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A Guide to Choosing your Wedding Flowers (Part 1 – Wedding Party)

We’re proud to share with you a specialist blog post, giving you a valuable insight into the world of wedding floristry.  This post was written by Izzy of Great British Florist so listen up because she knows her stuff.  Take it away Izzy.

So, you’ve sorted the venue, you’ve booked the caterer, you’ve found THE dress and now you’re sitting back, relaxing with a nice cold Gin and Tonic and are completely stress free. No? Okay so you may not be that chilled but you are certainly thinking of all these things so that’s the thing that counts!

Now you may have considered your wedding flowers already, you may have completely forgotten about them – either way, flowers will almost definitely make an appearance at your wedding.

Hopefully this guide will help you along the way to choosing the flowers for your Wedding Party. Mainly taking into consideration, The Bride, The Groom, The Bridesmaids, The Ushers, The Mothers, The Fathers, The Little Flower Girls, The Little Best Man and even the Trusty Family Dog.


  Bridal Bouquet – First and foremost, have you had a think about your bouquet? Have you considered size, small, medium large? Or whether you would like a Hand-Held Posy or a Tear-Drop style bouquet? Remember this will be in all your wedding photos and will sit on top of your TV for the next 30 years so take your time choosing. Give your florist a call to have a chat about things and run through ideas.

Next thing is colour. Flowers come in all shapes, sizes and colours so will never be short of choice. However, if your wedding is a particular shade of mauve, remember that flowers are natural so a florist cannot always guarantee that that particular shade will be available – they will do their very best to get something similar though! You can also have a think about how you would like the bouquet tied – whether its quite tight, or quite loose, and would you like it tied and pinned with pearls or buttons or even little keepsakes can always be incorporated. Whatever you decide, do take your time – you’ll thank yourself later.

♥ Bridal Headdress – If you are thinking of going for something a bit different, then why not consider a Bridal Headdress for your wedding? They can be as big or as small as you like and can incorporate many different flowers and features.

♥ Bridesmaids Bouquets – These are a relatively simple choice as they usually are smaller versions of your own bouquet. However, do not for one second think that this is the ‘right’ way to do it. If you want multi-colored, carnival-style headdresses for each of them then you go ahead! If you are having quite a few bridesmaids, then it can start to get quite pricey – have a think about maybe having wrist corsages for each of them. They look fantastic and stay on the wrist for the whole day rather than being put down. Its probably best to always choose these after you have chosen your own, this way you have a design to follow.

♥ Buttonholes – Once you have carefully chosen your Best Man and all your very well behaved Ushers, you can think about Buttonholes and how many you would like. You should also bear in mind Fathers and perhaps Grandfathers when deciding on a number. Again, there is no right or wrong way of doing it so do not worry. With regards to how it looks, have a think about something different, maybe some berries, or pinecones, or feathers. Talk it through with your florist, they will be sure to have so brilliant ideas to keep the theme running through your wedding with the buttonholes.

♥ Corsages – Very similar to the buttonholes but it is usually just the mothers that wear them. Corsages are normally very similar to the buttonholes only perhaps a little prettier, maybe with some Gypsophila or little flecks of pink Heather, just to show the feminine difference. They also tend to be slightly larger than the Buttonholes but there is no regimented size guide to follow.

♥ Flower Girl – It may be an American trend but the little flower girl is becoming increasingly popular here in the UK. You can do some absolutely darling things with flowers for them. A little basket of flower petals to sprinkle down the aisle can be beautiful, a Wand that is adorned with flowers is great fun and quite reasonable usually.

♥ Thank you Bouquets – are a wonderful surprise to give to people who have helped tremendously with the wedding. They are usually given on the day of the wedding during the speeches so there is a considerable amount of recognition for the particular persons effort.

And that is pretty much it for the Bridal Party. However, if you do have any wonderful and fantastic ideas then just have a chat with your florist. Florists are usually always willing to try something new so if you do have an idea, then don’t feel silly asking, just ask they will be more than willing to help.

Part 2 coming soon…Venue Wedding Flowers. 

Thanks Izzy.  If you want to know more about Izzy and her work then head over to The Great British Florist.