Post # 1
I’m not a fan of flowers and the cost is something I can’t even fathom!
So I’m thinking of the following as alternatives for my bridesmaids. If you could vote on your favourite and tell me why or if you’ve had any personal experience with them, that’d be great!
The things I’ve come up with are:
– Balloons (I can see the issues with this but interested in hearing thoughts)
– Clutches (pretty AND useful!)
– A single flower (a lot cheaper!)
Also, should I then match whatever my bridesmaids are carrying?
Post # 3
@Thrburko89: what about a basket filled with fake flower? Ive seen that and its very cute. You go to Michaels or Walmart and get some cheap baskets and some little floral arrangement
Post # 4
@Thrburko89: Mine carried a clutch so as to incorporate the theme and I figured it would be somewhere for the lip gloss etc.
Post # 5
@Daizy914: I like the idea but I’m not a massive fan of flowers full stop. That’s why I’m looking at alternatives. And I’m not sure what I’d do with them after? LOL!
@CatyLady: Oh that looks alright! I saw some really cute clutches on etsy that they can have different colours and it can double as their gift.
Post # 6
Since I’m having a winter wedding and if you’re having yours in July in Australia it seems like you are too. This is what I’m doing:
Everyone will walk down the aisle in faux fur wraps and muffs instead of doing flowers. 🙂
Post # 7
I’m in the same boat! I am so not a fan of flowers but will most likely DIY a flower thingy (I’m a people pleaser and my family can’t imagine a wedding without flowers). I love the idea of a parasol but I’m just not sure of the logistics of it. Plus I’m a clutz and would hit my FI in the eye with it. 🙂 I think depending on what time of day, the lanterns could be stunning. The thing I saw on Pintrest (BOO!!) that I adore is pinwheels. It looks so cute! And the guys would have a mini pinwheel instead of the flower.
Post # 8
@BriansBride: Normally yes, you’d be right but I live in Northern Australia. Thus we will be in our “dry season” so it’ll be around 25-30 degrees celcius where we are. And sunny. 🙂
But I love the muffs!
@catwoman1701: I love pinwheels! But my other half put a veto on them. 😛
Post # 9
A voted a single flower.
I find the clutch/purse thing really weird.
Post # 10
I’m in Australia getting married in July too. I am considering candles or lanterns. I’m not sure how this will look though. I agree OP the cost of flowers is ludicrous!
Post # 11
If you’re having the wedding in the evening, then lanterns would be gorgeous! Especially if it’s dark enough for them to be lit? Do you have a theme?
A single stem flower can be very elegant. Perhaps a single lily, garden rose/peony or a single bunch of hydrangeas should be quite inexpensive.
I personally find bridesmaids holding purses/clutches whilst walking down the aisle to be slightly weird, but that’s just me.
Post # 12
@Julybride88: There’s some beautiful photos circulating the web with lanterns.
@Summer_Rose: Our theme is travel; colours are blue/green/yellow. Kinda like the ones you’d find on a map of the world. I’ve seen some really cute fake paper flowers made with maps but they’re still expensive!
Post # 13
@Thrburko89: Oh really? I will do a google search. Thank you!
Post # 14
@Thrburko89: Lanterns would totally work! Mismatched vintage-y ones could be interesting. You’ve got a bit of time to hunt some down at good prices, otherwise they can get quite pricey too!
Post # 15
What about watering cans? You could do ribbons in your colors hanging from the handle, sort of cascading down one side of the can. Then you could do fake ivy coming out of the middle. Maybe even add some lights to them, battery operated, and use them at the reception on escort, cake, sweets table, or on the bar or head table?