The Ultimate Wedding Flower Checklist

The time has come to choose your wedding flowers! While looking at pretty blooms is certainly one of our favorite parts of wedding planning, it’s definitely not something you want to put off until the last minute. Even if you have a relatively simple vision (though your wedding florist might disagree), you should definitely be proactive about figuring out where you’ll be getting your flowers from, ordering them, and ensuring they’ll be ready in time for the big day. You’ll also need to figure out exactly what you want — and, if you’re like most people preparing to say “I do,” this will include more than just a wedding bouquet.

So. how many different types of wedding flowers do you need? While the answer will of course depend on personal preferences, there’s a checklist that you can reference before you start reaching out to florists. We’ll be breaking down that list (and what sort of costs to expect!) in detail here.

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Photo by FreeHope Photography. Flowers via FiftyFlowers.

Wedding Flowers Checklist

Ah, wedding planning — the process that involves so much attention-to-detail, you find yourself making a to-do list within a to-do list. When it comes to your wedding flowers, these are the most common types you’ll want to plan for, below:

The Wedding Party

Bridal Bouquet

AKA the big one! There are many different types of bouquets, though the most popular is without a doubt the round/dome-shaped style. Others include biedermeier bouquets (consists of several different blooms all wired in circular rows), cascade bouquets (waterfall-esque flowers that descend below the main portion of the design), and nosegay bouquets (small, round and consists of both greenery and flowers all cut to the same length).

Bridesmaids’ Bouquets

Nosegays are a common choice for the bridesmaids’ bouquets. You can choose to either give your maid of honor a slightly different arrangement than the rest of the bridesmaids or keep things uniform by making all bouquets the same.

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Tossing Bouquet

This is only necessary if you plan to do the traditional bouquet toss for your single friends and you don’t want to ruin your special bridal bouquet.

Flower Girl’s Bouquet

Some options for her include a (small) traditional bouquet, loose petals in a basket, or a pomander. Also, consider whether you want her to wear something like a floral headband!

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Wrist corsages will go to the mother of the bride, the mother of the groom, the grandmothers, and any other important female guests.

Groom’s Boutonniere

A flower (or multiple flowers arranged together) that’ll be pinned on the groom’s tux. For a more extravagant boutonniere, you can include extras like leaves, twine, berries, succulents, and so on.

Groomsmen’s Boutonnieres

These will be different from the groom’s. As is the case with the bride’s maid of honor, the groom can choose to upgrade his best man’s boutonniere if he wants him to stand out.

Ring Bearer’s Boutonniere

He’ll also need a boutonniere, as will the following: the father of the bride, the father of the groom, the grandfathers, the ushers, the officiant, and any other important male guests.

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Ceremony Flowers

These are some of the commonly included arrangements. For those that you do plan to have at your ceremony, make sure to check with your florist and see if they can be repurposed at your reception!

  • Entryway arrangements
  • Aisle adornments
    • Examples: runner, individual petals
  • Pew or chair decorations
  • Altar, chuppah or other central backdrop
    • Examples: arch, flower wall
  • Any other decor

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Reception Flowers

You can include a variety of these or simply opt for centerpieces. Up to you!

  • Entryway arrangements
  • Guest book table arrangements
  • Escort card/place card table arrangements
  • Head table arrangements
  • Bride’s and groom’s chair decorations
  • Guest table centerpieces
  • Bar arrangements
  • Buffet/food table arrangements
  • Cake table arrangements
  • Powder room arrangements


Here are a few additional ways to incorporate flowers into your wedding, whether you’re accessorizing your hair or brightening up your reception venue!

  • Flower crown
  • Place settings
  • Flower wall
  • Cocktail garnish
  • Flowers suspended from the ceiling
  • Curtain ties
  • Chandelier adornments
  • Floral garland
  • On the cake
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There are so many factors that go into the overall cost of wedding flowers, from the types of blooms used (and whether or not they’re in season) to the size of the wedding party. That said, most couples spend between $700 and $2,500 on their wedding flowers, but that cost can be higher or lower depending on the flowers you choose.

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In general, pricier flowers include peonies, garden roses, tropical styles, calla lilies, dahlias, hydrangeas, ranunculus, and anemones. You’ll almost certainly spend less on sunflowers, gerbera daisies, spider mums, delphiniums, irises, carnations, lemon leaves, eucalyptus, and larkspurs.

Below, we’ve included a breakdown of typical costs for individual wedding flowers.

Bridal Bouquet: $100-$200

Bridesmaids’ Bouquets: $50-$100 each

Flower Girl’s Bouquet/Petals: $40-$60

Corsages: $20-$50 each

Boutonnieres: $15-$25 each

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Ceremony Arrangements: $50-$2oo

Altar/Chuppah: $100-$500

Escort Card/Guest Book Table Arrangements: $50-$150

Head Table Centerpieces: $50-$250 each

Guest Table Centerpieces: $30-$100 each

Cake Flowers: $30-$100

Again, it’s important that we iterate that these prices can drastically change due to a number of factors. These figures are simply to give you a general idea of what you can expect!

Looking to DIY your wedding flowers? Check out sites like FiftyFlowers and even stores like Whole Foods.

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