Choosing Your Wedding Ceremony Flowers

You have probably dreamed about your wedding from the time you were a little girl. You want everything to be perfect from the wedding dress, to the food, to the band and the photographer. Now you have to pick your flowers. You will need to choose ones for your bouquet, for church decorations and for reception centerpieces.

Then there are miscellaneous flower for your mother and future mother-in-law, aunts and grandmothers. They will all receive flowers from you, which you should personally present to them on your wedding day to make them even more special to them.

When you think about your flowers, it is natural to want to pick your favorites. If your favorite flower is a white rose, then that is what you should center them around. Your bouquet should be the first item you decide on, because that will set the tone for the bouquets for your attendants. Once all the bouquets are chosen and ordered then move on to the next group of flowers.

You need flowers for the church. Working with roses, you can have them arranged in very tall vases for each end of the altar. A few roses tied with a long ribbon can be used to mark the pews or rows. They do not have to be overdone, remember that less is more and you want to be the center of attention not the flora.

Once you get to the reception, more wedding flowers will be needed. Upon entering your reception you may want a wall of them suspended from the ceiling for a very dramatic effect. Or a simple arrangement on a table may be dramatic yet simple to accomplish.

Table centerpieces can be very tall, or very short, it all depends on the look you are going for. Tall vases must be tall enough not to interfere with conversation among guests at the table and allow them to easily see each other and hence get some conversations going at the tables.

Wedding flowers are expensive and you need to budget the costs into your overall wedding budget. Meet with several florists, give them an idea of what you are looking for and then let them present you with their ideas and costs. You should get more than one florist to provide this information so that you have choices.

Creative Ideas for Wedding Hair Flowers


Floral hair pieces are worn on top of the head with or without a veil, on the side with the hair pulled to one side, or in the back with the hair up or down. A halo of flowers makes a lovely piece for a flower girl.

There is no doubt that Pippa Middleton’s wedding hair flowers will be copied for many brides, brides maids, and flower girls.

The simple elegant cluster of lily-of-the-valley flowers added just the right amount of charm to her dark hair. They were not too large to distract or too small so they couldn’t be seen from a distance.

This design could easily be mounted on a barrette or hair comb and of course any type of flower could be used. Orchids, small roses, Peruvian lily, freesia, and gardenia make good floral hair pieces.

The floral design for a hair piece is made just like a corsage or boutonniere. The main flower can stand alone or have smaller flowers around it. One points to the left, one to the right, and one in the center for the corsage shape. Of course a boutonniere shape will only have one main flower such as an orchid.

A floral hair piece with a small veil attached makes a gorgeous bridal accessory. A combination of silk and fresh flowers can be used if it is to have large flowers so it won’t be too heavy. The combination allows the piece to be large in size while enjoying the sweet fragrance of the flower. The veil can be very small barely covering the forehead to a bit larger coming just below the nose and across to the other side of the face.

Feathers are also very popular. Again, a combination of fresh flowers with feathers makes a good choice. They can be worn alone or with a veil. Feathers are usually less formal. The can be sexy as in a pair of boudoir satin heels with ostrich feathers.

A headband covered in satin with a veil and flower combination allows for a large, heavy headpiece if desired. It is also a good choice for a flower girl with tiny flowers attached.

Flowers, both fresh and silk can be glued directly to the headband. Tiny ivy leaves make a wonderful addition to the flowers. Baby’s Breath is a tiny white flower used often in floral design and works well in a floral hair piece. Of course ribbons and bows are always lovely and make lasting keepsakes.

The smallest of flowers can be made into hair pieces by attaching them to bobby pins. They can be worn as individual pieces or several together.

A halo of fresh flowers for little flower girls is one of the cutest designs I know of. It will look great whether the hair is worn down, pulled back to the crown, or up in a ballerina bun with a bun wrap.

Participating in a wedding is a special time for everyone and especially for little girls. Many choose to keep their flowers for a very long time. Ribbons and dried flowers make beautiful decorations for her room. One of my favorite oil paintings is of a lady reading a book. A flower girl halo with ribbons hangs on the wall beside of her. It is that small detail that really makes the painting!

Wedding Checklist Flowers

Weddings are a busy affair – so many things are happening all at the same time. Because of all the things that are happening in unison it is best to prepare with a wedding checklists. Weddings could be super stressful for the unprepared. Wedding checklists are important to keep track of things in a wedding and to keep things in order and so as to not forget anything important when it comes to the crunch. A wedding flower checklist is important to keep track of the decoration component of your wedding.

When you start to make checklists, make sure you also have a wedding flowers checklist to ensure the themeing and decorations for your wedding run smoothly and without too much hassle. Of course, the most basic and important part of your wedding flowers is the floral bouquets. The usual set of bouquets that are ordered for weddings are the Bride’s bouquet, Bride’s toss away bouquet, Maid of Honor’s bouquet, the bridesmaid’s bouquets and finally the flower girl’s floral basket or bouquet. Write those down in your wedding flower checklist and we’re on a roll…

The next set of flowers to consider for your wedding flowers checklist is the floral accessories for the other members of the family. Corsages would be the next set of flowers to consider: the bride and groom’s mothers need one as well as attending grandparents from both bride and groom. The men also need floral decorations. It is part of the wedding tradition that the groom, the best man, ushers, ring bearer and the fathers of the bride and groom as well as attending grandfathers are entitled to wear a floral boutonniere. The colors and mixture of flowers you choose should be chosen with consideration of the wedding theme as well as synchronized with the colors of the women’s corsages.

To tie up the official end of the wedding floral plan, you may want to add this to your wedding flower checklist: You may also want all of your wedding party as well as your immediate family to have some flowers to attach to their suit or dress as a sign of ‘membership’.

Now, there are other points you may want to add to your wedding flower checklist. It doesn’t end with simply the floral arrangements that are carried or attached to members of the wedding party. There would be also flowers surrounding the wedding ceremony and around your reception area if you choose to do so. You may want to have flowers to decorate your rehearsal dinner. You may want ot keep it simple by having a floral centerpiece for the main table. If you aren’t on a tight budget, well you can go out and get as many centerpieces as you want. For the wedding reception you may want the following list of floral arrangements present in your wedding: The main table centerpiece, centerpiece for the gift table (if there is a gift table), a centerpiece for both the buffet table and bar. For the wedding ceremony you may want to consider floral arrangements at each pew or at the central area where you will be married.

You may want to delegate the responsibility of your wedding flowers checklist so you can depend on someone else while you concentrate and ponder about your own wedding. Good luck in your wedding planning and hope your wedding flowers go to plan according to your checklist.

Janey McKenzie is a staff writer for, a free wedding planning guide providing couples with hints and tips to enable them to plan every aspect of their wedding effectively.