Post # 1
My budget is getting out of hand very quickly, and my Fiance and I don’t even have a date set in stone yet! So we’re trying to cut costs, and one of the ways we’re doing that is with flowers. My Fiance is the only man standing at the front who will have a boutonniere (a brooch and pearl one that I’m DIYing to match my bouquet), the groomsmen and our pastor will have pocket squares. For our Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets we will be using hydrangeas from Sam’s club and maybe some white roses from the grocery store so as to save money, since those bouquets are fairly simple to put together. I’ve heard that hydrangeas wilt very quickly if they aren’t kept in water, so they aren’t good for corsages and boutonnieres. I;m wondering if anyone has any good alternative corsage / boutonniere ideas that they used. I just love the idea of our really close family getting something special for our wedding that they get to wear. Are there any good ones out there, or should I spring for rose bouts/corsages from a florist?
Post # 2
There’s a tradition among some of the small villages in Poland (where my family is from) to have the bride’s friends wear crowns made of Rosemary, which symbolizes rememberence and friendship. I planned on putting my closest girlfriends in Rosemary crowns, then use a sprig of Rosemary to make a circle shaped brooch/boutonniere for honored family members =) Sort of like this
Post # 3
What about using carnations? They’re ruffly, smell good and are really inexpensive. My grandparenta are getting carnations for their corsage and bout and they are literally half the price of the rose ones for the groomsmen.
Another idea for your bridesmaid bouquets is baby’s breath, and I’ve seen babies breath boutonnières look great also!
Post # 4
- Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast
You could do non-floral bouts. There are lots of options out there… feathers, silk flowers, fresh herbs, ribbon, vintage key, a pin, golf tees, a fishing lure, pinwheel, paper flowers, tulle poms, seashells, etc.
Instead of floral corasages, you could buy people bracelets (or other jewelery) or a nice brooch/pin.
Post # 6
Because my hubbie a sports fan we did baseball pins instead of boutonnieres. Got them from etsy. They weren’t too expensive. For my mom and Mother-In-Law I got silk flower corsages, again, from etsy. Mostly, because my mom is allergic to so many flowers and they could keep them after the wedding. To get some alternative ideas I went on to pinterest and searched bouts and courgages. There are some really original ideas there and a lot of them aren’t expensive.
Post # 7
1. Do a search on Pinterest for non-floral boutonnieres and corsages. There are hundreds of easy, inexpensive ideas. You could feature one of your and FI’s hobbies like fly fishing, sports etc.
2.You can easily make them yourself. For a boutonniere use one flower, a sprig or two of greenery, wrap with floral tape and add a pin.
The downside of DIY’ing is that it will take time, the day before the wedding. You could use silk flowers and make them ahead of time.
Post # 8
Those are beautiful and so unique. Thank you for the suggestion!
Those are all great and clever ideas! Thanks! 🙂
I didn’t even think about going for less expensive flowers, that’s a really good idea.
My budget is $12,000ish for the whole wedding, and I’d like to keep it under $75 for 4 bouts and 5 corsages
I really like the sports idea; my Fiance loves hockey, I’ll have to see if I can incorporate that in some way 🙂
That’s a great idea, why did I not think of Pinterest?! And I didn’t realize DIYing fresh bouts would be so easy 🙂 Thanks for the advice