Selecting flowers for the bride's/bridesmaids' bouquets, along with the groom's/groomsmen boutonnieres, takes a bit of imagination and a lot of patience. Not every flower is suitable for this purpose; the last thing you want is for the flowers to begin to whither before you have said your marriage vows and received your wedding ring.
Flowers and weddings are a wonderful match, and if you are using fragrant flowers in your decorations, the bride may use this same flower as the basis for her bouquet as well as her bridesmaids. For the groom's boutonniere and that of his men, a single flower that matches one of the blooms in the bride's bouquet and has a distinct personality can create a striking image that is masculine and befitting a wedding suit. The white Ranunculus boutonniere shown in the photograph is a perfect example.
Both the bouquets and boutonnieres can be tailored to fit the wedding theme; and they can be accented with different accessories to make them a truly unique statement for your wedding. There are many different types and styles of bouquets the bride and bridesmaids can choose, as well as different ways they can carry them. However the same is not true for the men in the bridal party. The most important feature is that their boutonniere stays securely in place. Usually the groom wears a boutonniere that is distinct from the groomsmen. Some couples let each groomsmen and bridesmaid personalize their flowers to their tastes.
In general you want your personal flowers to blend in nicely with your overall wedding theme: roses are lovely, but not quite whimsical as a daisy. It's a good idea to browse through wedding magazines that show examples of the wedding theme you and your partner are thinking about using to see what type of flowers would be most suitable.
It's advisable to contact florists to start discussing your ideas for using flowers for your marriage ceremony and reception early in the wedding planning process. There are a lot of factors that can influence how much you pay for your floral arrangements; availability, quantity, shipping and the season all have to be considered in making this decision. You and your partner should agree on a budget for your wedding flowers as a starting point in choosing which arrangements work best.
Ask your family and friends for referrals and talk to at least 3 florists to compare prices. One way to reduce your expenses here is to be creative with the types of decorations you use. Fresh flowers are not your only option for decorations or the personal flowers for the bridal party. Many couples use silk flowers for decorating areas around the reception and fresh flowers only as table center pieces. Silk flower streamers are a lovely way to decorate the church for the ceremony and use fresh flowers for the seating arrangements. Talk to your florist and find out what other alternatives can be used in areas where decoration is needed.