Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Wedding Wednesday --- Breaking The Bouquet

In the spirit of further personalizing our wedding .... and lets be hones; saving some cash as well, I've been looking into the idea of having my bridesmaids carry something other than the traditional flower bouquet down the aisle. I mean I love flowers don't get me wrong- but the idea of $60 + dollars a piece for a chunk of flowers my girls will carry for 3o minutes makes me nauseous. So, though I've come to no conclusion yet and by no means have I ruled out flowers here are some of the ideas (both good and questionable) that I have found that good help contribute to our retro garden inspired wedding.

We'll start with the questionable:

Balloons:

The idea in and of its self is cute. But then I wonder how balloons actually look at the alter and there's the issue of wind and them blowing in our faces - and heaven forbid one should pop! Uhmmm probably not....

Candles:



I like this idea. Open flame makes me nervous but I think there are a number of ways this idea could be tweaked.

Lanterns mayhaps?


And from a different approach we could even make our own tin can lanters to spell out a word once all the girls are at the alter....but would that be distracting? Perhaps....but definitely less distracting than balloons!


Paper Goods:


The hearts are cute that's for sure. Maybe a little too literal though- at least unless its a Valentines wedding.



Just spell it out? I don't know - again maybe too distracting from the ceremony and a little too boxing match ring girl...

Parisoles

Cute and quite cost effective but a little too Three little girls from school for my taste. Besides how could they ever contribute to the reception decor as I think it would be bad luck to have 7 open umbrellas indoors at our wedding reception.

Firefly Jars:



This I have to admit was my very own idea. Continuing with the garden theme I thought it could be very cute and unique to have each maid carry a jar of "fireflies" down the aisle. Of course I would pretty up the jars with ribbon to make them look a bit less rustic. I still like the idea but am not sure it would communicate and instead people would scratch their heads in confusion and think I was nuts. Another problem? Though I can find lots of sites that once sold these cute little jars, they are all currently out of stock and maybe never to return.

Butterflies: (The most recent and promising idea as of yet)

This idea was featured over the summer in Martha Stewart weddings and again as a flashback in the new issue. I think it is super cute and still reads as a traditional bouquet with a twist.

They would be super easy to make as the butterflies our wired and the best part is a pack of 12 butterflies runs right around 5 dollars. I would probably be looking at about $20 bucks a pop for each bouquet which I love!

After a small amount of online perusing I found these butterflies that I think would work nicely"


(I would probably also mix in a little green so there would be more depth)


I'm really liking this last idea the best but could see myself going in a number of directions...there are just so many great ideas! I never saw myself going the route of the nontraditional but the more I dig into these creative ideas- the more I love them! Any thoughts? I'm all ears!

Much Love Always!

Miss Amber Lane


4 comments:

Secretia said...

Whatever you decide on will work! You are getting married, that is wonderful enough right there.

Secretia

Mrs. Dew said...

WOW those are some really creative ideas! I can't wait to see what you chose!

Rachel Ann said...

Amber Lane, we are totally on the same wavelength.

I'm even nixing my own bouquet, because well, I really don't care that much about flowers.

Here's links with pictures of things I'm thinking about trying/modifying for myself.

I'm thinking about doing something really simple like tulle pomanders for the maids

http://offbeatbride.com/2009/03/wedding-bouquets

http://www.rufflesandstuff.com/2009/11/practically-free-pom-pom-lamp.html

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