Post # 1
We are having a casual wedding and reception with about 30 guests at a restaurant. There won’t be a bridal party or aisle- we’re going to mingle with our guests beforehand then have everyone sit at their tables and have the ceremony in a little alcove next to the wedding cake.
I was originally planning on the traditional bridal boquet, corsages for mom/grandma, etc., but now I am second guessing that. Since I’m not walking down the aisle, I am not sure if I should get a boquet- would I hold it while mingling then place it on the table or in a vase next to the wedding cake? Would I hold it during the first part of the ceremony then set it down on the cake table when we exchange rings? Or should I just skip the boquet altogether? Since it will be casual, corsages for mom/grandma seem a little too formal, but I do want them to feel special. I thought about placing a single flower across their dinner plates, but for 30 people we weren’t planning on assigning seats, so that might not work.
ANyone have any ideas or thoughts?
Post # 3
Really it’s up to you and what you want. People do the JOP thing and carry bouquets just because they want to and they aren’t walking down an aisle. Do what you want!
Post # 4
maybe if you want flowers still, a corsage for yourself. i had a bouquet made for my moh when i was her witness at her jop ceremony. just because it’s not traditional doesn’t mean you have to go without 🙂
Post # 5
We’re having a similar wedding to yours, so our plan might be helpful to you. We’re not having an aisle or a processional, and we’re also mingling before the ceremony with our guests. We are, however, having a small 4-person “bridal party” simply because we wanted to honor my FI’s brothers and their wives, with whom we’re very close. So, we’re going to have a bridal bouquet, bridesmaids bouquets, and boutonnieres for my FI and his brothers, but that’s it — nothing for parents, grandparents, etc. We’re going to use the bouquets only for pictures (because I just love flowers!), then transition them to vases in the reception room immedately upon arrival (before the ceremony even) for reception decor.
There’s a slight chance that I’ll hold onto my bouquet during the beginning of our ceremony (for no particular reason, just because it seems ‘bridal’ to me) and then hand it off to someone, but I find that unlikely as we plan on our guests (and bridal party) already having snacks and drinks in their hands upon arrival. So, most likely, I’ll be flowerless during the ceremony as well… because as you mentioned, it doesn’t seem to make sense for me to hold onto them when I’m not walking down an aisle! It seems like just an extra thing for me to hold onto while mingling, which I think would get annoying to me.
Hope that helps a bit to know what someone else is doing!
Post # 6
i feel like you’ll want to hold your fi’s hand(s) during the ceremony, so you wouldn’t want a bouquet to get in the way. but if you’re doing formal pictures it might be nice, but not necessary.
Post # 7
have you considered a wrist corsage? you can wear it during mingle time, during the ceremony and if it’s annoying later on, place it on the table.
Post # 8
OMG!! other bees are thinking of this!thatmakesmefeel really good.
i want to have a flamingo wedding followed by a caesars palace buffet. I want to call ahead to see if the buffetwould accomodate about 35 people.
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