Photo: Annie McElwain
Many brides- and grooms-to-be spend a large portion of their wedding budget on wedding flowers—and that's no surprise, as flowers can be involved in everything, like brides' bouquets and bridesmaids' bouquets, grooms' and groomsmen's boutonnieres, reception centerpieces, arbors, as well as any other decoration. Prices can run especially high when a flower is out of season, rare, or difficult to keep fresh. Yet most couples see the expense as being necessary; fresh flowers are beautiful, classic, and almost always a memorable part of any wedding day. When things like bridesmaids' bouquets get pricey, however, is there an appealing and appropriate alternative? Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your wedding flower questions in our daily post.
Bridesmaids' bouquets are pricier than I thought they'd be. Are there any other options?
Of course! Especially if you're not hosting a black-tie or formal wedding, there are lots of ways to get creative when substituting for bridesmaids' bouquets. Sarah Stein and Lucy Talbot, authors of the new book The Bridesmaid's Manual, love a floral wrist corsage. "They've come a long way from the cheesy things you wore to prom. And they cost a fraction of what you'd pay for a bouquet," says Stein. Choose the same bud that groomsmen are wearing as a boutonniere to tie the look together. Another idea: Give your girls a stylish clutch, like the one above, to carry down the aisle (this one was rented!). It looks amazing in photos. For more whimsical weddings, a cluster of feathers or a fan would also do the trick.