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Wedding Trends: Bouquet Alternatives

Everything about the bride is meant to be beautiful on the day of her wedding. Every element of the bride should beam with beauty, even those not actually on here, namely the bouquet. Although flowers are an easy way to create a beautiful bouquet, there are alternatives that make for an equally beautiful bouquet. Your wedding theme and creativity are your only limits. If you are in need of some inspiration though, here are some wedding bouquet alternatives to help guide you along.

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The most popular substitute for flowers are paper flowers. This can be a great option for a few reasons.

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For the frugal brides, they cost significantly less than real flowers.

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For the DIY brides, you can opt to make the flowers and arrangements yourself!

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And above all, for the sentimental bride, unlike real flowers, paper flowers last forever! They are sweet mementos, which can be used around the house for years to come. They also come in a range of styles – from true imitation of a flower to obviously handmade.

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If you like the idea of faux flowers, but want material that is a little studier than paper, fabric flowers may be for you.  If you want to make your own flowers, you can find resources here.

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Another trend emerging for alternative bridal bouquets is the use of buttons. Although this may sound a bit odd, they can be very lovely. They can also be done in several styles, depending on colors and decoration.

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From whimsical to casual, buttons can fit many different wedding themes. Usually, jewelry adorns the buttons, but of course, you can use anything you would like.

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Another bouquet trend reminiscent of another era is the use of feathers. Feathers are eternally elegant and nowadays generally used as a throwback to the early 20th century.

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They can be used for any theme from natural and simple to formal and modern. It all depends on the types of feathers you use and the bouquet decoration. For instance, for an elegant wedding, incorporate pearls and other jewelry into the bouquet decorations. Also, use wispy and exotic feathers, such as peacock feathers.

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For a natural or rustic wedding, use twine and possibly a few flowers, twigs and other natural elements. You can also use feathers of birds that are found around that area to tie in the location a bit more.

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One of the newest and brightest types of bouquets to emerge are jewelry bouquets. Jewelry is normally used in many bouquets as accent pieces.

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It is quite rare to find a bouquet made entirely of jewelry, though. However, the the style is becoming popular for handmade brides.

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If your wedding theme is something specific, such as a holiday, old movies, a magic show, or otherwise, try to incorporate it into your bouquet.

This can mean using flags and sparklers for Independence day, candy for carnival theme, or a magician’s wand and playing cards for a magic show theme.

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You can also integrate your wedding location as well. A seashell bouquet is the perfect tropical touch on the beach.

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And, a wheat bouquet is sweet and simple for a farm wedding.

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For something to truly set you apart, you can also forget about the bouquet completely and use other things in its place. For brides looking for a truly vintage look, a hand fan may be a good choice. Ribbons and streamers are great for colorful and simple weddings.

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A pinwheel may be ideal for whimsical or summery wedding themes. For sunny destination weddings, a parasol may be most suitable. Or, for cold winter nuptials, hand muffs may be the best option.

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No matter which accessory you choose to walk down the aisle with, just make sure that it complements you and your wedding theme. And above all, enjoy your your special day as the beaming bride!

  • Lesley - April 2, 2012 - 12:16 pm

    These are some really great ‘alternative bouquets’ can I add a couple of suggestions

    1. A bouquet made entirely from foliage – colorful leaves are great in autumn/fall but you can also use croton and coleus most of the year.

    2. A bouquet of vegetables. One of the prettiest Ive ever seen was made from kale and Brussel’s sprouts, a delightful green a cream theme with small purple accents.ReplyCancel

  • Stew - June 13, 2012 - 7:03 am

    This posting knocked my socks offReplyCancel

  • Tria - August 10, 2015 - 10:54 pm

    great bouquets!ReplyCancel

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