Wedding Flower Checklist: Every Bouquet and Arrangement to Plan For

All the floral elements you might need for the big day.

Updated 11/13/19

Photo by Amber Gress Photography

Meeting with a florist soon? 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 and even in the bathroom. Either way, this guide will help you think over every possible flower you might desire for your wedding, right down to cake flowers and toss petals.

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 personal 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
  • Officiant's boutonniere
  • Ushers' 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 during the ceremony:

  • Entryway or welcome table arrangements
  • Altar or chuppah arrangements
  • Pew or chair arrangements
  • Aisle decorations
  • Tossing petals for guests

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
  • Escort card table arrangements
  • Centerpieces
  • Newlyweds' chair decorations
  • Buffet table/food station arrangements
  • Lounge area arrangements
  • Flowers for wedding cake
  • Cake table arrangements
  • Powder room decorations
  • Getaway car arrangements

When you're ready to meet with the florist, 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 flower shop still wondering "what flowers do you need for a wedding?"

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