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The amount, style and type of wedding flowers you have are down to personal choice. To make sure you've considered everything, we've put together a checklist of what flowers you might need for your wedding.
Bouquets - for the bride, bridesmaids and flower girls. If you plan on keeping and preserving your bridal bouquet - you might consider having another wedding bouquet to throw, if you want to preserve your bridal bouquet.
If you're getting married in a church you might be lucky enough to have flowers already in place
- Floral hair accessories - for the bride and bridesmaids
- Buttonholes - for the groom, best man, ushers, father of the bride and father of the groom. You might also want buttonholes for other 'key men' at the wedding and close family members.
- Corsage (lapel or wrist) - a fancy version of a buttonhole for the mothers of the bride and groom.
- Ceremony flowers
- If you're getting married in a church you might be lucky enough to have flowers already in place. Otherwise you'll need to consider flowers for the altar, pews and main entrance.
- If your wedding and reception are in the same place - you may benefit from using the same flowers in several areas e.g. your top table arrangements could be used for the ceremony.
- Table centrepieces - flowers on each table are often used to help create the colour scheme and theme of the wedding. There are a lots of different styles to choose from including:
- Fishbowls - with long stemmed flowers wrapped up inside or water with orchids floating on top.
- Tall slim vases - with flowers rising high above or trailing down the vase
- Low level vase - with flowers all below eye level (flowers at eye level will prevent your guests from seeing each other)
- Glass cubes - filled with decorative stones, beads, sea-shells, flowers or a mix.
- Bird cages - draped with simple flowers (these can be hired or bought)
- Reception flowers. Table centrepieces are the most obvious but there are lots of other wedding reception flowers to consider. Wedding flowers may be required for the top table, beams, wedding cake display/table, railings or stair cases or the entrance to the venue.
You can always save money by cutting back on the amount and type of flowers you have. If you decide to cut back on reception flowers - make sure you're happy with how the venue will look with fewer flowers. Ask the venue whether they have any pictures where wedding flowers were kept to a minimum.