I love DIY weddings where the brides and families labor over making some memorable details with their unique talents. I, however, am not much of a crafter or a DIY-er. Since I’ve started this wedding planning, I’ve joked that I want a “DIY wedding without the DIY.” I love the look of handcrafted décor and accessories; I just don’t really trust myself to actually create them.
I knew first off that I didn’t want flowers. I know, call me crazy, but I just am not a flowery type of girl. Plus, the cost can really add up if you use a florist. I had debated between a few options (including purchasing flowers online and creating the bouquet myself), but I hadn’t really been drawn to anything floral.
Source: Southern Weddings
I almost liked the look of these huge bouquets. Baby’s breath makes for great touches in décor and would really fit in with my vintage vibe, but it just wasn’t clicking with me. It’s gorgeous, but I wanted more color.
Source: Love and Lavender
I thought holding fans would be cute, but it just wasn’t IT.
Source: From Sparkly to Spouse
My planner suggested that we carry white parasols. Since we are on the beach in the sun for the wedding, this wasn’t a bad idea. It just wasn’t….me.
Yes, those are paper flowers. Can you tell? These beauties would be interesting, but I’m not sure if they would last all day.
A cute crafty bouquet… but not my style.
And, then, there it was.
Source: Brenda's Wedding Blog
The brooch bouquet. It can be vintage. It can be funky. It can be colorful. It can have family heirlooms, brooches that symbolize things that are important to me, and best of all, it will never wilt. So instead of standard flowers, I chose a non-floral bouquet.
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Anyone can Google “brooch bouquet” and be in awe of the results. They are a colorful project and something that will certainly draw attention to any bride. However, this same Google search can show you prices of $300 to assemble the bouquet. If I was avoiding real flowers because of the cost, I certainly couldn’t shell out that to create a bouquet for just one person.
Luckily other brides have been in this situation, and they have taken to the Internet and posted tutorials and photographs of their brooch bouquet assembly. It doesn’t look too hard, and it would be fun to gather the Bridesmaids up for a Brooch Party—a night of assembling, swapping brooches for our bouquets, and a few glasses of wine. ☺
To keep this brooch bouquet budget friendly, it is important to remember that vintage brooches can be pricey—especially the enamel flower pieces (the ones I want so badly!). The best thing is to scour Ebay, thrift stores and estate sales. I have been fortunate enough to find brooch lots on Ebay (a listing that has several pieces in one sale). I have read that it takes 60 to 80 brooches for a bridal bouquet, so if I keep my brooches at $1 to $2 each I’ll be in a good price range. I’m also asking female relatives, friends and friends of friends for brooches that have been forgotten about in a jewelry box somewhere. I’m confident that I will reach my target brooch count soon….and then it will be time for assembly!
What wedding standards are you forgoing to help with cost?