Post # 1
I’m still planning my budget and have gotten round to the flowers portion. We’re not going to have a great deal of flowers, if any, at the ceremony or the reception. We’ll be using other decorations instead, partly to save money and partly as it seems a waste to me to have all those lovely flowers which will be thrown away/dead shortly after?
This got me thinking about the bouquet and if I really want one? I’ll probably just end up handing if off to someone during the reception so they can look after it, (I can’t imagine carrying it around all night!). So I was just wondering, what have other people done?
Did you have a bouquet? If not, did this create any questions/drama etc?
Does anyone know the overall significance of why people have bouquets at a wedding and if I will be committing some kind of wedding sin by not having one?
All thoughts welcome. Thanks
Post # 2
You don’t need one if you don’t want one. Nothing wrong with that! Traditionally in some christian religions the bride carries a bible up the aisle.
Just as an FYI though, brides don’t carry them around during the reception. They typically get placed on the table where the bride is sitting and it acts as part of the decor there.
Post # 3
I only did flowers for the ceremony. I had a bouquet, boutenierres, flower hair combs for my maids, and a flower wand for my flower girl. It was just enough and they were beautiful. 🙂
Post # 4
Originally I wasn’t going to do a bouquet but ultimately decided to have one. It was nice to have something to do with my hands (I’m a fidgeter) and they are a nice element in pictures.
Post # 5
laura1206 : I had one. I think they look lovely in pics. I had all the bouquets re-used as centerpieces at the reception, so I feel we got our money out of them.
The historical significance of bouquets was a practical matter – people didn’t shower as frequently and often smelled. The bouquet was for the purpose of helping to mask odor.
Post # 6
It’s your wedding! Really whatever you wish for, but I would regret not having one down the road! Maybe save money by doing it yourself?
Post # 7
So, I’m doing this; they’re called EcoFlowers and they’re made of a wood product. You can order a variety of styles, they’ll do custom orders, and they’ll even add a scent if you want.
Part of what I like about this is they’re durable and make a great keepsake.
We’re having only one attendant each, so a bouqet for me & MOH & boutonnière for both guys are included in this package for $189 which is less than most florists charge just for the bridal bouquet.
Just an option to consider 🌸🌺🌼
Post # 8
Thanks all, you make some good points. I probably would fidget without one too and pictures would look a bit bare. Hadn’t considered that.
Thanks for the eco idea. I’ll have a look around for something similar.
Post # 9
Wedding dresses are plain-colored (white or some light neutral color usually), so when the photographer took shots without and with the bouquet, I found that it looked so much better with a bouquet. It just gives it a pop of color and makes the photos look so much better. You don’t need to spend a fortune on the bouquet. Mine was made using silk flowers and cost around $40 but lasts forever. I still use it now as decor.
Post # 10
You can always buy your flowers wholesale and put together the bouquets yourself to save a lot of money. If you want something simple, you can easily do it yourself without any floral experience. Just watch a few YT videos and practice.
My FH and I (with some other bridal party members) are making all the bouquets, bouts, and corsages. My MOH is also making me a flower headband. We are mainly using roses which are relatively easy flowers to work with because they are sturdy.
Post # 11
laura1206 : I had a bouquet and loved it. It felt incomplete without it. Though I know people who have used a variety of things from fake flowers, to clutches, to balloons. As long as you are holding some sort of accessory I think you’re fine.
If you don’t want real flowers, you could easily do an artificial bouquet and sell it after the wedding.
Post # 12
I had a bouquet and really love it in the photos. I didn’t go super bridal though – I asked the florist to put together a bright bouquet of whatever was in season at the time… she did a great job. We didn’t use many flowers either, but I was glad for the bouquet.
Post # 13
My bouquet is one of my favorite things from the wedding. I got it with some succulents as well as flowers so that I could keep those alive. They are in my living room now 2 months later. My BM were able to replant the succulents as well.
Post # 14
laura1206 : I got mine off Etsy, Sola Wood flowers. They were fairly cheap.
Post # 15
Im just going to goto the farmers market during the week and picking up a bouquet. Nothing fancy. No other flowers (except BM bouquet). I just cant see spending $200 on a bouquet from a florist when they have gorgeous $50 bouquets at the stores.
Im so awkward, so I have no idea what id do with my hands otherwise haha.