I am a huge fan of San Francisco based floral designer Nancy Liu Chin’s blog because it is a completely honest, transparent look into the realities of professional floral design. She kicks the covers off of the wedding floral profession, tackling every topic from why flowers are so marked up to the ethics of portfolio photos, all the while sharing beautiful, inspiring images from her own events.
She posted an excellent series of two posts called “The Real Cost,” where she did the cold, hard math on the costs of rentals and florals used to create two inspiration tablescapes for wedding magazines. The full posts (here and here) are more than worth a read.
For this beautiful table, costs totaled $587 per table of 6 BEFORE tax or delivery. And I believe that some of her estimates are on the low side- she has Chivari chairs at $8.50 each for example and I’ve more often seem them just over $10 each to rent in my own research. For a wedding of 150, you’re looking at $14,675 for reception tables alone (and surely there would be some other decor involved in the wedding, like the ceremony site decor, perhaps lighting, etc)! I think this image is gorgeous and I wouldn’t ever associate it with a modestly budgeted wedding – it’s clearly professionally designed to the tee and involves specialty rentals- but it doesn’t have that over the top “Platinum Weddings” look and I would have NEVER in a million years thought without seeing the breakdown right in front of me that it clocked in at well over $500 per small table!