A Wedding Budget Breakdown With Percentages…Plus Free Spreadsheet!

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Wedding Budget Breakdown with Percentages

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.”

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