The Ultimate Wedding Flower Guide

Are you planning a wedding and not sure what wedding flowers you need, or how to go about getting a quote? We know exactly how you feel, as we get daily enquiries from brides to be who aren’t sure where to begin, or what to ask for. So to help get you started, we’ve put together this simple and easy to follow wedding flower guide, listing all the most important floral requirements you need to consider for your wedding day:

Note: We’ve recently updated and expanded this guide. You’ll find the latest version here.

Brides Bouquet

Brides Bouquet

The Wedding Party

Brides Bouquet and flowers for your hair.

Bridesmaid Bouquet and flowers for their hair.

Flower girl – A clip with flowers for her hair, pomanders (a ball of flowers to carry) or a basket with flowers.

Corsages – For the bride and grooms mothers and grandmothers (optional) – these are usually roses or mini carnations pinned to the shoulder or made up as a wrist corsage.

Button holes – For the Groom, Best men, Page boy, Bride and grooms Father and Grandfather (optional), Master of Ceremonies, Driver – usually a single rose or small flower of your choice pinned to the lapel or shoulder.


The Church or Chapel

Wedding Flowers on Pews in Church

Flowers on Pews in the Church

Wedding Ceremony Flowers Outside

Outdoors Wedding Ceremony

1 or 2 large flower arrangements in front of the church or chapel, or at the entrance – these can be moved and used at the reception venue as well.

Flowers for the pews – Normally just one flower on every second pew or chair, or scattered rose petals down the aisle.

Flowers for the registry table.


The Wedding Reception

Table Centrepieces – Decide whether you would like vases, special dishes/containers, bird cages, candelabra or lanterns. If it’s an evening wedding you might need candles, or flowers and candles. The number of centrepieces will depend on how many guests you are inviting and how many tables there will be.

Flower Centrepiece and Overlay for Wedding


Main Table Arrangement – This is traditionally a long flat flower arrangement in the middle to the front of the table.

A flower at the back of every second chair.

Overlays, Runners and Chair Tie backs in any colour to match your colour scheme, are also items to consider, as most venues only supply white tablecloths, chair covers and napkins.

Table Centrepiece, Overlay and Chair Tie backs

Table Centrepiece, Overlay & Chair Tie backs

Overlays – A square piece of material – this can be scrunched up in the middle of the table with the centrepiece on top or laid out flat over the white table cloth.

Runners – A long rectangular strip of material that runs across the table and down both sides.

Chair Tie Backs – Long strips of material tied around the back of the chairs.

Flowers for the Wedding Cake.

Fresh Rose Petals for decoration on the guest tables, down the aisle (if permitted) or as confetti.


Recommended Wedding Flowers

Gerbera Daisies Bouquet

Readily Available
Roses, Lilies (St. Joseph, Casablanca, Stargazer), Gerbera Daisies or Barberton Daisy – always in season.

Seasonal Flowers
Check with your wedding florist first for availability to avoid disappointment – Tulips, Peonies, Calla or Arum lilies, Orchids, Hydrangea and Frangipani.

For a more detailed list of available flowers, their colours and meanings, see this article on choosing the right colour flowers for your wedding.



Pink and White Peonies Bouquet

Pink and White Peonies

Casablanca Lily

Casablanca Lily


We hope these ideas will help you plan the perfect flowers for your wedding, and that it will make communicating with your local wedding florist a little easier. If you are looking for flowers for a wedding in Durban, South Africa, please visit our website: Wedding Flowers in Durban.

If you would like a printable PDF version of this guide to take with you, let us know in the comments below and we will gladly send you a copy.

We also highly recommend the book “The Knot Book of Wedding Flowers” which you can get here.

Written by

Lizé Williams
inMotion Flowers

Thank you Dries Vandewoude from Terra Unica for suggesting that we add a “thank-you-parents” bouquet to our list. When the bride or groom give their speech at dinner or in the church, it’s quite common in various parts of the world to thank the parents with a bouquet of flowers for all they’ve done for them throughout their lives…





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14 Comments to “The Ultimate Wedding Flower Guide”

  • Lizé, this is a very comprehensive and well written article and I am sure will assist so many brides. I am amazed just how many flowers have to be organized.
    Well done.

    • Thank you Diane! We really appreciate the comments as it inspires us to write more useful articles or to improve on the quality of the content. If you have any ideas, we would love to hear from you!
      Lizé – Flowers for Africa

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  • Shjoe, I never realised there was so much to be considered when arranging your wedding flowers. While I am not a bride (yet), you certainly have given me lots of useful information to consider when the time does arise. Thank you!

    • Thank you very much for your comment Michelle. You are right, there are a lot of things to consider when planning the flowers for your wedding, however with the help and advice of a good florist, this process can be greatly simplified and leave you with much less to worry about on your wedding day… ;-)
      We are glad we could offer you some useful ideas and information.

  • Please Help!

    Are frangipani in season during May in Durban?

    • Hi Candice,

      Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately Frangipani’s are generally not available in May in Durban. They will start coming out in Spring but are actually summer flowers in South Africa.

      I hope this helps.

  • I think you have noted some very interesting points , regards for the post. I also have a wedding-related website dealing with planning a wedding if you would like to take a look some time.

    • Thanks Lakesha! Will have a look!

  • Great article

  • Oh my goodness, this information has been so helpful and a lifesaver!!
    Many thanks, Lynn

    • Hi Lynn,

      It’s a pleasure! Thank you so much for the comment! We love sharing our ideas and experiences and knowing that it helps our readers, makes it all worth while! ;-)

  • Nice Artical .We decorate your wedding and reception venues with the finest flowers at affordable prices.

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