Wedding Flower Guide

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What wedding flowers do I need?
You can choose from some or all of the flowers off this list depending on your budget and how big your wedding party is:

  • Bouquets
  • Brides
  • Bridesmaids
  • Flower girls
  • Hair Accessories
  • Buttonholes
  • Grooms
  • Best Man
  • Ushers
  • Fathers of Brides
  • Fathers of Grooms
  • Mothers
  • Corsages (worn on the lapel or wrist)
  • Thank you Bouquets
  • Ceremony Location
  • Main Entrance

Reception Venue

  • Entrance
  • Centre pieces
  • Top Table
  • Staircases
  • Buffet Tables
  • Cake Table
  • Wedding Cake

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Bouquet’s for the Brides
Colour: Try to choose colours which complement your outfits as well as the general colour scheme of your wedding.

When choosing flowers take a photo of your outfits to the florist so that he or she can match colours.

A good florist will be able to show you a large selection of bouquet shapes and should be able to advise on which flowers match your outfits and theme.
Bouquets can range from the ‘fresh from the garden look’, to a classic formal look. Think about your outfits and how each of the different bouquet styles and sizes will compliment your outfit.

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Flowers for your Civil Ceremony Location

Wedding ceremony flowers can make a real difference to civil ceremony locations such as hotels, as these rooms tend to be multi-use and can often be bland looking. Wedding flowers will add a sense of celebration.

Placing a flower arrangement either side of the ceremony pedestal can add a lovely focal point and background look to where you will exchange your vows. You can also place a smaller arrangement on the registrar’s table.

Wedding Flowers for your Reception
Some reception venues often include wedding floral arrangements as part of their overall wedding service. You should discuss this first with your wedding coordinator and confirm your theme colours. Others venues may make an additional charge. Most wedding venues will allow you to provide your own wedding flowers.

You can place your wedding flower decorations just inside the entrance which is seen by guests as they enter the reception room, and also place arrangements on each of the tables for guests. You can save your main flower arrangement for the top table.

Decorating with potted plants is now really popular as they can later be taken home with you.

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Buttonholes and Corsages
Buttonholes should match your colour theme and the lapels of the grooms wedding attire. Both grooms, best man, ushers and fathers of the brides or grooms should wear buttonholes although other important guests such as close family members may also wear them.

Corsages are normally larger than a buttonhole and can be worn by the mothers of the brides or grooms. Other important guests may also wear corsages and they can be worn on the wrist or attached to a handbag or purse.