Who Should Have Flowers At A Wedding? | The Complete Checklist

Wedding flowers are an integral and wonderful part of any wedding and can have an amazing and lasting impact. A common question often asked in wedding planning is who has flowers at weddings (which people) and what flower presentations they should be (bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages etc).

While it is widely known that the bride and her bridesmaids traditionally carry flower bouquets and the groom and the groomsmen wear a boutonniere on their suit jacket, you may not know who else should have flowers at your wedding as well as what flower presentations they should be.

To help you with this, we have compiled a complete checklist to help you plan your wedding.

  1. Bride
  2. Bridesmaids
  3. Flower Girl
  4. Groom
  5. The Ring Bearer
  6. Mothers & Grandmothers
  7. Fathers & Grandfathers
  8. Marriage Officiant & Ushers

Without further ado, let’s get started.



It is well known that brides traditionally carry flower bouquets on their wedding day. A classic wedding picture is of the bride carrying a beautiful bouquet of flowers as she walks down the aisle.

While the style, colour, shape and the specific flowers used can vary, the bridal bouquet is well recognised and generally considered to be the most important of all of the wedding flowers.

It may also be complemented with hair or veil flowers or a floral crown or headband. The bride may also have a toss bouquet made for the traditional bouquet toss which is usually a smaller bouquet made in the same style.



Traditionally, the bridesmaids also carry flower bouquets. They are usually smaller than the bridal bouquet and are often made to complement it in style, shape, colour and the specific flowers used. The bouquet may also be complemented with hair flowers or a floral crown or headband.


Flower Girl

The flower girl (usually a special and very young person in your life) may also carry a small bouquet made in the same style, shape and colour as the bridesmaids’ bouquets. It may be a simpler design, a single flower stem or alternatively the flower girl may carry a small basket of toss petals.

If the basket of toss petals is chosen, the flower girl usually walks in front of the bride and tosses flower petals on the ground ahead of her. They may also wear a flower crown which can complement the flower bouquet or flower basket beautifully.

Flower Girl - Petals



Most grooms wear a boutonniere on the lapel of their jacket or tuxedo. A boutonniere may be a single flower or a mix of small flowers in a leafy/greenery setting and is often made to complement the style and colours of the bridal bouquet.

More often than not, groomsmen also wear a boutonniere. It is not necessarily the same as the groom, so it may be something a little different, or smaller, while still complementing the style and colour scheme of the groom’s boutonniere.



The Ring Bearer

The ring bearer (commonly of a very young age) may wear a small boutonniere. The ring bearer carries the couples wedding rings on a ring pillow or in a ring box which may have a few flowers added for decoration as well.

Ring Bearer


Mothers & Grandmothers

Mother and grandmothers traditionally wear a corsage which is a single flower or a small flower arrangement and is worn on the wrist or pinned to the strap of a dress or lapel.

Another option is for them to carry a small version of the bridal or bridesmaids’ bouquets or a single stem with a ribbon – simple but very effective.

Mothers & Grandmothers


Fathers & Grandfathers

Fathers and grandfathers traditionally wear a boutonniere which is often in the same style as the groom and groomsmen. Again, it is not necessarily the same as the groom but may be something a little different, or smaller, while still complementing the style and colour scheme of the groom’s boutonniere.

Fathers & Grandfathers


Marriage Officiant & Ushers

The marriage officiant and ushers may wear a corsage or boutonniere, as well as any other guests you would like to have flowers on your special day.

Marriage Officiant & Ushers


Final Thoughts

So, there you have it - a complete checklist of the people who should have flowers at your wedding.

While this represents what traditionally occurs at weddings, it is important to remember that it is your unique wedding, so it is entirely your decision who you choose to have flowers.

The people you choose may vary for many reasons including cost, style, type of wedding and the number of people attending your wedding.

We wish you all the best with your wedding planning! We hope that this guide has given you some help and insight into deciding who should have flowers at your wedding.


If you would like more information about wedding flowers, please see our other articles/blogs below.

The Complete Wedding Flower Checklist | From A-Z

Fresh vs. Artificial vs. Dried Wedding Flowers | A Comprehensive Guide

How Much Do Wedding Flowers Cost?


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