Danielle and Logan’s outdoor wedding in the woods was very special to me personally. I have known and loved Danielle since she was a teenager in the youth group I was volunteering for. For many years since, Danielle has been a great family friend, loving my kids, popping in for visits with my husband and I whenever some major life moments were happening, and of course sharing with us all about Logan, the one who stole her heart.
Here at Lang Floral Designs, we have created wedding flowers for more than 100 weddings. I have been in the industry for almost a decade. The first several years, I ran this business on the side of my full time Graphic Design career. Then, when I had my first baby, I decided to quit my full time job and build this business into more than just a side hustle. This business has followed my through my twenties, and well into my thirties. So, I have worked weddings under many different scenarios;
When I was younger and working full time, I would stay up almost all night before a big wedding arranging, because I didn’t get off work until 5pm. Those early years, I remember doing wedding set-up days completely exhausted from a “being tired” prospective. However, I had my youth on my side, so physically I was some how able to handle that. I’m 36 now, and let me tell you, there’s NO WAY I would try to stay up all night working before doing a wedding. I think I would literally pass out the next day.
I’ve done weddings while in the first trimester of pregnant when exhaustion is beyond what any normal person experiences. And then in the third trimester when I was doing that wonderful pregnancy waddle thing just trying to make it from one side of the venue to the other. I spent the entire first year of motherhood nearly throwing my back out after every single wedding. There were so many difficult and unhealthy seasons, and if you’re in the wedding industry in any capacity, you know that weddings are HARD WORK.
Through the years, I’ve learned some valuable tips and tricks to help get through a busy wedding set up day, and ultimately, wedding season! I’ve even asked some wedding industry friends of mine for their go-to resources so I could share them with you. Several gave me one very valuable trick that I hadn’t even thought of (tip #4). At this stage of my business, I feel like I’m at the healthiest I’ve ever been in terms of knowing where my limits lie physically, knowing what steps I need to take for a quick recovery so I can do it again the following weekend, and knowing when I need to call in the troops for help.
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.
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.