Post # 1
So like i have previously stated, our wedding “budget” is pretty much non existant. I bought my own wedding dress, i bought my own wedding band, i bough my fiancees wedding band as well as EVERYTHING else i have regarding our wedding, i have purchased myself. Neither of our parents are rolling in dough, and i would feel awful expecting them to purchase anything significant for our wedding that i know they cant afford, but then on the other hand, its my only wedding and i feel upset sometimes that they cant help me financially. I don’t want an over the top, phemominal wedding, but i do want it to be memorable. Anyways… on to the point… i have been looking around at bouquets and bouts. and the pricing on these are OUTRAGEOUS! I have looked on WB, ebay, etsy, craigslist and checked local florists and with the four bm, four gm, parents and grandparents i simply cannot afford it! So the question is, does the entire wedding party HAVE to have flowers? Or would it be acceptable for just the bride and groom to have bouquet and boutenierre? I mean, generally, the wedding party will just toss them anyways or forget about them. so i dont see the big deal, but a couple people that i have asked, FREAKED at just the thought. So i would like bees’ input!!
Post # 3
I think wedding party flowers are totally skippable.
Post # 4
I think it should just be the bride, groom, groomsmen, and bridesmaids. I didnt do any flowers for the parents or anyone else… and it worked out just great!
Post # 5
I personally think it should be whatever you have the money for in your budget. No flowers – no problem. A lot of bees make their own flowers out of paper or felt, maybe that is an option 🙂
Post # 6
just go with whaterver you can afford it will be beautiful tho I do think if you can afford it the bridesmaids will look great with just a sinle flower, I wouldn’t worry about anyone else
Post # 7
Have you thought about doing paper flowers for your bridal party? They’re adorable and incredibly cheap! If you want fresh flowers, though, I would say bride and groom only is just fine!
Post # 8
go to sams and buy one bulk package of roses and you and ur bridesmaids make ur own bouquets. that shud cost u no more than $150. there are tons of tutorials on youtube on how to make simple rose bouquets.
Post # 9
If you’re not afraid of a little DIY, check out Samsclub.com. Their flowers are crazy cheap. You can get 75 roses for cheaper than one bridal bouquet. They get excellent reviews and are absolutely beautiful.
Post # 10
While I don’t think flowers are necessary, I do think that it would be odd for them to not have anything in their hands. Like other suggested have you looked into paper flowers? A friend of mine made her own bouquet and her bm bouquet out of silk flowers. There is also doing something other than flowers. Paper fans are popular for outdoorsy weddings. Also, they could carry a clutch, that could double as their gift from you.
Also, I have zero intention of giving either of our parents flowers for my own wedding. That is something I think everyone can skip if they want.
Post # 11
spluge a little on your boquet. (etsy.com) Your girls could carry bunches of baby’s breath. It’s dramatic and uber inexpensive… Google image search ” Baby breath bouquet” Use a spring of rosemary for your groom’s flower. I have tons of money saving tips. Inbox me if you want to chat!
Post # 12
I don’t think you NEED to do anything. Do what you have the money for and what you think is best!
Post # 13
My moms favorite saying through this whole process…
the only thing you NEED to get married is you, your Fiance, and an officiant. end of story
I saved some serious $$$ by making wedding party flowers out of fabric leftover from my wedding dress. Didnt take long at all!
Post # 14
I did our bouqets my self and completely skipped boutenierre for anyone who was renting a tux (I only did them for Grandparents).
If you are open to DIY yourself for the bouqets, a lot of us on the bee have done it and have a lot of great tips. I really didn’t think it was that hard, the flowers turned out great, and it saved a ton of money.
Post # 15
We skipped the flowers for mom and dad because they didn’t want them and we just had each of our girls carry one big gerber daisy. Another wedding I went to the bride had each of her girls carry one big calla lily. I don’t think it would be a big deal to skip the bridesmaids flowers, but there are always tons of options – take a look and see what works for your budget.
Post # 16
I used fake flowers from hobby lobby at 50% off and made my own bouquets. I spent under $50 for my bouquet ($25) my bridesmaids ($7 X 2) and boutineers for the groom (leftover materials from others) and groommen ($4 X 2). I had 2 extra boutineers but we didn’t end up using them because my dad didn’t care to wear one and the other one broke.