For my bridesmaids bouquets, I've decided to just use carnations and flowers. Here is my inspiration:
I've been doing some shopping to complete all the elements. I wanted to have blue ribbon to wrap around the stems and I thought it would be cute to attach a charm to each of the bouquets for each of the different girls.
Just like the ties, finding ribbon in the color peacock was rather difficult. Here in Manhattan, we have Hobby Lobby and JoAnn, but after combing the ribbon aisles, I could only find, you guessed it, navy blue or turquoise. I figured that the ribbon needs to match a little better since the bouquet will be held directly up to the dresses, thus I commenced the search for peacock-colored ribbon. I looked at Michael's when I went to Topeka without any luck as well. So I turned to my friend, Google, and they pointed me to this website: ribbonbazaar.com. I found a color called "peacock" and decided to give it a try. You can request samples, so request I sure did.
After receiving my samples, I put it to the test:
For my own bouquet, I have some left over white ribbon that I am going to use. My bouquet will also have hydrangeas and be a tad bit bigger, but they will all be pretty similar.
Also, for each of my bridesmaids, I was wanting to add a charm on each of their bouquets to help distinguish between everyone's flowers. I found an Etsy shop that had initial charms, SaintsFlowers, and bought an initial charm for each of the girls. The total was $4.50 (including shipping) and they shipped quickly, despite coming from Canada and I'm super happy with my purchase!
As for my own bouquet, I want to add a charm to it also. My grandma passed away three years ago this summer and so I'm going to ask my grandpa for something of hers from her massive jewelry collection so I can carry it with me. She was an amazing woman, having lived during World War II in Nazi, Germany, came to the United States, and made a successful life for herself and her family. She is really the first person in my family that has passed away and the first person that I've felt a significant loss for, so it's really important to have a piece of her with me because I know she would've loved to have been there.
With that being said, bouquet supplies are almost ready to go. We just have to get a bit closer so that I can order the flowers from Sam's Club. I can't wait!