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August 2012

The Big Day: Bouquet Alternative Idea

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I’ve been using Wedding Wire’s checklist to keep our wedding tasks organized and to ensure everything will be done on time. In September, the florist (among other things) is a big one on the list.

Obviously, the florist would be helping with any church decorations, bouquets and table decorations. I’m not so sure I’ll be needing them for church decorations (ok, maybe) and I’ll probably use grocery store flowers or backyard flowers (if any) for the table decorations, so all I’m left with florist-wise is bouquets.

Emily Snuffer

source: Hidden Garden Floral Design

There’s one problem with that. I don’t really understand the point of bouquets. Yes, they’re absolutely beautiful. I’ve pinned them on Pinterest many a time. I get it. I really do. But, why do we use them? What is the point of carrying them down the aisle? Ok, I can make a case that having bouquets solves the age-old problem of, “What do I do with my hands?” Ha. I can’t seem to shake the thought that it seems like a waste – both of time and money. Someone please show me the way if I am thinking of this totally wrong….

That being said, I’ve been having a hard time entering a budget number on my budget sheet for an item I can’t seem to wrap my head around.

So… because we need to have SOMETHING to occupy our hands while we traipse down the aisle, I’ve been brainstorming ideas and I wanted to share one with you today.

Here’s a couple of huge, latex-y hints.

Emily Snuffer

Emily Snuffer

Emily Snuffer


Emily Snuffer

So, here’s my idea.

What if my bridesmaids (and maybe me if my mother lets me) carried large, 36″ balloons Geronimo-style down the aisle?

I have a feeling it would be a total logistics nightmare, but the affect would be so awesome and more me than actual floral bouquets (I’ve actually told Aaron for years now to not waste his money buying me flowers). Plus, balloons make for great photos (we’ve seen it all over the blogosphere) and insta-decor for the reception site.

Let’s recap.

Advantages of balloon idea:

  • More “me” than bouquets
  • I get their purpose – to make me brilliantly happy
  • Unique
  • Awesome photo opp (I want to photoshop “Thank” and “You” on them for our Thank You notes)
  • Will act as big part of reception decor
  • DIY dream
  • Less pricey
Disadvantages of balloon idea:
  • Possibly not kosher with the church
  • What if they pop?
  • Would need to rent 3 helium tanks ($$) to blow these suckers up on site
  • Would need to recruit a balloon wrangler to keep them out of the way during the actual ceremony
  • Attention might be on the balloons – not Aaron and I! (I could solve this by having my bridesmaids carry the balloons and I could carry a traditional bouquet)
  • People think I’m crazy
  • My bridesmaids might not want to deal with huge balloons

Decisions, decisions. I’m going to craft one of these up this weekend and see how annoying they are to make.

What do you think? Am I missing out if I scrap floral bouquets? Need your opinion!

Any other bouquet alternative ideas?

Should I just shut up and call the florist? That certainly would be easier…

xo, emily

All images are from Geronimo.

p/s: It has been difficult for me to communicate what I want (both on the blog and in-person) and not annoy people. I’m not saying that floral bouquets suck. They absolutely do not. I love them. I pin them often. I gasp at weddings when I see a bride holding one. There are my brides and brides-to-be that absolutely understand the purpose of a bouquet. I just have a tight budget and zany wedding decor, so this ballon vs. flowers thing is just an offshoot of that. I hope you understand….