How To Use Flowers In Your Wedding Decor

When it comes to decorating a wedding ceremony or reception space, flowers are often a first choice. Traditionally there are 6 main areas where flowers are used throughout the wedding day.


The bridal bouquet is likely the first thing that comes to mind when you start thinking of wedding flowers. Typically the bridesmaids bouquets are a little less extravagant than the bride’s but have a similar colour or style.


All of the men in the wedding party typically wear a boutonniere. The boutonnieres should reflect a similar colour or bloom style as the bride’s bouquet. Boutonnieres can be worn by the father and grandfathers of the bride and groom as well.


Corsages are for your VIPs. This includes your mothers and grandmothers of both the bride and groom.

Flower Girls

Each flower girl needs flowers to live up to her name. 😉 Common options are for the flower girl to have a basket of petals to throw in the aisle or she can carry a small bouquet.

Aisle Flowers

These flowers are placed down the aisle beside the rows of seats. They add interest to your aisle and are a great addition.

Arbors or Altar Arrangements

The options are endless for these arrangements for your ceremony. For the best guidance and advice talk to your florist for ideas.

Reception Centerpieces

Reception centerpieces typically consist of the arrangements in the middle of all of the guest tables as well as the arrangements at the head table.

There are a few key tips when choosing your wedding flowers. Remember that not all of your flower arrangements have to match but they should look good together. Make sure you’re aware of what flowers are in season around your wedding day. Those that aren’t in season may be unavailable or cost way more than your budget has room for. On that note, always keep your budget in mind when making decisions about your wedding flowers.  Your florist will be able to give suggestions for keeping within your budget while still achieving the look and feel you want. When meeting with your florist bring photos of your wedding dress, your bridesmaid’s dresses and fabric swatches for colour ideas. You want your bouquet to work with the style and theme of your wedding and your florist will be able to make helpful recommendations if you bring these key things.

If budget is a major concern when it comes to choosing your floral arrangements, one tip that is really helpful to save on your flower budget, is to use your ceremony floral arrangements to decorate your reception venue. This ensures you get the most use of the arrangements you have.

How to Use Flowers in Your Wedding Decor - Kristi Rex Photography

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