Wedding dreams and plans begin at a young age for girls and single women. After an engagement, however, the planning takes on a more serious tone as the bride, groom and their support team attempt to transform these dreams into reality. If you are getting married, proper advance planning will ensure a smooth and joyous event for you and your guests.
Planning Your Wedding Flowers
Although the wedding flowers may not be the first thing that comes to mind when making your lists, you do not want to wait until the last minute to hire a florist for the event.
Once you have booked a venue and selected your color scheme, you need to find a florist who understands and can bring your vision to life. As with the other parties you hire for wedding services, you need to interview and investigate several to guarantee you receive the best arrangements for your special celebration.
The exact number of floral arrangements you decide on will depend on several factors, including the size and formality of the ceremony and reception.
Speak candidly with the florist about your budget and desires so you can formulate a plan together. Pay attention to the expert advice you receive rather than digging in your heels regarding the details. Remember you are paying the florist for their knowledge and skills!
List The Wedding Flowers You Will Need
Use this list to determine the types and number of items you need and consider the following suggestions when making your list:
- Bridal bouquet
- Throwaway bouquet for the traditional bouquet toss
- Bridal crown or hair flower accessories
- Bridesmaids’ bouquets
- Maid or matron of honor bouquet (usually similar to bridesmaids only larger or more intricate)
- Flower girl flowers: the child can carry a coordinating bouquet or a basket of petals to sprinkle down the aisle.
- Floral hair accents for bridesmaids, maid/matron of honor and flower girl
- Boutonnieres for the groom, groomsmen and ring bearer
- Mothers and grandmothers of the couple should have corsages
- Likewise, fathers and grandfathers should have boutonnieres reflecting their familial status
- Step-parents and step-grandparents can be included if the couple desires to provide them with flowers as well.
- Boutonnieres for ushers and officiant
- Godparents (corsages for godmothers and boutonnieres for godfathers)
Other parties you may want to provide with corsages and boutonnieres:
- Guest book attendant
- Candle lighters
- Anyone presenting a special reading or song
In addition to the flowers adorning members of the wedding party and beloved family members, the venues also need that special floral touch. Consider the following placements for arrangements for the wedding and reception:
- Tossing petals (instead of rice or confetti) for guests to celebrate with
- Special table centerpiece for bride and groom table
- Coordinating centerpieces for other tables
- Cocktail table
- Guestbook table
- Buffet table
- Flowers for the wedding cake or used decoratively around it
- Anywhere else you desire
When you are planning, be sure that you envision the entire room and that the flowers blend well with everything else.
To save some cash, you can transfer many of the arrangements used for the ceremony to the reception. Remember to plan a timeline accordingly to ensure that your floral arrangements arrive in the reception area before your guests do.
Keep in mind that you may have difficulty obtaining certain flowers when out of season unless you pay an exorbitant price.
Make use of contacts that your wedding planner or coordinator can provide you with. They have the best contacts in the business and should be able to help you get the types of flowers you need in the different styles and arrangements that you require.
About The Guest Author: D. More is a successful businessman and helps to operate the website, HeatherFloral.com which is committed to providing only the freshest and finest flowers. Visit their site to see one-of-a-kind arrangements using some of the most exotic flowers available.