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If flowers aren’t your thing, or you want a lasting keepsake of your day, check out these fab alternative bouquets! Words: Nic Chan
There’s no escaping the fact that wedding flowers can be costly and if you go out-of-season, bouquets and arrangements can really eat into your budget. We are always on the lookout for striking alternatives that will set your wedding apart from the rest. Take a look at these impressive non-floral ideas to get those creative juices flowing.
Brooch bouquets have been walked down the aisle for some time, but have yet to really hit the mainstream wedding scene. They offer a stunning alternative and tick all the showstopper boxes: glitz, glamour and wow-factor. With companies such as D.C Bouquets and craft site, Etsy, offering an array of bespoke and readymade designs, you will be spoilt for choice. If you’re a hands-on kind of bride and fancy having a go at making your own brooch bouquet, there are countless online tutorials available. What better excuse to scour markets and antique jewellers, than for the perfect pieces with which to create your bouquet?
Origami is having a moment. Be it decorative wall displays, favours or innovative invites, paper art makes a beautiful addition to any wedding. If you think a paper-crafted bouquet sounds a little Blue Peter, think again. We had to take a second glance at the arrangements on offer at paperbouquets.co.uk. With traditional floral structures and quirky themed designs using comic strip and manuscript paper, there really is something for every colour scheme and budget. And if you’re looking to complete your groom and groomsmens’ outfits, there are matching buttonholes available, too!
Fruit and veg bouquets!
Yep, you read that correctly. We’re not talking a bunch of carrots neatly tied in a bow (although each to their own!) we’re talking bold, centrepiece-worthy specimens. Think flowering cabbage and rich, red radishes for a stunning autumnal-themed wedding; elegant chilli peppers in sizzling shades and delicately hanging strawberries with their beautiful white flowers, for a gorgeous summer ceremony. Or, perhaps a posy of asparagus or rhubarb for a minimalistic city wedding. If carrying one of your five-a-day is a step too far, why not pass this duty onto your guests’? A cleverly arranged selection of red berries and holly would work beautifully for a winter boutonniere or corsage.
We love a balloon or two here at Love Our Wedding, and what better way to make an entrance than with a balloon bouquet? Perfect for an outdoor ceremony or a high-ceilinged venue, this fun, inventive and very affordable option will put a smile on your guests’ faces and really set the tone for an informal and relaxed wedding. Companies such as, Bubblegum Balloons, have really put helium on the map in recent years. Offering confetti, glitter and feather-filled balloons, adorned with ribbons and tassels, you’ll need little persuading to give this alternative a try. Why not give flower girls and pageboys a single balloon to carry down the aisle – the perfect taster before you make your grand entrance.
When it comes to sweets, who can resist a pick ‘n’ mix? If your wedding has a relaxed fairground vibe, a posy of tasty treats will lend itself beautifully to this theme. Not only are there endless colours and shapes to choose from, when the evening munchies set in, you’ll have the perfect pick-me-up right in the palm of your hands!
So whether you decide to incorporate subtle elements of these fabulous floral alternatives, or decide to go full steam ahead with the non-floral option, you’re sure to make your bouquet extraordinary.