Post # 1
So I am having DW and trying to keep costs low. I am thinking of an alternative to my maids carrying the traditional bouquet. Some of them suggested fans since it may be hot, but I think fans have a very different feel from what I am going with (tropical holiday glam). To me accordian fans have a very eastern feel. I don’t like the rafia fans either.
I was thinking about clutch purses…then I see them in pics and I don’t know how I feel about that look.
Do they even need to carry anything?! I guess it is nice to have something in their hand while up at the front and would make for nice pics…..
I’m all over the place as you can see…SUGGESTIONS?
Post # 3
Could you just go to hobby lobby or michaels and get some pretty fake flowers? Hobby Lobby’s are really realistic.
Post # 4
I’m with you on this one. I don’t want to spend the $100 per bouquet from my resort, and hiring an outside florist is also expensive. But it seems awkward to have them carry nothing…
This may not help you, but I think to compromise I’m going get the bouquets but have them double as centerpiece flowers. After the ceremony, they can drop them in the vases at the tables. It is still expensive, but should cut my flower costs in half.
The only other thing I can think of to suggest is a cute parasol… I’m not sure how this would look either but it may be workable if you are getting married on the beach.
Or could you DIY a bouquet with shells and other beachy things?
Post # 5
I’d love ideas as well! Maybe corsages, a single flower, or 3 flowers tied with a ribbon.
Post # 6
My girls carried books – which were free, since we already owned them. What about little lanterns? Bright colorful pinwheels?
There’s a lot of DIY tutorials on here for making silk flower bouquets, paper flower bouquets, and brooch bouquets if you want to go affordable, but semi-traditional.
Post # 7
@Rehema: I’m using fake real touch flowers for my destination wedding. Since I’m not a DIy type of girl I’m having a local person do them for me. Her prices are quite reasonable depending on what you pick and the nice thing is you get to keep your bouquet forever 🙂
I can give you her website info to check her out if you are interested
Post # 8
Another vote for a single flower. Or a candle/lantern.
I, personally, am not a fan of clutches.
I think that it is nice to have something to hold onto while walking down the aisle, but you could have the groomsmen walk with them and maybe they could just link arms? Then you don’t need to hold anything.
Post # 9
I bought a single large silk magnolia flower for each of my bridesmaids to hold. Maybe something like that?
Post # 10
@Rehema: Could you bedazzle some fans? Like go HAM on a cheap-o Oriental Trading Co fans with jewels?
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Post # 12
Would something like a peacock feather work?
Post # 13
My bridesmaids (and myself) are carrying these beautiful ostrich feather fans
While my flowergirls are carrying these precious little felt flower/brooch bouquets
Flowers are such a boring option, IMO ;P
Post # 14
Usually I tend to say that a clutch purse might be a bit too “formal” looking for most destination weddings (however I’m not sure if that would be the case for you)
I REALLY like the idea of just one single tropical flower… it just seems very sleek and beautiful.
I also think you could find a fan that wasn’t oriental looking. Like others suggestion maybe made of feathers or large tropical leaves.
Post # 15
As a bridesmaid I’d feel really awkward holding nothing. I wouldn’t know what to do with my hands. I need to be able to fidget with something or I’d feel naked in front of everyone. A single flower could be lovely. A clutch purse isn’t very beachy.
Post # 16
I’m with the team who says a single flower. It still looks very pretty