Flowers have an important role to play at a wedding, both in the actual ceremony and the reception. They are usually colour coordinated with the whole wedding theme, and can use up quite a substantial part of the budget. They bring not only colour, but also offer elegance, style and fragrance to the environment they are in. In fact, for many brides, choosing an imaginative and talented wedding florist is just as important as choosing the dressmaker, cake, or photographer.
Not only do they decorate the church or wedding venue itself, they are used on the top table, as table centrepieces, not to forget the bride’s bouquet and that of the bridemaids. It is also tradition for the mother of each the bride and the groom to be given a bunch of flowers at the end of the wedding breakfast. So, obviously the bride wants the flowers to be right.
Wedding flowers are also hugely symbolic. The bride can incorporate her favourites, her mother’s favourites, or types of flowers that evoke certain memories. A lot of care should be taken when choosing your flowers.
The people who tend to wear a flower corsage on the day itself are the parents of both the bride and groom, grandparents, and any other immediate family members who are not in the wedding party. Anyone who is undertaking the role as an usher, or doing an important reading or speech, will also usually wear a flower.
There is no etiquette rule as such for who should wear flowers in buttonholes, often guests decide to get their own corsage for attending a wedding, or some brides arrange to have one made for every guest, it really just depends.
If you want a long lasting keepsake then you may opt for a high quality silk floral bouquet. This will then last a lifetime and more, allowing you to even pass this down to your children and grandchildren. Real fresh flowers can be pressed and preserved to an extent, but silk alternatives are a good idea if you really want your bridal bouquet to become an heirloom.