A Guide to Wedding Flower Costs in Sydney – Let’s Look at 5 Price Ranges

Post updated: September 2023

Wedding Flower Budgets in Sydney

Wedding Flower Costs in Sydney

“How much do wedding flowers cost in Sydney?” “What should my wedding flower budget be?” “How much should I spend on wedding flowers?” “What is the average price of wedding flowers in Sydney?”

Figuring out your wedding flower budget might seem a little tricky at first, but it really comes down to how flexible you are with what you’re looking for.

Firstly it’s important to decide, as a couple, how important wedding flowers will be for your wedding day. 

For instance you may think flowers aren’t a central focus for your day and you’d rather allocate your wedding budget to other items. Or, on the other hand you may feel flowers are essential in bringing your unique day to life.

Another factor to consider also is your ceremony or reception venue. Does it need the additional decor florals, or is it a beautiful venue itself and you don’t need to go over the top with more lush, abundant floral arrangements?

For example outdoor garden wedding venues such as the Centennial Parklands, or Royal Botanic Garden Sydney will not require much additional florals, if at all. You can rely on the beautiful natural surroundings to be your ceremony backdrop.

In addition, you should factor in the seasonal aspect of your wedding date. Perhaps you might wish to consider having your wedding ceremony outdoors in the midst of the stunning autumn colours at Breenhold Gardens, Mount Wilson in the Blue Mountains. It will be such a naturally beautiful setting that you won’t need much ceremony florals, and as such have the extra money for other items on your wedding list.

If you’re planning a garden wedding, check out this blog post for more tips and ideas.

Outdoor Wedding Venue in the Blue Mountains
Source: Breenhold Gardens

WHAT IS A GOOD BUDGET FOR WEDDING FLOWERS IN AND AROUND SYDNEY?

As a good rule of thumb, I typically suggest setting aside 10-15% of your overall wedding budget for flowers

How much wedding couples spend on flowers depend largely on several factors. For example,

  • size of the bridal party;
  • number of wedding guests – a bigger celebration generally requires more arrangements;
  • personal priorities and preferences – for example, lush designs requiring more florals or are complicated to create will be priced higher;
  • flexibility with floral choices and styles, or to adjust your budget.

In this article, I’ve provided examples of wedding flower costs for different wedding budgets.

The following estimates act as a guide to help you plan which items could be included within your price range.

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WHY DO WEDDING FLOWERS COST SO MUCH

WEDDING FLOWER COSTS = PRODUCT COSTS + TIME & LABOUR EXPENDED BY YOUR WEDDING FLORIST TO BRING YOUR VISION TO LIFE + CREATIVE ARTISTRY

The cost of engaging a professional wedding florist goes beyond the cost of flowers.  You are also paying for the time and services of the florist to achieve your floral vision for your special day, and their creative artistry.

Time

The work of the wedding florist begins the moment you inquire with them. This potentially means at least 6 – 12 months or possibly more before your wedding day.

Even before you engage your wedding florist, there’s already quite a bit of work happening leading to preparing the quote. Like researching on your venue and designs for your style and season.

Once you’ve engaged the services of the designer, there is a consultative process which includes clarifying the vision, refining ideas and finalising the designs.

Translate this into the hours the floral designer spends on communicating, planning, updating, ordering and confirming all the details leading up to the wedding day to deliver your vision with excellent service and quality product. 

The process is extensive and quite involved – often work not seen by the client.

Professional Services

When you hire a professional wedding florist for a full floral design service, you’re also paying for:

  • The experience and expertise of the floral designer;
  • The designer’s creativity to custom design your flowers;
  • Labour involved in flower sourcing/ordering, going to the flower markets to handpick and collect flowers, prepping the flowers so they look their best on your day;
  • Coordination with venue and other vendors,
  • Packing, delivery set up, rentals; etc.

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Bridal Table Feature Arrangement

Wedding Flower Budget of Under $1000

Most often, a wedding flower budget of under $1000 will allow for:

  • the bridal bouquet,
  • a couple of bridesmaid bouquets, as well as
  • buttonholes for the groom and groomsmen.

Depending on the size of your bridal party, it could account for buttonholes and corsages for a few additional family members.

If you’re having an intimate wedding with no bridal party, a wedding flower budget of under $1000 could account for:

  • your wedding bouquet,
  • the groom’s buttonhole, as well as
  • a small feature installation at the ceremony or reception.

Wedding Flower Costs of between $1500 and $3000

Depending on the size of the bridal party, a wedding flower budget of between $1500 and $3000 could cover:

  • personal flowers (bridal and bridesmaid bouquets, buttonholes for the groom and groomsmen), and
  • a bridal table floral feature.

Or, if you wish to prioritise your floral budget on reception flowers, then you could have a simple bridal table floral feature and small floral arrangements for 10 guest tables.

Alternatively, if your bridal party only includes two additional people (1 bridesmaid + 1 groomsmen), this budget could allow for a ceremony feature element as well as a beautifully styled bridal table with flowers

wedding flower budget sydney $3000 price range

WEDDING FLOWER COSTS IN SYDNEY

Wedding Flower Budget of between $3500 and $5000

If you set aside between $3500 and $5000 towards your wedding flower costs, this budget could cover:

  • personal flowers for a small bridal party;
  • a feature element at the ceremony and the reception; and
  • smaller table arrangements.

Or, if there is just one of either a ceremony archway and / or reception installation, there will be budget to cover my standard sized table arrangements and cake flowers.

wedding flower budget $5000 price range Sydney

Wedding Flower Budget between $5500 and $7500

This price falls within my typical full service wedding. A wedding flower budget between $5500 and $7500 includes:

  • personal flowers,
  • a ceremony floral feature,
  • an installation at the reception, as well as a mix of elevated and low table centrepieces.
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WEDDING FLOWER COSTS IN SYDNEY

Wedding Flower Budget $7500 – $10,000

At the price range of $7500 upward, you would be looking at having:

  • personal flowers,
  • large statement / impact pieces at the ceremony (for example, altar arrangements or an archway, OR a floral arbour installation),
  • bridal table feature, and
  • guest table centrepieces.

If you’ve got a bridal party with at least 3 bridesmaids and 3 groomsmen, and you’re planning to celebrate with around 200 guests, you can expect your wedding flower expenses to start at $10,000.

Japanese inspired Wedding Flowers Sydney
Wedding Reception Flowers (Image by Kevin Du Photography)

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Labour Charges

It’s also important to be aware labour charges can vary dramatically as well – each venue has its own rules on when vendors can set up and when we need to pack down. All of this has an impact on costs for the day.

Labour charges also change depending on the time of day we need to set-up / pack down as well as the day of the week.

For instance Sundays incur premium labour charges, and early morning set-ups and late night pack-downs also incur premium labour charges.

Nonetheless I am excited to work with couples regardless of their budget, in particular provide suggestions on where the money can be best spent at your venue so your wedding flowers can make the greatest impact on your wedding day.

Finally, remember every florist prices differently and it might be that florists in your area charge more or less for some items than I do.

I hope these wedding flower costs are helpful to you as a guide to understand the prices of wedding flowers in Sydney. Not for the purposes of a formal quote.

You can also learn more about the costs of floral installations in another post here.

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