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Parasol v. Bouquet for BM's - Costa Rica Budget Wedding

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Originally Posted by TrishaJ34 View Post

 

I've seen some really cute pinwheels done! Especially with an island breeze. I'm starting to explore alternatives too. I'll have between 4 and 6 bridesmaids, which has the potential to be a small fortune in fresh flowers. Would you have the girls walk with the parasols open? The shade factor could be really nice!

Hi TrishaJ34.  I've seen cute pics of the pinwheels as well!  I just happened to like the parasols a little more, but there's one pic I keep running across that makes me want them!  I think I'm going to have the girls walk with the parasols open.  The FI thinks the guys should hold the parasols over the bridesmaids as they enter, because he says guys hold the umbrella so why is it any different.  So we're deciding on this, but I've got the final say on this one. I'm actually still debating on whether the girls will walk in with the guys or individually. What are you thinking of doing? I agree, the costs of 5 bridesmaid bouquets was just not budgeted for, so this is a cute alternative. If you are still contemplating about flowers however, I ran across an article today that suggested the use of baby's breath since it is relatively inexpensive, especially compared to other flowers. So this is a thought.  I may end up incorporating baby's breath along the chairs outside, maybe in mason jars, and possible a little color, but it's still cute on it's own.   Just an idea!  The parasols are fun though, and add to some neat pictures!  If you have a coordinator, see how much rental is if you want to save more money.  My coordinator is going to send a pic of the parasols she has for $2 rentals.   The ones online I want are about $7 per parasol and I want a lace parasol which is a tad pricier, BUT I've cut the budget on my invites, dress and shoes so I'm considering it! 

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Originally Posted by Peach View Post

 

I made corsages for the bridesmaids and also got them parasols. It turns out the resort wasn't going to charge too much, but that is okay, we like the parasols anyway. 

The corsages were super easy to make, and since I used materials I already had, they were free.

Where did you end up getting your parasols from?  As of now, we are getting corsages and parasols.  Would you mind sharing a pic?  And are you getting a parasol for yourself for pics? If so are you getting the same style, different color, or both than the bridesmaids for pictures? 

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Originally Posted by AllieRay View Post

 

Where did you end up getting your parasols from?  As of now, we are getting corsages and parasols.  Would you mind sharing a pic?  And are you getting a parasol for yourself for pics? If so are you getting the same style, different color, or both than the bridesmaids for pictures? 

I bought two blue parasols online, one for each of my girls, (weddingfavours.ca - I got the ones in "water blue"), and two white parasols for me for pictures, one saying "Just Married" and one saying "Thank You". I was torn on doing this, but thought I would be a little jealous of my girls' lovely ones!  :) I bought the white ones with the writing already on them from a bride on here.

 

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At the top are the pictures the bride sent me, but I cropped them out to paste here. I almost went with three water blue ones, and just painted "Just Married" on one for myself, but then I saw the bride on here selling hers, and changed my mind. I think it will be good!

 

As for the corsages, I posted them on this site after I made them, so I won't be redundant here, but here is the link:

 

http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/t/76439/this-is-all-just-peachy-keen-long-wedding-planning

 

I included some instructions on how to make them, and pictures of all of them too. It's post #3.

 

Hope that helps! Any other questions, let me know! Anything I can do to help!

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Thanks!!!  Once I finally decide on which parasols, I'll post pics.  I really want one as well for afterwards and I really like the lace parasols, albeit a little pricier. 

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This is a great thread...I was also thinking that it gets very expensive to purchase the bouguets for my bridesmaids and trying to think of an alternative. The parasol idea is great, i think that will look so nice. I'm not sure about the pinwheels.

Anyone else have any other ideas? Anything they have seen done before that was out of the ordinary?

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Well the wedding shop at the Knot is having a 3 day sale and the paper parasols are on sale for $3.99 each and they have a good variety of colors. I bought them for my girls last night and got a white one for myself!

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Originally Posted by kisha311 View Post

 

Well the wedding shop at the Knot is having a 3 day sale and the paper parasols are on sale for $3.99 each and they have a good variety of colors. I bought them for my girls last night and got a white one for myself!

 

Erg. I wish I would have done that. I bought from a bride off here, and think I overpaid. Sigh. Live and learn. At least I was supporting a fellow bride!

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