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Who Gets Personal Flowers at a Wedding?

They're a visual way to acknowledge the special people in your life.

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Photography by: Deer Lovers Photography

Flowers add a simple beauty to weddings, and the personal blooms contribute a heartwarming touch. We've compiled a list of who should definitely get their own flowers and a few optional suggestions. When deciding on which flower for who, keep in mind the person's size: An enormous sunflower on the wrist of a petite woman could overwhelm her small frame just as a dainty single flower on a strongly-built man would get lost on him. Before you place an order with your florist, make sure you read our guide to personal flowers.

 

Insider Tricks for Creating Amazing Wedding Flowers

 

Bouquets

The bride and her bridesmaids should all carry a bouquet. You may also want to have your florist create an additional arrangement for your bouquet toss (if you're choosing to do one) or your getaway. The bride's bouquet should complement the design and style of her dress and shouldn't be so enormous that it obscures it. If you want to honor a family member who's passed on, incorporate a brooch from their personal jewelry collection into your bouquet. Attach it to a fabric band or material covering the stems.
 

Hair Flowers

Adding flowers to your hairstyle is entirely optional, but you may want to consider them for yourself, your bridesmaids, or you flower girl. If your hairstyle is simple, use large flowers; if the style is intricate, smaller flowers will look better. Remeber that anyone—from the bride to the flower girl—can wear a floral crown in addition to or instead of carrying a bouquet.


Corsages

The bride's mom, the groom's mom, both sets of grandmothers, a female officiant, and any female readers should all be given corsages, which can either be pinned on a woman’s clothing or worn on the wrist. For a modern look to a wrist corsage, pick a large, elegant flower like a gardenia or flat garden rose and cover the elastic band with ribbon

 

Boutonnieres

The groom, groomsmen, the bride's dad, the groom's dad, the ring bearer, any ushers, both sets of grandfathers, a male officiant, and any male readers should all wear a boutonniere, which is pinned to the left lapel. You should ask your florist to design these flowers so that they complements the shape, color, or floral choices of your bouquet.

 

Petal Basket

While it's optional, most couples choose to give their flower girl a basket of flowers. Have her practice holding her basket, walking with it, and throwing petals before her walk down the aisle.

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About the Author

Nancy Mattia

Though Nancy has been writing about weddings for years, she admits that watching a bride walk down the aisle—even on TV—still makes her tear up. The New York-area writer's other favorite wedding moments are when the groom sees the bride for the first time, hearing the toasts, and when she sees a waiter with a tray full of hors d'oeuvres walking towards her. 

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