Post # 1
I am on a TIGHT budget and am considering eliminating my bridesmaids’ bouquets. Has anyone else done this? I’ve seen weddings where no one has had bouquets (including the bride), but I’ve never seen a wedding where the bride was the only one with flowers. I don’t want to do it, but I’ve got to cut costs somewhere, and flowers are expensive. I am DIYing my bouquet to cut costs also.
Post # 3
Can you DIY the Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets too? Have you checked out Costco?
Post # 4
I love beautiful flowers as much as the next girl, but I also love having money in my savings account. If they don’t in the budget, just cut them– you don’t NEED them. 🙂 I’ve seen weddings where the BMs each carry a single long stem flower, which is pretty. Or, DIYing them is an affordable option, if you have the time and inclination. But honestly, it is such an easy thing to cut– none of the guests care about what your BMs are carrying. 🙂
Post # 5
Lots of weddings do single flowers, especially lilles with big ribbons. They’re really elegant.
Or, you can DIY your flowers. It saves a lot of money if you have the time. jhphi is right, nobody cares what THEY’RE carrying
Post # 6
I think, if it were me, rather than cutting them all together, I would downsize them. I’ve seen some lovely options where the Bridesmaid or Best Man carried just a single calla lily with a beautiful ribbon. Or you can also DIY and save a whole lot of money. We did all our bouquets and bouts (6 bouquets and 7 boutinneres) for around $80. We ordered the flowers through a local grocery store and assembled them ourselves using directions from Martha Stewart and The Knot.
Post # 7
Since you are having a coastal wedding, perhaps they could carry something representing that…beach grass or sand dollars…
Post # 8
Um..they need a bouquet imho. How about a single calla lilly and some seagrass tied in with it with some ribbon? You could hot glue a sand dollar to the ribbon btw to give it some "oomph".
Post # 9
I saw a picture somewhere sometime, and I didn’t save it. But the bride had blogged about being on a tight flower budget, so instead of flowers, her bridesmaids each carried something that represented something important to the couple. It was adorable and unique. And cheap!
Post # 10
I agree – do a single flower instead of nothing at all. We are also DIYing the flowers and there are some great bulk flower websites where roses are $1 each (sold in groups of 100)
Post # 11
Shall I cut mine out too, in solidarity? We can start a new trend. Bridesmaids bouquets are sooooo 2008! 😉 hahaha
Post # 12
Jennybryde: what a cute idea, I am seriously going to contemplate that, I love things that are different & unique!
Post # 13
Honestly, who cares if your BMs aren’t carrying a bouquet? I can tell you your BMs won’t care one way or the other. I think you could cut out their flowers, and while people will notice, no one will be trashing your wedding just because you didn’t spend $75 per Bridesmaid or Best Man on something that gets thrown away after the reception. Don’t sweat it!!
Post # 14
- Wedding: October 2009 - Church Ceremony/Reception at The Waterford House
I don’t think there is a problem with cutting them, but I would feel a little awkward as a bridesmaid not carrying something while walking down the aisle. Maybe you could consider an alternative as mentioned above or ask your bms how they would feel not carrying anything at all.
Post # 15
i definitely agree that they need to carry something, it would just look awkward and especially if you have yours. i completely understand being on a tight budget and cutting back…have you though of doing silk/artificial flowers? they are so convincing these days and people cant tell theyre not real unless you tell them. you could save a lot of money doing silk AND do a single or small bouquet…total diy money-saving project!
Post # 16
Why not have them carry a purse with a flower attached?
I don’t think they need to carry flowers- that’s a personal choice, in my opinion.
How about fans, or a parasol? Those would be awesome! If it’s a night reception, what if they each carried a candle (dripless, of course)?