Post # 1
So, lately I’ve found myself obsessing over bridesmaids bouquets. Mostly because I initially thought that because I’m making myself a brooch bouquet, why don’t I just make all my girls a brooch bouquet? But then I realized that is beyond psychotic and not only is one bouquet hard, the thought of making eight others made me want to cry, so that’s out. I’ve opted against floral bouquets in general just because we aren’t having flowers anywhere else in the wedding: flowerless centerpieces, bridal bouquet, bouts, etc. I thought of making bouquets out of fake flowers, but I keep coming back to an idea I had several years ago before I was even engaged.
When I first joined Pinterest, the first thing I pinned was a wedding where all of the bridesmaids carried books instead of bouquets. Since, that has always been in the back of my mind and I find myself coming back to it more and more. I am having several literary elements in my wedding: All of the centerpieces will have three-five vintage books, our place cards are going to be bookmarks, all of our readings in the wedding come from literature. And I am a total literary dork, currently getting an M.A. in English Lit. I have been collecting vintage books for about eight months now, so I know I could have enough as I’m nearly done with what I need for my centerpieces, so they wouldn’t just be random books, but rather vintage books I’ve searched for and collected with care.
Here is an idea of what I want to do:
I would wrap them in lace and ribbon that coordinated with whatever color dress they chose. Afterwards, they could keep the books if they wanted or simply give them back to me. I also planned on possibly selecting books that I know they would like (For ex: I found an old copy of Pride and Prejudice from the 1910s that I know one of my bridesmaids would absolutely adore, so I could make sure that was in her “pile”).
So, my question: Is this weird? I know it’s weird, but is it weird?
Post # 2
MrsMeowton: It sounds like it’s very *you* so since you’re wedding is going to be full of people who know you I don’t think it’ll be weird. It’ll make people say “Oh that’s soo MrsMeowton!”
For what it’s worth I look books and reading as well and I think it’ll look beautiful.
Post # 3
I think its quite cute and unique and fits perfectly with the theme of your wedding!!!! Do it!!!
Post # 4
MrsMeowton: I think it’s a really sweet idea but I don’t quite understand how they are going to carry them?
Post # 5
What you are propsing is very unusual to th point where it does strike me as weird but that said,it is YOUR wedding and any quirky touch you add will prbobley make it very special and unique. As someone with a nose very sensistive to dust who would probably avoid old books like the plague, please be sure your books are well aired and dust -free so none of your bridal party ending up sneezing during your vows.
Post # 6
Um, you might want to consider the weight of the books, if your maids are going to be standing up there, holding them for the entire ceremony–although you could do something like have them put them down when they get to the end of the aisle or something.
Just thought I’d point that out 🙂
Post # 7
I think they’d loook very cute as part of the decor, like as centerpieces. As a bridesmaid I honestly wouldn’t want to carry something that heavy or that wide. After photos, the ceremony, and more photos, my hands would be hurting.
Post # 8
I think that is totally adorable! It would be one of those things guests would talk about how you incorporated part of yourself into the ceremony and how interesting it is! I really like the idea.
Post # 9
I really like the idea and I love how it is so you! I just don’t understand how they would carry them and hold them for pics and stuff.
Post # 10
MrsMeowton: I’m very practical, not into trends or novelty at all, so that’s where my opinion comes from: Flowers are traditional because they served a purpose. They masked the smell of lots of people gathering in a small space. Plus they’re beautiful and they represent the prime of life, fertility, youth, etc. Nobody said “these ladies need to carry something, what can they carry? Oh, how about flowers!” It came about organically. That’s why I’m not a fan of having bridesmaids carry stuff just to carry stuff. To me it looks forced and makes me wonder why. If I were a bridesmaid, I would not want to carry books down the aisle. And if I were a guest, I would think it was weird (or at least unnecessary). But again, I’m very practical. And a little old. (early 40s) It doesn’t hurt anyone, so whatevs, do it if you want. Your inspiration pics are pretty.
Post # 11
OneDayMrsL: I was thinking they could hold them however felt natural to them. I made a mockup using some lace I’ve purchased for other wedding related crafts, and tried out a couple of different ways to hold them. I found that either holding them with two hands right in front of their hips worked best or like this (excuse the creepy stock photo):
with the embellishments facing outwards. I don’t think this would look too, too odd (I could be delusional) because they’ll be esorted in with a groomsman and out with a groomsman. And when they’re standing up during the ceremony they can hold them however feels more natural/comfortable.
Post # 12
BothCoasts: I definitely agree. I wouldn’t make them hold anything Dictionary heavy or large. I have found several rather thin/small books and would definitely work to make sure everyone is comfortable with it. Some of the bridesmaids bouquets I’ve carried have been rather heavy themselves, so I know that flowers aren’t always the lighter option. They can definitely put them down once they reach the end of the ceremony if they aren’t comfortable holding them.
Post # 13
Daisy_Mae: I definitely get where you’re coming from! And I’m not against flowers, it’s just the prices I’ve been quoted have just been a little ridiculous for what I was asking for. And so many times I haven’t even taken my bouquet home after the wedding and it just seemed like a bit of a waste of money that FI and I didn’t have. I’m okay with it looking a little weird (and I expect some odd looks), but I appreciate your honesty. Thanks!
Post # 14
I think it would look a little odd. Your guests will not get the connection with your literary theme until they see the reception decor.
Given that you are having a bouquet and not carrying a book, I would have them carry a paper flower bouquet made from old book pages.
Post # 15
I like the paper flower idea! To me, I always think either carry flowers of some sort or nothing at all. And there are tons of tutorials for paper flowers, it could be a DIY you could do really far in advance, or have each girl make her own.