normal life as we know it. So now what? How do you move forward with your wedding during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak?
Here at Lang Floral Designs, we have created wedding flowers for more than 100 weddings. There are so many great ideas out there for wedding decor, color pallets and flowers, that it can feel impossible to choose. But we always love when couples choose a style that fits their own personality to create a wedding that is unique to the bride and groom. Here are 15 of my favorite weddings for you to be inspired by while choosing the perfect wedding flowers and decor for your own big day.
Last Fall we worked on this Burgundy Fall Wedding, and just loved how every single design element came together flawlessly. So we wanted show you just how easy it is to pull together all the details to achieve this gorgeous burgundy fall wedding.
In the article below, I’m going to share details about all the visual elements of this wedding, and exactly how you can recreate it yourself, including:
What should I wear to an outdoor fall wedding? How should I dress for a wedding at a hotel? What should I wear to a boho wedding? Can I wear Jeans to a wedding?
These are questions that wedding guests everywhere are asking themselves, their friends, and their significant others constantly! I’ve been in the wedding industry for almost 10 years, so I thought I’d offer some modern-day, real life suggestions on how to be dressed appropriately for any wedding scenario!
I absolutely loved the color pallet and style of this wedding! The bride originally had in mind all white flowers with eucalyptus greenery only. However, when she showed me her well-thought-out color pallet with all those gorgeous mauve tones, I knew there was an opportunity to bring in some super subtle color and gardeny greens to round out the sophistication. The bride gave my color/floral suggestions serious thought and ultimately decided to trust me to do something a little bit different than she had originally planned. I’m SO glad she did. This combination resulted in a truly UNIQUE mix that you don’t see just anywhere.
We loved every single thing about working on Annabelle and Paul’s boho glamping wedding at Under Canvas Smoky Mountains. When we first met with the bride and her awesome destination wedding planner Gabby from Cause We Can Events, we fell in love with her style and the idea of renting out any entire mountain glamping retreat to host all the wedding guests.
I think it goes without saying that the bridal bouquet from Natalie and Clay’s wedding was a show stopper. Natalie was absolutely in love with peonies for her traditional-style bouquet. However, for her late August wedding, we knew they may be difficult to get as peonies are at the end of their season. As an alternative, we ordered these peach David Austin Juliet Garden Roses just in case, which are so stunning on their own. Along with some special peony-style roses and eucalyptus greenery, the overall look came together just as we had hoped. We were able to get our hands on just a select few white peonies to use very strategically throughout the bouquets. And at delivery, I asked the bride if she could tell which were the actual peonies and which where the alternates. Her answer: “No, I love them all!”