Post # 1
When I first saw a brooch bouquet while browsing DIY bouquets, I immediately fell in love. But, after pricing brooches, my heart broke. There is no way I could pay $3+ for about 60-80 brooches. If they were $4 each, and I got 70, that would make my bouquet cost at least $280. No way, Jose. To make it harder, I wanted all red. None of the clear rhinestones, that look really pretty, but red [bridesmaids are wearing red and carrying white, so I wanted the opposite].
Not too long ago, Fiance told me about a dollar jewelry store near his house [so sweet of him]. I found some cocktail rings there; they were on sale buy two get one free. I paid $4 for three rings. Not bad. So, I started browsing the internet, of course, in search of cocktail rings instead brooches. Score! I found this shop on e-bay: http://stores.ebay.com/NewYork-Jewelry-Wholesale?_trksid=p4340.l2563
I ended up ordering a batch of 50 different styles of red rings for $66 including shipping. That breaks it down to $1.32 each. I could handle that. Their English is, uh, not so great, but we finally managed to work everything out. I ordered the rings on Friday the 20th, and today, Monday the 23rd, they arrived at my house! It turns out there are actually 51, and only one duplicate [as far as I can tell]. I took some shots of the rings in case anyone else is looking for affordable, colorful options for their bouquet.
Here’s the whole batch, with the three I already purchased out in front.
Then here are individual group shots so you can see them better.
I still need about 10-15 more, but I’m very happy/excited to have this many. It looks like I’m going to have a “ring” bouquet instead of a brooch bouquet!
Post # 4
I love the brooch bouquets too! Something to consider is having a “wine and brooch party” where you invite your bridesmaids and friends over for a fun evening and they all bring you a brooch (or cocktail ring)! Its kind of a cool idea to have all the people you love incorporated into your bouquet!
Post # 5
This is brilliant and so helpful for people making brooch bouquets…..I waist is seen this before buying all mine!!
Post # 6
@Flash82: Thanks! I actually finished it a couple weeks ago. I put a picture up, but for some reason my phone won’t let me rotate or resize.
Post # 7
@Mrs. Bear Cheese Pie: WOW! Looks amazing!!! Good job!
Post # 8
i just bought about 20-30 rings from a dollar accessory store too, because they were so cheap i was able to tear off the ring and just use the “tops”
i haven’t even thought of looking online yet.. thanks for the tip and i love your bouquet!
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@Mrs. Bear Cheese Pie: OMG I love your bouquet! It’s gorgeous. You did a fantastic job. Great find on the cocktail rings, too.
Post # 12
@Mrs. Bear Cheese Pie: This is amazing!!!! I’m doing a brooch boquet as well, but was running across the same issue with it being so pricey. This is a great alternative!
Can I ask- what did you use at the base of your brooches? I haven’t put mine together yet, but am worried I will not be able to make it that round shape like you have done!
Post # 14
My bouquet so far…any hints ladies?
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@Flash82: I love it so far! Are there flowers under the brooches?