Wedding Flowers -Top 5 Must Haves

Planning for a wedding can be an overwhelming experience.  In most cases, your wedding is the first major event you have planned, which means surprises and unexpected circumstances way beyond comprehension.  Let me assure you, that you are not alone.   One of my jobs as a floral designer is to guide you, and provide expert advice regarding your floral options.  As my clients can attest, our floral design concept meetings can be lengthy.  Some longer than others, of course, but usually not less than 1 ½ hours.  Why?  Because each wedding is as unique as each client.  I don’t do cookie cutter weddings and I don’t say, “Here’s a list.  Tell me what you want.”  I go through each item individually with each client and the entire floral order is customized for them.  I believe the time I take with my brides and grooms to-be extends a level of trust that is invaluable. 

Today, I’m going to share with you my Top 5 list of "Floral Must Haves” for your wedding.  As simple as it may be, it will give you a great idea of what items will make your wedding a memorable one.  Of course, the list of floral decor is endless, but these are the ones I always classify as the MOST important.

Bridal bouquet – Need I say more?  Besides the Bride and Groom, this will be one of the most photographed items of the entire day.  It should be beautiful.  It should be stunning.  It should be you.  Don’t underestimate the importance of this fine accessory.  Besides you and your beautiful gown, it will be the first item seen by your guests.  The first item photographed with you as you walk down the aisle, and it will likely even be a part of your wedding portrait. 

Ceremony Backdrop – Whether you are having your ceremony in a church or outdoors in a garden, the backdrop IS important.  With most ceremonies lasting an average of 20-30 minutes, you are done almost as fast as it took you to get down the aisle.  Some may suggest not to worry too much about the décor, but I object!  This is the moment that you say “I DO!”  The moment you share your first kiss as husband and wife.  It is the MOST precious moment of your entire day and it should be amazing!  Of all the décor you can have at your ceremony, the backdrop is the most important.  Trust me, when you look back at your photos, you will prefer stunning over empty and dull.  Trust Me.
Escort Card Table – This is the table that says “Hello there fine guests!  Get ready for an unforgettable evening!”  It’s the one spot ALL your guests must stop at before they reach their designated seat or table.  Don’t let this be a “Have To” spot, but a “Want To” spot for your guests.  As far as flowers are concerned, I like to suggest a grand set-up, but it doesn’t always have to be the case.  If your wedding is a bit more casual, then perhaps a small vignette of nick-nacks displaying the cards is more suitable.  I’ve seen many options even exclude (gasp!) florals, but the presentation was so creative and adorable, it definitely left a memorable impression with guests.  Whatever it is, make it personal and impressive.  Not having assigned seating?  Consider this tip for the welcome/guestbook table. 
Sweetheart Table – The bride and groom will be the center of attention all day long.  All eyes will be on you from start to finish, which means, so will the lens.  I like to dress up this table with an arrangement or set-up that matches the style of the wedding.  This could be a lush arrangement, or even an assortment of candles.  It doesn’t have to be an extremely elaborate design, just don’t leave it out.  Sorry, ladies.  Your bouquet is not enough.  Pretty, but not enough. 

Centerpieces – Of course.  Make sure they are so pretty, your guest will be fighting over them!  Just kidding.  Well, not really.  They should at least be thinking it.  ;)  This is going to be the bulk of your floral budget by the sheer existence of quantity.  Therefore, please make sure it’s something you LOVE.  It doesn’t have to be an over the top 4’ tall arrangement decked out in peonies and orchids.  It can be as simple as an assortment of mason jars with gorgeous flowers.  Remember, simplicity is timeless. 

At the end of the day, I hope you choose accents and decor that make your day extra special.  At the end of the day, I hope your event is a memorable one.



  1. Couldn't agree more with the ceremony backdrop :) A lot of folks forget that a TON of their ceremony photos will feature whatever is in that background, good florals make for good photos!

    1. Right?! Your opinion as a photographer totally confirms it! Thanks, Brian. =)

  2. Totally agree about the bridal bouquet, that's why so much thought is put into choosing just the right flowers and style, but what happens to it after your big day? Preserve it the modern way with a Reenie Rose oil Painting. We would love to see an Enchanted Garden bouquet captured on canvas to last a lifetime! BEAUTIFUL floral designs!

    1. Mary, great suggestion! Brides are always trying to figure out a way to elegantly showcase their bouquet after their big day. Hmm...maybe a good subject for a future blog post! ;)

  3. The bouquets and centerpieces are absolutes, but people forget the ceremony backdrops! Think of all the photos that will be taken of the bride and groom at the alter.


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