Look, I love a good bouquet as much as the next person. Big, beautiful, fragrant arrangements of flowers just make me happy. I can’t help it. But unless you’re taking your chances with the selection at the nearest grocery store, flowers are expensive. Your average, traditional bridal bouquet will usually run you anywhere from one hundred to over five hundred dollars. What?!?
Maybe you love the idea of you or your wedding party carrying flowers down the aisle, but just don’t have that kind of money. Maybe you want something resembling a floral bouquet, and still want to stick to a plant- or nature-based theme. Maybe you just want to carry something different, but not too out-there. Whichever category you fit into, here are ten unconventional-ish bouquet ideas:
Greenery Bouquets. These have been getting more and more popular over the last few years. If you go with something foliage-forward, rest assured, you’ll be in good company!
Succulents. Good-looking and long-lasting- you can generally grab these bouquets up to a week before your wedding, and they’ll still look just as fresh as the day you received them.
Paper Flowers. These are versatile, cheap, and easy to make yourself! Use sheet music, handwritten poetry or love notes, or pages from a beloved piece of literature to give them a personal flair. If you want to get colourful, grab some origami or otherwise colourfully-printed paper and match your bouquet with the rest of your colour scheme!
Fabric Flowers. If you want to go a step up from paper, fabric flowers are just as versatile and easy to colour-match. Granted, you may or may not need some very basic sewing skills to put together your masterpiece. Just look around for online tutorials and you’re bound to find one that works for you!
Baby’s Breath Bouquets. These are becoming really trendy right now. And it isn’t hard to see why: They’re simple, they’re light and airy, and they don’t have the same hefty price tag as a traditional bouquet.
Branch Bouquets. I absolutely love how dramatic these are. You don’t see a lot of bouquets consisting mostly or entirely of branches (yet!), but the fact that you’re able to paint or stain them any colour you want makes them bold and unique.
Edible Bouquets. I’m not referring to candy, cupcake, or cookie bouquets (although I’m a BIG fan of those). I’m referring to bouquets featuring fruits or vegetables. I know this one sounds a little strange at first, but do a little image searching. Your bouquets don’t have to look like a mediocre corporate gift delivery, with a bunch of fruit chunks impaled on sticks. I promise! There are edible bouquets out there that absolutely match the beauty and majesty of a traditional floral bouquet. Example: A Pumpkin or Gourd bouquet.
Dried Flower Bouquets. I adore these ones. They can look so harvest-y. Or witchy. Or gothic cemetery chic. Just be careful if you’re making your bouquet, yourself- you don’t want the flowers to end up fragile and brittle if you can help it!
Pinecone Bouquets. These are great for Winter weddings. If you want to spruce them up a little further (no pun intended), add some greenery to fill out the negative space, or give your pinecones a dusting of something sparkly or iridescent. Glitter, fake snow, pearl dust, shimmery makeup… they all work!
Herb Bouquets. Are you obsessed with the scent of lavender? OWN IT. Live your best life and give yourself a lavender bouquet! Or create something with a medley of different herbs. If you’re of the witchy, Pagan, or spiritual persuasion, you can select herbs that hold particular meanings in your practice or culture!