(Closed) Bridesmaids with parasols instead of bouqets..is it appropriate for a church?

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

since parasols are to keep the sun off, i think it would seem rather odd if they carried them in a church.  if you want to save money, perhaps they could carry a single stem of a really awesome flower – peony, garden rose, hydrangea, verbernum, etc.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I would ask the church before you make any major plans.  Some churches would probably allow it, but some might not. 

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m not sure if it would be allowed since it’s sort of like having an umbrella inside.  Plus as a Catholic church, the mass is probably more traditional than other religious ceremonies would be.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i might feel weird about it, just because having umbrellas open inside is a no no. and like others said, parasols are usually for outdoor use so it might look a little odd being inside.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Most churches don’t allow you to wear a hat, so I think all bets would be off with the parasols.  

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010 - Philippe Park

I love parasols, but I definitely think they’d look out of place indoors. I agree with doing a single stem of something.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

I also agree that a parasol would look odd indoors, church or otherwise. Maybe a fancy hand fan or something instead?

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Most catholic churches are pretty strict but even if yours isn’t I think parasols will look odd indoors.  I would probably opt for a low-cost floral option- carnations and babies breath look awesome when bunched together and might be affordable enough to allow you to do them instead of the parasols.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

plus its super bad luck to open an  umbrella indoors 🙂

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’m not Ethiopian Orthodox, so I don’t know a whole lot about this tradition, but when I was in my home Orthodox parish we had some Ethiopians who attended church.  During Pascha (Easter), we would use a liturgical umbrella they had given the parish priest for the processions.  Here are some pictures of liturgical umbrellas:

http://wapedia.mobi/en/Umbrella?t=3.

http://www.chicagodiocese.org/images/StHerman08/13.JPG

So, like I said, I am not very familiar with this tradition, but there are some churches where umbrella-type things are used.  Also, as to the comment about how people shouldn’t wear hats in church, in many churches women have to/are strongly encouraged to cover their hair, and Orthodox priests sometimes wear a special hat during services. This is not to say that the church you are getting married in will allow parasols (and certainly the parasol and liturgical umbrella have different meanings), but just to say that the traditions of the Christian Church are very diverse.

Perhaps if you are not allowed to use parasols inside the church, you could still get them for pictures/outside?

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

If you would still want the parasols in the pictures maybe you can have them in a nice tin bucket by the door or exit so you can take pictures right away without having to take them inside.  I agree with many of the posts above me, they don’t belong indoors. 

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I am going to have my girls carry fans instead of bouquets.

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I’m having an outdoor wedding.  My bridesmaids are carrying simple bouquets, but I’m giving parasols as wedding favors to my guests.  I just hope it doesn’t rain that day.  Crossing my fingers…toes…eyes…and everything else.  My florist is also using parasols to decorate my reception venue.  Will post my pictures after the wedding.  The big day is less than 3 weeks away!!! Yikes!!!!

By the way, I purchased my parasols from http://www.jadetime.com for less than $4 each. The quality is great!

I also bought some samples from other places online, but the quality just isn’t there.  One of them broke before I even openned it. Since I’m giving these as party favors…I want my guests to be able to use them again. 

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