A list for wedding day flowers can become extensive. At the flower Shop, we are often asked about wedding flower etiquette and questioned “what should I have?”. So what is the answer?
The truth is, like many aspects of planning your big day, what you choose to do may be controlled by your budget. Latest figures say the average wedding flowers spend is around £560*. Some couples will spend significantly more, others will tapper back to the bare minimum requirements. Prices for floristry items will fluctuate depending on the quantity of flowers used, whether the flowers wanted are in season and the complexity of the arrangement. For example a full shower bouquet which would require the florist to wire and tape each flower will cost substantially more than a small hand tied posy utilising an abundance of foliage with a scattering of blooms. It all depends on what you want, what your budget dictates, and what your happy to settle for.
We have prepared a checklist to help each bride and groom plan for their wedding day flower needs:
It is traditional for the bride to carry a bouquet. Styles vary in price from a hand-tied posy of a single variety of flower, to a hand-tied bouquet of mixed blooms, to a fully wired cascading shower bouquet. As mentioned earlier, the prices will rise as the level of work involved and the flowers increase. Take it as given that the more flowers you want and the bigger you want it, the more you’ll need to budget for the bouquet.
Flowers usually keep the same colour theme for the whole bridal party – but it’s up to you! We’ve recently floral lay designed a wedding where the bride has a mixed colour bouquet of a single variety of flower and each of her bridesmaids have a single colour posy of the same flower. The results where stunning. Bridesmaids bouquets often use the same or similar flowers to the bride, but are smaller in size – therefore cost less than the bridal bouquet.
Another option is for the bridesmaids to have a wrist corsage as an alternative to the bridesmaid posy. That way they won’t be put down and forgotten about! They also act as a pretty accessory for the day.
If you are going to have young flower girl, think about the weight, size and robustness of their flowers as they tend to be treated in a fairly robust fashion. Great options to ‘child proof’ the flowers are for them to carry a basket arrangements or flower hoop – they won’t get so easily damaged by being dropped or swung.
The Groom boutonnière is a lapel jacket buttonhole, worn by the groom on his wedding day. It comprises of a single or double bloom usually featuring the main flower from the bridal bouquet.
Best Man and Ushers flowers
Similar to the bridesmaids flowers, the groom’s party usually have flowers which are a simpler version of the Grooms buttonhole. Usually it will be a single bloom and perhaps smaller in size. The buttonholes denote to the wedding guests who the significant party members are and who they can ask for directions and information on the big day!
Flowers for the family
It is common for the parents of both the bride and the groom to be given flowers to wear at the wedding. Fathers usually wear a buttonhole in-keeping with the Ushers and Best man. The mothers tend to wear a corsage, a version the boutonnière, pinned to a lapel jacket or handbag. As with the bridesmaids, a corsage can also be worn on the wrist. It is not expected that you provide flowers for the wider family, but they may of course like you to – but it is your choice.
There are many ways to decorate a venue with flowers and they can transform a room by adding fragrance and colour. From large pedestals to draping garlands, the list can be long. However, if there were to be a ‘must have’ on your wedding day in venues decoration terms, it would be all about the tables at the sit down meal…
Table flower arrangements as centrepieces on each table at the wedding breakfast are eye catching and a real talking point for wedding guests. You will need to let your florist know how many tables you are accommodating at your sit down meal. You can either provide your own vases or hire them from your florist – whichever is more affordable. The flower arrangements can be low-level or perhaps if you’ve a room with high ceilings, you may want to an elevated display – a tall candelabra, giant martini glass or an oversized lily vase are great for this. Either way, it is best that the centrepiece you choose doesn’t interfere with the guests eye-line whilst seated.
If you are having a traditional top table, you will often have a larger, long and low arrangement to decorate it. If you are getting married at the venue this table arrangement could double up as the ceremony table arrangement too. The wedding coordinator will be more than happy to move the arrangement for you.
Thank you flowers
Bouquets of flowers are often presented to the Mother of the bride and Mother of the Groom as a thank you gesture during the reception speeches, along with flowers or gifts to any other friends or family who have helped to organise the day.
Other floristry considerations…
- Pew ends
- Chair back
- Large pedestal flower arrangements (church and/or venue) – great for bare areas of a venue.
- Stairwell garlands – add interest to bannisters and make a stair entrance all the more pretty.
- Suspended garlands
- Flower walls
- Floral hair accessories
The list of possibilities for using flowers as decoration at your wedding is not exhaustive. Be imaginative, but also realistic in terms of affordability, and you’ll be sure to realise the wedding of your dreams.
*Brides Magazine November 2014
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