Essential items for your wedding flower list


Your wedding flower needs will generally depend on the size and style of your wedding venue. A garden location is unlikely to need much in the way of floral decoration, while a large function room will need stunning arrangements to give that wedding feel. Here are some essential items for your wedding flower list.

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Men’s buttonholes

The groom and best man, and often the ushers and the fathers of the couple, have a flower fastened to the lapel of their coat known as a buttonhole. Contemporary grooms are wearing anything from miniature bouquets to sunflowers on their lapels, although conventionally the buttonhole would have been formed of a single rose picked from the bride’s bouquet.

The bride’s bouquet

Although the bride’s bouquet would conventionally have consisted of white or cream flowers, contemporary brides are opting for bold, bright flowers to contrast with their wedding gown. Whether you opt for a simple hand tied posy, a sweet pomander, or a formal cascade, the bouquet is an important part of any bride’s outfit. Think how you wish to showcase your bouquet during the reception, and think about ordering a special bouquet to throw during the bouquet toss so the original won’t get damaged.

Bridesmaid’s bouquets

There is currently a trend towards simple bridesmaid bouquets and three calla lilies tied together with a ribbon is a sophisticated option that is also easy to hold. Bridesmaids’ bouquets can be small-scale versions of the bride’s bouquet, or they can utilise similar flowers in an alternative colour scheme.

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Mothers’ corsages

The mothers of the couple need to be provided with corsages to be fastened to their dresses or wrapped around their wrists. As they will select their own wedding outfits the corsage is the only visual manifestation that the mother is member of the bridal party. If your bridesmaids aren’t going

Flowers for the ceremony

The kind of flowers you purchase for your wedding ceremony will vary according to your venue and whether you are planning a church or civil ceremony. You could add floral arrangements along the aisle to add a special touch for your processional and you can also accessorise the altar and the windowsills with flower arrangements that could later be used at the reception venue.

Flowers for the tables

Table centre trends go from simple single stemmed flowers in tall vases, to outlandish arrangements using feathers and butterflies together with exotic blooms. Whatever you go with, ensure your table centres suit the size and style of your venue, and that guests can have a discussion over, under or around the arrangements. Decorating the tables for your wedding breakfast will most likely be the key focus for your wedding theme, and the table arrangements are the main indication of that theme.

Thank you gifts

Handing out bouquets, or flower arrangements can be a lovely way to thank the mothers and the bridesmaids for their part in your special day.  Using flowers as thank you gifts might save you money if you add them to your wedding flower order.


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