(Closed) Instead of bouquet….

posted 6 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
3170 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Could you just go to hobby lobby or michaels and get some pretty fake flowers? Hobby Lobby’s are really realistic.

Post # 4
355 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m with you on this one. I don’t want to spend the $100 per bouquet from my resort, and hiring an outside florist is also expensive. But it seems awkward to have them carry nothing…

This may not help you, but I think to compromise I’m going get the bouquets but have them double as centerpiece flowers. After the ceremony, they can drop them in the vases at the tables. It is still expensive, but should cut my flower costs in half.

The only other thing I can think of to suggest is a cute parasol… I’m not sure how this would look either but it may be workable if you are getting married on the beach.

Or could you DIY a bouquet with shells and other beachy things?

Post # 5
845 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’d love ideas as well! Maybe corsages, a single flower, or 3 flowers tied with a ribbon.

Post # 6
4375 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My girls carried books – which were free, since we already owned them. What about little lanterns? Bright colorful pinwheels?

There’s a lot of DIY tutorials on here for making silk flower bouquets, paper flower bouquets, and brooch bouquets if you want to go affordable, but semi-traditional.

Post # 7
5242 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Rehema:  I’m using fake real touch flowers for my destination wedding. Since I’m not a DIy type of girl I’m having a local person do them for me. Her prices are quite reasonable depending on what you pick and the nice thing is you get to keep your bouquet forever 🙂

I can give you her website info to check her out if you are interested

Post # 8
9548 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Another vote for a single flower. Or a candle/lantern.

I, personally, am not a fan of clutches.

I think that it is nice to have something to hold onto while walking down the aisle, but you could have the groomsmen walk with them and maybe they could just link arms? Then you don’t need to hold anything.

Post # 9
870 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I bought a single large silk magnolia flower for each of my bridesmaids to hold.  Maybe something like that?

Post # 10
1729 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Rehema:  Could you bedazzle some fans? Like go HAM on a cheap-o Oriental Trading Co fans with jewels?

Post # 12
1778 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Would something like a peacock feather work?

Post # 13
195 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

My bridesmaids (and myself) are carrying these beautiful ostrich feather fans



While my flowergirls are carrying these precious little felt flower/brooch bouquets

Flowers are such a boring option, IMO ;P

Post # 14
202 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Usually I tend to say that a clutch purse might be a bit too “formal” looking for most destination weddings (however I’m not sure if that would be the case for you)


I REALLY like the idea of just one single tropical flower… it just seems very sleek and beautiful.


I also think you could find a fan that wasn’t oriental looking. Like others suggestion maybe made of feathers or large tropical leaves.

Post # 15
433 posts
Helper bee


As a bridesmaid I’d feel really awkward holding nothing.  I wouldn’t know what to do with my hands.  I need to be able to fidget with something or I’d feel naked in front of everyone.  A single flower could be lovely.  A clutch purse isn’t very beachy.

Post # 16
909 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m with the team who says a single flower. It still looks very pretty

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