(Closed) No bouquet, then what?

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
2247 posts
Buzzing bee

I’ve seen photos of a few weddings where the bride didn’t have a bouquet. Some of the brides just had their hands clasped in front of them. 

You don’t need a Maid/Matron of Honor in order to have a bouquet, though. I see a lot of weddings where it’s just the couple, no bridal party. The bouquet is simply placed on the train of the wedding dress if there is one. If there isn’t a train, the bouquet is held for the whole ceremony or placed on a small table or the ground. A bouquet on the ground or on a table looks just fine and provides some good photo opportunities. 

Post # 4
1010 posts
Bumble bee

I’m probably not having a bouquet.  I’ll have one arm linked around my father’s arm as he walks me down the aisle, and the other arm just down by my side.

Post # 5
552 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

If you want a bouquet but just don’t know what to do with it, you could hand it to someone in the front row or have a small vase or table where you can put it down, or since it’s outdoors put it on the ground. You could have a small pomander with a loop or a lantern and hang it from a shepherds hook (you can find them at the Dollar Store right now).  

If you just don’t want one at all…is someone walking with you? If so then you’ll link arms and you can put your one hand on top of the one that’s linked. If you’re walking by yourself you could fold your hands in front of you, or carry something, like a small gift for FI’s parents. Since you don’t know if you’ll even be walking down an aisle, then how will you get to the front? Come out the side with your Fiance holding hands? Be seated in the front row as guests arrive and then just stand up when it’s time? 

Just because it’ll be low key doesn’t mean you shouldn’t walk down the aisle or have a bouquet if that’s what you want! Flowers don’t have to be fancy, or even cost anything. If you don’t have a garden, I bet you know someone who does and would love to cut you a few blooms to carry if you asked.  The most important part is the actual ceremony, so there’s nothing wrong with it being a little ceremonial and including more “traditional” elements even if you aren’t having a traditional wedding.  

Post # 6
7553 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

I had a bigger wedding with a Bridal Party and still didn’t have a bouquet. I just didn’t get the point of paying hundreds of dollars for something I’d hold for a few seconds. I held my parents’ arms as I walked down the aisle. The only person who said something about it told me that she thought it was smart considering most bouquets go to waste. 

Post # 7
733 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: City, State

                   You don’t need to hold anything walking down the aisle but but if feel the need to hold something, what about some type of lantern? Considering its outside and you said a bonfire, it could be used outside once it gets dark (either real candle or those flameless candles). You could also use a parasol, broach bouquet, feathers or paperfans. 

ETA: Also I have seen people use clutches as well

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