I mentioned in a previous post that my bridesmaids won’t be holding bouquets as they walk down the aisle and the groomsmen (and groom) won’t be having boutonnieres. This is because the weather may be what one would call stinking and stupidly hot. For the bridal party, who will be in suits, dresses, and heels and walking, standing, posing, and smiling all day, the heat could be potentially horrendous. To add to this, half the bridal party are from the much cooler climes of New Zealand, specifically Christchurch (with one from Auckland).
And so, with that said, we’ve decided that the groom and groomsmen won’t be getting boutonnieres as they’ll, likely, not be wearing their suit jackets for most of the day. In lieu of a lack of boutonnieres, the groom and groomsmen will have custom-made shirts that’ll differentiate them from each other!
As for my girls, they’ll be given parasols to shade them from the heat. This way it’ll act as a twofold item—as an alternative to the bouquet to carry down the aisle, and as a way to shade them from the heat when we’re out and about taking photos and being generally bridal-party-like.
For those who aren’t convinced that parasols for bridesmaids are an awesome idea, look at this!
Bridesmaids carrying parasols, so dainty! / Image via Martha Stewart Weddings
Parasols and blue dresses! / Photography by True Photography
We’ll be purchasing the shirts for the guys from this website as documented in this post. And the girls will be getting their parasols from Chinatown Online, an Australian website which sells relatively inexpensive parasols (as compared to the other websites).
So what do you guys think? Was it a good decision on our part to skip the boutonnieres for the guys and bouquets for the girls?