This isn’t an ehell story, really, but just such a nice idea I thought I’d see if you’d heard of it. I had not.
I attended the wedding of a couple in their very early 30’s. The bride has a sister, future sister-in-law and girl cousins plus a group of close friends. Instead of making all of her friends bridesmaids along with her relatives, she used the tradition started by those same friends as they started marrying off. Each close friend of the bride sat on an aisle seat on the side the bride would walk up. When the bride and her father started up the aisle, the bride had no bouquet. As she passed each friend, though, the friend stood up and presented her with a flower of her own choosing. When the bride reached the front, she was holding about eight or ten different large blooms in her hand. Her mother, seated in the front pew, stood up and wrapped the stems in a long ribbon coordinating with the bride’s wedding colors, then tied it, and that was the bride’s bouquet. There was a sunflower, rose, large daisy, and others I can’t remember. None of the flowers matched; each bloom was unique and lovely. I thought it was a very sweet thing for them to do, and a family member told us that it had been done and would be done as each girlfriend was married. Instead of worrying about matchy-matchy, the brides were choosing friendship first. I think it was just lovely. 0720-16
Lovely. So sentimental and personal.