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Wedding Flowers

Learn about different options for wedding flowers.

The flowers in a wedding bouquet should correspond to the color of the wedding. [©Shutterstock, 2010]
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The flowers in a wedding bouquet should correspond to the color of the wedding.

Wedding flowers are an important part of any matrimonial celebration. Whether used for decorative purposes or more traditional reasons, flowers can enhance a wedding. With typically 10 to 15 percent of the wedding budget allocated to flowers, it's important to buy quality flowers that can last for the duration of the day. The bride isn't the only one who carries or wears the wedding flowers on this special day; other wedding party members need them, as do locations, such as the ceremony and reception sites.

Historical Emergence of Wedding Flowers

The Flower Expert attributes the start of the wedding flower tradition to early Roman brides carrying certain herbs under their wedding veil. This custom was designed to help in promoting fidelity and fertility. Greek brides also wore crowns with herbs and flowers, which was considered a gift from nature. Weddings that occurred in ancient Greece had brides using ivy in their bouquets to represent enduring love.

Bouquet Options

According to Brides.com, the top five traditional wedding flowers are roses, hydrangeas, peonies, gardenias and sweet peas. Roses are the perennial wedding choice, since they represent love and passion, and can be found in many summertime bouquets. With so many different rose types and colors to choose from, rose bouquet options abound.

Most bridal or bridesmaid bouquets coordinate with the wedding colors. A popular type of bridal bouquet is a nosegay, which is a smaller arrangement featuring smaller flowers with greenery. Tightly or loosely secured, the round bouquet has a large number of wedding flowers. A recent addition is the wired bouquet, where flower heads are secured to the arrangement. Bridesmaid bouquets can be miniature replicas of the bridal bouquet or can be a single flower tied with a ribbon.

Although real wedding flowers are most common, silk flowers are an option that can cost a fraction of what real flowers do.

Wedding Party Flowers

In addition to the bride's and bridesmaids' bouquets, it is customary to outfit other members of the wedding party with flowers as follows:

  • Mother of the bride's and groom's corsages
  • Father of the bride's and groom's boutonnieres
  • Flower girl's bouquet
  • Ring bearer's boutonnieres
  • Grandmothers' corsages
  • Grandfathers' boutonnieres
  • Groom's boutonniere
  • Groomsmen's boutonnieres

Ceremony and Reception Flowers

Whether the wedding ceremony is at the beach, in a backyard, garden, park or church, wedding floral arrangements can add stunning decoration. Lattice archways can feature baby's breath, pew rows can showcase bows and stargazers, and the front of the aisle can display an arrangement of calla lilies. Oftentimes, the arrangements coordinate with the colors of the bridesmaids' dresses.

Many times flowers decorate the reception area or adorn the gift or guest tables after the wedding ceremony. Other popular locations include the head tables, archways or bathrooms. The wedding flowers should reflect the reception's formality. If it is a casual affair, then the flowers should be casual and inviting. If it is more formal, then taller and elegant flowers are more appropriate.

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