A Wedding Flower Guide
Most brides have a good idea about what type of flowers they want in their wedding bouquet after perusing wedding magazines and seeing their friends and family members get married. The other flower arrangements may not be so firmly etched in their minds, however, and they may need some help understanding just what goes into the floral decorations for their big day.
Great results can be had if you leave all the flower selections in the hands of a capable florist, but most brides want more control over the process themselves. This wedding flower guide can help you plan the marriage ceremony and reception decorations easily.
First, decide if you want to use a professional florist and wedding decoration expert, or if you would rather do it yourself by buying flowers from a wholesale wedding flower shop and making your own bouquets and arrangements. This option is great if you or any members or your family are artistic or artsy in any way. Buy some extra flowers ahead of time to practice making the arrangements to make sure you can produce results you will be happy with. No matter which way you decide to go – professional florist or do-it-yourself – traditions and creative suggestions can help you make sure you have all wedding flower needs covered.
Wedding flowers for the ceremony include:
- Altar wedding flower arrangements
- Pew or seating decorations or garlands
Wedding reception flower decorations include:
- Special floral arrangements for the bridal table
- Guest table centerpieces
- Buffet or cake table accents
Flowers needed for the bridal party include:
- The bride’s bouquet
- Bride’s toss bouquet
- Groom’s boutonniere
- Maid of honor and bridesmaid bouquets
- Groomsmen boutonnieres
- Flower girl basket
- Mother and grandmother corsages
- Father and grandfather boutonnieres
General wedding tips to remember will help you make the best look for any size or style wedding. Professional florists know these things, but if you are doing your own flower arranging, they are important to take into account.
The bridal bouquet and the groom’s boutonniere should be larger and more elaborate than those of the wedding party. Likewise the maid of honor’s and best man’s flowers should be a bit larger or fancier than those of the other bridesmaids or groomsmen. This helps to show their status clearly.
Some say step-parent flowers should differ slightly from the biological parents, but this is a matter of taste and family relationships. Grandparent arrangements can likewise be altered a bit from the parent’s displays.
To save some money, bring the floral displays on the wedding church’s altar directly to the reception hall to place on the buffet or bridal tables. This is best done directly after the picture taking is done and before guests should arrive at the next location. Bridesmaid’s bouquets can do double duty as table centerpieces as they are placed in pretty vases on the dining tables.
It is your special day, brides and grooms. No matter what color scheme you choose or price range you have available to you, flowers can be a beautiful part of the wedding day decorations.