When most brides-to-be starting thinking of their wedding, often the first thing they think of is what they'll wear, what colors they might want, and what the guest tables will look like. Often the ceremony is one of the last things couples plan, and it's the whole reason for the occasion! There are many ways to create an absolutely gorgeous setting for you to vow to spend your life with your beloved, and Pinterest does a great job of setting those standards pretty high. I created a survey and asked my friends, family, and former and future clients to guess how much these Pinspiration images would cost in real life. I kept it to three categories for this segment on ceremony pretties: Arch decor, large arrangements, and aisle decor, so let's dive in!
Outdoor weddings often feature an arch to designate the ceremony space and frame the couple while they say their vows. Adding floral elements to your ceremony arch is a gorgeous way to add visual interest and romance to this intimate moment of your lives. I chose 3 styles of arch decor that I loved from my Pinterest search, and many of my brides have loved as well.
Often, my brides want large arrangements for the front of the church during their ceremony or for the escort table at the reception. It's not uncommon for them to send over similar images to those below, which would look amazing at the front of a church, at an outdoor ceremony, or at one of your ancillary tables at the reception. But when they learn the cost associated with very large pieces like this, they're usually the first to get cut from their list or significantly downsized and simplified.
Both of these arrangements feature lots of hydrangea and roses with the pink design on the left incorporating peonies, cafe au lait dahlias, snapdragons, and some hanging green amaranthus, just to name a few of the gorgeous blooms.
In addition to the white hydrangea and standard red roses, the burgundy arrangement on the right also incorporates standard dahlias in a beautiful deep burgundy shade, some peach garden roses, and is filled out with mixed greens.
Guess range: $90-$1000 (pink) & $110-$1000 (burgundy)
Average: $410 & $389, respectively.
I would charge: $900-1,000 for the pink arrangement on the left (with rental or purchase of the large urn --unless of course it was stone and part of the venue, then there would be an on-site design fee).
The arrangement on the right would run about $725 because it's not AS large, though it's hard to tell in the photos, uses less pricey blooms, and doesn't require vessel rental from me. Obviously to complete this look, you'd want to look into renting the barrel from the venue or a rental company! I would recommend two of these for balance at your ceremony space, but one would be stunning on an escort card table, entry piece, or dessert display, for example.
Aisle flowers started out as a way to mark the front couple of rows as reserved for family, but the trend has become more of a way to decorate the entire aisle. There are many ways to do this, but shown below are Pinterest inspiration images of 3 styles that I offer my brides, along with a wildflower aisle that is still dream status on my list of designs.
The top left is a great example of my favorite way to mark an aisle. Filling a jar with a small posey of mixed blooms and hanging them on either shepards hooks or the end of the pew or chair. I love using my clear glass hobnail jars for this and create a handle using ribbon. Guess Range: $20ea-$800 Average: $240 I would charge: $30+ per marker pending flower choices.
The bottom left is another style that I do quite a bit. I love the extra wide ribbon tied around this posey of blooms that give this look an extra luxe feel. Guess Range: $15ea-$300 Average: $65 I would charge: $25+ per marker, pending flower choices.
The bottom right is the third style that I use a lot. The cost is a bit less than the similar floral option because greens are generally less expensive than blooms. Guess Range: $10ea-$200 Average: $43 I would charge: $20 per marker.
The last image is my "dream-status" aisle decor option of lining the aisle with arrangements of mixed greens and wildflowers. Can you imagine taking that walk to your oh-so-soon-to-be husband through a field of wildflowers? Yes. Yes I can. Guess Range: $30ea-$550 Average: $262 I would charge: $100 each, pending choice of flowers and greens. These would also be great to line up in front of the head table or bar at the reception!
Obviously, I should have specified that I was looking for pricing on each individual marker or arrangement because I got some guesses for just one, and some for a whole aisle (and yes that "wildflower aisle" was tricky), which skewed the results. Most of my clients choose to do between 6 and 10 markers (split evenly to decorate each side of the aisle), so the cost for aisle decor is usually between $150-$300 for the smaller markers shown above.
So that wraps up part 2 of My Pinterest Project. What did you think? Are these ceremony designs priced higher or lower than you expected? Which is your favorite?! Stay tuned for my third and final (for now) installment of this project next week: Centerpieces!