Bouquets, Brollies, and Boutonnieres—Oh My!

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?


Mrs. Bighorn Sheep

Sydney, NSW, Australia
Wedding Date:
February 2014
Gallery of the Day: December 11, 2013
Soy una Bee!! (I'm a Bee!!)
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    Magpie86 545 posts, Busy bee @ 7:47 am

    LOVE the parasols!

  2. wellies Bee
    wellies 1425 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:36 am

    I love the idea of parasols! I can’t wait to see what colors/patterns you choose! 🙂

  3. mspony Bee
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 11:56 am

    These are so cute! I hope you got one for you too as a photo prop!

  4. pyramid Bee
    Mrs. Pyramid 104 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:46 pm

    Parasols are so cute!

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    Miss Circe 2968 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:01 pm

    I think it’s a fantastic idea! Especially if one took it account how quickly you can get sunburnt in NZ and Australia – stupid hole in the ozone layer.

  6. gondola Bee
    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:27 pm

    I love the parasols! Will they be holding them up during the ceremony? If it’s a long ceremony their arms may get tired.

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