Post # 1
Trying to reduce costs by cutting things that aren’t completely necessary and just had another thought. Must all my bridesmaids have a bouquet, or can some of them have a corsage instead?
I have 4 bridesmaids locked in and was thinking of giving 2 of them small bouquets, and the other 2 corsages (I was surprised at how much a bridesmaid’s bouquet was, hence the idea).
I was trying to find pictures or other threads by brides who have done this, but it doesn’t seem common.
I’m not worried about “who gets a bouquet and who gets a corsage” – I love all my girls equally and they know this – and I know they are above getting upset/having thoughts about something petty like that, so that’s not the issue. I’m just wondering… would it look weird/has it been done?
I may also be adding a 5th bridesmaid in which case I’m not sure if I should do 2 bouquets and 3 corsages, or the other way around….! Help! And pictures welcome 🙂
Thanks! And sorry for the confusing poll.
Post # 3
@ksus07: That could cause you heartache I say give them all corsages or a single stem flower.
Post # 4
If you can’t afford to give everyone a bouquet, then don’t give anyone one. Not only will it look lopsided, but the girls who get corsages might be a little miffed about it. The easiest way to cut costs in this situation is to not have the 5th bridesmaid. Then you don’t have to buy them a gift, get thier hair and makeup done etc.
If you opt to go with corsages, I think wristlets are better than pin on. That way they won’t be getting squashed every time the bridemaid gets hugged, and it will still give the appearance of flowers in/near their hand.
Post # 5
I’d either just give everyone wrist corsages or get your moh a bouquet and everyone else to have corsages, i wouldn’t get half and half….
I actually did it the other way, (my flowers were faux anyway as we did it on a mega tight budget) my 3 flowergirls and my pre-teen bridesmaid had bouquets, my moh had a wrist corsage as she was carrying our youngest flowergirl down the aisle. It worked out well as it ment she could grab my bouquet easily when needed and also her 2 year old was one of my other flower girls so it ment she also had her hands free to pick her up etc through the photos but she still had something as a focal point for the photos etc.
Post # 6
@ksus07: I agree with PPs….don’t mix it up! I think it would look odd….plus some might be upset they got a coursage instead of a bouquet. If you can’t afford a bouquet just do a couple of stems….nothing wrong with that!
Post # 7
I would keep everything even… whether that be all of them getting a bouquet, single flower, or corsage (wrist type instead of a pinned one). I think if you did half and half it may look a little lopsided and like others said some of the bridesmaids may be a little upset, especially considering they all probably paid the same amount for dresses/shoes/gifts etc. If you really want bouquets for all the girls, consider looking at fuller and cheaper flower options (hydrangea, baby’s breath, etc.). That may be a good option too.
Post # 8
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
I think having a gorgeous bouquet to take home after the wedding is a small perk of being a BM, and it’s unfair to give some of them bouquets but not others. I vote all or nothing – suck it up and order bouquets for all of them, or order corsages for all of them. Or do something alternative like bunches of lavender, or ballons, or clutches, or something – but give generally the same thing to everyone, or else it’s kinda unfair.
@weddingbound: Love the look of individual stems!
Post # 9
I love the idea of just using single stem roses. It will look just as beautiful and elegant, but save money! I also agree with other other bees…either do bouquets for everyone…or no one to avoid any unnecessary drama!
Post # 10
I would do one or the other.
Post # 11
That seems really weird to me to mix and match like that. have you considered using silk flowers? much much cheaper then they can all get a bouquet. When i ordered my bouquets for my 4 girls it was only like $40 for all of them. Check out afloral.com. they have some great deals and beautiful bouquets!
Post # 12
If I was one of the BMs that didn’t get a bouquet I’d be so pissed. If you want to cut costs, I like the single flower idea – it’d be better if they had something to hold rather than something to wear, unless they held the corsages somehow.
Post # 13
I think corsages look really high school prom-like, but if you like the look then it seems like it would be ok to mix and match. I agree with PPs though that the ones who don’t get bouqets will probably be offended.