You think you've thought of everything, but it's always better to be safe than sorry. Weddings, although they're meant to be joyous, can often be very stressful. Here's some advice: make checklists. Although it may seem a tad 'corny,' a wedding checklist can provide you with peace of mind. You will not have to wonder if everything's been taken care of. You'll be able to use each checklist as a confirmation.
One of the most important wedding checklists is a wedding flower checklist. Consider your bouquets. Make sure you have the following bouquets: Brides bouquet, bride's toss-away bouquet, bridesmaids bouquets, Maid of Honor's bouquet, and the flower girl's bouquet or floral basket. While this may sound like a lot to consider AND arrange, we've only just begun!
Corsages are required for the bride's mother, the groom's mother, and the grandmothers of both the bride and groom. Well the ladies are taken care of, but what about the men? Do all the gentlemen have a boutonniere? It's tradition for the groom, the groom's best man, the ushers, ring bearer, the fathers (of the bride and groom), and both grandfathers to wear floral boutonniere's to the wedding ceremony. Typically, the colors of these flowers coincide with the corsages worn by the ladies.
Finally, everyone in your immediate family and wedding party should have some sort of floral arrangement. Once you've confirmed that with your checklist, you can begin planning and confirming your floral decorations and centerpieces for the wedding.
Start at the beginning: the rehearsal dinner. You'll most likely want a floral centerpiece for the table. If it's an extended table with many family members, you may want to consider two centerpieces. Presentation is everything. Next, you'll want to make sure that you have all of the flowers for your wedding reception. Some things to consider are: the head table centerpiece, gift table centerpiece, buffet table centerpiece, and bar centerpiece.
You may also want to place a floral arrangement on the table that informs guests of their seating arrangements. In addition, some floral ideas such as aisle runners and floral headpieces can be considered. Believe it or not, many couples give 'thank you' floral arrangements to their parents and out-of-town guests. It's become a very modern tradition that has been embraced by many young couples. Most importantly, do not forget to write down the number of centerpieces you will need to make a gorgeous impression.