Post # 1
So I really want a brooch bouquet, I have a jewelry box full of brooches that my grandma who has passed left for me on her death bed, so brooch bouquet it is. My issue is whether to use real or fake flowers, I have a super small budget so a florist is out of the question, although I am a pretty crafty person if I do say so myself so I’m thinking it will be easy, but if I do real flowers, how do you keep them alive, especially when I need to have the bouquet done in advance to add the brooches?
Second question: If I have a brooch bouquet should my bridesmaids have one too? And how big are bridesmaids bouquets usually? I went to a few weddings recently where the bridesmaids bouquets were just as big as the brides, I found that odd, I was thinking half a dozen- a dozen roses each (its a casual shabby chic garden wedding).
And did anyone do the brooch bouquet? love it or hate it?
Post # 3
@livingthelifemommyandwife: first congrats on your future wedding! i just recently finished my brooch bouquet and i used handmade fabric floweres (satin ribbon and chiffon flowers) . i think the fabric flowers really softened it up, and i’ll be able to keep it for forever. i ended up spending around $150-$175 on materials and thats including buying brooches, so it would cost you much less. I even have enough materials to make a smaller bouquet for my made of honor. my bouquet measures around 9 1/2 inches in diameter, and my MOH’s will be around 6 inches. i’m not having brides maids because i’m having a smaller destination wedding. ETA: I LOVE my bouquet!!
anywho….here’s a link to my thread that documents my journey in making my bouquet. it includes how i assembled it to where i got all my supplies, to pictures of it in stages. hope this helps! happy planning 🙂
Post # 4
Congrats on getting engaged! You can have a brooch bouquet with no flowers at all. If you use flowers you really wouldn’t need many…just some to fill in places. I’m always a fan of real flowers and since you wouldn’t need many it probably wouldn’t cost too much $$. Your bridesmaids do not also need brooch bouquets. You want to stand out and be unique!! There bouquets can be small… it’s really up to you what you want them to be. I don’t want to seem like I’m spamming but we just did a feature on brooch bouquets on our blog. You might want to check it out, it may be helpful 🙂
Post # 5
@livingthelifemommyandwife: I love the mix of real and brooches together…..I think its lovely its the best of both worlds!
But if you are using real flowers there is no way for you to make it ahead of time. You might want to look into really good quality silk flowers(but they can be just as expensive as real) if you are wanting to make it in advance.
Here are a few ideas using a mix of both……
As far as bridesmaid bouquets, I hae seen people use small pearl bouquet like this
Post # 6
Mine was made for me and it has fake hydrangeas and real touch roses from Hobby Lobby:
Post # 7
I had a brooch bouquet & I loved it…and so did everyone else! During the ceremony, we just had candlelight & strands of cafe lights overhead, so the bouquet sparkled like crazy. Everyone commented on how amazing it looked coming down the aisle. Plus, I used my husband’s grandmother’s vintage jewelry, so it was a nice way to incorporate her into the wedding. Plus, my bouquet cost less than $15 to make – that includes the cost of 1 new brooch I purchased for it, lol!!
My matron of honor held hands with the flowergirl who carried a sock monkey, lol, so I didn’t have to worry about other flowers & bouquets.
Here’s my bouquet…
Post # 8
Heres my brooch bouquet, I loved it, and so did everyone else……
Post # 8
Best decision I ever made was making this! It complimented my lace dress and our outdoor venue with all of it’s sunshine, so much sparkle!
Post # 9
- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle
I had a brooch bouquet that has a base of silk hydrangeas.
I didn’t have my own brooches, so when I priced out what it would cost to (attempt) to make my own it was around $175-$200 and loads of time. I decided to let a professional make mine and purchased it from NicolasaCicero on Etsy. With shipping it was $240 and well worth every penny, IMO. My bridesmaids each carried a single calla lily.