There is much more to wedding flowers than choosing the bride’s bouquet and the groom’s boutonniere. According to the overall look and feel of your nuptials, you may be thinking about center pieces for the tables, floral decorations for the ceremony, flowers for your hair as well as flowers in your home or hotel room while getting ready for your special day.
Your color scheme and choice of flowers are intimately entwined as your flowers could be influenced by your color scheme and visa versa. That is, some colored flowers can be found only at certain times of year and you may have to modify your color scheme or dates to suit. Some brides have a favorite flower like a sunflower or orchids, which will have a bearing on the color and style of the flower arrangements as well. Once you have decided on a color scheme or a particular flower you can then begin to make choices about where you will have floral arrangements, who will be carrying bouquets, how many boutonnieres and corsages do you need, who will have have flowers in their hair?
Perhaps the most important floral element to a wedding is the bridal bouquet, which in smaller, understated weddings may be the only flowers you will see. You may be surprised to know that there are over 20 different types of bridal bouquets, with the most popular being the cascading bouquet, the posey, crescent shaped bouquets, arm sheaf, pomander and hand tied bouquets. Brides will probably prefer to choose their bouquet shape after they have bought their dress as the style and cut of your bridal gown may suit a particular type of bouquet better than others.
Bridesmaids and flower girls commonly carry flowers of some sort, which may not always be in the form of a bouquet, although often the bridesmaids’ flowers are smaller versions of the bridal bouquet. Small baskets and floral hoops are picturesque choices as well as single stem flowers or candles.
Boutonnieres and Corsages (bottom holes)
It is customary for the groom to wear a boutonniere made from the same flowers as the bride’s bouquet. In many weddings this tradition extends to all the men in the wedding party, including the father of the bride and the groomsmen etc. If this is the case then the bride’s mother and her soon to be mother-in-law will also have a corsage of a similar design. Smaller weddings or those with a large budget may offer smaller boutonnieres to all guests at the wedding.
The majority of your floral budget will go on table centerpieces and floral decoration of the ceremony and reception, which is why low budget weddings try and find innovative ways of avoiding using so many flowers as decoration. Floral center pieces vary is size depending on the table size and you can often combine candles and flowers to provide lighting as well as decoration.
The type of flowers employed for decorating the ceremony and reception will also depend on the environment where your nuptials will take place. For example, if you have a beach ceremony, the flowers will need to be in oasis or be hardy to the sun. Likewise, in cooler climates you will need to ensure that the flowerheads do not close for lack of sunshine.