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No wedding is complete without flowers. They are synonymous. The bouquet toss, centerpieces, flower girls! There are so many moments during a typical wedding day that involve flowers, or they’re integral to the decor. Whether you’re keeping things simple, or staging an extravagant celebration. We’ll bet our bottom dollar flowers will be involved. And, that you’ll lose track of where and when you’ll need them. Which is why we’ve created this easy-to-follow wedding flowers checklist to ensure you never miss a floral moment!
When you think about how many parts of your big day do demand flowers, it’s important to take that into consideration when planning your budget. On average, couples need to allocate around 10-15% of their total wedding budget to flowers. Which can seem a little crazy, especially if you’re someone who doesn’t visit the florist often.
If you are finding it difficult to justify, or afford, the flowers you have on your wedding checklist, talk to your florist. They’ll be able to come up with cheaper alternatives to the blooms you previously had in mind. While also suggesting flower types that are more in-season, and therefore less expensive than those that are not.
Repurposing of wedding flowers throughout the celebration is also a lot more common than you’d think. A wise couple will take the arrangements used for their ceremony, and redistribute them around the reception room, or cocktail space. Giving them a new lease of life, while also cutting costs.
Your Wedding Flowers Checklist
Whatever your wedding flowers vision is, our checklist will help you stay on track of when and where blooms will be needed.
The bouquet forms an iconic part of a bride’s look, and therefore deserves real thought put into it. This arrangement will be featured in your photography more than any other bouquet, or floral piece. And guests’ eyes will gravitate towards it when they see you.
With all of this in mind, make sure you love your bouquet! Find an arrangement that complements your look, and fits perfectly with the theme of the day. Maybe take key flowers, or stems, that you’ll be using in the centerpieces and include them in the bouquet. Or just let the color palette of the day guide your floral choices.
Bouquets for the Bridesmaids
Bridesmaid bouquets are obviously not mandatory, but they certainly do help complete a look. Especially when the party gets creative with them during photoshoot sessions.
If you’d like to include this fun wedding tradition, you should give it a separate line on your checklist of flowers. As most brides prefer to preserve their main bouquet, and instead throw a smaller, potentially less expensive version. You could also use one of your bridesmaids’ bouquets.
There are members of your wedding party that traditionally wear a boutonniere, and if your budget can stretch to having them made, they do create a statement.
Here’s the people who typically receive personal pin-on flowers:
- The groom
- Parents of the bride and/or groom
- The officiant
- The ring bearer
There are many areas within the ceremony space where flowers can certainly add a statement flourish, or bring the look of a room together. Floral arches in particular always look wonderful in wedding photography, and are well worth splashing the budget on.
Here are the other wedding ceremony areas that should be noted on your checklist of flowers:
- The altar
- Welcome table & entrance
- Down the aisle
- Chair arrangements
- Flower petals for tossing
Remember we mentioned the repurposing of flowers earlier? Cocktail hour offers the perfect time to do it. Because the last thing you should be doing is blowing your budget on an in-between event. A moment that does deserve to look in keeping with the rest of the celebration, but doesn’t need to be as extravagant as the reception.
Think in advance about the arrangements or stems you think would work well within the space you’ve been allocated for cocktail hour. And have one of your helpers slip away while everyone else is showering you with confetti, and get them to re-distribute the ceremony flowers according to your instruction.
If you’ve held back on wow’ing wedding guests with all the flowers on your checklist – now’s the time to let loose! Whether you like the idea of a modern flower wall, hanging centerpieces or garlands decorating your wedding car. The wedding reception is where you should have fun with florals, and greenery.
Below are the typical places couples place floral arrangements:
- Escort card table
- Chair decorations
- Wedding cake
- Food table
- Lounge area
- Getaway car
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