As you stand at the end of the aisle on your wedding day, you will be surrounded by your closest companions. Your fiance will be there, of course, but so will your bridal party. Your bridesmaids, bridesmates and maid of honor are usually your closest friends, siblings, cousins or family members who have witnessed the evolution of your love with your spouse-to-be.
To mark the occasion, it’s customary for your bridal party to carry their own floral bouquets for the ceremony. Flowers are a great way to tie their looks together with the wedding decor and color palette, and they also make the bridesmaids stand out from the crowd. And within that group of bridesmaids, the maid of honor has their own important role and often a unique bouquet to match.
So, do bridesmaids need bouquets? Yes - traditionally, bridesmaids carry bouquets. But these days, you can use this as an opportunity to show off your wedding style! In the huge task of planning your dream wedding, we’ve made it easy to choose and organize your maid of honor and bridesmaid bouquets.
Read on for tips on choosing your maid of honor’s bouquet:
Bridesmaid Bouquets - A Beautiful Gift
But before we get to the maid of honor, let's start with the bridesmaids. While the number of bridesmaids you have will vary from bride to bride, the usual number is between three and six bridesmaids.
Your bridesmaids and bridesmates are usually your best friends, sisters, future sisters-in-law or close family members. They’re the ones who will help you plan the wedding, throw you a bridal shower, organize your bachelorette party and celebrate as you get ready on your wedding day. Who knows, they may have even been there when you met your fiance, too!
To celebrate your special relationship with your bridesmaids, you can gift them a bouquet on your wedding day. Whether they are wearing matching dresses, a general color palette, or are wearing whatever they want, the bouquets are a magical touch that will make any bridesmaid feel appreciated.
And while it may seem small, the bridesmaid bouquets can have a dramatic impact on the feeling of your wedding ceremony. Your bridesmaids will be the first ones to walk down the aisle, after all, so you want them to be leading with floral arrangements that feel authentic to both you and them.
Before you can consider your maid of honor’s bouquet, here’s how to choose the floral bouquets for your bridesmaids:
Choosing Your Bridesmaids’ Bouquets
Like any wedding floral arrangement, choosing your bouquets is a great way to showcase your personal style and show off your elegant wedding color palette. Here are some things to consider when choosing your bridesmaid bouquets:
Bridesmaid Bouquet Color Palette
Hopefully by now you have decided on your wedding color theme. This palette of colors and tones will influence all of your decor, detail and floral decisions. With this color palette in mind, it’s time to choose your bridesmaid bouquets.
Your bridesmaid bouquets should tie in with your general wedding theme, but this doesn’t mean they have to match exactly. For example, if you’re having a White & Sage wedding you could either have bridal party flowers that match, or perhaps that have a pop of unique color. Perhaps a pop of feminine pink is what feels right for your bridesmaids!
And even if you’re having a neutral wedding color palette, don’t be afraid to have layers of lush greenery. The texture can really elevate your bridesmaid bouquets and add an organic feel.
Size of Bridesmaid Bouquets
Generally, the bridesmaid bouquets will be smaller than both the bride’s and the maid of honor’s. The goal of bridesmaid bouquets isn’t to steal the show, but rather to complement the rest of the bridal party as you all walk down the aisle and stand at the front of the wedding ceremony.
This doesn’t mean that they can’t make a beautiful statement, however. Even small bouquets can use color, texture and added details to elevate your dreamy wedding ceremony. Consider tonal ribbons to create a long, delicate tail on your bridesmaid posies that can catch the afternoon breeze.
Should My Bridesmaids’ Bouquets Match?
While bridesmaid bouquets generally do match, it’s not a necessity. You can either buy a set of bridesmaid posies, buy them individually, or create your own DIY bridesmaid bouquets. As long as they are all about the same size, shape and tonal palette, you can get creative with your bridesmaid bouquets!
It could even be a nice touch to personalize everyone’s flower arrangements, especially if your bridesmaids are wearing different dresses for your wedding. And amongst all of your bridesmaids, it’s the most important that your maid of honor’s bouquet stands out. Here’s how.
