Post # 16
- Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX
I don’t know how I feel about that. That would mean that until the bridal party gets back from pictures, there will be no centerpieces on the tables. As a guest, I would wonder where the centerpieces were. My bridesmaid bouquets were used to decorate our piece of lounge furniture. I would suggest using them to decorate something that is visible but not as important as guest table centerpieces.
Post # 17
At my cousins wedding all seven Bridesmaid or Best Man boquets ended up sitting down in the room where we got ready… My aunt was sooooo disappointed nobody had thought to do exactly this with them and that was the first time I ever really thought about it… But it totally makes sense and I think you should do it! As PP have said if any of your BMs want to take it home just make sure they have the opportunity before other guests or let them know know they can stash them before things start geting broken down. I don’t ever think I’ve seen a Bridesmaid or Best Man carrying her bouquet after the ceremony/pics so realistically they need somewhere to put them anyways
edited to add: I would use them at the sweetheart/head table, not as centerpieces for all the other tables if guests will be seeing/sitting at the tables before you’re done with pictures… If you’re doing a cocktail hour somewhere else and they won’t see the tables before hand I would just put them in place before joining the guest and letting them know it’s time to move into the dining room.
Post # 18
the logistics of repurposing them as centerpieces would be tough to pull off – you would have guests sitting at tables with no decorations yet – the head table would work better and is much more common
Post # 19
My mom is a wedding planner, and prior to that has been doing floral decorations for many years. She always repurposes the bridesmaid bouquets, as it saves the bride money for flowers. Usually, they end up on the head table. From all the pictures of the weddings she’s done, they have always looked wonderful.
Post # 20
Also, for some brides who are saying the tables would be centerpiece less during pictures, we did our pictures WAY before the ceremony/reception (first look) so as soon as we were done with the ceremony, my day of coordinator grabbed all of my bridesmaids bouquets as they walked up the aisle and placed them in the centerpiece vases before the guests had a chance to get to the reception area for cocktail hour. 🙂
Post # 21
I’ve seen it done and I LOVE the idea. What point is there NOT being used in some decorative way, actually?
I can’t imagine having a Bridesmaid or Best Man snarky enough to object, but then, saving on double flowers (bouquets-table arrangements) leaves you a little more cash for nicer Bridesmaid or Best Man gifts or something special at your bachelorette or any little nicety for your wedding party.
My vote- DEFINITELY use them!
Post # 22
Thanks everyone! I have a larger wedding party, 8 maids! So I feel like it would be a waste not to re-use them. I’ve talked to some of the girls already and they don’t care whatsoeveer, as expected. My wedding coordinator assured me she could gather all the bouquets and put them in place before the guests move to the reception from the cocktail terrace. It is not a crazy cost saver, but it just seems silly to have 8 bouquets go to waste after photos are taken. We are doing a small sweetheart table, not a head table, so my bouquet will go there, anything else will be excessive I think.