All the floral elements you may need on important days.
IN THIS ARTICLE
- Personal Flowers
- Ceremony Flowers
- Reception Flowers
About to meet with the flower shop? Then it’s time to put together a list of wedding flowers. If you keep it simple, you may only need bouquets, corsages and centerpieces. However, if you go all out, you may want to have arrangements on every cocktail table or even in the bathroom.
With so many details to plan, it’s important to make a budget for your wedding flowers. You can expect to spend 10-15% of the wedding budget on those beautiful flowers. If you use flowers as the main source of decoration, you may allocate more funds, but if you want to save money in this area, it is best to do so as soon as possible in the planning process, because it requires a little foresight. From top to bottom, from architecture to landscape, choose a site you absolutely like, because choosing a site you don’t like or a monotonous site essentially requires more decoration to make the couple satisfied with the design.
Many couples want flowers to bloom in every space on the wedding day. Eufloria flowers recommends reuse arrangements from one space to another. “We try to reuse the ceremonial flowers at the reception,” she said. “There is no reason why we can’t reuse the ceremonial welcome arrangement in the bar, or reuse the items on the ceremonial altar in the lounge or head table.” this will eventually reduce costs and waste.
Whatever your flower ideas, this guide will help you think about all the possible types of wedding flowers you may want and who gets them, including cake flowers and petals.
How much does the wedding cost?
This is the most important arrangement. “Splurge,” Eufloria suggested. “It’s easy to be the most photographed flower in the whole wedding. Also, remember, more expensive doesn’t mean bigger. Pricing is based on the value of flowers, not size.
The bride’s corolla or hair
This is an optional arrangement, but if you want to go this way, you should give priority. If you do have flowers as hair accessories, you will need to be extra careful to make them just right. After all, they may have more photos than bouquets.
Following the bride’s bouquet, the bridesmaid bouquets are easily the next most important arrangement. Of course, you don’t have to include them, but many couples choose to. They also make for fun photo ops with the bridesmaids.
Tossing Bouquet (For the Bouquet Toss at the Reception)
Many brides choose to simply use their wedding bouquets when throwing bouquets, but if you plan to save your flowers, you may need another option. This may be a simple and reduced version of the bridal flower.
Flower girl’s bouquet (or petal basket, corolla or fragrant flower)
Eufloria says to keep this one small and simple. . You can also ask her to throw other substitutes instead of petals, such as feathers.
Boutonnieres are a cute way to match the groom with his betrothed on the wedding day. This doesn’t have to be anything too elaborate, a few small flowers will do.
Other Boutonnieres, Corsages, and Nosegays
While not required, you may consider having matching boutonnieres, corsages, or nosegays for other members of the wedding party and/or important guests. This could include the ring bearer, the bride or groom’s parents and grandparents, the officiant, and ushers.
Entryway or Welcome Table Arrangements
These arrangements are a nice touch to welcome everyone into the day. You can totally get away with using alternative décor elements and still have the same effect. Think lanterns, fruit, branches, or even terrariums for centerpieces.
These arrangements will backdrop the majority of your ceremony photos. While it’s not required to include florals for your altar, we do love a good floral arch. There are plenty of other ways to decorate the altar besides flowers, however, if you’re looking to cut back on flower costs.
Pew or Chair Arrangements
These will elevate the look of your guests’ seating and make the wedding aisle oh-so-beautiful. Eufloria suggests an organic style arrangement on the floor for the easiest reuse as reception décor, “a traditional pew marker is harder to repurpose.”
Tossing Petals for Guests
Guest tossing petals are used for the grand wedding exit. This makes a memorable photo op but definitely isn’t required.
Cocktail Table Arrangements
Cocktail table arrangements are another optional idea. “Keep these small and simple,” says Eufloria. “We usually suggest a bottle bud vase arrangement as cocktail tables are already small.”
Escort Card Table Arrangements
Escort card tables aren’t a requirement (escort cards can be displayed in a number of ways) and their table arrangements aren’t either. However, it is definitely something to consider if you’re looking to spruce up these displays.
These are the main attraction when it comes to reception flowers. “Your guests are sitting in front of these all night,” Eufloria notes. “Consider size and scent as well as aesthetic as they will be looked at throughout your reception. We encourage couples to spend a little more on centerpieces because of this.
Newlyweds’ Chair Decorations
If you’re using flowers for wedding chair décor, you don’t have to go over the top to create something stunning. Smaller arrangements to adorn other décor elements look just as beautiful as something much larger.
Wedding Cake Flowers
Ifyou’re going for a floral wedding cake, be sure to include it in your flower budget. And don’t forget to consider any cake table arrangements.
Buffet Table/Food Station Arrangements
There’s generally not a lot of extra space on the food tables, so if you’re decorating them will florals, keep these on the smaller side. You might consider installing flower chandeliers above the buffet to free up tablespace.
Lounge Area Arrangements
Lounge area décor can be as full or empty of flowers as you desire. This space is generally a cozy area for guests to gather and—well, lounge. Floral arrangements can range from absolutely none or small vases to extravagant installations, it all depends on your taste, price range, and how much you were able to repurpose from the ceremony.
Powder Room Decorations
If you’re looking to douse every last corner of your wedding day in blossoming blooms, don’t forget to add the powder room to the list. “We love adding special details that may be overlooked like little bud vase arrangements in the washrooms,” says Eufloria. “These additional pieces help carry the tone of your wedding throughout the spaces where people will be spending time throughout the night.”
Getaway Car Arrangements
While not entirely necessary, flowers make the prettiest addition to cute getaway car signs and décor. Go for a lush wreath or garland for the full “just married” effect.