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The Essential Guide: What Wedding Flowers do I need?

January 10, 2023

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Caroline & Antonia x

Planning a wedding is like weaving together pieces of a tapestry, with each component contributing to the overall splendour of your day. Among these, flowers play a pivotal role, adding colour, fragrance, and symbolism to the celebration. With so many options and traditions, it’s common to wonder, “What wedding flowers do I need?”

The following guide, crafted by the experienced florists at Fleur Provocateur weaving floral magic across the South-West UK, will help you create your floral checklist for a breathtaking wedding.

Bridal Party Flowers

Bridal Bouquet

The bridal bouquet is, without a doubt, the most personal floral choice you’ll make. It should reflect your style and complement your dress to create a harmonious aesthetic. Consider the size, shape, and colour palette that will resonate with the theme of the wedding.

Bridesmaids’ Bouquets

Usually a smaller, simpler echo of the bridal bouquet, the bridesmaids’ bouquets should complement both their dresses and the bride’s floral arrangement.


Adorable flowergirls can carry miniature bouquets, baskets of petals, or even wear floral crowns as they precede you down the aisle.


Also known as boutonnières, these are traditionally worn by the groom, groomsmen, fathers, and sometimes close male family or friends. They often feature a single bloom or a small collection from the bouquet.

Page Boys

For the youngest members of your bridal party, a small buttonhole or a mini bouquet can make them feel included and smart on the big day.

Ceremony Flowers

Focal Arrangement

This is where you can truly impress. A focal arrangement, be it pedestals by the altar, a floral arch, or a large-scale installation, frames the moment of exchange of vows, setting the scene for the most photographed part of the day.

Pew Ends or Aisle Decorations

Pew ends or aisle decorations add a touch of elegance and continuity as guests make their way to their seats and as the wedding party walks down the aisle, creating a cohesive and immersive experience.

Table Flowers

Low / High Arrangements

Table arrangements are a great way to set the ambience for your reception. Low arrangements are ideal for fostering a more intimate and sociable environment, allowing guests to easily see and speak with each other across the table. They can vary from simple, understated designs to more elaborate spreads that run the length of the table. On the other hand, high arrangements add a dramatic flair to your reception, drawing the eye upwards and making a bold statement. These can include tall vases or structures adorned with cascading flowers and greenery, creating an atmosphere of luxury and opulence.

Candles and Votives

Integrating candles and votives adds romance and warmth to your tablescapes. Ensure your florals and candles complement each other in terms of height and density, so neither overwhelms the other.

Additional Installations

Entrance Arch

Welcome your guests with a show-stopping entrance arch. This sets a memorable first impression and marks the start of your festivities.

Large Hanging Installations

Floral arrangements aren’t limited to tables and aisles. Roofspaces in marquees can be adorned with large hanging installations for a magical touch.

Tall Trees

Tall trees, much like large hanging floral installations, play a monumental role in transforming wedding venues into enchanting forests or garden paradises. Whether naturally part of an outdoor venue or strategically placed in indoor settings, these towering beauties contribute to an atmosphere of awe and intimacy.

Final Flourishes

Cake Flowers

A simple bloom or a small spray of flowers can tie your cake in beautifully with your overall floral theme.


Choose flower petals for natural, biodegradable confetti—a beautiful and eco-friendly way to be showered with love after saying ‘I do’.

What Wedding Flowers do I need?

In crafting your wedding floral checklist, remember that these are the ‘key ingredients’. Depending on your budget and style, there’s always a ‘wish list’. Collaborate with your florist to explore the possibilities and ensure that your wedding’s floral displays reflect your unique love story.

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