(Closed) Boutonniere fo small wedding?

posted 11 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
375 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2019

Maybe it is just my bias as a flower lover, but I think it would be lovely to have flowers, regardless of the size of your wedding. The bonus might be that you could use your bouquet/BMs’ bouquets as centerpieces for the reception tables. Or, if you are not interested in flowers, you could also use non-floral bouts and bouquets (think felt, buttons, parasols, fans, etc.) That being said, it is your wedding and you don’t have to do anything

Post # 4
94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Dont skip your bouquet just to cut cost, if you dont want one thats another thing.  There are so many intructions online for making bouqets that you can take advantage just make sure that you do a trial run.  As for the bouts you could do silk and they are very inevpensive you can get them well in advance.  Silk flowers look so real any more and its a nice little keep sake. 

Post # 5
107 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - Auberge du Soleil

If flowers aren’t important to you than it is fine to skip them. I think the boutonnieres are especially easy to forgo. You could always make a simple boquet using fake flowers or buying them from a flower market and tying with ribbon.

Post # 6
64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I’m also having a small wedding and my fiance and I have actually decided to go without boutonnieres. Partly to cut cost’s but also as apparently historically they were used to differentiate the wedding party from the guests so that the guests could clearly know who to look to for instruction and help during the day, but as we have so few people I don’t see us needing to facilitate this function and I also feel that the look of our guests will be more cohesive without them. I am also thinking of going without a bouquet but want something to hold so I know what to do with my hands, so still thinking that one through.

Post # 7
2434 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

You should just DIY your flowers. Practice a couple of times and I’m sure you could make a hand-tied bouquet that people would think you got from a florist.

You can also easily DIY the bouts. I used bud pins/boutonniere pins and some floral clay (to hold the flower in the pin). The bud pins were really cheap ($2 a piece) and they came out nice.

Here’s a link to the pins:



And here’s a picture of how mine turned out (I used a spray rose and some hypericum berry).


Post # 8
752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

If you don’t care about having boutonniers, you could get each groomsman a pocket square to wear in his jacket as his groomsman’s gift. That way, you’re combining two costs into one, and you aren’t spending money on flowers that will be gone the next day and will likely go unnoticed by most of your guests. 🙂

Good luck, whatever you choose. 🙂

Post # 9
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

Maybe the Old-fashioned Me is talking but flowers seem to be steeped in bridal tradition (and vice versa!).  I’m having a comparable sized wedding, and I’m going ahead with SIMPLE flower arrangements.  A hand-tied tulip bouquet, single tulip bouts.  I can’t imagine wedding pictures without flowers!  Maybe save money by going with silk flowers.  You can’t tell the difference in pictures and they are a FRACTION of the price!

Post # 10
596 posts
Busy bee

bouquets are good so that you have something to hold and keep your hands busy and pretty in pictures.  how about corsages or single bloom flowers for your bridesmaids?  that can be more cost effective than a full bridesmaid bouquet.

Post # 11
24 posts
  • Wedding: December 2019

I had a destination wedding in Cabo where flowers are stupidly expensive (It was $150 for one dozen roses.)  So, I made my own bouquet from off-white ostrich feathers, some glittery christmas decorations from Michael’s and really cool ribbon.  It was SO EASY and they were beautiful.  Everyone thought I was nuts when I said, "not flowers, FEATHERS" but they all agreed with me that the bouquet was really fabulous.  

I also made boutinneres for my men with little tiny white feathers (Also from Michael’s) and some tiny glittery berry things.  SUPER EASY and the whole feather shebang cost less than $50.  They were totally worth it.  send me a message if you want me to forward you some photos.  I can also talk you though making the bouquet and send you a link to someone on YouTube tying together a bouquet for additional help. 

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