The presence of fresh cut flowers at your wedding ceremony and reception may be a given, however whatever theme you and your partner choose to express on your special day will benefit greatly if you invest your attention in choosing flowers that connect each member of your wedding.
Starting with the color scheme of the wedding can help narrow down the choices from the hundreds of blooms available; select one which men favor and one that women fancy.
With these two flowers as the central focal point, adding accents such as fern or baby's breath can easily produce designs that will please everyone. The idea here is to choose two complementary flowers to create the boutonnieres, corsages, garlands and bouquets for each of the participants in your wedding that will reflect unity.
Begin by selecting the flower arrangements for the mothers of the bride and groom, don't assume anything; be sure to ask them if they want the corsage made for their wrist or their attire.
In addition, many brides honor the mothers with a presentation of a "keepsake" bouquet after the exchange of wedding rings and vows. These miniature replicas of the bridal bouquet are carefully tucked on either side and held in place by a second ribbon.
Likewise, the boutonnieres of the fathers of the bride and groom should reflect the distinction of their station, for instance using a gold or silver ribbon instead of the color used for the groomsmen flowers.
When your wedding party includes little people; a flower girl and a ring bearer, nothing is more charming than a tiny flower bud hair garland for her and boutonniere for him.
For the maid/matron of honor and the bridesmaids as well as the groomsmen and the best man, the tradition of making all of their flower arrangements identical is fading fast. More often today you will see the same flower in different hues as the center flower of each bouquet with the groomsman's boutonniere matching the bouquet of the woman he escorts. To show their place of honor, the flowers for the best man and maid/matron of honor tend to be just a tad more distinct in size.
When you have made your selections with your florist, the impact of the floral presentation together with the groom's boutonniere and the bride's bouquet, will be evident when viewed as a group. This color coordinated array of blooms in various hues and sizes will produce a lovely scene for the traditional family portrait as well as create a unifying thread throughout each of the individual photographs.