Post # 1
So, I met with my florsist and went over exactly what I want for flowers. Little did I know all my favorite flowers like peonies, gardenias happen to be $25-$35 a stem! Unless that flower is going to cure cancer and make me breakfast in the morning I cannot phathom paying that kind of money!
So, I am going for large garden roses that look similar to peonies and other more inexpensive yet still expensive flowers.
My questions are: Who do I absoluely have to get corsages, boutineers ect for? Where can I cut the costs on flowers without leaving anyone out.
For boutineers I have the groom, bestman and 5 groomsmen. 2 grandpas, 2 dads, and a ring bearer and my 3 brothers as ushers and 3 mothers for corsages.
For bouquets me, moh, bm’s and flower girl rose petals (I know I cannot cut too much from the ladies.
Is it okay to skip the ring bearers boutineer, maybe even the ushers and grandparents? They really don’t even care if they have them or not?
Post # 3
I’d ask the family, because I think this is a very family-by-family thing. I actually didn’t want to do corsages at all or bouts for anyone but bridal party because I just think they’re straight up “prom.” Also, I felt like if people don’t know who our parents and grandparents are then they probably shouldn’t be at the wedding! (its a mostly family wedding). But then I said that to my mom and she was really disappointed. Also at my brother’s wedding a few months ago my grandma LOVED her corsage and even kept it nice to pin to her shirt for the day after brunch. Clearly, it meant something to her. So I’m going to suck it up and do them even though I think they’re cheesy. Long story short.. make sure you’re not going to hurt grandma and pappy’s feelings 😉
Post # 4
i dont think corsages are really important but i do think boutineers are at least for the bridal party. i would do bouquets and boutineers for the bridal party at least. I think it would be ok to keep it at that.
another option would be fake flowers (there are some good fake flowers out there) and do the boutineers with those.
Post # 5
You could cut the bouts all together and just use pocket squares. If the guys are renting their tuxes/suits, a pocket square is usually included. I am making our guys theirs. I am also going to purchase or make brooches for the ladies, so they can have an actual keepsake, instead of a flower or two that will just die by the end of the day/night.
Post # 6
I say just the wedding party and parents – thats what we’re doing to cut costs!
Post # 7
I wouldn’t use a garden rose for a bout. I think they are too big. I would substitute a rose or spray roses. That should cut costs somewhat.
Post # 8
You can also just use a single stem or two of your preferred flowers for the BMs…it can look really elegant to highlight a gorgeous flower with just maybe a ribbon. It’s lighter and easier for the girls to deal with too. I’ve gotten so tired of toting around big round rose bouquets before 🙂 We went this way with orchids and the cost went from $65 to $30 each…yeah!
I second the PPs who suggested discussing beforehand with special people if they really want a flower — my mom really was adamant about NOT wanting a corsage!