Who is the Maid of Honor?
The maid of honor is usually your best friend, sister or closest confidante. They are not traditionally a parent or older family member, but someone who has been with you over the years and grown alongside you.
As well as knowing the couple from the very beginning, the maid of honor usually has some extra responsibilities on your wedding day. From helping you get dressed to carrying your lipstick, a maid of honor is your ultimate support on your wedding day. It is such a joy to start the next chapter of your life with your closest friend by your side, so it’s important to celebrate them and give thanks.
A maid of honor bouquet is a gorgeous sentiment that combines both decor and gifting. It’s a token of friendship, that just happens to look amazing, too!
Is The Maid of Honor’s Bouquet Different From the Bridesmaids’?
Usually, the maid of honor bouquet will be slightly different from the rest of the bridesmaids’. While it doesn’t need to be a completely new creation, the maid of honor bouquet may be slightly elevated with some personalized details, added color or extra embellishments.
Of course, the maid of honor bouquet is still going to be smaller than the bridal bouquet, but these extra details can help your maid of honor stand out.
How to Make Your Maid of Honor Bouquet Stand Out
Consider adding some extra size, texture, color or details to your maid of honor bouquet to make it stand out. If you’re using a matching, pre-made posy, you can easily spruce it up by adding some extra faux wedding flowers, greenery or ribbons of a different color.
And if you’re making your own DIY bouquets, you could make the maid of honor bouquet in inverted colors from the rest of the bridesmaids. For example, if you’re having a Sunset Terracotta wedding, your bridesmaid posies could be mainly blush and pink, while the maid of honor bouquet could be primarily burgundy and burnt orange. These will then all combine to complement the bridal bouquet in Sunset Terracotta, while making it clear who is the maid of honor.
So, How Much Are Bridesmaid Bouquets?
Like with anything to do with your wedding, prices can vary a lot and things can become very expensive very quickly. The price will be affected by the size of the bouquet, the variety of the flowers, who the florist is, and if you use real or faux flowers, of course.
If you’re worried about the cost of your bridal party flowers, just know that there are many different options available. Even if your first quote was out of budget, the good news is that Ling’s Moment makes your dream bridal party bouquets accessible and customizable. Plus, they’ll never wilt!
Who Pays For The Bridesmaid and Maid of Honor Bouquets?
It is generally the bride and bride’s family who pays for the bridal party flowers, as this is seen as a gift to say thanks for them standing beside you. While other parts of the wedding, like the dresses and hair styling, could be a shared cost, consider your bridal party flowers a token of your appreciation to your best friends as you start this new phase of your life.
Tips to Save on Your Bridesmaid Bouquets
However, that doesn’t mean that you have to spend your budget on bouquets! Faux flowers are one of the most reliable ways to cut costs on your bridesmaid bouquets, and they can help you achieve your dream wedding floral design.
From posies to DIY creations, Ling’s Moment makes high-quality, realistic foam flowers that can help you achieve your wedding vision. Spoil your bridesmaids and maid of honor with the perfect keepsake - a bouquet that makes them radiate on your wedding day that can then be taken home and kept as forever home decor.
Shop our full collection of bridesmaids bouquets and make sure to share photos of your big day with us over on Instagram at @lingsmoment!
What Else Do You Need For Your Wedding Day?
Once you’ve organized your bridesmaids bouquets and chosen the arrangement for you maid of honor, it’s time to choose the rest of the stunning decor for your wedding day. Use your color palette as inspiration, and don’t be afraid to get creative!
The great part about using faux flowers is that you can organize your wedding decor well in advance without the fear of wilting, meaning you get to truly express yourself. Here are some of the other flowers to consider:
- Boutonnieres: Matching flowers for the groom and groomsmen is an elegant touch.
- Aisle decor: Standing arrangements, garlands and chair linens to elevate your ceremony.
- Wedding arch decor: floral arrangements to drape or hang from your ceremony arch. These can match your bridal party flowers, and make the perfect backdrop for your vows!
- Wedding garlands: Textured, impactful arrangements of flowers and foliage to bring your wedding reception tablescape to life!