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