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Wedding Flower Checklist
by Kim McMullen,
Something Spectacular Custom Floral Design

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, and you want everything to be perfect.  Whether you’re planning all the details for your own wedding or enlisting the assistance of a bridal consultant, planning can be time consuming and stressful if you’re not organized and supplied with the proper tools. 

Just as you might make daily “To Do” lists to ensure you accomplish all of your daily goals, you’ll want to use wedding checklists to ensure that you have budgeted for and planned everything you require for your wedding.  One very important checklist is your wedding floral checklist.

A wedding floral checklist ensures that you don’t forget to order all the flowers you want and need.  Imagine how upset you would be if, on the day of your wedding, you suddenly realize you forgot to order a boutonniere for your father, the candle arrangement planned for your unity candle ceremony, or the toss bouquet you’ve always dreamed of playfully tossing to your single girlfriends. Worse yet, imagine how brokenhearted your grandmother would be if you forgot to honor her with a corsage– especially if you remembered a corsage for everyone else except her!

While the above example sounds extreme, weddings are both an exciting and stressful time so anything can happen.  Most florists will guide you through an organized ordering process to reduce the chance of omitting important details.  However, if you are working with a very busy florist, particularly one who schedules and books multiple weddings on the same day, it’s a good idea to have your own separate checklist.  If you have a checklist to take to your floral consultation, it will make the ordering process faster.  Also, you can use the checklist when confirming your order with the florist the day before your wedding.

The following is a comprehensive checklist to use when budgeting, planning, and ordering your wedding flowers.  As each wedding is unique and varies by individual preference and faith, you may not have a need for all categories or all selections within a category. 


Bouquet or Equivalent
Headpiece or Flowers for Hair
Presentation for Mothers
Presentation for Honoring Special Guests
Presentation for Honoring Deceased Family Members
Presentation to the Virgin Mary
Throw Bouquet
Going Away Flowers

Maid/Matron of Honor

Bouquet or Equivalent
Headpiece or Flowers for Hair


Bouquet or Equivalent
Headpiece or Flowers for Hair

Junior Bridesmaids

Bouquet or Equivalent
Headpiece or Flowers for Hair

Flower Girl

Bouquet, Basket with Petals, or Equivalent
Headpiece or Flowers for Hair

Bride’s Mother

Corsage or Equivalent

Groom’s Mother

Corsage or Equivalent


Corsage or Equivalent


Corsage or Equivalent



Best Man






Ring Bearer

Ring Pillow, Ring Box, or Equivalent







Honored Relatives
Honored Friends
Hosts and Hostesses
Cake Server(s)
Punch Server(s)
Guestbook Attendant
Candle Lighter
Gift Attendant(s)
Other Musician(s)
Rice Bag Attendant(s)
Favors Attendant(s)
Service Personnel

Female: Corsage, Equivalent, or Single Stem Presentation Flower
Male: Boutonniere


Ceremony Decorations

Main Altar
Side Arrangements
Unity Candle Flowers
Kneeling Bench
Huppah or Canopy
Tent Decorations
Pew Decorations or Chairs
Aisle Candelabras (Candlelight Ceremony)
Guestbook Table
Plant or Tree Rentals
Aisle Runner
Door Wreath
Floral Garland (for Staircases, Doorways, Narrow Ledges, Etc.)

Reception Decorations

Bridal Table/Head Table Arrangements
Guest Table Centerpieces
Table and Chair Accent Flowers and Garlands
Flower Favors/Place Setting Flowers
Cake Top and Cake Flowers
Cake Table Arrangement
Buffet Table Arrangements
Bar and Beverage Table Arrangements
Gift Table Arrangement
Plant or Tree Rentals
Car or Carriage

If you’re planning a rehearsal dinner prior to your wedding, you may wish to include flowers.  Appropriate rehearsal dinner flowers include centerpieces for the dining tables, a corsage for the bride-to-be, a boutonniere for the groom-to-be, and floral favors for place settings.

Kim McMullen
Something Spectacular,
Custom Floral Design located in Warren, Michigan.

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