- 7 years ago
- Wedding: May 2012
I’m considering the possibility of using brooch bouquets instead of real flowers, unfortunately I’m not talented enough nor do I have the time to make my own, so I would be purchasing on Etsy. I have found two very different styles on Etsy, but can’t really decide between the two. Both are gorgeous in their own way, and one is 1/2 the price of the other, but I’m more concerned with which would look better with my wedding dress and ensemble. My third option is to go with my intial choice of real red roses and white stephanotis.
I have several concerns with choosing the brooch bouquet over a real bouquet:
– would people think I’m weird for going with “fake” flowers? One of the brooch bouquet styles I am looking at does have satin flowers. With that said, however, fresh/real red roses and stephanotis seems to be a popular choice for a bouquet, and I want to be unique so I think a brooch bouquet would stand out
– would a brooch bouquet make me look over the top, since there’s lace embroidery on my dress bodice and I have sparkly earrings and waistline detail already?
– I would get my bridesmaids brooch bouquets as well, except they’d be all white. They will look like style #2 below. I will, however, still get real rose boutonieres for FI, groomsmen and family.. would that look weird?
The other factor is fresh flowers won’t come cheap…my bouquet will cost more in brooch bouquet form, but where some of the savings will come is the bridesmaids bouquets. In total, if I order brooch bouquets for myself and all of my maids, the cost would be 10-20% more than if I ordered fresh flowers for everyone, however, we will all get a keepsake at the end and to me it’s worth the extra $. Regardless, price isn’t really a deciding factor, but I thought I’d disclose it anyway.
Before I show the two styles, I’d like to show you my wedding dress and shoes. I want the bouquet to go with my ensemble:
And now for the bouquets I’m considering. They are pieces that have been made, but both artists are able to do custom orders, so I’ve have the bouquets match my theme.
Style 1: I would have all purple pieces shown in the bouquet below replaced with red pieces, and I’d probably have all the gold taken out and replaced with silver pieces. This is the more expensive of the 2 brooch bouquets. This seems to be more distinctly a brooch bouquet whereas style #2 is kind of a combination of brooch and fake rose bouquet.
Style 2: The flowers will be 1-2 shades of red, and mostly roses. There will also be less pearls. This costs approximately the same as a real bouquet, and 1/2 of the first brooch bouquet. The bridesmaids bouquets to match will look very similar to this (all white)
And of course, the last option is just to go with is real roses with stephanotis. The bouquet I’d get is pretty much exactly the same as shown below.