No Flowers?

It’s true. Mr. Whale and I have decided to have a flowerless wedding. In some sense, this makes things a lot easier. Flowers are pretty dang expensive. When I told one of my married bridesmaids that we probably weren’t having flowers, she wholeheartedly supported the decision, saying, “I totally understand. When our florist gave us a quote, I said, ”˜They cost how much? And they DIE?!?!’”

It’s incredible really. I think flowers are amazingly beautiful, but I wanted a band instead of a DJ, and giving up flowers is what made room for that decision.

So, going flowerless saves money (potentially). But, it also opens the door to so many other options. I decided that I should first work on my bouquet. And WOW, there are SO MANY bouquet options.

My brooch bouquet

Brooch bouquet (Image from Kippie on Weddingbee)

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Fabric bouquet (Image from triclairatops on Weddingbee!! Thanks, bees!)


Button Bouquet! (Image from Glamour)


Paper flower bouquet (Image from Capitol Romance / Photo by Elusive Photo Design)

Felt Flower Bouquet (Image from Poptastic Bride / Photo and bouquet by onehappygirl on Etsy)

And of course I can’t leave out this beauty (which I fell in love with before I knew that it belonged to Mrs. FroYo):

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Photo from Mrs. Frozen Yogurt on Weddingbee / Photo by Modern Life Studios

I would reeeeeeally love to do a candy bouquet. But I’m afraid it’ll just end up being a sticky disaster. Plus”¦it seems really hard. For any of these non-flower bouquets, there’s always the option of ordering it on Etsy or having it made. But the point was to save money.  So I’m trying to find one that I can DIY.

For the purposes of saving money, I think the brooch bouquet is out. My family doesn’t have any brooches just lying around. And they’re a little expensive unless you’re completely dedicated to searching consignment stores for cheap ones.

I think what I’d like to do is make a bouquet with both buttons and fabric flowers. I’ve made a few trips to Michaels and JoAnn Fabrics (my go-to wedding supply stores), and buttons are very easy to find and not too expensive. I think I’ll head out to get some supplies so that I can have something to show the hive within the next few days!

Did I miss anything? Anything I should know before I set out to make my own bouquet?


Mrs. Blue Whale

College Park, MD
Wedding Date:
May 2013
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    Pearberry 1980 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:16 am

    We are also having a flowerless wedding. However, FI and I met through fencing so I will be using my sabre! Other interests might work as well pool (Q stick, sp?), reading (books, which I’ve seen online), etc. I think you’re options sound lovely and creative, good luck! Another good thing about non-floral bouqets, at least with real flowers, is that you can keep them after.

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    jilleeann 409 posts, Helper bee @ 10:34 am

    I’m making all my flowers from book pages. Part to save money, part to have my hands on in the decorating, and part because books were what got us talking in the first place. The origami flowers up top can also be made with fabric. Doing the non flower thing has been fun and there’s endless inspiration out there, so much so that i’ve had to reign myself in and only stick with the one theme. Have fun!

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    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:34 am

    OMG I love that ice cream bouquet! :)

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    Mrs. Rubber Stamps 821 posts, Busy bee @ 10:39 am

    Good luck! I used silk flowers in my centerpieces and other decor and just bought bouquets from the grocery store floral department. I only needed 3 bouquets so overall pricing wasn’t too bad.

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    Mrs. Beanstalk 770 posts, Busy bee @ 10:57 am

    those are all really cute options! That felt flower bouquet is so funky!

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 11:30 am

    I’m having a mixed brooch-and-dried flower bouquet. I ordered it from Etsy and I am in LOVE with it (and its price). My BFF is making her own brooch bouquet, something we’re both in love with, and I can’t wait to see the final product.

    That having been said – fabric flowers are freaking awesome. I’m excited to read more about this process!

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 11:40 am

    love these! my advice is to figure out how you’re going to put them together. they make some plastic pieces for this purpose but it helps to know that so you can plan for stem length, number of objects, etc.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 11:48 am

    So many cute options! I really loved clay flower bouquets, but I didn’t trust my DIY abilities to make them.

