BDW ladies, I desperately need your help! I am fairly new to the forums, I don't post often. BUT I am hitting a dilemna with our wedding budget and my FI and I really need to stay in budget (or go under, if I can find a way...)
SO, I have a quote from my coordinator and it includes my bouquet and I thought the BM's (5 of them)...however, she just has corsages for them. Still very expensive. However, because I want them to walk down the aisle with something and we can't afford to pay for all 5 bouquets at the moment, I need an alternative. I'm already renting parasols for pics, and now considering them for the ceremony, but just having a nicer one maybe? I really don't know. I'm the traditional girl who is all outside of her element because my FI is far from traditional.
To give you some idea of what's happening with my wedding, I am getting married in Costa Rica in Manuel Antonio Estates. We have three villas where guests will be staying and I will either be getting married on the balcony of one of the villas or the hill overlooking the jungle (undecided because I want this area for my reception...but because of costs my FI wants to have the reception at the villas...). Our theme is "Love Birds" (long story short, outside of everyone referring to us as such, it was the first picture we purchased together at an art fair before we were engaged). Our colors our hard to explain, but here is a color palate that is fairly dead on...very Costa Rican/tropical. But it just turned out that they are the colors of the first two flowers the FI ever purchased!
Please help me with this. I know traditionally, you have a bouquet or at least a nosegay for the BM's. Can I break this tradition, considering the wedding theme and location, and either (1) keep the corsages and have the parasols as well? (2) Just parasols? OR (3) Parasols with a single flower (maybe going to the local market the day before and getting a local flower or lily).
Thoughts??? Thank you in advance! I really need the help!