While doing research for my wedding flowers, I came across a number of articles and wedding websites that guide you in the process of deciding on your flowers. As amazing as all the information is, it becomes challenging when you have to try and remember all the useful information given in each article.
For the purpose of today’s #weddingplannerwednesday, I have taken all of the information that I have found while doing all my research and collated it into a single post to guide you in the right flower-direction and let you know what the most important floral requirements for your wedding.
An important thing to note: it becomes very difficult to decide on flowers and arrangements if you have not yet decided on your wedding theme yet. I would suggest following my wedding theme guide before starting the process of flower arrangements. Knowing your theme will narrow down your colours and choice of flowers.
FLOWERS FOR THE WEDDING PARTY
Decide on the style of bouquet that you want by finding inspiration pictures on the internet – the best place for inspiration is definitely Pinterest. Go check out my Wedding Flower Board on my profile. The most popular styles are posy, arm sheaf and cascading, but there are so many other options. You will also need to decide if you want flowers in your hair.
Now, I had no idea that such a thing existed. I was always under the impression that the bride threw their own bouquet. But if you love your bouquet and don’t want to throw it to a crowd of squealing ladies, ask your florist to create a small throw bouquet for you so that you can keep your main bridal bouquet.
Bridesmaids and Maid of Honour
Decide on the style that you want for your bridesmaids and maid of honours bouquets. It is not uncommon to have the Maid of Honour’s bouquet look different to that of the bridesmaids, and personally I have decided to go this route but the choice is entirely yours. Also decide if you want them to have flowers in their hair or just a simple clip.
Usually the flower girl walks done the aisle with, you guessed it, flowers. Consider whether you want her to wear flowers in her hair, and whether you want her to hold a pomander or scatter petals down the aisle – these are all things that you will need to discuss with your florist.
Traditionally, the mother of the bride, mother of the groom, and both grandmothers receive corsages to pin on their shoulders or made up for their wrists. This is a flower of your choice, but I would suggest getting something that fits in with your theme, but also something that sets both sides of the family apart.
Make the choice of the button hole flower up to the groom (so that he feels like he is included in the decisions). The button holes are usually pinned to the lapel or shoulder of the groom’s suit. It is also traditional to have the best man, groomsmen, father of the bride, father of the groom, and the grandfathers from both sides of the family pin a button hole on their suits. A lesser common sight is to have the minister/pastor, master of ceremonies, and driver have a button hole.
THE CHURCH, CHAPEL, OR CEREMONY VENUE
Alter Flower Arrangements
The flower arrangements for the alter really vary between wedding themes. You might find that a flower arch is best suited for an outdoor bohemian style wedding, while 2 large flower arrangements on pedestals are best suited for a traditional chapel/church wedding. To save yourself money, try make the alter arrangements work at the reception venue so that they can be moved from the ceremony to the reception and you can get the most bang for your buck.
Flowers for the Pews/Chairs
While there are so many options for decorating pews these days, some still prefer the traditional pew flower arrangements – discuss this with your florist. An easy way to save yourself money is to put a single slower on every second pew. Also consider whether or not you want to have rose petals scattered down the aisle.
Flowers for the Registry Table
A flower arrangement for the registry table is optional. If you are looking to save money, rather place the bridal bouquet on the table while you are signing your documents.
Fresh Rose Petals for Confetti
Bio-degradable confetti trends are on the rise and a lot of venues are requesting that bio-degradable confetti be used at their ceremony venues, so why not try fresh rose petals.
THE WEDDING RECEPTION
The type of flower arrangement that you want on your tables will depend on whether you want vases, special dishes or containers, lanterns, bird cages etc. If you are having an evening wedding I would suggest putting candles on the table, or lanterns for that matter, because they help set a fantastic mood. Also, the number of centerpieces that each table will have depends on how many guest you invite to your wedding and how many people can sit at a single table. Remember that the more people you invite, the more tables there will be an ultimately, the more centerpieces you will need… I’m pretty much heading towards more guests equals more money.
The main table (where you and your significant other sit) traditionally has a long flat flower arrangement that sits in the center of the table or towards the front of the table – but this is your wedding so you get to decide what you want on your table.
While it looks beautiful to decorate the chair, I would keep this as an optional to save money, and if you have money to spare closer to the time of the wedding then add them. A flower, garland, ribbon or even a mini bouquet looks beautiful on the back of the chairs.
To save on a few extra costs, try and use the flowers from the alter at your ceremony for the food table. This is not an area that your guests will spend all of their time and so why not try and save a little bit of money.
Flowers for the Wedding Cake
With the rise in popularity of flowers on wedding cakes most bakeries and cake bakers will supply the flowers for your wedding cake at an included cost, but you can discuss this with your florist as they might be the cheaper supplier.
Thank You Flowers
Thank you flowers can just be a small bouquet of flowers to show you appreciation and to acknowledge those who played a role in making your day special, such as parents, friends, and family. It might also be cheaper to pop down to your local grocery store and buy a few bouquets from there to hand out as Thank You’s... but don’t tell!
Mini succulent wedding favours are definitely a trend at the moment. If you are struggling to source these for your guests, speak to your florist and ask them to find these favours for you – they might know a supplier.
I would recommend creating a Wedding Moodboard (Powerpoint Presentation) or a Wedding Planning Board on Pinterest that you can fill with all of your inspiration pictures.
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