Photography courtesy of Purple Tree Photography.
Floral arrangements are a staple of any wedding and help to draw your theme and colour into your big day. You don’t want to leave any arrangement behind and should give your florist ample time to prepare everything you will need for the wedding of your dreams. Your florist should have a good idea of what’s required and lead you in your decision to create a comprehensive floral selection, but you can also make your own checklist of arrangements that you need to ensure nothing is forgotten.
The Wedding Party
The wedding party needs distinct flowers that they will be using through the ceremony. Beginning with the bride, a beautiful bridal bouquet to walk down the aisle with is integral. Bridesmaids will typically carry a smaller variation of the brides bouquet on their own walk down the aisle. You may also opt to have your bridal party wear floral crowns which fit within your theme. The flower girl needs her own special bouquet and any flower petals that you’d like to have her throw.
The groom and the groomsmen can also have their own florals in the form of boutineers that they wear throughout the ceremony and the rest of the day. You can also extend this sense of continuity by offering boutineers to the ushers and your officiant so that they look cohesive with the rest of your party.
Finally you may choose to offer your family, outside of the party, matching florals. Corsages or boutonnieres for the mother and father of the bride and groom, or for a grandparent, may make them look like they are a part of the party or allow them to feel more involved during the ceremony.
Decorating your ceremony venue with florals is another large part of your floral requirements. These florals will help to set the tone for the venue as you walk down the aisle. You should have an arrangement at the entry to the aisle, this will likely be the first arrangement that your guests see and should set the tone for the theme. You can have similar arrangements as you move down the aisle to allow for further decoration. Finally, you may choose to have one larger, or several smaller, floral arrangements at the end of the aisle where you are to be married. Depending on your venue and any pieces you’d like to have behind you these florals will be featured in the majority of the photos people will take at the ceremony.
Usually a selection of similar florals will also be featured throughout the reception venue. The number of flower settings that you use may depend on your theme, venue and how you plan to set the venue. You may require arrangements for a cocktail table or bar, buffet table or any food stations, seating areas off the dance floor, dessert or cake table arrangements and any flowers to top your cake. Traditionally each table will also feature a centrepiece along with flowers for the head table. If you’re looking to tie smaller details into the theme with your florals you may also add some smaller arrangements into your washrooms or feature some on the car you and your partner drive away in.
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