How to make your own floral arrangement for church

Updated February 21, 2017

Church floral arrangements are an important detail of your wedding ceremony. This aspect of your wedding sometimes gets lost among other wedding details, but floral arrangements in the church add a beautiful look to your ceremony and will be a great addition in the wedding photos. Though flowers for a wedding ceremony are often left to the florist, you can easily make your own bouquets by following a few simple tips.

Fill the vase with water about three-fourth of the way full. Add greenery, such as ferns or palm leaves, along the edge of the vase. Trim the leaves off of the bottom of the greenery stems. The greenery will help to hold your flowers in place, so make sure you use three to four leaves, more if the vase is on the large side.

Place a few linear or structural flowers in the vase, such as gladiola or iris flowers. These will give the flower arrangement height. Add three to five linear flowers, placing them in a circular pattern. Cut the stems of these flowers to vary slightly, but don't cut them so short that they will blend with the filler flowers you will add in the next step.

Add the filler flowers to your vase. Filler flowers consist of roses, lilies, daisies, tulips or any other type of flower that will match the theme of your wedding. Use flowers of varying colours for a bright burst of colour or you can use monochromatic flowers for an elegant bouquet. Use a variety of types of flowers to add depth and texture to the arrangement.

Insert spilling filler greenery, which is the greenery that droops a little and will hang over the side of the vase, such as Spanish moss.


Use a sharp knife to cut the stems of the greenery and flowers at an angle. Do not use scissors. Scissors crush the stem and make it harder for the flowers to absorb water.


Empty and refresh the water in the vase after the bouquet is complete, and do this the day of the wedding as well. The plants will die faster if they are living in dirty, contaminated water.

Things You'll Need

  • Flower pot or vase
  • Water
  • Greenery
  • Linear flowers
  • Filler flowers
  • Spilling filler flowers
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