What Flowers do I Need for my Wedding? This is a very common question!
Fresh Wedding Flowers – The Eight Arrangements for Your Wedding Day
Wondering what are the best flowers for your wedding and what you will need? Ricky’s Flowers is here to offer some support and guidance to assist you at this busy time in your life. After all planning a wedding involves lots of details. There are rings to buy, you need to make a list of friends and family to invite, a wedding dress needs to be ordered, a marriage license to apply for, a bridal shower, parties and the list goes on and on!
Why Flowers are Important to Your Wedding Party
Each person in your wedding party is important to you and take on a visual role in your wedding. They march down the aisle at church as part of your procession, they represent you in their attendance at your reception and are in your wedding photos.
Each of your special guests wears a special arrangement of fresh wedding flowers to celebrate your day with you. Wedding flowers are a sign of a fresh new life. The oldest story of a man and woman joined in marriage is Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden!
As a brand new bride you want your wedding party to feel a part of the wedding. And you don’t want to be embarrassed at the last minute by forgetting to give a corsage to your mother-in-law to be.
Carrying or wearing flowers is a sign of belonging. It is like wearing a badge. When your guests see your wedding party wearing flowers, they know who belongs.
How to Remember Your Wedding Party with Fresh Wedding Flowers
There are nine types of wedding flower arrangements that you can honor your wedding party, depending on who is in your wedding. Let’s review each type:
The Bridal Bouquet
The wedding flower arrangement is your signature bouquet that you carry throughout your wedding ceremony. You may match your wedding gown with white or cream roses or use another color that goes along with your wedding theme. You can select a simple bouquet of daisies, an elaborate bouquet of mixed flowers including calla lilies, the choice is yours. Bridal bouquets can be small or large with 10 to 15 flower stems to 50 or more.
Maid of Honor Bouquet
Your maid (or matron) of honor is your special friend who walks with you through your engagement and wedding planning. She is an official witness to your marriage when you sign your marriage certificate. She holds your bouquet at different times during your wedding service and she carries her own bouquet too.
Depending on the size of your wedding party, you may have several friends serve as your bridesmaids. Each of them should carry their own bouquet that reflects your own bridal bouquet. A smaller, simpler bouquet that matches their dress and your color scheme looks lovely at your wedding and in your photographs.
The Toss Bouquet
Many modern brides use a small bouquet to toss to the women at their wedding reception. A toss bouquet serves this purpose. Normally a toss bouquet is made of the same flowers as your bridal bouquet. By using a toss bouquet you can keep your bridal bouquet and preserve it.
Mother’s Petite Hand-Tied
Your mom has stood by you for many years and this is a special day for her too. You can order a petite hand-tied bouquet with lacy ribbons that matches your own bouquet. Imagine the love and joy your mom will have as she walks down the aisle with her own bouquet, remembering her own wedding day and being happy on your special day.
Flower Girl Petal Bouquet or Flower Crown
If you have a flower girl in your wedding procession, she may spread rose petals or simply carry a petal bouquet to walk with you during your wedding day. Your flower girl may be a member of your family, like a young cousin or a niece who is special to you. She will look darling and be absolutely thrilled to carry her own little bouquet in your wedding. For the young flower girls (ages 2-4), we recommend a flower crown that is worn on the head to help keep busy little ones from losing a small bouquet and will provide a feeling of “specialness” by wearing a crown made of flowers that are also a part of the bridal bouquet!
Your groom, the groomsmen, your father and the father of your husband, grandfathers, ushers, and other special men wear a simple flower pinned to the lapel of their tuxedos or suits. The boutonniere is like a badge noting that they are an official part of the wedding. They are like your company of knights who escort the queen to the alter on her wedding day. Make sure to honor them.
You may wish to offer the special women on your wedding party, your special aunts, the mother of the groom and grandmothers a wrist corsage – a small display of flowers that are tied or on a bracelet meant to be worn on the wrist. These corsages look elegant and offer your special women a way to celebrate your wedding with you.
How to Order Your Wedding Flower Arrangements So That Everyone Belongs
Now that you know who carriers or wears what type of flower arrangement, it is time to plan your flower order. Simply count up who is in your wedding party and which flowers you need for each of them. Keep in mind the following:
- Bridal Bouquet and Toss Bouquet
- Maid/Matron of Honor Bouquet
- One bouquet for each bridesmaid
- A petite hand tied bouquet for your mom
- Boutonnieres for your groom, dads, grandpas, ushers, uncles, ring bearer
- Corsages for grandmas, your groom’s mom, any aunts or other special women
- Flower girl bouquet or flower crown