The Ultimate Wedding Flower Checklist

A Guide to All the Wedding Flowers You'll Need

Bridal Bouquet
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Picking the right wedding flowers for your big day takes careful planning. In contemplating the various needs for wedding flowers, you might consider how many flowers you need, who they are for and if you want flowers for the ceremony and reception itself. As you research wedding flowers that fit the overall theme and design of your big day, putting together a quick list of wedding flowers you are interested in will help guide you and your wedding florist in making final decisions.

A wedding flower list will also help focus your flower discussions and help you stay within your floral budget. Having a general checklist is a good first start, and it is best to consider the following wedding flowers as a general guide rather than a must-have. In addition to this list of wedding flowers, you may also wish to add corsages or boutonnieres for other wedding guests that are special to the bride and the groom.

The Bride's Wedding Party Flowers 

  • Bridal Bouquet
  • Flowers for bride's hair
  • Bridesmaid's bouquets
  • Different bouquet for the maid of honor
  • Flower girl headpiece
  • Flower girl basket decorations
  • Flower girl petals to toss

Flowers to Consider: Roses, Tulips and Calla Lily's are formal and appropriate choices for bridal bouquets. The bride's flowers are often more expensive and larger than those of the bridesmaids in regards to setting them apart. You may also choose to have the bridesmaid's bouquets compose of lighter colors and the bride's bouquet as fresh and vibrant.

For the maid of honor, consider a different bouquet from the other bridesmaids. A headpiece constructed of handcrafted felt flowers in light colors such as white, green, pink and yellow can grace your flower girl’s head.

The Groom's Wedding Party Flowers

    For the Parents and Grandparents

    • Mother of the bride corsage
    • Mother of the groom corsage
    • Stepmother corsage
    • Father of the groom boutonniere
    • Father of the bride boutonniere
    • Stepfather boutonniere
    • Grandmothers corsages
    • Grandfathers boutonnieres
    • Any accessories like tussy mussy holders, boutonniere and corsage pins, ribbons, flower girl baskets that the florist is providing you

    Flowers to consider: Typical flowers used for the groom's and groomsmen's boutonnieres may include carnations, roses, and orchids. Similar to the bride and main of honor, choosing a unique boutonniere for the best man through a different type of flower, color or size is common. Providing a boutonniere and corsage to parents and grandparents is a formality and tradition of many weddings. Reach out to your family to consider their preference. For instance, women may prefer to have a wrist or pin corsage.

    For the Ceremony

    • Altar, huppah or other central arrangements
    • Pew or chair decorations
    • Candles

    Flowers to consider: Roses, daisies, gardenia and more.

    To Adorn the Reception

    • Entryway arrangements
    • Centerpieces for each table
    • Buffet table decorations
    • Bar decorations
    • Flowers to decorate passed trays (talk to your caterer about what they'll need)
    • Cake decorations

    Flowers to consider: For the reception, you may choose to match the ceremony flowers or go with freshly picked blooms, low centerpieces such as roses and peonies, or choose a popular choice such as ombre flowers with the same flowers, such as hydrangeas.