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Bouquets or Parasols?

So I'm having a really hard time deciding whether to have my bridemaids use bouquets or parasols. We're getting married in a lakefront park in May, so it's very "springy". Parasols are definitely cheaper, and I think that they're beautiful, but I'm worried that it's going to be something I regret in the future because bouquets are traditional and timeless. I'm using a bouquet no matter what. Anyone have an opinion on this?

Re: Bouquets or Parasols?

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    fallbride1109fallbride1109 member
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    edited December 2011
    I think it's a cute idea.  FWIW, a girl on my local board did bouquets but had the girls pose with parasols for pictures and that was cute too.  The only thing I would caution is what if you have bad weather and have to have the ceremony indoors--then you might wish you had bouquets instead.
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    edited December 2011
    I think parasols are cute and unique. I don't think you would really regret them~
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    kelseydjameskelseydjames member
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    edited December 2011
    That's a really good point. If it rains, we're moving it inside to where the reception is, so I maybe I could do bouquets as decorations somewhere, and if we get rained in they can grab those bouquets? I had never thought of that..
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    edited December 2011

    ILove parasol idea... get just a couple of tied flowers in case it goes inside... but as you can see... you won't need both..
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    edited December 2011
    I like the idea of just using the parasols for pictures. I imagine they would be pretty cumbersome to hold on to for 20 minutes or more for the ceremony.
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    fallbride1109fallbride1109 member
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    edited December 2011
    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/special-topic-wedding-boards_flowers_bouquets-parasols?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Special Topic Wedding BoardsForum:28Discussion:09bf9c97-1982-486e-8f8d-c0367511e583Post:e6d44262-136a-4111-9bbe-fc9b66d439f0">Re: Bouquets or Parasols?</a>:
    [QUOTE]That's a really good point. If it rains, we're moving it inside to where the reception is, so I maybe I could do bouquets as decorations somewhere, and if we get rained in they can grab those bouquets? I had never thought of that..
    Posted by kelseydjames[/QUOTE]
    We used our bouquets to decorate the cake table.  If you are having a long head table or sweetheart table, they would look great there too.  So you could do these for Plan B and if you don't use them, they can still serve as part of your decor.  You could also do rose balls and put them on candlesticks but have a ribbon attached and they could serve as bouquets also.  At my boss' wedding, the girls carried rose balls instead of bouquets.

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    edited December 2011
    I love parasols!  I'm a pasty pale Norwegian gal, so I appreciate shade wherever I can get it.  That being said, some people are not going to like holding it for your entire ceremony.  I like the idea of having small bouquets available if the ceremony has to be inside.
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