Formal of casual, expensive and elegant or simple and understated, your wedding will undoubtedly include flowers. Their beautiful look, fragrance and meaning has become a staple of all marriage ceremonies and receptions. The main considerations when choosing what type of flowers to use are cost and color. So many options exist, but when it comes down to it, the color of your flowers must match the other decorations and clothing worn by the wedding party. This will create a more cohesive and beautiful overall impression that will wow the guests who attend.

Hire a professional florist to plan and create the perfect floral arrangements for your special day. They can make sure the flowers are properly displayed and cared for so they look fresh for the entire ceremony and reception. Their experience alleviates a large part of the stress of planning the decorations for your wedding so you can focus on other aspects or find some time to relax and enjoy yourself more.

What flowers are needed for a wedding? The following list covers most of the possibilities, but they are all optional depending on how much money the couple wishes to spend and how extravagant the proceedings.

  1. Bride’s bouquet
  2. Bride’s throwing bouquet
  3. Bridesmaids’ bouquets
  4. Groom’s boutonniere
  5. Groomsmen’s boutonnieres
  6. Flowers for mothers and fathers of the bride and groom
  7. Flower girl basket
  8. Table centerpieces
  9. Altar decorations or vases
  10. Pew and table decorations
  11. Garlands for doorways and entrance hall

Some brides and grooms opt to take fresh flowers to the gravesites of loved ones recently passed away to include their memory in the wedding day. If either has a relative of friend in the hospital or home ill, they might like a bouquet to bring to their home to let them know they are missed.

In order to prevent clashing colors, bring a swatch of fabric from the bridesmaids’ dresses to the florist when you are ready to pick out flowers. The florist should have full-color photographs of wedding arrangements and bouquets and a wide selection of flowers on hand to consider. The bride and groom can bring in photos from magazines or websites that match their ideal of the perfect bouquet and flower displays. Be prepared to make substitutions in order to save money or if the particular flowers are not available at that time.

Before deciding on the final wedding flower arrangements, check with both the church and reception hall to see if there are size restrictions or anything extra to consider. For example, tables may not be able to hold over a certain weight of flowers combined with the place settings and food. Inquire about transportation of the flowers. Does the florist have a van or truck to take all the arrangements to the church and reception hall, or do you have to find someone to pick them up and take them instead? Will you be responsible for removing the flowers after the ceremony, or will the venue dispose of them for you?

From the selection of colors and varieties to the questions of logistics, many decisions surround the wedding flowers. Let a professional florist help you stay organized and reduce stress as they take care of all bouquets and table centerpieces for you.


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