Flower Checklist

Don't know what to talk about with the florist? Then it's time to put together a wedding flower checklist. If you're keeping it simple, you may only need bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpieces. If you're going all out, however, you might want arrangements on every cocktail table. Either way, this guide will help you think over every possible flower you might desire for your wedding, right down to cake flowers. 

Personal Flowers

Who gets flowers at a wedding? Obviously, the brides and bridesmaids, but there are others who will potentially need personal flowers, as well. Here's every person flower to consider:

  • Bride's bouquet

  • Bride's floral crown or hair flowers

  • Bridesmaids' bouquets

  • Tossing bouquet (for the bouquet toss at the reception)

  • Flower girl's bouquet (or basket of petals, floral crown, or pomander)

  • Groom's boutonniere

  • Groomsmen's boutonnieres

  • Ring bearer's boutonniere

  • Mother of the bride's corsage or nosegay

  • Mother of the groom's corsage or nosegay

  • Father of the bride's boutonniere

  • Father of the groom's boutonniere

  • Grandmothers' corsages

  • Grandfathers' boutonnieres


Ceremony Flowers

You'll need flowers for the ceremony, as well. Make sure to talk to your florist about what (if any) of your ceremony flowers can be re-purposed at the reception to save money! Here are the common arrangements used at during the ceremony:

  • Entryway or welcome sign arrangements

  • Altar or ceremony backdrop arrangements

  • Pew or chair arrangements

  • Aisle decorations

Reception Flowers

Naturally, you'll need centerpieces — but that's not all. Consider whether or not you want the following:

  • Cocktail table arrangements

  • Bar arrangements

  • Seating chart arrangements

  • Centerpieces

  • Bride's and groom's chair decorations

  • Buffet-table/food-station arrangements

  • Lounge area arrangements

  • Flowers for wedding cake

  • Cake table arrangements

When you're ready to meet, bring along your wedding flower checklist and go down the list one by one. You'll be one step ahead of the game since most brides head into the consultation still wondering "what flowers do you need for a wedding?"