Wedding Flowers: what you may need and what you need to think about


Before you start talking to a florist about your upcoming wedding, it helps to be a bit prepared and have an idea of what you and your partner want. This way, the florist will have a better idea of what they can offer to you, put together a more accurate quote, and be better placed to discuss all your options.

You don’t have to know everything to the last detail but having your main ideas and numbers – of bridal party members, tables, and so on – will make your quest for flowers easier and more enjoyable for everyone.

Natives Bridal Posy
Natives Bridal Posy

Not sure where to start? Think about the bigger picture

Think about the feel and look you’re after for the whole day first. It’s best to set your wedding style, theme and colours before you choose your florals.

Not sure exactly what wedding flowers to choose? That’s ok. Your florist can always guide you with choices to suit your theme, colour, budget and, importantly, seasonality.

We say ‘importantly’ because seasonality will determine the availability and price of your flowers. Some simply won’t be available at certain times of the year. Others will be much more expensive if they have to be shipped in from overseas. An experienced florist will be able to talk you through the best different options and alternatives if what you’re keen on is out of season.

Wedding Flowers Checklist

We’ve put together a checklist of the most common wedding floral items so you can be sure you haven’t forgotten anything.

The Bridal Party

  • Bride bouquet
  • Bride flower crown or hair flowers
  • Bridesmaid bouquet
  • Bridesmaid flower crown or hair flowers
  • Throw away bouquet
  • Flower girl bouquet, petal basket or flower crown
  • Groom buttonhole
  • Groomsmen buttonholes
  • Page boy buttonhole
  • Father of the bride buttonhole
  • Father of the groom buttonhole
  • Grandfather buttonholes
  • Mother of the bride corsage wrist or lapel
  • Mother of the groom corsage wrist or lapel
  • Grandmother corsages wrist or lapel
  • Arrangements for bride and grooms house

Ceremony Flowers

  • Arbour/Arch flower arrangements
  • Pew or chair arrangements
  • Alter or Aisle arrangements
  • Welcome sign arrangement
  • Tossing petals for guests

Reception Flowers

  • Bridal table arrangement or garland
  • Guest table centrepieces or garlands
  • Seating plan/Welcome sign arrangement
  • Cake flowers or Cake table arrangements
  • Wishing well table arrangements
  • Cocktail table, buffet table or bar arrangements
  • Bathroom arrangements

Once you have the list of the items, it’s great to collect some images of what you like the look of, so it’s easy to explain your ideas to your florist.

Developing your wedding flowers ideas

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Social media and other online spaces are a great way to gather and share ideas. Pinterest and Instagram are work well in this space and many wedding magazines and website are worth a look-in too.

We have a growing portfolio of weddings we’ve crafted arrangements for across a range of styles, budgets, locations and seasons.

Check out our portfolio here

On Pinterest, you can collate some idea boards so you can keep all your favourite looks coordinated and well managed. Create separate boards for bouquets and bridal party pieces, ceremony arrangements and reception flowers.

Instead of Pinterest, you can also use Evernote or any other notes app. This would not only allow you to keep your ideas in order, but so too any check-lists of important dates and tasks, with reminders keeping you on track. Keeping everything organised across your devices is very handy too.

Some wedding websites and apps also have these capabilities while also offering a central gateway to many service providers.

Good luck!

Wedding preparation can be pretty stressful, but it shouldn’t overwhelm. We hope this wedding flowers checklist helps make your task a little easier and helps you remember all the important things big or small.

Bridal Bouquet

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