How to Choose Your Florist Part 1

Flowers can be one of the largest expenditures of your wedding. Beautiful wedding flowers get as much recognition on the wedding day as the bride and groom. Flowers will set the mood of love and romance for your event. Every bride wants her wedding to be memorable and choosing the right flowers will help you achieve that goal.

The cost of flowers can add up quickly. Not only will you need flowers for the ceremony and reception sites, you will also need bouquets for the bride, maid/matron of honor, bridesmaids, corsages for the mother of the bride, mother of the groom, grandmothers, readers, guest book attendants, and any other important female guests, boutonnieres for the groom, best man, groomsmen, ushers, father of the bride, father of the groom, grandfathers, and any other important male guests.

The amount of flowers you will need for the ceremony will depend on the size of the ceremony site. If you are getting married during a holiday season, your church will probably already have some floral arrangements decorating the entranceway and alter. If the flowers are compatible with your wedding theme or color scheme, you may want to ask if those flowers can be used during your ceremony. The basic floral arrangements you will need for the ceremony are:

  • At least two arrangements near the entrance to welcome guests as they arrive.
  • An arrangement next to your guest book table.
  • Flower arrangements near the altar. Depending on the amount of space, you may choose to decorate with two elaborate arrangements positioned on each side of the altar. If your space is larger you may want several flower arrangements to adorn the altar space.
  • Pew or chair decorations.
  • If the budget allows, you can decorate the aisle with ribbon, tulle, candles, or more floral arrangements.

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