Before you meet with your wedding florist, it’s always a smart idea to put together a list of wedding flowers you’ll need. Doing so will help focus your discussions and, most importantly, help you stay within budget. To help, we’ve put together a wedding flowers checklist — a guide to all of the various floral elements you might need for your big day. Keep in mind, though, that this list is not meant to be all-inclusive — it is only a guide and you can choose to include or skip any of the elements, depending on your budget and wedding style. If you’re keeping it is simple, for example, you may only need bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces. Also, many ceremony and reception venues are stunning on their own and may not need floral arrangements. So if you’ve already invested in a gorgeous space, you could save a bundle on flowers.

Print out this checklist and bring it to your consultation meeting with your florist.


Personal Flowers

  • 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
  • Groomsmens’ 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

  • Entryway or welcome table arrangements
  •  Altar/Chuppah arrangements
  •  Pew or chair arrangements
  •  Candles
  •  Aisle decorations
  •  Tossing petals for guests

Reception Flowers

  • Cocktail table arrangements
  •  Bar arrangements
  •  Escort-card table arrangements
  •  Centerpieces
  •  Bride’s and groom’s chair decorations
  •  Buffet-table/food-station arrangements
  •  Lounge area arrangements
  •  Flowers for wedding cake
  •  Cake table arrangements
  •  Powder room decorations
  •  Getaway car arrangements

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