Wedding Party Flowers and Wedding Flower Etiquettes


Flowers are used to add a festive finishing touch to an already beautiful event like wedding. How you are going to incorporate these lovely accents, depends on your wedding budget. It is very important to get an overall estimation of flowers required before you seal the deal with the florist. Let’s take a detailed look at flowers for wedding party and other wedding flower etiquettes to know.

Wedding Flower Etiquettes to Know

Normally, newly-wed couple and wedding party wears the flowers. But there are no hard and fast rules about it. You are the one to decide. Let’s see what etiquettes suggest.

Who Should Wear?

Other than your wedding party (bride and groom, maid/matron of honor, best man, bridesmaids and groomsmen), your immediate family members, ushers, ceremony readers and officiant (if not in traditional robe), all should wear the flowers.

  • Immediate family members like grandmother, mother, step mother of bride or groom, should be given floral corsages or feminine boutonnieres.

  • A female officiant should also be honored with a corsage or feminine boutonnieres. 

  • Flower girls can wear corsages, or the smaller version of bridesmaid’s bouquet or floral crown.

  • A male officiant, not wearing traditional uniform, should also be given a smaller (than groomsmen’s) boutonniere.

  • The ceremony reader, the lady who takes care of the guest’s book or cuts the wedding cake, must not be forgotten.

  • Other male volunteers, other than groom’s attendants should have a boutonniere.

Note: Hired servers, members of US military who get married in uniform, should not wear wedding party flowers.

Checklist of Flowers for Wedding Party

  • Bridal bouquet

  • Floral crown for bride

  • Bouquets for bridesmaids

  • Tossing bouquet for reception

  • Flowers for flower girls’ bouquets, baskets with petals and floral crowns

  • Groom and groomsmen boutonniere

  • Ring bearer’s boutonniere

  • Corsages for both set of mothers (also step mother)

  • Boutonnieres for both set of fathers (step father)

  • Corsages for grandmothers

  • Boutonnieres for grandfathers

  • Male officiant boutonniere and female’s corsage

  • Ushers’ boutonnieres

Tips for Wearing Wedding Flower

  • Wedding corsages and boutonniere should always be worn on the left side. Corsages on left wrist and boutonniere on the left lapel of the jacket, about four inch from shoulder.

  • Boutonnieres should be the modified version of the groom’s. For example, the best man’s boutonniere should be fancier than ushers and groomsmen. Groom’s boutonniere should be the most distinguished one.

  • Similarly, the bouquet for maid or matron of honor should be more prominent than the ones for bridesmaids. But it is none other than the bride, who holds the most ornate wedding bouquet.

  • It is bride’s family who would provide the flowers for all the attendants of the bride.

  • Bride’s family also arrange the flowers to be used for decorative purpose, both in church and for reception.

  • Groom’s family arranges flowers for all the male attendants. Bridal bouquet is usually a gift from groom.

Checklist for Other Wedding Flowers

This wedding party flowers list is based on the most generalized recommendations. You can add or delete any point keeping in view your wedding budget and style.

Flowers for Ceremony

  • Wedding entrance and table décor

  • Flowers for alter, aisle and chuppah

  • For chairs and pew decoration

  • Flowers for tossing on the guests

Flowers for Reception

  • For centerpieces

  • For escort card table

  • Cocktail table

  • Bar table décor

  • For the couple’s table and chairs

  • For buffet table

  • Lounge area décor

  • Cake table décor

  • Wedding transport’s decoration

Things to Remember!

Be open minded about the choice of wedding party flowers. There might be many favorites of yours that are not available in your wedding season. Calm down and look for the alternatives.

Do not rely on magazines and internet for the colors of flowers. The info there, is mostly misleading as these images are edited. Your florist is the one that can guide you properly about hues and shades.

Make selection of flowers carefully. You must choose the ones that give the best view in photographs.

Your bridal bouquet should be the focal point. So try to fill it with the best possible floral accents. Make it better than all.

Choosing monochromatic color scheme for floral décor, gives a balanced and organized look.

Those with limited budget can reuse the ceremony flowers in the reception décor as well.

Knowing your budget before discussing matters with florist is highly recommended.

Those who wish to give a non-traditional look to your wedding reception, can try something unusual. Using accents like succulent or fresh fruits in centerpieces, adds a chic appeal. Using any container in place of glass vases is another unique idea.

Knowing, what you are going to be charged for each and every item rented, is highly recommended.

Get the counting of each and every stem you are going to pay for. It would help in knowing, what would be the final look.