(Closed) Anyone NOT using a bridal bouquet?

posted 12 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
2434 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I don’t think I’ve ever been to a wedding where the bride didn’t care some flowers.  Having been a bride myself- I was happy to have something to do with my hands.  I was so nervous I think I would have been fidgeting otherwise.  But I don’t see why it has to be a bouquet- a clutch, a muff, a book/Bible, just something to keep you from looking like you don’t know what to do with your hands.

Post # 4
898 posts
Busy bee

I like the idea of carrying only one or a few flowers. I wouldn’t know what to do with my hands either. But like rosychicklet said, there are plenty of things you could carry. What ideas have you had?

Post # 6
7 posts
  • Wedding: August 2009

I didn’t carry anything down the aisle.  There were a couple reasons for this, including the fact that I LOVED my dress, and didn’t want to hide it; I didn’t want to spend a bunch of money on something my Maid/Matron of Honor would hold for the majority of the ceremony; and both my parents walked me down the aisle, so I held their hands instead.  Honestly, no one noticed.  During the planning process a lot of people gave me funny looks when I said I wasn’t going to carry a bouquet, but it didn’t really feel missing from the ceremony.  I did have the florist make me a corsage, but I ended up not wearing it because it looked too prom-like.  I wouldn’t have done it differently– it gave me both hands to hold my new husband all evening long!

Post # 7
23 posts
  • Wedding: December 2010

I love the idea of not carrying a bouquet! I was planning on having my bridesmaids wear a flower in their hair instead of a bouquet, but maybe I’ll skip the bouqet too. Not only are they expensive, but you;re right — it covers the gown and no one really notices the flowers anyway. Personally, I would rather spend the cash on the food or music.

Post # 8
82 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Wow.. you ladies bring up good points.  I hadn’t even considered not having a bouquet until now.  What the heck am I going to do with the thing?  My brother and mom will be walking me down the aisle.  Would it be weird to have a bouquet toss after not carrying a bouquet?

Post # 9
16 posts
  • Wedding: June 2009

I remember attending weddings where the bride held a small white bible…some had small flowers laying on it.  I think Grace Kelly did this with some lily of the valley flowers on top of the bible she held. 

Post # 10
11324 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

If you are being walked down the aisle by someone you could hook your elbow with theirs and put your other hand on their elbow (think how gentlemen and ladies would stroll in the 1900s). I think it would look kind of cool and vintage 🙂

Post # 11
21 posts

No bouquet and though we haven’t worked out the details, we’ll probably walk together.

Post # 12
1514 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I considered it, but in the end my husband talked me into making a small one for myself.

Post # 13
13 posts
  • Wedding: April 2010

I am thinking about carrying a scepter instead of a bouquet.. the theme is Happily Ever After. My bridesmaids are wearing flower halos instead of having bouquets and they might be carrying candles. I thought about carrying a lantern but it would be hard for my Maid/Matron of Honor to hold her candle and my lantern too. Anyway this is the scepter I am considering:


Post # 14
695 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’m not using a bouquet either.  I’m gonna rock it down the aisle like corgitales said.  I’m having less than 30 people at my wedding and it’s going to be in Central Park.  I couldn’t really justify spending 2-300 bucks on a bouquet that I’m only going to hold as I walk the 10 feet that I have to walk twd my fiance.

Post # 15
940 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Hey, I love the idea of not carrying a bouquet!

My bridesmaids will have the groomsmen to hold onto, and I’m going to have two dads walking me down the aisle. Where will I put my flowers?

LOVE the idea. Love it.

Oh, wait a sec… I guess the girls won’t have the guys in the processional, huh…

Post # 16
1 posts

not necessary to carry a boquet, look at this beautiful bride who didn’t, I doubt anyone noticed! She just held her dad’s arm.




Doesn’t look like she had bridesmaids, my only wonder is what they would have held if she did have bridesmaids, since she didn’t hold anything.


Personally, I like the idea of not carrying a bouquet AND each bridesmaid carrying something different, one could carry a book of love poetry, another the rings, another a candle, and another ribbons for handfasting… or something. I also love the idea of bridesmaids carrying instruments up the aisle, playing a song – you would need musically talented friends though!

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