I handled the decorating and flowers for my daughter’s wedding. Jotting down just a few notes on resource and how-to books for anyone who wants to tackle this important task.

Two of the most helpful books for creating wedding flower arrangements I would like to recommend ( and I researched numerous ones -along with all the Bridal magazines) are Malcolm HilliersBook of Fresh Flowers“, and Wedding Flowers Made Simpleby Steven Roberts. These two books were especially elegant, artfully illustrated, and replete with all the basic instructions an amateur like me needed. I had worked with silk and dried, but had not worked with trying to make a professional result in fresh floral arrangements. These books gave me confidence, they gave me ideas, and they gave me lots of pictures!

If you are more interested in fresh floral design for many occasions, I would choose the Hillier book, Book of Fresh Flowers: A Complete Guide to Selecting and Arranging. It was the most complete, but anyone could do the flowers for a wedding with the wedding flower book by Steven Roberts. I benefited from both books in planning, ordering flowers, and preparing the table arrangements, two large entry arrangements, boutonnieres, and all the bridesmaids bouquets.

Here is a picture of the wedding party:

wedding party

Economical, lovely wedding supplies from Zazzle:

For boutonnieres I used little tussie-mussie pin-on silver vases. I like the idea of a tussie mussie arrangement for flower girl bouquets, too, although we used baskets. For the freshest, most economical flower choices, learn which flowers are in season for each month, “Best Wedding Flowers For Every Month“.

*Thoughts on planning the arrangements.
*My review of the wedding, afterwards.