Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials! As a bride-to-be there are hundreds of things to take care of and like all other brides, you’re probably worried about so many different things it gets hard to keep a track of all you need to do! This article comprises a flowers checklist to make sure that you know everything you need to about wedding flowers. From the different flower pieces you’ll need to how to follow a flower budget, this bridal checklist has it all!
The first step is to know the different flowers you’ll need for the wedding. You can’t place an order for flowers without getting this list ready. Divide the list into the following categories:
• Flowers for the wedding party
• Flowers for the wedding ceremony
• Flowers for the reception
The first category will involve flowers for everyone who forms a part of your wedding party: this includes every one from bride’s side and the groom’s side who plays a role in the wedding ceremony.
Begin by deciding whether you want flowers for every member of the wedding party or not. Most people do, and they usually divide their wedding party into smaller groups based on their relationship with the bride or groom and the role they will be playing in the ceremony. Some of the common wedding party flowers you will need are bouquets for your bridesmaids, corsages for the mothers and grandmothers and boutonnieres for the groomsmen and the fathers and grandfathers. You will want to decide whether you want the maid of honour and best man to carry different pieces to denote their position. If you’re going to have a flower girl and ring bearer you’ll need to order headpieces, corsages and boutonnieres for them as well, along with petals for the flower basket.
The bride and groom’s flowers must also be decided. The groom will have to choose a boutonniere, while the bride needs to make the monumental decision of designing the perfect bridal bouquet. This is also the stage where you decide whether you’re wearing any flowers in your hair or a corsage or not.
Once the flowers for the wedding party have been decided, also note the different accessories or accompaniments that will be needed. For instance, you’ll need pins for the boutonnieres and corsages and ribbons and baskets for the flower girl.
The next step is to decide the flowers you want to include in the ceremony. This will involve choosing flowers for the altar or other ceremonial podium, as well as decorations for the pews, chairs and tables and any other furniture or structure you might want to beautify.
For the reception you will need to choose flowers for decorating the venue, for adding to the furniture, for table decorations and centrepieces and also for other places of note such as the bar, the buffet and the wedding cake stand.
If you don’t want to go overboard with your wedding flowers budget, a great way to save some money is to recycle the flowers from the wedding and reuse them for the reception as well. This will be difficult if both ceremonies are on the same day one after the other but if you do have some time between the two, ask your florist or your wedding party to shift the flowers from the first venue to the second one.
Unless you are on an extremely tight budget or are an unusually hands-on and creative bride, we recommend hiring a professional to take care of the wedding flowers. There are just so many other things to do that you should delegate all that you can to the pros. Find a florist for your wedding at least three months in advance so that you have enough time to browse, book and confirm details. The best way to find a wedding florist is through word-of-mouth recommendations. Ask people for opinions and advice and shortlist the florists with most recommendations.