Wedding flowers have become increasingly popular over the past few years, especially when it comes to bridal bouquets. A bridal Bouquet can be as important as the dress itself. A small bouquet compliments an a-line dress, whilst a large bouquet of roses would compliment a bride wearing tulle.
It is vitally important for your florist, when selecting the choice of flowers, to know the theme of your wedding. Knowing what colors the bride and bridesmaids will be wearing is an absolute necessity for the florist, in order not to mix vibrant colors that will not go together.
When asking your florist to prepare the bouquets, it is always a nice idea to give the florist sashes from the bridesmaid's dresses, not only will this give the florist an exact color of the material in the dresses, but the florist can also tie the sashes around the bouquets.
Flowers also need to be prepared for the wedding party. It is important for all in attendance to have bouquets and boutonnieres for every man that is involved in doing anything on your wedding day. Along with this, corsages are need for all of the women, flower arrangements on the altar, pew bows and aisle runners and not forgetting the flowers for the head table at the wedding reception.
It is highly important to order your flowers well in advance. Usually one month before your wedding day will suffice, but the earlier you order your florist and flowers, the better. Not only do the flowers have to be ordered, but also ribbons, in order to match the dresses.
One suggestion is that the bride has a spare small bouquet that she can throw at the end of the reception, this way she can keep her main bouquet.
Be sure to have a flower checklist ready for your floral consultation. It will make it much easier when ordering. Also, you can use the checklist when you confirm your flower order the day before your wedding.
Listed below is a simple checklist for your floral arrangements. But as all weddings are different, it may not be necessary that all checklist items are needed.
Bride: Bouquet and flowers for the hair;
Matron of Honor / Bridesmaids: Bouquet and flowers for the hair;
Bride's Mother, Groom's Mother, Grandmothers and Stepmothers: Corsage;
Best Man, Groomsmen, Ushers, Ring Bearer, Fathers, Stepfathers: Boutonniere;
Ceremony Decorations: Main Altar Arrangements, Candle Flowers, Pew Decorations, Guestbook Table and Doorways;
Reception Decorations: Bridal Table Arrangements, Head Table Arrangements, Guest Table, Cake Flowers, Buffet Table Arrangements and Rental Car or Horse and Carriage Arrangements.
Remember that you can choose to have as many or as few bouquets and flower arrangements as desired. It is not a necessity to include all flowers that are listed above.