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    epalmisano829 453 posts, Helper bee @ 11:52 am

    Yay! I went totally flowerless myself as well… Good for you! I can’t wait to see what you come up with. We had a mix of fabric flowers on the clutches and my bouquet was seashells.

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    Cathy, Guest @ 11:55 am

    One of my favorite non-flower bouquets was featured in a Martha Stewart spread – it was a bunch of free-floating butterflies. It was beautiful.

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    keiramenna 45 posts, Newbee @ 12:03 pm

    Seashells is an awesome idea! I love how personal bouquets are getting!! Portable works of art! That said, my mother held a fistful of (normal, white) daisies and baby’s breath. It wasn’t expensive and the effect was enchanting. :)

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    RapunzelRapunzel 812 posts, Busy bee @ 12:11 pm

    I love all your choices! I’m having a flower-free wedding too; I made ribbon roses and love how they turned out!

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    Mrs. B., Guest @ 12:33 pm

    If you’re worried about a candy bouquet being sticky do one with wrapped lollipops, then you have plastic protecting you from stickiness. Like this:

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:39 pm

    I love the idea of the candy bouquet, even if it’s just for pictures, it’d go amazing with your theme, but I think the next best option would be the button bouquet, it can be colorful and fun and even look like candy!

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    cosmo_gmr 488 posts, Helper bee @ 12:58 pm

    Loved that fabric bouquet and mixing them with buttons is a great idea!

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    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:11 pm

    I love the idea of a candy bouquet, though knowing me, I’d be munching on it the whole day…

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    phoenixandstars 565 posts, Busy bee @ 1:35 pm

    Another flowerless bride here too and although most people didn’t “get” it at first, they all raved and raved when they saw it on the big day. We did book page, origami folded flowers and it turned out so awesome. Was it time consuming? Yes. Were there times I wanted to give up? Yes. Will everyone actually remember what kind of flowers we have? Yes. It’s so worth it to do something different! Have fun and good luck!

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    wb3245 4225 posts, Honey bee @ 1:47 pm

    We are having paper flowers! If I was having a ‘candy’ themed wedding (like you) I would TOTALLY rock long stemmed lollipops!

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    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:53 pm

    The candy bouquet is so amazing!! I was seriously considering going the Etsy route and getting a faux-glamelia bouquet (basically, just one giant bloom). It was a fraction of the cost and seriously just as gorgeous as a lot of the real flower bouquets you see. In the end we did real flowers.. but hey, just a thought for you!!

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    WeBloom, Guest @ 2:13 pm

    Nothing beats the real thing. Many scientific studies have proven that fresh flowers enhances your well being. Fake does the opposite. (also bad feng shui).
    I’d say: Real Flowers or nothing at all!

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    fjparriswed 2 posts, Wannabee @ 1:41 pm

    I’m creating a brooch bouquet and my bridesmaids are using parasols. still working on centerpiece ideas

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    Meranda, Guest @ 1:47 pm

    Joining the book page flower parade here. :) In fact, we’re doing books as the overriding theme — flowers, library card save the dates, confetti, bookmark escort cards, etc. We have a huge library (read: 7+ floor-to-ceiling bookcases), both have loved reading since childhood, and have a dog named after a literary icon. Also, I’m a DIYer as a way of life, so um I really looked forward to creating the flowers and other decor! Plus, it saves a lot of money (but not time). My sister (a bm) and mom wanted to help, and just this weekend I showed them how to cut the pages and twirl/glue them into my desired style (I tried several variations until I found one with the right level of ease and pretty). I’m making about a thousand (yes thousand) of the flowers, each on a wire stem, to create centerpieces in jars and of course our bouquets. Some of the pages, I’ve painted with a wash of our colors to give them a little bit of an unexpected accent. They are so pretty! Plus, I plan to tell the guests to help themselves to flowers at the end of the event to take home and keep as a fond memory of our wedding. Way better than pressed/dried flowers no one looks at or forgets about.

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    Jackie, Guest @ 1:50 pm

    I am looking at having clutches for my bridesmaids and fun brooches for their dresses. I don’t think I am carrying anything at all. I get to hold both my parents hands as I walk down the aisle and my hubby’s on the way back up it. What more do I need? :)

    Have not figured out the boutonnieres yet… Ideas?

