Planning Your Wedding Day Flowers


Wedding Ceremony Gazebo with pink peonies and foliage | Essex Wedding Planner


Whether you choose fresh, dried, faux or a combination of each, it’s highly likely that flowers will play a big part in your wedding day styling.

From the bridal bouquet to the perfect blooms to style your wedding reception, that statement installation for your ceremony and the all important buttonholes for the groom and groomsmen. There is definitely plenty to consider when choosing your wedding day florals.

With so many elements to remember when planning a wedding, it’s easy for couples to forget how many parts of their big day require flowers. So today I am delighted to be sharing with you details of florals that you may wish to incorporate into your wedding day and a helping of top tips to ensure you get the most from your wedding day blooms and maybe save a little money along the way.


Your bridal bouquet is the ultimate wedding accessory and should perfectly compliment your wedding gown. It will also feature in the majority of your wedding day photos, so special care should be taken when confirming the final design of your bouquet with your florist.

It is also worth considering asking your florist to create a smaller version of your bridal bouquet if you are planning to follow the wedding tradition of throwing your bouquet. This is especially important if you have plans for your bouquet following your big day, as there is no guarantee what condition it will be in once the single ladies have finished their scramble to catch the lucky bridal bouquet.

Your bridesmaid’s bouquets would normally be a simpler scaled down version of the bridal bouquet. However, this doesn’t need to be to case with many brides choosing for their bridesmaids to hold a single stem decorated with lengths of trailing silk ribbon, or a beautiful flower cuff/wrist corsage incorporating florals to compliment their own bouquet.

Of course when it comes to your flower girls you can experiment further and really inject the cute factor. Floral wands, pomander bouquets and flower baskets being the perfect accessories for flower girls to hold as they make that all important walk down the aisle.

Rose buttonholes on a heart shaped silver plate | Essex Wedding Planner


Using worn on the left lapel of their suits by male members of the bridal party, (groom, best man, ushers, father of the bride and father of the groom, with a smaller version sometimes created for the page boys). As with bouquets you can be creative with the style of buttonholes that you ask your florist to create, with many couples opting to choose buttonholes that are in keeping with the style of their wedding and reflecting the blooms used within the bridal bouquet.

The mother of the bride and mother of the groom may also choose to wear a buttonhole, or they may prefer a similar floral decoration called a corsage which can be pinned to their right side or worn as a wrist corsage, (similar to wrist corsages worn by some bridesmaids).

Ceremony flowers

Whether your saying ‘I do” in a church, stately home or outdoors, be sure to style your ceremony area in a way that truly reflects you as a couple. This could be with a show stopping floral arch, moon gate or a beautiful floral meadow perfectly lining your wedding aisle.

Or, if you prefer to keep your ceremony styling a little more low key, consider asking your florist to decorate your aisle with pew ends and a long and low arrangement for your ceremony table, (which can be re-used on your top table following your ceremony).

Flowers for your reception

The table arrangements that you choose for your wedding breakfast will hugely depend on the style of furniture you are using. If your guests are dining on traditional round tables you may wish to decorate these with tall arrangements which are a perfect way to add a touch of elegance whilst allowing your guests to talk easily across the tables without the flowers obscuring their view. If you opt for a tall centrepiece consider adding extra detail at the base of the vase such as small bud vases, tapered candles or tea lights which add an extra layer of detail for your guests to enjoy.

As beautiful as tall arrangements are, their dramatic presence can prove a little over powering for some couples who may prefer to incorporate groupings of bud vases bursting with  blooms, or a single centrepiece displayed in an urn or similar vessel which can be further complimented with a scattering of candlelight.

If however you have chosen banqueting style dining tables you are probably already considering asking your florist to work with an array of vessels varying in colour, height and shape, which can be arranged in groupings or running the length of the tables. Both of which work perfectly when complimented with candles, tea lights and table runners.

For couples looking to create a visual impact discuss suspended flower installations with your florist. These can be installed above each table, above or around your dance floor as well as your bar area and will definitely keep your guests talking for years to come.

Pink wedding table with tapered candles and bud vases | Essex Wedding Planner

Additional florals

Sometimes it’s the smallest detail that makes the biggest impact, so be sure not to neglect the smaller elements of your day when allocating your floral budget. Asking your florist to enhance your seating plan or wedding day signage with an arrangement of florals and foliage, or positioning flower arrangements at each end of your bar area to match those on your dining tables and supplying your guests with fresh or dried flower petals to use as confetti will ensure that your guests will see that you have carefully considered each small element of planning your big day.

I do hope his blog post has provided you with a little guidance when making decisions regarding your wedding day flowers. If however you require further assistance with any element of planning your wedding and you are hosting your big day within Essex, Suffolk, Kent, Hertfordshire or Cambridgeshire please do get in touch to discuss the planning services I offer.

Image credits: Terri & Lori Fine Art Photography & Film

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With a keen eye for detail, organisational skills that are second to none and the love of a “to do” list it was inevitable that Hayley would become an events planner. She started her career within the legal profession and was a Personal Assistant for 14 years before training with the UKAWP to become a professional wedding and events planner and then going on to launch “Hayley Jayne Weddings & Events”.

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