You're probably familiar with some of the most common wedding flower arrangements, such as bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpieces, but it turns out that they're just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to using flowers on the big day. Aside from these popular options, there are dozens of additional ways to use flowers at your wedding, from ceremony altars to welcome table decor. Flowers are a gorgeous way to customize your wedding by bringing your vision to life, but the first step is figuring out exactly what you'll need (and whether or not it fits into your wedding budget!). We've created this handy wedding flower list to fill you in on all the times you might want — or in some cases, need — to use flowers on your wedding day.
Here’s a comprehensive list of 25 wedding flower arrangements you might need to make your big day beautiful.
The bouquet is an arrangement of flowers that the bride carries down the aisle and holds during portraits. It's arguably one of the most important floral elements of the entire wedding day. Depending on the flowers you choose, bouquets come in many different styles, colors, sizes, and shapes, making each one a unique floral masterpiece. The flower stems may be wrapped in ribbon, lace, a handkerchief, or left exposed.
Bridesmaid bouquets are usually smaller, less elaborate versions of the bride's bouquet, with similar flowers and a matching color palette. Traditionally, the bridesmaid bouquets are identical to each other, but a growing trend has brides asking their wedding florists to create bridesmaid bouquets that are complementary in color and style rather than being exact clones.
This tiny accessory is a floral pin worn on a suit or tuxedo lapel. Wedding boutonnieres are typically composed of one or two small flowers and may also contain decorative accents like berries or greenery. They are traditionally reserved for the groom, groomsmen, father of the bride, father of the groom, and occasionally the ring bearer.
A corsage is a small bundle of blooms that is traditionally worn around a woman's wrist like a bracelet. Wedding corsages are most often reserved for the mother of the bride, mother of the groom, grandmothers of the bride and groom, and other special female guests.
Flower crowns are halos of flowers (and sometimes greenery) that are worn around the head. These pretty crowns started out as accessories for flower girls and younger wedding attendants, but they have also been a favorite for bohemian, free-spirited, and ethereal brides over the last several years. For the most up-to-date look, stick with a flower crown made of just one type of bloom, like this halo of lilacs.
Floral Hair Accessory
Even if flower crowns aren't your thing, you can still rock fresh blooms in your hair on the big day. A floral hair accessory is perfect for bringing a romantic effect to your bridal beauty look, whether you're sporting a loose updo or pinning your locks to one side.
If you're including a furry friend in your wedding (see exactly why you should here), they'll need to look their best. One way to dress them up is by having your wedding florist create a special floral collar or leash for their big walk down the aisle. Prepare for guests to gush about how cute your pet is!
Depending on your culture and heritage, it may be customary to include flowers in your wedding ceremony, and not just for decor. Indian weddings and Hawaiian weddings are just two examples of cultures that use flowers as symbolic elements of the ceremony.
If you're having a flower girl (or two), she'll need something to hold as she walks down the aisle. Unless she's carrying a sign or tossing petals, the traditional option is for the flower girl to carry a small bouquet or pomander modeled after the bridal bouquet.
Floral Aisle Markers
Decorate your ceremony venue with small wedding flower arrangements displayed at the end of every row. Floral aisle markers are typically arranged in vessels that are tied onto chairs or placed at the foot of each seat.
Is there anything more romantic than a trail of flower petals leading to your altar? The blooms may be arranged in a detailed pattern or scattered allover for a more natural look.
Floral Arch, Arbor, or Chuppah
This is one of the most popular wedding flower arrangement ideas. The floral arch, arbor or chuppah (at Jewish weddings) serves as a structural backdrop for the ceremony, not to mention that it's a gorgeous setup for wedding portraits.
Attach flowers to a ribbon and use them to to hold a drapery to one side. This is most often see on ceremony backdrops, venue entrances, and decorative arches behind sweetheart tables.
Make an entrance with large wedding flower arrangements that are displayed on top of columns. The columns typically flank the start of the ceremony aisle or adorn both sides of the altar.
A circular arrangement of flowers and greenery. Smaller wreaths and floral hoops are typically displayed as decorative accents above an altar or table, or they're paired with venue entryways such as gates and doors. And how could we forget oversized floral wreaths? Couples are asking wedding florists to create life-sized wreaths to use as ceremony or reception backdrops, and the result is definitely wow-worthy.
A long "rope" of densely packed greenery and blooms. Floral garlands are often draped on the front of cocktail bars or display tables, draped around entryways, wrapped around banisters, or used as table runners in lieu of traditional wedding centerpieces.
This is a shortened garland with a slight crescent shape. Floral swags can be displayed atop door frames, wedding signage, or on the front of a ceremony structure.
Suspended wedding flower arrangements, including floral chandeliers, are another favorite decorative accent of ours. They're typically in the shape of a wreath or feature tiered levels (mimicking a traditional chandelier) and are hung above the head table, dance floor, or throughout the reception space.
If your venue has a water feature, such as a pool or fountain, you can use it to display single, stemless blooms. Floating flowers can also be showcased in trays or cylinder centerpiece vases.
A floral wall is a must-have wedding flower arrangement for any couple looking to make a statement with their decor. This impressive backdrop can be made entirely of flowers, or with a mix of flowers and greenery, such as boxwood or moss.
Whether you're displaying escort cards or your guest book, flowers are a simple way to dress up the welcome table at your wedding reception.
Centerpieces are floral arrangements displayed in the center of your banquet tables and are staple pieces for nearly every type of wedding. Wedding centerpieces can vary in style, shape, height, and color depending on your wedding theme and venue.
You may want to have your florist set aside a few extra blooms to display at each place setting. It's not a necessity, but it's a great way to tie your wedding decor together and add to the ambience of your reception.
Flowers are a popular adornment for wedding cakes, no matter your style or budget. Even just a few fresh blooms will instantly take your cake to the next level.
Making a grand exit at the end of the wedding? Don't forget to decorate your getaway car, especially if you're renting a special one for the big day. A simple wedding flower arrangement and a "Just Married" sign on the back will do the trick. Be sure to have your photographer capture those details before you drive off into the sunset!