I was having a chat with my sister in law at the weekend discussing her plans for her bridal bouquet for her wedding this September. her theme is turquoise and they’re aren’t many natural flowers in this colour so the first question I automatically asked if she was having real flowers?
It was only when I asked the question, that I realised that using real flowers for your bouquet isn’t a foregone conclusion, it’s just one of the many options that are now available.
So while my sister in law has her heart set on real flowers, I still thought I would put together a blog post showcasing some the other options available.
An Alternative bridal bouquet – Yes you can eat it!
I thought I’d start with something pretty unusual. How about an edible bouquet? I’m not talking about sugar flowers, however I guess that would work too (would need to double check with a cake decorator) but something a bit more fun. How about over sized lolly pops? It’s definitely not an idea for everyone but it would fit with a carnival feel wedding. Another thought that just popped into my head - origami flowers made with edible rice paper, would that work? Do we have any origami enthusiasts willing to give it a go?
Here’s a photo taken from Lolly Pop Bride, I think this edible bridal bouquet looks amazing but then it does combine some of my favourite things, purple and sugar.
Alternative Bridal Bouquet with written meaning
If you and your hubby to be are big books fans then how about using a copy of your favourite book to create gorgeous paper flowers. These paper flowers are really easy to make and you get to chose the words and phrases that create your alternative bouquet. Maybe pick a book of love poems or something else that she share a passion for, whether that’s a certain author or genre of book.
There are quite a few tutorials about how to make paper flowers on YouTube so start your search for ideas there. In the meantime take a look at this stunning bouquet available from a seller on Etsy. Pretty, isn’t it.
An alternative with endless possibilities
My other type of bouquet is one made from handmade fabric flowers. This is a huge opportunity to really customise your bouquet as they can be created in any type of material and any colour. Here’s a fabric flower I created myself a few days ago. I don’t make fabric flower bouquets myself, but if I did I’d have a cluster of these with just a hand full of diamante brooches to really make it sparkle.
As you can see it’s attached to a comb here but it can pretty much be attached to anything you can think of. To use it in a bouquet it would need to be attached to some floral wire.
An alternative bridal bouquet without all the flowers
Not all bridal bouquets need to be created from flowers, currently succulents are really in fashion adding a lot of texture to a bouquet but how about things you would find in nature, pretty pine cones, sea shells, starfish, and exotic grasses. Ok so the one I found on etsy below has 2 flowers in it but they’re not the only thing in this rustic bouquet, check out the feather, pines cones and wheat.
Sparkle your way down the aisle
My last suggestion is brooch bouquets, I simply love them. I love that you can use them with flowers or just on their own. You can also incorporate your something old in there too, whether it’s your grandmas brooch or a vintage find you and your husband to be found together.
What about no bouquet at all?
There’s nothing to say to have to have a bouquet of any sort, how about a vintage fan or something created to match your wedding colours.
I hope I’ve given you something to get your creative juices following. If you have any other ideas for alternatives to traditional bridal bouquets, then leave your ideas in the comments section below.