Post # 1
I have a question for the hive – are any of you not having a bridal bouquet?
I have always had a hard time picturing myself with flowers, despite the loveliness of a gorgeous bouquet it seems like flowers would get in the way and be, well, superfluous really. But whenever I mention that I don’t think bridal flowers are needed or that there’s much point to them I get very weird looks, including from my florist who was shocked when I said so!
So I’m starting to wonder if I’m the only one not having a bouquet? Are there any good reasons I should reconsider?
Post # 3
I say do what you want!
Although this IS along the lines of having some sort of flowers, I went to a wedding recently that had beautiful bracelet/corsages for each girl. I thought what a clever way to have “flowers”/bouquets but that you don’t have to bother carrying anything. Here’s a photo of them:
I’d say your bridal beauty is enough of a statement piece, though 🙂
Post # 4
Like PP said, do what ever you feel like!
I’m doing a brooch bouquet, which is still technically a bouquet.
Last year I attend a wedding in which the bride carried no bouquet. The reason? She forgot it in the limo. However, when I say her the thought did cross my mind that she didn’t have a bouquet, but I found myself saying “Good for her. Who says you need to carry something!”
Post # 5
I’m not having a full on bouquet, I’ll be carrying a single calla lily down the aisle, just like my mom! So do whatever you feel most comfortable doing!!!
Post # 6
I sort-of had a bouquet…I mean, I wore a flower in my hair for our actual wedding but didn’t carry a bouquet. My mother insisted that I have one for the day of the reception, and I felt it was a waste. I held it for maybe ten minutes, then gave it to my grandma.
Post # 7
Christina Aguilera donned a single flower with a rosary, which I think is Very beautiful, you can see it in a clip from her wedding in her music video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYxmS4UNrWY
Post # 8
I’m carrying a bible, probably with a flower in it. If you don’t think you need one, don’t get it!
Post # 9
I am not carrying any flowers. I wasn’t going to have any flowers in the wedding because my church doesn’t really need anything added to it, but my mother is going to get some flowers for the altar.
Post # 10
Personally, I’ve always found it really awkward to carry a bouquet (as a bm), so I won’t be carrying one as a bride. Our chapel isnt air conditioned though, so I ordered silk fans for my bms, myself, and I think enough for moms & grandmas. I’m also planning on ordering a bunch of paper folding fans for guests and will have them with programs and bottled water at the entrance of our church 🙂
I’m not normally a corsage kind of girl, but I do like the picture posted above – those are really pretty!
Post # 11
I’m really not a floral person either, but I wouldnt know what in the world to do with my hands!
Do I wave? (Knowing me I’d wave out of nervousness)
Do I tug at my dress?
Do I play with my hair?
I would love to see what ladies do!
I have heard about alternatives for Bmaids but never the BRIDE!
-Like Bmaids carrying candles, lanterns, clutches, fans, etc.
Cant wait to hear more!
Post # 12
I never thought of NOT carrying a bouquet. I’m curious to see what brides will use instead.
Post # 13
@The Unsuspecting Bride:
I also don’t want one, and I get the same look from people when I say that! I don’t know what’s the purpose of holding flowers! Ok I get they are pretty, but for me many other things are pretty too, would I hold them on my wedding day? No.
You are not alone! 🙂
I will be holding my parents’ hand each on the side of me as I walk down to my Chuppah
Post # 14
I seriously considered not having a bouquet (or any flowers at all). If I did not have a bouquet, I also did not plan on carrying anything else in its place, or doing something like a wrist corsage. I did not see the point.
I did end up getting a bouquet, but I DEFINTELY could have done without it. I only held it for, like, 10 seconds walking down the aisle. Everyone always seems to say that you have to carry something or else your hands will get fidgety, but I think that is just silly. Men seem to walk down the aisle just fine without carrying a thing (male groomsmen, men that escort the bride down the aisle, etc). My husband walked down the aisle too and did not seem to have any problem with not carrying anything.
Post # 15
Thanks for all these replies ladies. I did briefly think about what to do with my hands but I think for most of the day they’ll be holding onto my groom so that shouldn’t be much of a problem!
It’s a very astute observation that men seem to manage walking down the aisle without holding onto anything, I’m sure I can handle a few minutes walk too. It’s funny what you find yourself thinking about as a bride, before I used to ponder things like the future of the European Union or the royal succession back in the 1600s, but these days my head is filled with thoughts about whether or not to have a bouquet!
Post # 16
i’m pretty sure i will not be having a bouquet…i’m not a flower type of girl….i’m thinking of getting a really pretty small handbag to hold….besides, my stepdad and my bio-dad will be walking me down the aisle so both my arms will be in theres anyway so i feel like doing that plus holding a bouquet will be awkward anyways….lol