Post # 1
I feel terrible. I’ve had this thought in my head and I can only share this with weddingbee. I’ve just gotten the quote from my florist and the bridesmaids bouquet (six of them) are expensive. Question:
Must I get floral bouquets for my bridesmaids? Or should I find a cheaper alternative and save money? I am over my budget so any savings would be great.
Maybe I should try DIY their flowers?
Post # 3
I was at a wedding where each bridesmaid carried a single calla lily. It was really elegant, and no one noticed the lack of bouquets.
Post # 4
Personally, I think they should have flowers or something. I think there are budget ways to do it w/o hurting the budget. For example, just one bloom? Or one bloom with fillers like baby’s breath?
DIY would be a huge savings if you have the time for it. That’s what I plan on doing.
Post # 5
I would try to DIY their bouquets…if you go to Costco or a flower market, you could pick up some inexpensive flowers and make your own bouquets (Costco’s roses are beautiful, cheap, and come in lots of colors…like I think they have a 2-dozen bunch for $20…also, carnations come in tons of colors and are really inexpensive and look fantastic when all bunched together)…and you could probably find a how-to on weddingbee, and especially on Marthastewartweddings.com!
Post # 6
- Wedding: July 2010 - The Tower Club
I vote for DIY, especially since their bouquets are typically smaller. And it could be a fun "girly" project for your wedding! My favorite tutorial is here:
Post # 7
actually at Costco.com you can order bulk flowers super cheap and they will deliver them to you. It is awesome. I should probably stop posting about this or people are going to think I work for Costco, but doing this is leaving me enough wiggle room to get my hair done instead of doing it myself! Just baby’s breath could be super cute if it fits with your wedding.
Post # 8
I vote DIY as well. It’s really simple- there are lots of tips on the boards here at Weddingbee and it will save you a ton.
I did my bouquet, 4 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets and 7 bouts out of roses for less than $150!
Post # 9
I prefer the idea of a single bloom, I have seen lilies & gerbera daisies this way.
I think what I might do is some nice round bouquets of just baby’s breath or another accent flower.
Post # 10
I had a destination wedding and was in the same boat…..the florist wanted to charge $250 per Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquet or $50 for a single rose! So I nixed the flowers and went with parasols that cost under $10. This worked well for my beach wedding. If your ceremony is indoors, I would go with a single bloom – just so the ladies have something to hold. It won’t look awkward and no one will notice.
Post # 11
Geez, Yach. . . is your florist on crack? I think you were right to choose parasols instead – and they’ll last longer than one day. Good for you for not paying that $50.
Post # 12
OK- I had another couple of ideas-
1- a corsage instead of an entire bouquet, either to pin to their dresses or to wear on their wrists.
2- a nosegay instead of a bouquet (nosegays are just much smaller, fewer flowers, less expensive)
3- What about getting them each a clutch or purse that they could carry? Something that goes with your wedding (modern, classic, simple, fancy, etc.)
Post # 13
i agree with Miss Crème Brulée: the single calla lilly looks really elegant! my BM’s will be carrying a very small bouquet of white roses, and we’re currently thinking about using silk flowers, because they’re cheaper, and look almost the same!
Post # 14
For my sisters wedding the Bridemaids carries three pink roses each. The stems were wrapped totally in Pink Ribbon. It wasn’t expensive at all. She also saved using a Florist who worked out of her home.
Post # 15
I’ve seen some really cute briedemaids bouquets made out of origami flowers. I’ve also seen tissue paper and Christmas ornament bouquets, which are super cute and cheap. Or if you’re crafty you could make them out of fabric and buttons. Your bridesmaids could carry a fan or a clutch instead of flowers too. If you’re having a beach wedding, I think parasols are a great idea or big conch sheels would work, too. I’ll put in some pictures of things I’m mentioning.
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Post # 16
My friend did fake flowers for her wedding, and no one other than us could tell and we got to keep them after the day. She said it was a lot cheaper. She had a certain artist do them, idk who though.