Wedding Flowers Checklist
Looking for an easy wedding flowers checklist? Similar to the wedding dress, flower arrangements and wedding bouquets play a major role in the planning of any wedding day details. Choosing the right flowers for your special day is not an easy task. With so many bridal flowers to choose from, it can feel more than a little overwhelming. As you consider your options, putting together a list of wedding flowers you are interested in will help you and your wedding florist decide which ones are most fitting.
To help you do just that, we’ve created this wedding flower checklist! So, before you book your first wedding florist consultation, take a look at our wedding flower checklist to make sure you stay within your wedding budget and you know exactly what to ask your florist for.
Personal Wedding Flowers
When deciding who gets flowers at your wedding, keep in mind the specific people in attendance or those participating in the ceremony. They should be at the top of your wedding list! Sure, you probably don’t need all of these wedding florals, but it’s better to have a wedding flowers checklist ready so your florist can provide recommendations based on what you’re looking for.
For the Bride and Her Tribe:
The most important wedding flower arrangement! We recommend splurging on your wedding bouquet since it’s going to be in most (if not all) of your wedding images.
Maid of Honor or Matron of Honor Bouquet
Following the bridal bouquet, this one is a priority. Make sure you choose a design that complements your wedding dress and bridal bouquet.
Your bridesmaids are a major part of your day. Thus, the flowers they will carry are important and will be a perfect reflection of your wedding theme. We recommend having different bouquets for each bridesmaid to have a broader range of colors and individuality.
If your wedding party includes men on the bride’s side, they should have boutonnieres that complement the wedding and color theme.
Wedding Flower Crowns For The Bridal Party
Depending on your wedding theme, this can be an optional wedding flower arrangement.
Tossing Bouquet (If you’re doing the bouquet toss at the reception)
This can be a scaled-down version of your original bridal bouquet.
Flower Girl Bouquet or Flower Petals To Toss
Don’t leave your flower girls empty-handed! Give your flower girl a basket of flower petals or confetti to scatter along the wedding aisle as she walks. Or you can opt for a smaller bouquet that will match yours!
Flower Girl Headpiece
There are plenty of ways to accessorize your flower girl, and hair accessories are definitely one of them. From more daring and sparkling tiaras and headbands to romantic and cute options like flower crowns and bow hair ties, there are tons of options.
Flower Girl Basket Decorations
Get creative with your decor. Think lush greenery, herbs, colorful blooms, and a mix of different ribbons.
For the Groom and His Squad:
Boutonnieres can make a big statement on your wedding day. They add a touch of personality, vibrancy, and texture to the groom’s overall wedding attire.
Groomsmen and Best Man Boutonnieres
The groomsmen and best man play an important role on the wedding day, so a boutonniere is not only a nice accessory but also a great way for the groom to thank his best friends.
Ring Bearer Boutonniere
The ring bearer’s boutonniere should complement the wedding’s color theme as well as the wedding attire.
Ring Bearer’s Floral Nest
Opt for simple decor for the floral nest; delicate flowers, soft colors, and minimal greenery. It’s a great and modern alternative to the more traditional ring bearer pillow.
Groomswomen corsages or bouquets
Women on the groom’s side may wear wrist or pinned corsages. They could also have their own wedding bouquets.
For the Rest of the Wedding Party
While not required, you may consider having wedding boutonnieres and corsages for the rest of the wedding party. Your parents, stepparents, and even grandparents (for those fortunate enough) could all receive wedding boutonnieres or corsages to wear. This will definitely show them how grateful you are for all of their love, support, and presence. Make sure that your wedding photographer and videographers capture the moment you fasten their boutonnieres and corsages for sweet photo memories!
Here’s a list of everyone to consider:
- Corsage for the mother of the bride
- Corsage for the mother of the groom
- Father of the groom’s boutonniere
- Father of the bride’s boutonniere
- Grandmothers’ corsages
- Grandfathers’ boutonnieres
- Boutonnieres or corsages for stepparents
- Officiant’s boutonnieres or corsages (make sure to ask for their preference, before ordering one. Some officiants may not wish to wear a boutonniere or corsage due to religious or personal choice)
- Usher boutonnieres or corsages (while ushers are not technically a part of a wedding party, they still have an important role to play. Boutonnieres or corsages will help to identify your ushers as people responsible for directing and seating guests at your wedding ceremony)
- Any accessories like ribbons or tussy mussy holders
Ceremony Wedding Flowers
Entryway Flower Arrangements
Your entrance down the aisle is one of the most special moments during your wedding ceremony. That’s why wedding aisle decor is something that you need to pay special attention to. However, it doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money and make it too extravagant. Simple decor will still make a big statement on your wedding day!
