This Checklist includes a listing of the types of flowers you will be considering for your wedding. It can be used as a reminder, so nothing is missed, as well as a comparative cost sheet.
|Florist AName_________________Phone_________________||Florist BName_________________Phone_________________|
|Maid (Matron) of Honor’s Bouquet||$||$|
|Flower Girl’s Bouquet or Basket||$||$|
|Mothers’ Corsages (and Grandmothers’)||$||$|
|Fathers’ Boutonnieres (& Grandfathers’)||$||$|
|Best Man’s Boutonniere||$||$|
|Ring Bearer’s Pillow||$||$|
|Altar or Chuppah Flowers||$||$|
|Aisle or Pew Decorations||$||$|
|Reception Room Flowers||$||$|
|Head Table Centerpiece||$||$|
|Guest Table Centerpieces||$||$|
|Cake/Buffet Table Decorations||$||$|
|Miscellaneous (aisle runner, candles)||$||$|
Underscore the drama of your wedding with the right flowers. An artistic florist will suggest lovely and unusual designs for your wedding bouquet and floral arrangements while offering a wide price range. Six months before the wedding is not too early to select your florist, especially if you’re planning an elaborate wedding. When you talk with your florist, be guided by these elements: the style and mood of your wedding, the season or environment, your budget and more to the point, what you like.
Go prepared. Selecting your gown, the bridesmaids’ dresses and the overall color theme is a must before visiting your florist. Take fabric swatches and descriptions (pictures are even better) of your selected wedding apparel. Also have examples of the colors and styles of the mothers’ gowns and the attire of the groom and his attendants. With this information in hand, your florist will be able to suggest floral combinations and artistic treatments to create beautiful floral complements for your wedding. Request that your florist give you an itemized bill in advance. Make sure that you supply the florist with the names, addresses and times for delivery of your bouquet, boutonnieres, corsages and floral arrangements.
Traditionally, the bridal bouquet is composed of all white flowers but, if you would prefer, the addition of colorful blossoms is certainly appropriate. The groom’s boutonniere, worn on his left lapel, is usually a spray of the same type of blossoms used in your bouquet. Remember that the ushers and groomsmen wear boutonnieres different from the groom’s and your attendants’ flowers are different, of course, from your bridal bouquet. Corsages for the mothers and boutonnieres for the fathers are coordinated in color and style within the general floral theme.
Your may wish to select certain flowers for personal reasons. Others may be chosen because they have traditional meanings. For example, hyacinth signifies constancy. In medieval Germany, brides wore rosemary to guard against pregnancy! Consider including unusual greenery plants. Asparagus fern and multicolored coleus are attractive in summer bouquets. Holly and pine sprays are popular for December nuptials. Stalks of golden-brown wheat are a sentimental touch for harvest brides. If budget is a consideration, flowers and greenery in season are more abundant and generally less expensive.
Silk flowers are an equally beautiful alternative to fresh flowers. Manufacturers now produce nearly any type of blossom or plant in fiber form.
You’ll need other floral pieces for your wedding, including displays for the altar, centerpieces for reception tables, sprays for candelabra, corsages for those who assist with various reception duties and floral “tokens” for special guests. Ask your florist for guidance. His artistry and knowledge of wedding protocol will ensure that you’ll get a good value for your money and have the perfect floral accents.