As you’ve dreamed about your wedding day, you’ve most likely pictured the dress — as well as the bouquet you will carry. Maybe that vision has changed over time, but the dress and the bouquet are always right there in your daydreams, always looking beautiful and perfect.

But, when you’re planning a wedding, you’re facing budget realities. How much does a bridal bouquet cost? And will that figure fit into your overall budget? It all depends on what you choose, what time of year your wedding is, as well as other factors.

Here’s a look at everything you need to know about how much a bridal bouquet costs.

Before we get into the specific numbers, think of your bridal bouquet this way: It’s just a portion of your flower budget, which is just a portion of your overall wedding budget. Most brides spend between 5 and 10 percent of their overall budget on flowers, and most brides spend 5 to 10 percent of their flower budget on the bridal bouquet. So, if you’re looking for a percentage-based guide, try that formula.


Key Factors That Influence the Cost of a Bridal Bouquet

As you’ll see below, how much you pay for a bridal bouquet is influenced by a series of factors. The three most prominent factors are:

  1. Location: Where you live matters. You can expect to pay more for a bridal bouquet in Los Angeles than you will in Sioux Falls. That’s just the cost of living.
  2. Season: Different flowers are harder to find (and more expensive to buy) during different seasons. So, before you get too excited about a certain type of flower, check to see if it’s in season around your wedding. If not, it might be expensive — or impossible — to secure.
  3. Flower Type: The flower type matters, too, of course. Some flowers are more beautiful and more elegant, and they tend to cost more.

There are other factors to consider, but these are the main three to keep in mind as you’re making decisions about your bridal bouquet.


The Bottom Line: Average Cost of a Bridal Bouquet

OK, so here it is: Your bridal bouquet should cost somewhere between $100 and $200. That’s a big range because there are so many different factors that influence the cost — just see above.

Also, keep in mind that you can choose discount flowers and an inexperienced floral designed and pay less than $100. Also, you can choose the best of the best in both flowers and design, and your bridal bouquet will skyrocket up to $400.

It’s just like anything else: You can pay a lot more than average for quality, and you can also find ways to cut corners and get something pretty cheap. Just keep in mind that you often get exactly what you pay for.


A Quick Guide: Wholesale Cost of Flowers Per Stem

One of the major factors influencing how much you cost is the type of flowers you choose. Here’s a look at average wholesale costs (per stem) for flowers commonly used in bridal bouquets:

  • Ranunculus: $3 to $4
  • Rose: $3 to $7
  • Peony: $4 to $8
  • Hydrangea: $5 to $9
  • Calla Lily: $5 to $6
  • Lily of the Valley: $6 to $9

Don’t try to extrapolate the cost of your bridal bouquet based on the figures above. Keep in mind that your floral designer with mark up the cost to consider his or her labor, plus you’ll have other filler materials that also have a price. Just use the scale above as an indication of which types of flowers might cost a little bit more — and put you on the higher end of the range.


Taking Bridal Portraits?

Don’t forget about bridal portraits either. If you’re going to take bridal portraits, you’re going to need a bridal bouquet for those, too. So, unfortunately, your bridal bouquet cost doubles — assuming your doing the same flowers for the portraits as for the big day.

The one good thing about doing a bouquet for bridal portraits is this: It’s a good dress rehearsal. You get to see your floral designers work, and you get to decide whether or not you really like the flowers you picked out.

The downside is that you may have flowers you’re not crazy about memorialized in your portraits. The good news is that you’ll get to change direction before your actual wedding day.


Final Thoughts on How Much a Bridal Bouquet Costs

Flowers are highly important to some brides, and they’re much less important than others. If you fit into the latter group that cares less about flowers, don’t feel beholden to the numbers above. Just get you a bouquet that you like and move on. You don’t need to stress about finding the right bouquet and a premium price — if it’s not really a big deal to you.

How much did you pay for your bridal bouquet? Let us know in the comments section below, or you can always send a message via our contact form.