Post # 1
The decor lady (a friend from high school) is trying to help out by advising where costs can be cut and looking for deals in linen, flowers, etc. She asked how many bouquets I wanted (4) and she said she’d get back to me on the total price (of decorating the ceremony venue, reception venue and cars).
I’m sitting here thinking that if the total price comes back on the high side, could I suggest cutting it down further by having just one bouquet (mine)?
It’s just flowers, right?
P.S: I can’t cut out anything more in the other areas of the wedding.
P.P.S: My wedding colours are purple and silver with a bit of green.
Post # 3
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
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 # 5
@somersetdarling: Haha- I’m wearing comfy flats throughout to avoid having to change shoes!
@emerald_halo: Wrist corsages!!!! YAY- great idea! Yes, I’ll be carrying a traditional bouquet. My preference is purple flowers (I don’t mind what kind), but we agreed that if they are too pricey then I’ll go for white.
Post # 6
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
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
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 afloral.com. I think I paid $8 each.
Post # 9
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
- 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
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
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
- 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 # 14
@FutureDrAtkins: Thanks for your input everyone. I sent some corsage photos to her and she agrees they are a good idea. She’ll be using gebras or roses (she hasn’t told me how much either costs, I’ll be going with the cheaper variant anyways). FI also approves.
That’s one worry down
Post # 15
@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
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.