Rustic Bridal Bouquets

Posted by bridalbuds on Aug 03, 2010

Wedding flowers are insanely expensive.  But you knew that already.  I love flowers.  I love when CC brings home a bouquet of fresh flowers for me.  I love trying to grow flowers in our tiny front garden (I say try because my green thumb is not so green.).  However, I don’t love the idea of spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on flowers for our wedding.  I know it’s our special day, but it is – Just. One. Day.

What’s a thrifty girl to do?

Well, let’s stop and take a look at my inspiration and the bouquets that I adore.

Lavender. I remember about ten years ago, my best friend Anne wore lavender all of the time.  She had lavender scented everything.  I, uh, hated it.  To me, it smelled like little old ladies.  In fact, I teased her all of the time because she smelled like little old ladies.  ~::Time Warp 8 Years Forward::~ I rediscovered lavender a couple years ago and, you guessed it, I love the smell!  I am now that person who has lavender hand soap in the loo, lavender laundry soap and dryer sheets, lavender hand lotion, lavender medicinal balm –  You name it, it is scented lavender in my home.  Naturally then, I gravitated towards lavender for an option as a bridal bouquet.


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Cotton. It’s no accident that I chose Cotton Bud as my moniker here on BridalBuds.  My other option for a bridal bouquet is cotton bolls.  Cotton is simple, comforting and rustic – perfectly suited for our casual, country celebration.  I stumbled upon the first inspiration photo below in a google search and knew that cotton bolls were going to be added to the list of possibilities for my bridal bouquet.


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Now that I had found inspirational bouquets that I loved, I realized I wouldn’t have to waste money on live flowers for our wedding; cotton bolls are already, well, dead and dried lavender would look just as nice as fresh cut. That was a relief to our budget.  After a little bargain hunting on the world wide web I bought a box of cotton bolls here and several bunches of lavender here.

So, let’s see your bridal bouquet!

Have I mentioned I’m getting married 3000 miles from where I live?  Yup, my dried lavender and cotton bolls are currently nestled in their boxes in my parents’ garage, in NH – I’m still in CA.  Soon, I will be traveling east, however, and the real adventure will begin, as I haven’t actually decided yet which bouquet I want!

♥Will I make a lavender bouquet for myself and my Maid of Honors?
♥Will I make bouquets of cotton bolls for my Maid of Honors and myself?
♥Will I mix the two flowers together, creating a combo bouquet for all 3 of us?
♥Or will I have one kind of bouquet and my Maid of Honors another?

Honestly, I don’t know.  I have never made a bouquet and I have no idea how they will turn out.  I’ll have to play with both the lavender and the cotton bolls the week before the wedding and see what happens.  I don’t know what the results will be, but seriously – How hard can it be?

What flowers did you choose for your wedding?  Did you DIY your bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres or arrangements?