At many weddings, flowers play an important part and range from the bride’s bouquet to buttonholes for family and close friends. Avoid mistakes and oversights by consulting this checklist.
The flowers at a wedding are usually:
The bride’s bouquet
The bridesmaids’ and matron-of-hounour’s bouquets or posies
the best man
father of the bride (or whoever gives the bride away)
mother of the bride
father of the groom
mother of the groom
other close family or friends (usually those who will be offended if they don’t get one!)
Floral decorations for the church or other venue for the ceremony (check to see if this is allowed first)
Floral decorations for the reception venue – again check whether you can provide these or if they do it
When choosing the florist, make sure that you like their wedding bouquets and other floral arrangements. You also need to be assured that they are reliable and will deliver what you have ordered and on time. This is another time when personal recommendations can save many problems.
If the florist is providing decorations for the church and/or reception or other venues, it would be ideal if they can visit them so they know about color schemes, room sizes and heights, etc, so that any flower arrangements are suitable for their surroundings.
Ask for a discount if you are ordering all the flowers from the same florist, especially if the total is quite a large quantity.
If the mother of the bride or groom has done an enormous amount of work towards the wedding, it is quite a nice gesture to arrange with the florist for a bouquet to be delivered to her once you have left for your honeymoon because she might be experiencing a tremendous feeling of anti-climax once it is all over.