My search first started with the brooch bouquet. I've seen the idea mentioned in various places - WeddingBee, Offbeat Bride - and it seemed like a good one. They're unique, lovely, and fun!
The more I looked at the price of brooches, the more I realized that this was going to be a massively expensive undertaking. A bouquet needs about 60 brooches, and at 3 dollars a brooch (or so), that was adding up to be nearly 200 dollars. Not to mention what I'd make my attendants' smaller bouquets from.
So I did more research.
I came across many sellers who would do feathered bouquets, and although I thought they were pretty, they didn't feel quite me.
Image courtesy of seller Croska on Etsy.
So what should I do, I wondered. Fake flower bouquets?
Fake flowers with feathers?
Fake flowers with beads?
It was a lot of the same, and although I liked the colors, they didn't speak to me.
That was when I stumbled across a tutorial for pomander centerpieces made from ribbon. And it was perfect!
I like the whimsy and fun. They look like they'll be lightweight and easily translatable between bride/attendant sizes. Not to mention, inexpensive. The styrofoam ball is under $7, a ribbon roll is about $3 (times however many rolls/styles I choose to use), and the pins to affix the ribbon to the styrofoam are just under $4. I'm not sure what my bouquet handle will be yet, but I can't see it costing more than $5. Sow what does that come to? Under $30 for mine, and hopefully less per attendant.
I picked up the beginnings of a test Halloween-themed pomander at Joann the other day, so I'm going to see how it turns out. If I like it, I will move ahead with making my pomander bouquet.