Wondering who should get flowers on at a wedding? The bride and bridesmaids need bouquets, of course, and the flower girl needs toss petals, but who else needs flowers? We get lots of brides asking us this very question. To that end, we compiled a master list of everyone to consider getting flowers for on the big day.
Of course, the bride needs flowers! She’ll need a bridal bouquet, and depending on her wedding day style, she might also consider a whimsical flower crown.
Carrying a bridal bouquet dates back to ancient times, when brides would carry bouquets of herbs and spices to ward off evil spirits and any bad luck. Later, in the Victorian era, these traditions developed to reflect flower color meanings. For example, white (representing purity) and orange (representing happiness and fertility) became popular choices.
Nowadays, brides usually choose bouquets based on their personal taste and/or wedding style. Being a flower company, we think the bridal bouquet is something pretty special — the ultimate accessory for your big day. It should represent you and your wedding!
Most grooms will wear a boutonniere that matches the style or color of the bridal bouquet. While a rose or calla lily is a classic choice, many grooms are getting more creative with their boutonnieres and are wearing something a bit more personal.
For a bohemian or rustic wedding, you might even try using succulents or a small bunch of greenery for the boutonniere. Having a vintage or romantic wedding? Try a boutonniere of lamb’s ear and a scabiosa pod. Modern and masculine billy ball boutonnieres are also a popular choice for grooms. The boutonniere should be pinned on his left lapel.
Usually, bridesmaids carry smaller versions of the bridal bouquet. They don’t need to be exactly the same as the bridal bouquet, but they should complement the bride’s bouquet with either a similar style or similar colors.
Next up on the wedding flower list: the groomsmen. These gents can wear a boutonniere, but not the same boutonniere as the groom. Their boutonnieres should be a little different — or at least smaller — than the groom’s boutonniere, while still following the same style and color palette.
The Flower Girl
Flower girls typically carry a basket of toss petals, but they could alternatively carry a miniature bouquet, a pomander or a single stem. And, again, depending on the style of the wedding, you might want a flower crown for this little lady. If you’re going to have the flower girl carry a bouquet or wear a flower crown, consider choosing sturdy flowers that will stand up to the heat and tiny hands.
The Ring Bearer
Consider decking out the ring bearer with a miniature boutonniere. You can adorn his ring pillow or ring box with a few flowers, as well.
Mothers and Grandmothers
Traditionally, mothers and grandmothers will wear a corsage with two or three blooms, worn either on the wrist or pinned to their left lapel. Alternatively, they can carry a miniature bouquet or a single stem. A miniature bouquet can be a smaller version of your bouquet or the bridesmaids’ bouquets, consisting of about 3-5 stems depending on the flowers. Or, if you go the single-stem route, you can use a larger focal flower like a peony, hydrangea or garden rose, and then simply wrap it with a ribbon —it’ll look love and be so easy to DIY!
Fathers and Grandfathers
Fathers and grandfathers generally receive a boutonniere, as well. These boutonnieres can be in the same style as the groom or groomsmen, or completely different — it’s entirely up to you.
The Officiant, Ushers and Readers
Last but not least on the wedding flower list are the officiant, ushers and readers. Consider giving any of these VIPs a corsage or boutonniere.