Trying to keep costs down- Is it okay to cut out bouquets for the bridesmaids?

posted 3 years ago in Flowers
  • poll: Can I cut out the bridesmaids' bouquets and get away with it?
    Sure, they won't need them after the photos anyway, and no one will miss them. : (44 votes)
    33 %
    I wouldn't, but hey- it's your wedding, knock yourself out. : (56 votes)
    41 %
    No, the photos will look horrible because the girls won't look complete without their flowers. : (9 votes)
    7 %
    NO!!!!! Are you crazy? You might as well cut out the groom too! : (3 votes)
    2 %
    Fine, but here's what I suggest you let them carry as an alternative to bouquets... (please explain) : (23 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 3
    248 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    Definitely go for it – your bridesmaids will probably relieved not to have to carry them around all day, especially since they’ll probably be carrying bits and pieces for you, like lipgloss etc. 

    FYI my girls aren’t carrying any flowers, but they are carrying my flats in an oversized clutch, in case my Jimmy Choos start to hurt!

    Post # 4
    295 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I’m only at the waiting/gathering info stages, but I’m pretty sure my BM’s won’t be having traditional bouquets. Partly because they seem like an expense we can do without and partly because I’d like to do things just left of centre.


    Here are a couple of ideas I will be considering:

    *An evening/clutch bag in contrasting colour – this could be your gift to them. These are really reasonable on etsy/ebay etc.

    *A wrist corsage – can be in the same flowers as your bouquet, but much cheaper

    *Handmade paper/felt flower bouquets – a great idea for you to spend a day/evening making them together in the coming months.


    Are you having a traditional bouquet yourself?


    Post # 6
    1361 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    Could you DIY flowers?

    For all the bouquets (mine and 4 BM’s) it only cost me $20. I bought some real touch white roses off eBay for mine and then got a heap of lavender from the garden of a family friend for nothing. Another cheap option is paper flowers, or if you go to Sam’s (I think that’s what it’s called in America) and buy a few bunches of flowers you could make the bouquets yourself.

    Post # 7
    1646 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    They could carry something else. I’ve seen DIY pinwheels, and other things, or don’t make them carry anything and save even more money! 

    Post # 8
    7630 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I didn’t have a bouquet. I don’t really get it personally. You only carry it for a few seconds and then pass it off to other people for the rest of the day.

    I bought my BMs some inexpensive silk bouquets from I think I paid $8 each. 

    Post # 9
    332 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    You could always give your bridesmaids bouquets made of very cheap “filler” flowers like carnations or baby’s breath.  If it’s a DIY project, you can buy the flowers from your local grocery store and have the girls assemble them.

    Post # 10
    6789 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

    I’m not having them carry full bouquets. I’m still debating between clutches or a single white lily in rememberance of my dad. Probably going to go with the lily.

    Post # 11
    1627 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    No need for them to carry anything or you for that matter.

    The GMs and groom walk down the aisle with empty hands and it doesn’t look strange in the least.

    Post # 12
    101 posts
    Blushing bee

    bouquets of baby’s breath you can DIY very inexpensively! i know someone with a large budget who did this just because she loved the look!

    Post # 13
    1737 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2014 - 13th ~ TN

    @Asichka:  You can have them carry one flower.

    I have seen bees do real flowers for themselves and fake flowers for the BMs to cut costs. You could do the fake ones yourself.

    I went to a wedding, in the evening, where they carried a single candle.

    A nice evening bag would work, could also be your gift to them (2 in one is always good)

    Have them wear a small coursage

    If you are outside parasols are a good alternative

    Post # 15
    771 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @Asichka:  an old friend of mine bought Costco roses the night before. It’s really cheap! Buy some floral tape and ribbon you like and keep them in a vase, in the fridge over night.

    Post # 16
    5935 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Hmmm, wrist corsages are too prom-y in my opinion. They also aren’t very comfortable.

    I would either do nothing or have bouquets of baby’s breath or a single rose or something inexpensive like that.

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