What Wedding Flowers Do I Need?

There are so many options for where you use flowers in your wedding many of which you won’t have even considered until your florist mentions them. This can be a little bit of an information overload as your trying to make decisions on the spot.

I’ve listed the most common types of arrangement found at weddings so you can think about your options before your consultation. You won’t need or want everything and your florist can help advise you on what is best to suit your wedding & your budget. The most important thing to remember is that nothing is set in stone until your florist places the flower order a few weeks before your wedding day. So you have time to discuss and alter your flower order.

My advice would always be to focus on your bridal party flowers first as these are the people that are the most important and will feature the most in your photographs.

Secondly, I would focus on where you're going to spending the most amount of time during rest of your day, usually the reception venue, as again this is what will be captured in your photographs. This will be the part of your day that all your guests will be involved in, even if they're evening guests. It is here where the rest of your budget is also being spent on things such as venue, entertainment & catering - dress it up for the occasion!

Finally, for the ceremony, (if budget allows) I would focus on one wow factor item that can be the focus of the proceedings, or a key spot for photographs after, such as a floral arch. It all depends on where your wedding is taking place, your budget & what is important to you. 

I get a lot of brides saying instead of large centrepieces they're going to decorate tables with extras like candles, confetti etc in an effort to keep costs down. However, all those things add up. What you think you might be saving in flowers you could be spending in other areas to compensate. I feel it always looks better to have one more impactful element then lots of little ones that get lost in cutlery & glasses.

Bridal Party Flowers

  • Bridal Bouquet

  • Bridal accessories

  • Bridesmaid Bouquets, hoops etc

  • Flower girls bouquets, baskets, pomanders etc

  • Accessories for the bride, bridesmaids & flower girls such as floral crowns, hair flowers etc

  • Grooms buttonhole

  • Bestman buttonhole

  • Groomsmen buttonholes

  • Buttonholes for father of the bride & father of the groom

  • Buttonholes for other male family members

  • Corsages for mother of the bride & mother of the groom

  • Corsages for other female family members.

Ceremony Flowers

Some only apply to religious buildings, and it is common for churches in the UK to have a local flower group who like to decorate the church themselves - sometimes for free. Make sure you ask when booking your ceremony.

  • Entranceway - archway/pedestals etc

  • Pillar decorations

  • Window arrangements

  • Pedestals

  • Pew Ends

  • Pulpit flowers

  • Flowers for the signing the register table

  • Candle stand flowers

  • Altar flowers

  • Font decoration flowers

  • Scattered rose petals to line the aisle

  • Rose petals for natural confetti

  • Car decorations

  • Car flowers

  • Car ribbons

Reception Flowers

  • Entrance flowers - archway/pedestal etc

  • Flower arch

  • Bar flowers

  • Lounge area flowers

  • Table plan flowers

  • Table centrepieces

  • Table garlands

  • Top table arrangements

  • Petal table confetti

  • Cake table decorations

  • Cake tops/flowers

  • Name place decorations

  • Napkin flowers

  • Wedding favours

  • Hanging installations/garlands etc

  • Flower frame/wall for photos

  • Vases for bride and bridesmaids designs

This list may seem overwhelming, but you don't need it all!

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Emily xo