A nest of eggs? Seven pounds of iron? These 25 epic non-floral bouquets will ignite your creativity

November 26 | mswolfgang
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Photo from Star bouquets, ray guns, and a moon landing cake by HRM Photography

Felt and paper bouquets are super popular for good reason — they're fucking awesome! And you can keep them around a hell of a lot longer than real flowers. But I am here to tell you that there are oh so many more options for your alternative bouquet. Believe it or don't, but 25 is just a fraction of the examples we've got squirreled away on Offbeat Bride in our non-floral bouquet archive.

You want metal? Sure — copper or iron? Or maybe you want seashells? Twigs? Holiday ornaments? EGGS? You want to go super old-school with a sheaf of wheat?! We got you covered, y'all. Love a particular bouquet? Click on its photo to read the full post about the wedding it came from!

25. Peacock feather fans for fluttery finery.

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Photo from Peacock Feather Fans, the ultimate bouquet alternative from Auberry Swirl

24. Maps and feathers and buttons, oh my!

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Photo from Kara & Nicki's Woodsy Weekend Wedding from Kara Peterson

23. Hand-embroidered felt flowers last forever.

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Photo from 17 wedding bouquet alternatives for fearless brides by Princess Lasertron

22. Holiday lights and ornaments for a festive bouquet.

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Photo from How to make a light-up Christmas ornament wedding bouquet by John Beyer

21. Accessorize your feathers with Swarovski crystals.

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Photo from Danielle & Sean's gothy, dog loving, winter wedding from punky_n_mav

20. Romantic and ethereal: colored-glass, starry lanterns.

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Photo from Lanterns instead of bouquets by Tinywater

19. Egg bouquets make for a fun nod to fertility or, heck, how much you love breakfast.

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Photo from Kristin & Tracy's crafty, fun, Eggstra special wedding from tracyandkris

18. Barbie dolls in ball gowns are a poofy bouquet alternative!

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Photo from The Lady Minions with their Barbie bouquets by Eric Wuechner

17. Your DIY brooch bouquet tutorial awaits you.

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Photo from How to DIY your own brooch bouquet by Sara Jane Photography

16. A sheaf of wheat is one of the oldest wedding bouquets in history.

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Photo from Evangeline & Corey's Norse viking wedding by N'Sight Photography

15. Foodie bouquet alert! Herbs and fiddleheads and artichokes and kale.

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Photo from Sarah & Javier's foodie winter log cabin wedding by Daniel Finucane

14. Welded copper flowers for when you need something a little more durable than paper and felt.

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Photo from Lauren & Johnny's rockin' seaside aquarium boda by Brian Murphy Harker and Dean Aaron

13. Crocheted roses = cuddly bouquet.

Photo from A colorful wedding in Los Angeles with crocheted details by Alders Photography

12. Wire bouquets. Less cuddly but AWESOME.

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Photo from Mich & Dan's gothic Transformers and cupcakes wedding by Tiffany Arment

11. Peppermint lollipops are a delicious bouquet any time of the year!

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Photo from Laura & Stephen's retro jazz wedding by Swattshots Photography

10. Flower cookies onna stick — share with your groom if you're feeling generous.

Photo from Fiery hair, rainbow details, and one awesome cookie bouquet by Marisa Miller

9. Spices for everyone! Say it with anise.

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Photo from Alyssa & John's homemade Oktoberfest barbecue in Amish Pennsylvania by Kristin Williams

8. Slip a sexy lil pink feather fan on your wrist.

Photo from A chic and lacy haunted house goth wedding by Havi Frost Photography

7. Parasols help a bride keep her cool.

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Photo from Tine & Niels' vegetarian celebration of geeklove with music & games by Fotoben

6. WEDDING MUFF. Embroidered, for extra pretty.

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Photo from Katie & David's winter wedding in the mountains by Bryan Morgan

5. Who doesn't love pinwheels? NOBODY.

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Photo from Mini flags, mustaches, and pinwheels by HarmonEyes Photography

4. Don't feel like crocheting or knitting? Carry the yarn balls, yo.

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Photo from Carry a bouquet of yarn balls from Stefan & Sarah

3. Airplant bouquet for an airy alternative. (No? Too much?)

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Photo from Asha & Jay's family game day BBQ 'n' beer wedding by Jennifer Davis

2. Beach wedding? Seashell bouquet OF COURSE.

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Photo from Come see some sexy barefoot sandals and a groom-made bouquet at this Oahu wedding by Linda Kahle Studio

1. We've seen lollipops and peppermint sticks and cookies. How about suckers?

Photo from An orange Seattle wedding with a candy bouquet, tarot reader, and his-and-her wedding sneakers by Urban Lights Studios

Who's saying YES to a non-floral bouquet for their wedding? Tell us what you'll carry… or twirl or spin or brandish?

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  1. SO awesome! I'm also a huge fan of using raw cotton. So affordable & looks so organic & unique!
    Just remember to properly shellack the lollipops if you go that route (or maybe not take them out of the wrappers at all)– I had a bride use lollipops for her bouquet & it was a melted mess before the ceremony even began. Her dress was spared, but her bridesmaids were covered in syrup!

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  2. I made all of our flowers out of the first few chapters of "Return of the King". (Used library book I rescued from the dumpster. I would never harm new/wanted books!) I had a very large rose attached to a sonic screwdriver with a pocket watch wrapped around it for my bouquet, a rose attached to my MoH's belt, a smaller plain rose on a pin for the Best Man, and a rose with leaves attached for my husband. The only cost for the flowers (I owned almost everything I used from previous crafts) was the $11 sonic screwdriver. (Pocket watches were given to every member of the bridal party. On sale 4 for $20!)
    Side view of bouquet. Yes, it does light up!
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  3. My bouquet will be made out of silk flowers made by a company called Fellow Flowers. All of their hair flowers have a specific meaning depending on what color they are. They are popular in the running community which is how I found them. My bouquet will be made of silver, red and one Magenta flower. Silver is their "silver lining" flower. Red is strength. The Magenta means "worthy". Perfect meaning for my bouquet for my second marriage.

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  4. I really, really thought about doing lanterns instead of flowers (I have a collection). But then I found these awesome gold/glitter fake leaves at Joann's in the Christmas floral stuff, and ran with that. So everyone's going to be shedding glitter all day (I can't wait!).

  5. The egg one is so clever! I love it. I thought about doing a pine cone one since we got married in winter, but ended up with a fabric flower one instead. Love the ingenuity of these!

  6. I did my own brooch bouquet, and it was a lot easier than I thought it would hem especially when I decided to use some silk hydrangeas as a form underneath. It was perfect!

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  7. A lot of great ideas here! I especially love the wheat sheaf–if I didn't have allergies I might even steal that one. I decided a while ago that beaded flowers were what I wanted for my bouquet when the time comes. Read a few tutorials (including the one here on OBB), made a few prototypes, and now I'm planning to make them all myself.

  8. My wire bouquet (pictured above) still sits on my dresser and I get to admire it every day

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  9. One of my coworkers made flowers out of coffee filters and they looked amazing.I'm actually thinking about doing that now.

  10. These are all adorable! I plan to carry a completely edible "salad bouquet" that a friend and I will make that morning.

  11. My bouquet (and that of my girls) was made of candy corn and white melting chocolate. It was AWESOME (and time consuming…and I'm pretty sure I don't want to eat candy corn ever again!)

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