Thinking about the flowers you’ll choose for your wedding can seem like a simple idea… until you actually start to choose. There are tons of options available, and plenty of great places to display them throughout the day. Knowing where to start (and end) can be a daunting task, which is why the floral experts at Rose Hill Weddings are here to help!
We’ve made a comprehensive list of all the areas at your wedding you might want to showcase flowers. Whether you choose all or some of these, be sure to review the list so you don’t miss anything or anyone! You can also use this list as a talking point when you meet with your florist.
These are flowers you, your wedding party and those closest to you will either wear or carry during the wedding.
- Bridal Bouquet: This is your bouquet- THE bouquet. It should stand out from the rest, accenting your wedding colors and style beautifully.
- Bridesmaids’ Bouquets: These can be smaller versions of your bridal bouquet or slightly different, yet complementary.
- Groom’s Boutonniere: Choose a favorite bloom from your bridal bouquet and accent with fresh greenery to match your bouquet.
- Groomsmen Boutonnieres: These can be smaller versions of the groom’s boutonniere for continuity.
- Mothers/Grandmothers Corsages: Choose a corsage for the maternal figures in their families as a way to honor them on such a special occasion.
- Boutonnieres for Fathers/Grandfathers/Officiant: Boutonnieres are a great way to also honor the paternal figures, including the officiant of your ceremony.
- Corsages/Boutonnieres for other special guests: Recognize special guests (like cousins, for instance) with a corsage or boutonniere, as well.
- Flowers for hair: Include live blooms like spray roses or baby’s breath in your hairstyle, or in those of your bridesmaids’.
- Floral crown for flower girl: Adorn your flower girl with a wreath of flowers that matches your wedding in their hair. It also makes a great keepsake!
- Petals to throw/scatter: Your florist can provide the loose petals that your flower girl will throw before you walk down the aisle.
This category includes the flowers you’ll use to adorn your wedding ceremony venue. The type of venue will have a lot to do with what kind and how many flowers you display. For example, a house of worship may need more floral decor than a beach or botanical garden. Here are some areas for adding flowers:
- Altar/Chuppah: This focal point of the ceremony will look beautiful decorated with your wedding colors.
- Arch: Decorate your archway with tulle, ivy, greenery or tufts of your wedding blooms.
- Unity Candle Table: This is a beautiful spot to add flowers or foliage for a fresh, green look that offsets the candlelight.
- Aisle flowers: Decorate the aisle with beautiful bouquets of your wedding flowers on the ends of the pews or chairs.
- Aisle Runner: Your florist can most likely provide you with your aisle runner and the petals your flower girl will throw.
Your reception is a great place to showcase your flowers and sense of style. To save costs, think about ways to recycle your flowers by moving bouquets and arrangements from the ceremony to the reception.
- Guest Book Table: Provide showy displays of your beautiful blooms as guests enter the reception area.
- Centerpieces for each table: Consider the size, height, and shape of your table centerpieces to allow your guests to see each other as they socialize.
- Cake Accents or Cake Table: You may want smaller versions of your flowers displayed on your cake or scattered around the cake table.
- Buffet Table: If there will be a buffet, small arrangements of your wedding flowers will add to the ambiance in the entire room.
- Bar: Include a bouquet or two of your wedding flowers at the bar to help tie the room together.
- Throwaway Bouquet for tossing: To toss the bouquet according to tradition, you may choose to have a smaller throw-away bouquet so you can preserve your real one.
- Restrooms: Don’t forget to include beautiful blooms in the restrooms as a fresh update.
- Getaway Car: Along with ribbons, shoes and some shoe polish, beautiful flowers will help you and your partner get away in style.
Be sure to bring photos of your venue, dress and any floral arrangements you love to help your florist catch your vision. Be open to new ideas that could help you stretch your budget and add elements to your wedding florals you may not even knew were possible. Keeping open communication with your florist as you plan the wedding will be the best way to ensure that everything goes smoothly and your flowers are exactly what you’ve always hoped for. Here are the places you’ll want to consider adding flowers on your wedding day.
With so many choices available, it’s important to include the things that matter most to you and omit those that won’t be important. Remember, it’s your wedding and the colors, decor, and flowers you choose will be a reflection of your personal taste. They are also what will remain in all the photos after every last bite of cake has been eaten. So make sure you’re happy with your choices. For more advice or for help choosing the right flowers for your big day, talk to the floral designers at Rose Hill Weddings. We’re here to help you make your wedding day visions a reality and we’ll work with you to bring those ideas to life.