For those who want to go the extra mile with your wedding decor, aisle markers are a must. Go as elaborate or keep it as simple as you want! From bright flowers to lush greenery, you have many options to choose from.
Instead of leaving the floor bare, opt for a unique runner that coordinates with the rest of your wedding and wedding theme. They come in a variety of colors and textures that will fit any wedding color theme.
Depending on the flowers and candles, this arrangement can be as casual or as formal as you would like. Think roses, tulips, wildflowers, herbs, and greenery.
This arrangement will help set the tone for your wedding, offering a delicate touch and a thankful sentiment..
Altar or Chuppah arrangements
These will act as a backdrop for the majority of your wedding photos. While it’s not necessary to have floral arrangements for your altar, they will definitely accentuate your already stunning wedding ceremony.
Chair or Pew Arrangements
These flowers will ensure your guests are wowed from every angle. From ribbons and wildflowers to twinkle lights and roses, there are so many ways to upgrade your wedding chairs.
Petals for guests to toss
The tossing of petals at the wedding is a time-honored tradition. So if this tradition is important to you, make sure you don’t forget to give out flower petals for your guests as you exit the wedding ceremony.
For the Reception
The wedding reception isn’t a wedding reception without flowers! Florals create a gorgeous, whimsical, and romantic ambiance for your grand celebration. From cocktail tables and bar flower arrangements to lush floral centerpieces and exquisite dessert tables, flowers make the prettiest addition to your wedding day.
Bar Flower Arrangements
The bar is going to be one of the most central parts of your wedding reception, so it’s a great opportunity to add a statement flower arrangement to tie the wedding and color theme together.
Cocktail Table Arrangements
This is an optional flower arrangement idea where you can keep your flowers small and simple since the tables are already pretty small.
Flowers For The Entryway
A simple floral arrangement to welcome your guests into your big day. Think greenery, branches, fruits, berries, or even succulent terrariums.
Choose themed wedding flowers and greenery to place beside the guestbook. Adding wedding floral arrangements on the guest table is another opportunity for your guests to cherish this beautiful day.
Card Table Arrangements
This floral arrangement is not required since you can display the cards in a number of ways. However, if you want to make the table more interesting, you can opt for berries, branches, greenery, and wildflowers.
Guest Table Centerpieces
Since couples have floral arrangements for each guest table, floral centerpieces usually take the biggest portion of the wedding flower budget. Opt for fresh flowers that will follow your wedding theme and colors.
Head or Sweetheart Table Centerpieces
The head table includes the newlyweds and their VIPs, so you’ll want the table to stand out. Think lush greenery, candles, fruits, string lights, and big, vibrant blooms.
Floral Chair Decor
If you want to decorate your wedding chairs with flowers, you don’t have to go overboard with floral arrangements. Keep it simple and opt for lush greenery and a few pops of color.
Looking for a way to create a whimsical and romantic ambiance for your wedding table? Then, table runners are a great way to do just that! Think of long rows of beautiful flowers and lush greenery. And if you add candles or lights in glass vases of varying heights, it will add even more magic to your wedding day!
These arrangements will completely transform your wedding venue into a whimsical forest wedding. Think lavish flower chandeliers, lush green garlands, greenery-covered fairy lights, hanging plants, and flower baskets.
Flower Wall Decor
If you’re looking to make a statement, you might want to consider a floral wall. These walls can have thousands of various types of flowers attached to them. Additionally, you can use a flower wall as a backdrop for all your wedding pictures with guests and a wedding party.
Buffet/Food/Cake/Dessert Table Decorations
Since these stations usually have lots of food and no space for any additional items, you can keep floral arrangements on the smaller side. Opt for small vases with a single flower, or consider having hanging flower baskets and chandeliers above the table.
If you’re planning to have a naked cake or a floral wedding cake, make sure to include flowers you’re going to use in your budget! Think lavender, roses, violets, hibiscus, peonies, and sunflowers.
Powder Room Decorations
If you’re a bride that wants to cover every last corner of your wedding day in flowers and greenery, don’t forget about the powder room! Opt for small vases with single-stem flowers or little planters with succulents and herbs. These small touches will help tie your wedding theme and color theme together. It will also help to maintain the tone of your wedding throughout all of the spaces at your wedding venue.
Newlywed Car Decorations
While not the most important part of your wedding flower checklist, lush blooms and greenery make the cutest addition to getaway car signs and overall decor.
We hope you enjoyed this wedding flower checklist. We can’t wait to see how you end up decorating your special day. If you’re looking for more inspiration and the floral elements you might need for your wedding day, make sure to check out these wedding guides!
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