Things to Think About as You are Beginning Your Wedding Floral Design

Wedding floral design is one of our favorite parts of planning weddings. Flowers can set the tone for the entire day, so it’s important to think about your vision for the day. Here are some things to think about as you are beginning your wedding floral design.

Wedding floral design: Triangle arch on wooden ceremony altar with boho floral arrangements full of pampas grass | McArthur Weddings and Events
Wedding floral design: boho ceremony florals hanging on arch with pampas grass, fan leaves, and white and burnt orange flowers | McArthur Weddings and Events
Wedding floral design: boho ceremony florals with pampas grass, fan leaves, and white and burnt orange flowers | McArthur Weddings and Events

1. What is your venue’s style? Where is it located?

We want your wedding floral design to be cohesive and make sense. Taking the style of your venue into consideration can give you direction and help narrow down what elements will best highlight the space. If you’re getting married in a hot or cold location (outdoors particularly), flowers that easily wilt may be too difficult to work with. In that case, you’ll want to talk to your florist about flowers that can withstand those temperatures. 

Wedding floral design: boho wedding reception flowers full of pampas grass and white and peach flowers | McArthur Weddings and Events

2. What is your overall design goal?

Think about how you want guests to feel when they walk in the space. Do you want to have a warm boho feel or are you looking for more soft romantic vibes? Flowers can set the mood for the whole room, so be sure to choose flowers that align with your vision. 

Wedding floral design: bride wearing boho wedding dress walking in field and holding boho bouquet | McArthur Weddings and Events

3. What season are you getting married in?

Surprise! Flowers are indeed seasonal. You’ll want to avoid hyper-fixating on a certain type of flower that may not be in season. Florists can take inspiration from the flowers that you love and find flowers that are in season to give you the look and feel that you want. The more creative freedom and flexibility you give your florist, the better your outcome will be. 

Wedding floral design: groomsman and bridesmaid carrying boho bouquet walking down the aisle | McArthur Weddings and Events

Wedding Floral Design Elements

Here are some of the most commonly used floral elements and things to consider as you are planning your wedding floral design.

– Bouquet/Boutonniere

Think about what attire you and your partner will be wearing. Be sure the items will be secure and compliment your attire. If you’re being money conscious, don’t worry about bouquets, boutonnieres, or corsages for family members, the officiant, or the wedding party.

Groom kissing brides head at ceremony altar surrounded by boho floral arrangements | McArthur Weddings and Events

– Ceremony Florals

What size and style would complement the space? Are you having an inside or outside ceremony? Are you having an arch or a chuppah? Does the space have any natural elements already?

Wedding floral design: boho wedding florals on reception table with floral chandelier hanging above table. | McArthur Weddings and Events

– Guest Tables

What type of tables are you using – round or banquet? If you’re using linens, what color are they? What all is included in the place setting? What type of dinner service are you having? If you’re having a plated dinner, then plates won’t be on the table. If you’re having family style, then you’ll need space on the table to pass/set down platters.

Wedding floral design: sweetheart table with boho wedding florals in front of and behind the table | McArthur Weddings and Events

Forgotten Floral Items

Here are some of the most forgotten items when planning your wedding floral design.

– Welcome table arrangement

– Bar arrangement

– Cocktail table arrangements

– Styling blooms for flat lay details

– Floral for signage / “Sign Swag”

– Cake flowers

– Extra greenery as filler on tables, bar, etc.

Wedding floral design: Boho flowers in small brown vases with white candles and greenery on reception table | McArthur Weddings and Events

Unique Design Elements

Here are some ideas that will bring your wedding florals to life:

– Have multiple levels of interest –  think florals in various heights

– Use unique/unusual flowers

– Incorporate dried and fresh elements

– Don’t be afraid of color!

We hope you found these things to think about for your wedding floral design helpful! We would love to assist you with your wedding floral design by helping you find the right florist or helping you decide what your overall design goal is. Reach out here!


Planner: McArthur Weddings and Events

Photographer: Ashley Taylor Photography

Venue: Juniper Mountain House

Florist: Eleven Blooms

Videographer: Multiply Media

Hair: Laura Gravina

Make Up: Makeup by Taylor Olson

Catering: Serendipity Catering

Music: Alexa Kilgore Acoustic

Rentals: Denver Wedding Rental Company

Rentals: Allwell Rents

Rentals: Have a Seat Colorado

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