A Floral Checklist

While I was in LA during Thanksgiving, despite a very hectic schedule of gorging on In 'n Out burgers (everything tastes better when it's done "animal style") and Pinkberry, I managed to get together with Angel Swanson (planner extraordinaire and WeddingbeePro) and to meet with some florists.  Since I'm uber-type A, I put together a floral inspiration packet to give the florists a sense of the look I was envisioning for the wedding.  The photos included in that packet definitely helped me communicate my vision, but the part of the packet that was most helpful was a floral checklist, on which the florists could rely in putting together an estimate.

I thought I'd share the checklist here.  Hopefully, this will be useful for some of you!  (Oh, and I added a few other common elements in brackets that weren't on my checklist.)

Floral Checklist
Personal Flowers
  • Bridal bouquet (1)
  • [Bride's toss bouquet (1), breakaway or whole]
  • Groom’s boutonniere (1)
  • Bridesmaid bouquets (6 total)
  • Groomsperson boutonnieres (7 total) + grandpa & dad boutonnieres (2 total)
  • Small nosegays for mothers and grandmas (4 total)
  • [Flower girl pomander or bouquet]
  • [Ringbearer boutonniere]
Ceremony Flowers and Décor
  • Chuppah [or altar arrangement for the goyim]
  • Aisle decor (8-10 luminarias, hurricanes with floating candles, or lanterns on shepherd hooks)
  • [Rose petals for aisle or for flower girl]
  • [Pew decor]
Cocktail and Entrance Flowers and Décor
  • Guest book table
  • Gift table
  • Escort card table
  • Small florals for bars and food stations (6 total)
  • Small arrangements for cocktail tables (8 total)
  • Mix of low/tall centerpieces for guest tables (25-30 total)
  • Arrangements for wedding party "feasting table" (table seats 16]
  • Dessert buffet table
  • [Cake]
  • [Favor table]

Photo 1 Source.  Photo 2 Source.

In addition to the above checklist, I also included a list of my favorite and least favorite flowers:

Favorite flowers (no particular order):
  • Ranunculus
  • Peonies
  • Orchids
  • Camelias
  • Dahlias
  • Hibiscus
  • Amaryllis
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Zinnias
  • Lisianthus
  • Mums
  • Cherry blossoms & flowering branches
Least favorite flowers:
  • White flowers (okay in small quantities, but generally to be avoided b/c they are funereal in Chinese culture)
  • Roses (except cabbage or garden roses that resemble ranunculus)
Yeah, I hate roses.  I know, it's like hating rainbows or puppies or babies.  Sorry!

Anything missing off the checklist?  Anyone else dislike a flower everyone else gushes over?

Bride in Exile  – (December 8, 2008 at 10:51 PM)  

Great post! (Not least for the mention of In 'n Out Burger.)

I have so many weird flower dislikes. First off, I really don't like calla lilies, something about them just looks artificial to me. I'm also not a big fan of hydrangeas, stargazer lilies, or purple roses. But I do love peonies, Gerbera dasies, and alstroemeria!

Sweet T  – (December 9, 2008 at 10:20 AM)  

why, hello there neurotic obsessive twin sister! Typed out checklist? Got it. List of florals in order? Yep. Photo inspiration packet? You betcha. I even had the caveat on roses too (never liked them, unless they are garden roses, and those are $$$).

Jessebel  – (December 9, 2008 at 12:24 PM)  

I brought a floral packet to all of my meetings as well. Not gonna lie: I'm anal (plus, I love flowers). My despised list included: amaranthus (blech) and all types of lilies among others.

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