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    daki 1 posts, Wannabee @ 1:57 pm

    Having flowers at my wedding was never even a consideration. I’m just not a flower girl. I think receiving flowers, while the thought is appreciated, is a waste of money and I can’t even keep a plant alive. So I’m having a brooch bouquet, bridesmaid bouquets will be paper, and centerpieces will be books with paper flowers.

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    connie curtis, Guest @ 2:15 pm

    we are doing a very small ceremony on the beach and it very non traditional. We are being beach dress up and only a few guests. I dont know if I want even but if I do. I would like it to be simple and easy to make reflecting the beach and ocean. Any ideas?

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    Diehlrl 63 posts, Worker bee @ 4:37 pm

    I am using origami flowers I found on etsy for bouquets and am making pomander balls I found on Pinterest for the tables. Not a fan of real flowers.

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    luayne 1826 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:57 pm

    Books, lanterns, candles, seashells, parasols…I’ve even seen guns! (Roaring 20s wedding)…so many other options but we are making feather and copper wire flower bouquets to go with our Steampunk wedding!

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    Candylynn Marie, Guest @ 6:28 pm

    Flowerless weddings, you don’t have to do the real flowers, maybe the next wedding would be silk flowers…Silk flowers are good.. they don’t have any smell unless you spray them with perfume..

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    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 7:07 pm

    @Miss Panda: Haha! It would take so much willpower not to eat it. Knowing Mr. Whale, he take a bite and say, “What? It’s candy. Candy is for eating.”

    @fjparriswed: Parasols!! What a great idea.

    @connie curtis: A couple of people have suggested seashells. That would definitely work for you.

    @Meranda: Whoa! So many flowers! That’s totally awesome. I considered using books too, because I’m such a big reader. But ultimately, I wanted some brighter colors. But all the ones I’ve seen have been so beautiful. I can’t imagine how awesome a thousand of them is going to be!

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    MrsSouthernGent, Guest @ 9:10 pm

    I did have a bouquet for myself that I LOVED but I didn’t want to spend a ton on flowers so my girls used pinwheels that I just made from scrapbooking paper. I also used a bunch of smaller ones as centerpieces. It looked amazing!! And since paper is so varied, you can have it dressed down (vintage), city-fied (think sparkly/shiny), or anyway you want it!

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    Candylynn Marie, Guest @ 9:29 pm

    I do like the idea of the shells as a wedding bouquet.. if you are getting married by the ocean.. it would be timely.. and quite unusual.. no one would expect that to have… i Would think about using paper flowers with pipe cleaners, and then wrap it with florist tape to hold them all together…

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    phoebephoebo 2580 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:13 pm

    @Daki: I am exactly like you! Having said that, when I said I didn’t want flowers at all people were shocked!!! Eventually I came up with an alternative. Not sure if I’m going to save a massive amount of money but in my case that wasn’t the aim. I think I might even sell then to make money back. I decided to get felt flowers from Etsy for bouquets and Pom poms for church decoration. Here is the link for the bouquets…
    I’m sure you could have a go at making some if you were very creative! Not me!!

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    SKyAlex 103 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:04 am

    I have a friend who made her bouquet from feathers. They varied in sizes, curled so it was really full airy and vintage. She added some brooches to accessorize the satin handle. It’s a diy suggestion.

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    MrsACarpenter 725 posts, Busy bee @ 11:49 am

    I think all the ideas are fun and different. That’s why I chose to my own brooch bouquet. I wanted to have an elegant look for our day and it foot the bill. Since I’m not a flower person, this was perfect. And I still have my bouquet 6 months later and I will have it forever! A great keepsake from the day.

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    thisdeluxelife 279 posts, Helper bee @ 6:06 pm

    somewhere — i can’t remember where at all, i saw a bouquet of seashells glued to thick wooden skewers. it was beautiful. we’re going to have flowers but i’m picking them up from the produce stand day of. they always have gorgeous flowers at a great price and i’m not very picky about the colors.

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    heykaraoke 1771 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:03 pm

    The candy bouquet is a fabulous idea. Love it!

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    brittneyg 12 posts, Newbee @ 8:03 pm

    I really like the paper flower bouquet =]

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