What Can I Carry Down the Aisle That’s Not a Bouquet?

Do I have to carry anything at all?

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Q: A few weeks ago I found myself really stressed about a seemingly huge part of my wedding: the flowers. Or specifically, coming up with a bouquet alternative. We’re DIYing our florals (ish—my aunt and friend are both florists, so #connections), and the idea of making a bouquet myself just feels… well, I just honestly don’t want to do it. I also don’t want to pay anyone else to make one, and right now I can’t think of a compelling reason to carry one (other than that’s what you’re “supposed” to do).

I don’t have anything against flowers—they’re great! Our centerpieces are going to be gorgeous! But the bouquet question is just confounding me right now.

I searched online to see if I could find any examples of bouquet-less brides, and all I found were images of brides and bridesmaids carrying candles, or lanterns, or books, or puppies. I don’t want to do any of that. Can I just skip the accessory altogether? Is there a better wedding bouquet alternative?

did you carry a bouquet in your wedding? what do you think about a bride not carrying anything—at all?

If you want the APW community’s two cents, send it to QUESTIONS AT APRACTICALWEDDING DOT COM, and we’ll do our best to crowdsource you some answers!

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