Exactly How Many Flowers Do I Need For My Wedding?

“So, exactly how many flowers do I need for my wedding day?”

This is actually one of the most frequently asked questions professional florists receive from brides everywhere. Every bride wants to arrive at that sweet number that is just right for their special day. They don’t want the decor to look sparse, yet who really wants to waste money and order so many flowers that it looks like they are having a wedding party at a flower shop?

We love these tips and guidelines any bride can follow to organize their thoughts and hopefully come up with the magic number!

See more after the cut!


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Think about where you want flowers

There are so opportunities at your wedding to decorate with flowers. Oddly, to answer exactly how many flowers do I need for my wedding day, what you actually need to think about first is your budget. Make a list of priorities consisting of the places you think need to be adorned with flowers. Write them all down without thinking about the cost. Remember, though, the bride’s bouquet should be number one on that list. Unless, of course, you prefer an alternative to a traditional wedding bouquet.

The next priorities are entirely up to you, but if you haven’t any idea on what that might be, here’s a hint: start with the wedding party:

  • Will my groom be wearing a boutonniere?
  • Exactly how many flowers do I need for the bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girl, ring bearer, our parents?
  • Will I be holding the same bouquet during both the wedding ceremony and the reception?
  • Am I going to have a bouquet toss and if that is a yes, will it be my original wedding bouquet or a different one that I need to prepare before?

Once the wedding party has been taken care of, you can move on to the general decoration:

  • How many centerpieces would do I want to have?
  • Will my chairs be adorned by flowers, as well?
  • Last but not least, should our getaway car get some floral makeover, too?

Wedding Flower Guide
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Determine size + quantity of flowers

Just like with many things in life, a floral arrangement can also be categorized into three sizes: small, medium, and large. Corsages and boutonnieres are the exclusion to this rule as they are included in the extra-small category. You will only be needing one—or at the most, two—stems of flowers for both of these. If you wrote down corsages and boutonnieres as a must-have in the list you made before, now you can put down the required numbers of flowers beside it and tally them all at the end to determine “exactly how many flowers do I need for my wedding day?”

What about bouquet and centerpieces? How many flowers do I need for that? Well, this is where things get a bit tricky.

For a pure flower wedding bouquet

Many brides decide to use only one flower species for their bouquet or centerpieces. Some of the most popular flowers for this arrangement include peonies, roses, garden roses, and hydrangea. Of course, you can choose other flowers of your liking. Just remember that the flower you choose should meet some of the criteria for a good bouquet.

In principle, a flower needs to be hardy to be considered as wedding bouquet material. It needs to be able to stay fresh for a long period of time, which is logical since you will be handling them all day. Long stems and beautiful blooms are also the must-have qualities for the petals of your choice, along with the ability to tolerate heat. You can get some great ideas for these online, like the ones found at this florist in New York.

Hydrangeas make an incredibly beautiful bouquet. Since they have large blooms per stem, you don’t need much to make a bouquet. To answer your question of exactly how many flowers do I need for my wedding day, gather 2-3 stems to make a small bouquet, around 4-5 stems for a medium one and 6-8 stems for a large one. Medium seems to be the size of choice for many brides, but it’s better to experiment and see which size you like best.

Peonies and garden roses bear medium-sized blooms. For a small wedding bouquet, you need 3-4 stems of the flower. For a medium and large bouquet, prepare 6-9 stems and 10-12 stems each. Roses, on the other hand, have smaller blooms so you need quite a bit more to make a bouquet. Around 8-12 stems can create a small arrangement, while a medium-sized one will require 18-20 stems. A large rose bouquet usually consists of over 20 stems.

How Many Flowers Do I Need For My Wedding, Exactly?
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For a mixed flower wedding bouquet

There are three crucial components to a mixed bouquet: focal flowers, secondary flowers, filler, and foliage. Looking at the name, you must’ve already guessed the job of each component. Focal flowers are the one you want to stand out, for example, the peonies or the roses.

Secondary flowers are smaller, complementary flowers, such as spray roses, pompons, and ranunculus. Baby’s breath makes an excellent filler, and so is the wax flower. Foliage is important to bring the arrangement to live. Florists like to use eucalyptus leaf, pittosporum, and Ruscus as the greenery.

As a guideline, you need 10 stems of wedding flowers for a small bouquet, 18-20 stems for medium, and 25-30 stems for large.

Picking Wedding Flowers
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For floral wedding centerpieces

The number of flowers you need for a centerpiece depends largely on the size of the vase or container. A small vase would typically need 10 stems of flowers to fill, while a medium one would need 15 to 20 stems. You would need around 25-30 stems to make a large vase look robust and attractive. If you are using mason jars in place of a vase, you can fill them with small to medium arrangements. Large arrangements in mason jars are not recommended as it could risk the jar to tip over due to the weight of the flowers.

Have you got all the numbers beside every item on your list? Tally them all and you will come up with the answer to “how many flowers do I need for my wedding day?” If the calculations are in line with your budget, what more are you waiting for? It’s time to head to the florist and start ordering all the flowers!

WeddingLovely and Roses Only teamed up to share with couples exactly how many flowers are needed for the big day with this partnered bride’s handbook to wedding flowers. Visit RosesOnly.com to order your flowers today!


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