1209 PRICING GUIDE | WHAT TO CONSIDER
Thank you so much for considering 1209 as your wedding day florist! We are so excited for you, and we are here to help make the floral planning process an enjoyable and easy experience. Pricing for each wedding varies since no one wedding is alike. Here's a few basic things to need to consider when it comes to pricing: guest attendance, bridal party size, location, design intricacy, floral choices, and any additional coverage. Our average pricing for a wedding with a 100 guest count typically runs between $5,500 - $8,000. We like to keep it real with all of our clients and want to provide you with as much insight into the world of floral design for our weddings. Below are our minimum + average prices, but it still can vary from wedding to wedding since each is customized and unique in itself.
$25.00 (provided with a backup)
Adult Flower Crown:
Junior Flower Crown:
*all items are individually gift wrapped. Bouquets and corsages are tied with hand-dyed silk ribbon
Ceremony + Reception
$25.00/ft. and up
starts at $350.00
starts at $35.00
Arch/ Backdrop Flowers:
starts at $650.00
additional 1209 team members needed to execute wedding day depending on the size and intricacy.
Delivery + Travel:
dependent upon location locally
minimum $300.00 outside greater city area, but within the state
minimum $500.00 outside greater city area, but within the state (overnight stay)
minimum $800.00 out-of-state
Standard Service Fee:
20% added to the final total
a document further explaining reasons for these fees is shared during a consultation
5% added to the final total
an additional fee is applied if your date falls ON or WITHIN a few days of a major holiday
We would love to hear more about what you need before we are able to give an accurate quote. We offer a complimentary 30-minute consultation via telephone, or an in person consultation with up to 2 additional guests can be scheduled for $50.00/ hr.
To hold your date on our calendar, we require all clients to sign our contract, along with a non-refundable 50% deposit. The final balance is due 30 days prior to event date. For more information, please send us an email.
Q & A With Cora Hardin | Inside the Cost of wedding flowers
Cora Hardin is a San Francisco based wedding florist. this article was written for Catalyst Wedding Co. to explain the cost of wedding flowers. we know couples want to know more on this topic, and cora breaks it down for better understanding.
Q: Pricing for wedding flowers is often confusing to couples—sometimes even a shock. Often, couples budget a lot less than floral designers charge. Why do you think that is, and what do you wish couples knew about it?
A: The two main components that impact price are the flowers themselves and the labor to design, transport, and deliver or install the flowers.
LABOR: On average, I spend 1-2 hours working on each centerpiece. That’s on the design alone without accounting for the time spent purchasing the flowers, cleaning them, and delivering them. For wedding flower design, logistics can take up to 50% of the total time. It’s a lot more manual labor than most people realize since the end goal is for the result to look effortless, and thus most of the labor happens before or after the wedding behind the scenes.
MATERIALS: What surprises many couples is also that the cost of flowers themselves vary greatly. The flowers you see most often on Instagram, Pinterest or in wedding magazines are almost exclusively high-end, expensive flowers. You’ll notice that they look quite different from the flowers available at grocery stores. Examples of high-end flowers are those soft, romantic garden roses, lilacs, peonies, ranunculus, sweet pea, and lily of the valley, but the list goes on. Even with those, what you see are often not the “standard” kind, but blooms imported from Italy or Japan, or grown in small numbers at a local farm that even at wholesale cost can exceed $5 per stem. A designer might use 30 or 40 of those in a centerpiece. If you add that up in terms of retail pricing and have one large arrangement each on 12 tables, you can see how even before taking into account the labor costs and the value of your designer’s skill and expertise, the cost of raw goods alone is already very high.
FRAGILE BLOOMS: In addition to the quality, the hardiness of flowers will also impact the amount that the designer will need to order as back-up and the difficulty of designing with them. With fragile flowers, last-minute designing on site may be necessary, which increases the number of staff needed on the day of the wedding. It increases the difficulty of the overall design process and mechanics, as you have to leave space for these flowers in the design process so you can pop them in on site at the last second or design entirely from scratch during the venue set-up window. For example, dinner plate dahlias or hellebore are breathtaking and incredibly popular for weddings. However, they are also incredibly difficult to keep alive.
INSTALLATIONS: That’s not even getting into large arches, XXL flower urns, or hanging flower installations. The photos of weddings you see published online are usually big budget weddings. Flower walls, for instance, are stunning—absolutely, but one of those alone could cost $10,000 and up. What you don’t see with those is that they take a huge team many hours to complete, in addition to the thousands of flowers that are needed to make them. I always wish pricing were more transparent on such beautiful posts because as a floral designer we get the difficult task of having to crush those big dream wedding visions based on the couple's available, real-life budget.
BUDGET: Because the industry can appear to be quite opaque to couples, I nevertheless try to provide my prospective clients with some clarity by posting both a minimum and a more common total cost as a general point of reference. In the end, though, it’s still hard for someone to estimate what their wedding flowers would cost without requesting a customized quote.
Q: How much money should couples plan to spend on flowers?
A: I strongly believe that there is no “should.” I’m personally not much of a traditionalist, so I think everyone ought to celebrate their wedding the way that is most meaningful to them—small or large, formal dinner or elopement, big budget or shoestring. You do you, and you decide what is important for your wedding within the budget and the vision you have. Some people love flowers, some people don’t care that much, and it’s important to know where you stand and what you can afford, so you can allocate your budget appropriately and find the correct floral designer for that price range.
DIY: I’ve often read the advice online that you should plan for 10% of your budget to go to wedding flowers, and I think though very low, that can be appropriate if you do not want Pinterest-worthy flowers. In that case, your flowers may have to be DIY, which is a huge effort, or look closer to small, simple grocery-store flowers.
PINTEREST: If you want the fine-art-inspired, lush and varied, high-end flowers expertly arranged into what is essentially a 3d sculpture, like the showstopper table arrangements you come across in online inspiration photos, I advise planning closer to 25% of your budget for them. Though my minimum is $2,500, for example, that doesn't cover weddings as elaborate as you most often see featured online. I have found that for many couples, there is a mismatch between the imagery posted for inspiration and the expected budget allocation. From the inquiries I have received for weddings in the San Francisco Bay Area, the inspiration boards and services requested based off of typical Pinterest or Instagram content, including a wedding arch or other larger ceremony or reception decor, have led to an average quote between $6,000-$10,000, which has generally far exceeded the planned budget for the couple.
Q: In order to get an accurate quote, what information will a floral designer need?
A: At minimum, this information is a good starting point:
· Wedding date, location, and time
· Size of bridal party
· Size of guest list, shape of tables, and seats per table
· Color scheme and inspiration photos
· Anything floral in addition to or that deviates from standard personal flowers and centerpieces