Do bridesmaids really need a bouquet?

posted 5 months ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 17
194 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

My bridesmaids are just wearing flower crowns instead – it was their idea! I’m still a little worried that they’re going to feel awkward not holding anything but they don’t seem worried – one has two kids (one and three years old) so she said she’d actual prefer no bouquet so her hands are free. The kids are walking down the aisle with them as well so hopefully they’ll happily hold hands with them 🙂 

Post # 18
549 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

My cousin’s bridesmaids held clutches which looked cute. 

Post # 19
5004 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

I guess bridesmaids don’t “need” bouquets, neither does the bride.  You mange to walk without holding something every other day of your life however I love bouquets, when else do you spend the day holding gorgeous flowers?  Not having bouquets wouldn’t have been an option for me. 

Post # 20
7932 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2019

amber176 :  My friend got us corsages instead, seemed like a good way to save money, but I love flowers so have opted for flowers for all my bridesmaids. 

Post # 21
752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I definitely want to give my bridesmaids something to hold because I think if people don’t know what to do with their hands it can look awkward. But I’m with you on the flower thing. It’s a ridiculous amount of money for something that’s gonna be dead before you come back off honeymoon. 

A friend of mine has offered to make me a brooch bouquet so I can keep it after ge wedding and it will have special meaning because she made it. I’ve just had to buy the materials which came to about £90 so not much cheaper but I’ll get to keep it so I dont mind. As for the bridesmaids, I’m thinking along the same vein but cheaper I saw these pearl sticks on amazon that I’m sure the same friend can fashion a few together to look a bit like a bunch with some ribbon. 


Post # 24
328 posts
Helper bee

I didn’t want to spend alot of money on my bridesmaid bouquets, but I did want them to have something to hold. I ended up doing baby’s breath bouquets which were super cheap and I loved the way they looked! (My florist charged $30 per bouquet – but they could be done DIY for much less!)


Post # 25
4471 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

At my wedding, the girls entered with the guys in pairs, but they carried books with a fern tucked in them. (Books were our theme.)

Post # 26
279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

amber176 :  Im in Wisconsin, too. Mostly I see the bridesmaids walk in alone. What about lanterns! I would have done this, but ended up with way too many maids for it to work logistically. My thought was to have them be put on the head table for some decoration there once the ladies get to the reception. 

Post # 27
4701 posts
Honey bee

amber176 :  I got bouquets of lavendar from Etsy for my bridesmaids. It was cheaper and now some have the dried one still.  It dried better than my bouquet. Lol. 

Post # 28
208 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - Mountains

If you’re trying to save money then DIY is the best way to go. Are you crafty? Michaels has huge sales and coupon deals if you find flowers there you like. Does a nearby grocery store have a floral department? You can save a ton of money not going to a ‘floral’ shop.

I saw a post on FB or something that suggested having your bridesmaids carry puppies instead of bouquets!! That would be cute! I think the couple worked with a shelter/animal rescue

Post # 29
2419 posts
Buzzing bee

I think it’s nice to have something to hold to avoid the awkward “what do I do with my hands” thing, but it doesn’t have to be a bouquet.  I’ve seen bridesmaids with bouquets, a single stem of a large flower (like a sunflower or giant paper flower), a lantern, a pretty evening clutch, an antique book, a pretty lace fan, and a little wicker basket (filled with dried flowers, maybe?)

Post # 30
3093 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

Totally not necessary, but like others have said it can feel pretty awkward to walk down the aisle with nothing to carry..I’d spend the entire walk thinking about my hands and not knowing what to do with them lol

If you’re gonna forego bouquest, I’d suggest you either have them carry a single flower, a candle that can be used as part of a candle ceremony, or some other kind of tricket, or have them walk down the aisle with groomsmen so they can lock arms and rest their free hand on his elbow. 

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