Whether you’ve been dreaming of your wedding since you were a child or since the day your fiancé proposed, you probably missed one small detail:
Who gets flowers at a wedding?
Flowers add a beautiful and personal touch to the person receiving them.
But the answer to who should have flowers at a wedding is completely up to you.
If you haven’t yet decided, here are a few traditions along with some fresh new ideas to consider for the flora on your big day.
The answer to this question lies in the word “traditionally.”
If you’re looking to follow your own rules for your wedding, that’s completely okay.
But if you find romance in the tradition of it all, here’s a shortlist of who traditionally gets flowers at a wedding:
All eyes will be on you on this special day and that includes:
It’s a time-honored tradition for the bride to carry a gorgeous bouquet down the aisle.
The bridal bouquet dates back to ancient times when a bride would gather a spray of herbs and spices to ward off any bad luck or evil spirits.
As the romance of the Victorian era approached the tradition of the bridal bouquet grew to include flowers and sprouted meaning behind color palettes:
Nowadays even if you aren’t worried about any curses following you down the aisle, many brides take the opportunity to reflect their personal taste in their bridal bouquet.
And if toting a bunch of blooms down the aisle isn’t your style, there are still plenty of ways to incorporate flowers into your day including:
Most often the maid of honor and bridesmaids carry smaller versions of the bridal bouquet.
These mini bridal bouquets can be the same or complementary, sharing in
If you want to go for something a little different, consider:
These options can be especially fitting if your wedding is more casual or if you have junior bridesmaids.
If you’re going to have a flower girl, as the title suggests most flower girls are given a basket of flowers or rose petals.
Though some venues may not allow real rose petals as some can leave pesky stains on carpets and fabric runners, you can also give your flower girl synthetic rose petals to toss.
If you don’t like the look of rose petals strewn down the aisle you may opt to give her …
… to carry as she meanders down the aisle.
As an alternative, you can adorn her hair with Gypsophila paniculata, more commonly known as baby’s breath, or a flower crown made of sturdy flowers that can withstand the activities of a young child.
You can also have Man's Best Friend as your Flower Dog!
A nice way to honor the mothers and grandmothers in the family is with a miniature bouquet or corsage, either pin-on or a wrist corsage.
All it takes is three to five stems depending on the flowers to give a personal, thoughtful touch.
If a mini bouquet is too much, a corsage can either be pinned or worn on the wrist.
It goes without saying, the groom(s) is the guest of honor and may want to don a special boutonniere that matches the style or color of the bridal bouquet.
A boutonniere, French for “buttonhole”, is a small spray of flowers typically pinned or inserted into the buttonhole on the left lapel of a suit jacket.
Boutonnieres can also be pinned to the shirt just directly above the heart.
Except for the armed forces in uniform, most grooms will opt to wear a boutonniere and may even want to choose the arrangement themselves.
Another fun and unique option is a floral pocket square instead of a traditional boutonniere.
Boutonnieres are notoriously tricky to put on so be sure to enlist the help of your wedding planner, coordinator, or floral designer.
The team at Botanica Floral + Home can create boutonnieres to compliment your bouquet and other floral arrangements or design something unique.
Call our floral designers to see what we can dream up for your dream day!
If you’re still deciding which honored guests will wear this beautiful floral accessory, here’s a list of who traditionally receives a boutonniere at a wedding.
Traditionally the best man and the groomsmen have worn boutonnieres but in today’s modern wedding, anything goes.
If the best man and groomsmen do decide to wear a boutonniere you can easily ask the floral designer to create something in the same …
… as the groom’s boutonniere, only slightly different or smaller.
Consider honoring your littlest attendant down the aisle with a miniature boutonniere of his own.
If you have more than one you can ask your florist to make more than one or choose to embellish the ring pillow or ring box with flowers too.
Fathers on both sides generally wear a boutonniere that can be the same as the groomsmen or a complimentary style all their own.
If you have a step-dad or other father figure in your life you’d like to express your love and gratitude to, pinning a boutonniere on their lapel can be a touching way to show you care.
Don’t forget Grandpa. He may not be the sentimental type but dress him with a boutonniere on your special day and you might just witness a tear well up in his eye.
Ultimately, there are no hard and fast rules to who gets flowers.
At the end of the day, it’s your wedding and you choose who you’d like to give flowers to.
Some factors you may want to consider when deciding how to divvy up your floral arrangements include:
If you want to create a Garden of Eden, you can add flowers and greenery to almost any element to elevate the allure of enchantment.
Here are just a few ideas of other places to add flowers or greenery for ambiance:
The most important thing is that you feel happy with how the floral arrangements are divvied up on your wedding day.
At Botanica Floral + Home, our unique lush flower arrangements can help you find the balance between honoring tradition and the modern couple you are.
No matter your budget or style we can design …
… that will wrap everyone in the aroma of love.
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