Why Your Budget is So Important to Florists

Amanda Castle Photography

Amanda Castle Photography

One of the most daunting tasks of wedding planning just may be creating a budget for your celebration (followed closely by your guest list, but that’s a story for another day…stay tuned). After all, it’s probably the first time you’ve planned a wedding - so how are you supposed to know what a good price point is for each vendor? I totally get it, you guys! I do!

But let me tell you why it is so important to develop a budget for each of your vendors after you’ve come up with an overall budget (and today I’m speaking specifically about florists, but this would apply to basically all your vendors).

We can make suggestions for you.

If you give me a list of items you want and show me photos of the style you like, and in my head I ballpark your total floral cost to be $10,000, but then you give me a budget of $8,000, I can make much more educated suggestions for your design! I can give you literally a dozen ways to bring your costs down, and recommend which version I think is best for you based on your style, venue, and overall design.

We can be totally honest with you.

If you show me photos of a $10,000 wedding and tell me your budget is $2,000, I can be completely transparent with you and let you know that, unless you raise your budget, you are not going to achieve the look of those photos. I can then show you what you can get for your $2,000 budget and you can decide if that’s what you need to make your dream florals a reality!

We aren’t wasting each other’s time.

Since I’m being completely transparent with you today, this is a really important point to note. If you haven’t yet come up with a floral budget, but want me to provide you with a quote anyway, I’m literally pulling numbers and ideas out of thin air with nothing to work with. I could quote you for the most extravagant wedding in the world and quite likely be well over your budget, or I could quote you for a smaller wedding and be well below your expectations. That often results in a lot of back and forth communication until you have ultimately decided on a budget, which is when we can really provide you with a more accurate quote.

I know it’s scary to share your budget with potential vendors, and totally understand the apprehension also associated with it. But I’m also here to tell you that most wedding vendors are small businesses, and want nothing more than for you to have the wedding of your dreams! We want to bring your vision to life, and sharing your budget with us is the perfect place to begin to get the conversation started and see if we’re a great fit for one another!

Have questions about setting a budget? I’d be happy to chat with you!

Amanda Castle Photography

Amanda Castle Photography