This is one of those questions that has a different answer, depending on your budget, your own personal circumstances, family dynamics and traditions.
We have created this post to explain the most commonly requested arrangements, and how they can be best used. We have tried to re-use flowers for more than one job if at all possible, enabling you to get the best value for money you can from your wedding flowers.
The obvious choices are the bouquets for the Bride and Bridesmaids, plus flower girls if you have any, and buttonholes, but who do you give a buttonhole too, and where do you stop!
Buttonholes are usually provided for –
The Groom (sometimes he may want his to be slightly bigger, or different in some way to the others so that he stands out.)
Best man/Best woman
Father of the Bride
Father of the Groom
Any brothers or brother-in-laws that aren’t already accounted for
Some brides ask for Uncles and cousins too, but that is when numbers can suddenly rocket.
The ladies have corsages, which are similar to a buttonhole, but usually larger and more feminine. We fasten ours with a small bow and attach a magnet, so that a pin doesn’t snag on any delicate fabrics. Other options are to create a corsage for a hand bag, belt, shoulder or wrist.
Most commonly corsages are purchased for-
Mother of the Bride
Mother of the Groom
Sisters and Sister-in-laws that aren’t bridesmaids.
As well as bouquets, the other addition is fresh flowers in your hair. In either a crown, a comb or as loose flower stems which your hairdresser can cut up and insert as they want. Usually hair flowers are restricted to the bride, bridesmaids and flower girls, but we have been known to create something for the Mother of the bride instead of her wearing a hat.
That’s the main bridal party flowers sorted. The next area to consider is the ceremony flowers. It may be worth considering re-using some of these flowers for the reception later, it saves money and makes best use of the flowers. Even if your ceremony and reception are at different venues. Moving flowers is usually a good job to issue the ushers with.
You may want to have pew ends or chair backs, bunches of flowers hung from the end of the rows. There is no set rule on how many to do. Some have every row, others do every other, or if its a particularly large church or venue, maybe just do the front 3 or 4 rows. These could be re-used on the backs of the top table chairs for the reception.
Next is the alter or ceremony table. This is one of the most important places to decorate with flowers, as its the place that all your guests are looking at, whilst they wait for you to walk down the aisle.
Most brides tend to opt for a long and low arrangement or tablescape that often flows over the front of the table, other options can include using single vases, or jars of flowers along the length. You do need to be wary of not going to huge with this arrangement, as it must not block the registrars view for legal reasons. This design is often reused on the top table afterwards, although if a church service, churches often request that you do not remove any flowers you place on the alter, but every church is different and it is something you need to discuss with the priest/vicar.
Large, triangular shaped pedestal arrangements are also often used for the ceremony. Either to add interest and decoration at the front of church/ceremony venue, or to hide anything unsightly such as a notice board, or to mark the entrance to the venue, often having two placed either side of the entrance door. This could alternatively be decorated with an arch of flowers or a garland, depending on fixings available. Pedestals can also be moved and reused for the reception, either at the entrance or either side of the top table.
Other places that may be decorated for your ceremony include any gates, window sills, font or pillars.
When it comes to the reception. Flowers can be reused from the pews/chairs, ceremony table/alter and any large arrangements. The bouquets can also be re-used at the reception, as they are seldom picked up again once the reception has started, as most of the photographs will have been done by this point, so the flowers will be better off put back in to vases of water and allowed to drink than being left on their side wilting. They can be placed either along the top table, or to decorate gift tables, cake tables, window sills etc.
Guest table flowers are your main additional consideration for the reception. Do you want each table to be identical, or do you want each to be slightly different, or a mixture of half the tables with tall floral displays, and half with low designs? Lots to think about here.Napkin flowers are growing in popularity too, with a single flower, or sprig of a herb, being placed on each guests napkin, plate or name tag. They look pretty, add interest to the seating area and bring your colour theme across the table.
Next we come to your cake, do you need fresh flowers to decorate it, or is your cake provider using iced flowers?
What about your seating plan, do it need a garland or flower frame?
Bar tables are often over looked, but they are often the first place your guests see when arriving at the venue for the drinks on arrival, even if it is just some small bud vases with a few flowers in, its important that they tie in with your theme, and aren’t left bare.
The final flowers that can easily be forgotten but are very important are the thank you bouquets. Nearly always given to both the Bride and Groom’s mums, plus anyone who has particularly helped you with the wedding, say a friend who has done your hair, helped make the invites etc.
We hope this post has given you a good idea of which floral designs you would like for your wedding day. If you would like to book a consultation with us to discuss flowers please click here.
P.S Thank you to all the fabulous brides and grooms who have allowed us to share their amazing wedding photos.