Wedding Flowers Checklist

Updated: May 4

All the floral elements you might need for the big day.

Let’s talk wedding flowers checklist! If you're keeping it simple, you may only need bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces. However, if you're going all out, you might want arrangements on every cocktail table and even in the bathroom.



With so many details to plan for, it's important to have a set budget for your wedding flowers. You can expect to put on average 10-15% of your wedding budget toward those beautiful blooms. If you're using flowers as your main source of decor, you may allocate a little more funds. However, if you're looking to save in this area, it's best to do this early because it requires a bit of foresight. Consider choosing a venue you absolutely love from top to bottom, from the architecture to the view. Choosing a venue you are NOT in love with, or one that feels drab will inherently require more decor for you to be happy with the design which means more money.


Many couples desire flowers throughout every space on their wedding day. To cut costs, we often suggest reusing arrangements from one space to another. There's no reason a welcome arrangement from the ceremony can't be repurposed on the bar, or pieces from the ceremony altar can't be repurposed in a lounge or on the sweetheart table. This will ultimately cut down on costs and waste.


Whatever your floral vision may be, this guide will help you go over every possible type of wedding flower you might desire, right down to the toss petals.



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Personal Flowers

Bride’s Bouquet: This is the most important arrangement to nail down. Splurge on this because it's easily the most photographed floral piece in your whole wedding. Also, remember that more expensive doesn't mean bigger. Pricing is based on the value of the flowers, not the size.


Bride's Floral Crown or Hair Flowers: This is an optional arrangement but should be made a priority if you're going this route. If you do have flowers as hair accessories, you'll want to take extra care to get them just right. After all, they may be even MORE photographed than the bouquet.


Bridesmaids' Bouquets: Following the bride's bouquet, the bridesmaid bouquets are easily the next most important arrangement. Of course, you don't have to include them, but many couples choose to. They also make for fun photo ops with the bridesmaids.


Tossing Bouquet (for the Bouquet Toss): Many brides choose to simply use their wedding bouquet during the bouquet toss, but if you're planning on preserving your flowers, you may want another option. This could be a simple and scaled-down version of your bridal flowers.


Flower Girl's Basket of Petals or Floral Crown: Keep this one small and simple. You can also have them toss other alternatives to petals like feathers.


Groom's Boutonniere: Boutonnieres are a cute way to match the groom with his betrothed on the wedding day. This doesn't have to be anything too elaborate, a few small flowers will do.


Other Boutonnieres and Corsages: While not required, you may consider having matching boutonnieres or corsages for other members of the wedding party and/or important guests. This could include the ring bearer, the bride or groom's parents and grandparents, the officiant, and even ushers.


Ceremony Flowers

Entryway or Welcome Table Arrangements: These arrangements are a nice touch to welcome everyone into the day. You can totally get away with using alternative decor elements and still have the same effect. Think lanterns, fruit, branches, or even terrariums for centerpieces.


Altar or Chuppah Arrangements: These arrangements will backdrop the majority of your ceremony photos. While it's not required to include florals for your altar, we do love a good floral arch. There are plenty of other ways to decorate the altar besides flowers, however, if you're looking to cut back on flower costs.


Pew or Chair Arrangements: These will elevate the look of your guests' seating and make the wedding aisle oh-so-beautiful. We love an organic style arrangement on the floor for the easiest reuse as reception decor. Sometimes a traditional pew marker is harder to repurpose.


Aisle Decorations: To make a big impact without spending a fortune, set two statement arrangements on either side of the aisle. It frames the aisle and makes for a great photograph without adding lots of little arrangements all the way down the aisle. These look stunning both at the beginning and the end of the aisle.


Tossing Petals for Guests: Guest tossing petals are used for the grand wedding exit. This makes a memorable photo op but definitely isn't required. Have your guests toss leaves or eco-friendly confetti as alternatives.


Reception Flowers

Cocktail Table Arrangements: Cocktail table arrangements are another optional idea. Keep these small and simple. Typically we suggest a bud vase arrangement as cocktail tables are already small.


Bar Arrangements: The bar is a great opportunity to repurpose a statement floral arrangement from your ceremony.


Escort Card Table Arrangements: Escort card tables aren't a requirement and their table arrangements aren't either. However, it is definitely something to consider if you're looking to spruce up these displays.


Centerpieces: These are the main attraction when it comes to reception flowers. Your guests are sitting in front of these all night so consider size and scent as well as aesthetic as they will be looked at throughout your reception. We encourage couples to spend a little more on centerpieces because of this.


Newlyweds' Chair Decorations: If you're using flowers for wedding chair decor, you don't have to go over the top to create something stunning. Smaller arrangements look just as beautiful as something much larger.


Wedding Cake Flowers: If you're going for a floral wedding cake, be sure to include it in your flower budget. And don't forget to consider any cake table arrangements.


Buffet Table/Food Station Arrangements: There's generally not a lot of extra space on the food tables, so if you're decorating them will florals, keep these on the smaller side. You might consider installing flower chandeliers above the buffet to free up table space.


Lounge Area Arrangements: Lounge area decor can be as full or empty of flowers as you desire. This space is generally a cozy area for guests to gather and—well, lounge. Floral arrangements can range from absolutely none or small vases to extravagant installations, it all depends on your taste, price range, and how much you were able to repurpose from the ceremony.


Bathroom Decor: If you're looking to douse every last corner of your wedding day in blossoming blooms, don't forget to add the powder room to the list. We love adding special details that may be overlooked like little bud vase arrangements in the bathroom. These additional pieces help carry the tone of your wedding throughout the spaces where people will be spending time throughout the night.


Getaway Car Arrangements: While not entirely necessary, flowers make the prettiest addition to cute getaway car signs and decor. Go for a lush wreath or garland for the full "just married" effect.