A bridal bouquet is a feature of the bride’s wedding attire, but today’s brides are finding alternatives to the traditional wedding bouquet. Their options for gorgeous accents make for suitability and uniqueness as they are walking down that aisle. The bouquet alternatives are as lovely as the classic blooms of a cascading bouquet. You will be saving money especially when flowers you want are not in season. The thing that is great with alternatives besides being less expensive is showing off your personality. Some brides choose an alternative for different reasons:
- Cost: Bridal bouquets cost as much as $100 alone.
- Usefulness: The bouquet has limited lifespan making the bride reluctant to spending a large amount.
- Their personal choice: A lot of brides just don’t want delicate flowers and frilly attire.
- Uniqueness: Using an alternative makes a more unique celebration.
There are a variety of different materials for a bride that wants a bouquet but not the real blooms. Floral arrangements can be made by sewing, molding, and folding these materials. Many are fashioned with silk flowers, origami bouquets, carved wood, clay, glass or crystal, suede or leather, cookie and candy bouquets, ribbons, peacock feathers, and even Barbie dolls.
- Whimsical or Religious Bouquet Alternatives:
- Jack-o-lanterns for autumn weddings.
- Jeweled rosaries for the Catholic wedding.
- Bible or prayer book for religious ceremonies.
- Lighted candles for an evening event.
- Painted or lace fan for a spring wedding.
- Beaded bridal purse for uniqueness.
- Bouquet of shells or large conch shell for weddings at the beach.
- Horseshoes carried to bring couples luck.
- Lit lanterns for rustic or barn weddings.
- Delicate parasols carried for the vintage event.
- Porcelain flowers to add class to the celebration.
A lot of brides like classic bouquets with no flowers, using greenery and some unique plants to create beautiful and most stunning bouquets. Some popular plants used are ivy, fern, grains, autumn leaves, pussy willows, and herbs. A woman once carried bunches of herbs, grains, and garlic to ward off bad spirits on their special day. After time, they got replaced by flowers that symbolized eternal love and fertility.
Some brides chose an alternative because a family member, her groom, attendants, or she may be allergic to pollen. Some good choices could be bouquets of peacock feathers, beaded bouquets, fake fur muffs for winter, herb bouquets for summer, Christmas ornaments for a December wedding, umbrellas or parasols for outdoor weddings, vintage buttons with leaves of leather, or a personalized clutch to carry.
Whatever the choice, anything is easily coordinated, adding accents to the decorative theme or the chosen wedding colors. Some brides might not wish to carry a thing, opting for elegant gloves, intricate hairpieces, stunning jewelry, or a brooch worn on the neckline.