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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    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 2593 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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