(Closed) Bridesmaid Bouquets — Are they necessary?

posted 8 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: Bouquet or No Bouquet?
    Scratch the Bouquet. Let'em go emptyhanded. : (6 votes)
    8 %
    Get the bouquet. If you can't afford 8, then why have 8 BMs? : (19 votes)
    26 %
    No bouquet? I can dig that, but they'll have to walk down the aisle holding something. : (44 votes)
    59 %
    Really doesn't matter. : (5 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
    142 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Hi Free,


    I am also having 8 bridesmaid and I decided to do parasols.  I really wanted to do something different that would match our Asian theme.  They were only 2 dollars a piece from theknot.com and they’re adorable! 

    Post # 4
    1465 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    They aren’t required but it is nice to have something for them to hold during the ceremony so they don’t fidget due to being nervous. Is there something else they could hold if you don’t want bouquets?

    Post # 5
    2226 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I definitely think they should carry something.  But, that’s because I would feel awkward not carrying anything.  It doesn’t necessairly have to be flowers, but it should be something.

    I saw (either on a post, or the blog) where the bride had them carry clutches down the aisle.  This could also double as their gift.  2 birds, 1 stone!

    Post # 6
    1260 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I have a suggestion! Instead of doing bouquets, you could each have them hold a single flower… pick something big, like gerbera daisies. Alternatively, you could also have baby’s breath bouquets (I think I am acutally going to do this myself!). It is inexpensive and I actually think they look really nice. Hope that helps!

    Post # 7
    7152 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I am having my laides carry a single calla lillie. I have alos seen clutches, fans, and parasols. What are the theme and colors of your wedding?

    Post # 8
    1313 posts
    Bumble bee

    I also have a large wedding party and am on a really tiny budget.

    I am going to attempt to grow some of my own flowers and supplement them with ones from the grocer as needed. Check into your local stores, they usually have pretty good deals and you wouldn’t have to buy too many; they could be small bouquets.

    Or, the day of, just run to the grocery store, pick some beautiful in stock flowers and go with the flow 🙂

    Post # 9
    2695 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    I was in a wedding where we carried a light candle and went up to the altar area and lit a candle. 

    Post # 11
    236 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I like the candle idea! i vote for that!

    Post # 12
    372 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I love this picture… really simple and affordable and you could probably easily DIY!


    Post # 13
    4 posts
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I had a very tight budget for flowers (and everything really)! I did a couple of things to keep the price low – first, instead of going to some florist that I’d never met and asking her for a discount, I had my venue work with a florist that they’d done business with before and had a relationship with. When the venue asked the florist for a lower price, the florist gave us a lower price! Also, we worked to find more affordable flowers that are “full.” We went with hydrangeas! They ended up costing about $2 per flower. Throw a little baby’s breath in and tie a ribbon around it and you’re done!


    I also think the idea of a single flower held by each bridesmaid would look nice, and you wouldn’t have to do any flowers on the groomsmen!


    And I wouldn’t worry at all about your bridesmaids frowning on any of your choices! These are the girls that have your back no matter what!

    Post # 14
    326 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I’m with you, I didn’t see the point of them having a bouquet to hold for one hour…just seems silly.  So I spoke with my florist about them each holding one rose, with a large ruscis leaf and babies breath and she agreed that it would be beautiful.  We are adding some extra smaller ribbon to it as well, so it will be prettier than just a rose…but she’s only charging me $2 per Bridesmaid or Best Man.  Not too shabby.  There are a lot of options, but your florist is always a good resource and sounding board for ideas too!

    Post # 15
    41 posts
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I’m not doing bouquets. I was going to have them wear a bird-cage veil and call it a day! But I do like the idea of one flower. I think that is very classy.

    Post # 16
    1154 posts
    Bumble bee

    Heh, I don’t want a bouquet either but am running into resistance from family.  My reasoning is if the guys don’t look weird not holding something why would I?  And why would I be walking around with flowers?  It’s not what I do every day… I mean flowers are pretty but in pictures they just obstruct the dress.  So I definitely vote for not necessary and I don’t think it’s necessary to carry anything else either.

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