When you get engaged, you start planning a wedding that will provide memories for a lifetime. Your wedding is a special day in your life, and you want the decor to reflect that. One consideration is the wedding flowers. These flowers bring life, beauty, and elegance to any wedding day. But what kinds of flower arrangements should you ask your florist to prepare? You don't want to leave anything out. Here's a list to help you determine your wedding flower needs.
The bride's bouquet should be the fanciest and most special flower arrangement you order. After all, you'll be holding it in all your pictures. Don't be afraid to request a large bouquet with unique flowers. Choose flowers within your color scheme, but branch out to include similar or contrasting colors. For example, if your wedding colors are coral and gold, order a bouquet with coral, light pink, light yellow, and white flowers.
Your bridesmaids' bouquets should coordinate with yours, but contain different flowers in a similar color. They should also be at least half the size of your bouquet so they don't overwhelm the picture. Have your florist wrap their bouquets up with delicate white organza or rustic burlap. You can also hang charms toward the base of the buds or accent the stems with pearl pins.
The groom's lapel should contain a small and masculine natural arrangement. While a single flower is quite traditional, branch out and use other natural elements to tie his look in to the overall theme of the wedding. Have your florist mix a sprig of evergreen with a decorative twig or other less flowery accents. Wrap in burlap or a color matching the groom's suit for a finishing touch.
Don't forget the groomsmen's boutonnieres! They should be the male counterpart to the bridesmaids' bouquets—smaller and less decorative than the groom's boutonniere. Ask the florist to prepare sprigs of baby's breath or other single flowers or leaves for a simplistic yet sophisticated look.
To make your mothers feel special on your big day, ask the florist to prepare corsages that they can wear on their wrists. Your guests and photographer will know who their friends' and clients' parents are without having to ask awkwardly around.
Fathers also deserve some recognition on your wedding day. Give them simple boutonnieres that match the theme of your wedding. If you're getting married in the desert, succulents are quite popular in boutonnieres right now. Or, if your wedding is island themed, choose a single exotic flower that wows.
The last and possibly biggest floral project is your reception centerpieces. Use interesting containers and add-ons to create beautiful centerpieces that add visual interest to your reception. Put wildflowers in mason jars, or create tall, towering tablescapes with long-stemmed roses in enormous flute vases.
Flowers allow you to customize your wedding and add freshness to the occasion. Choose your flowers carefully and let your florist work his or her magic. Find a florist near you, such as one from Fasan Florist, to get more ideas.