I opted to not carry a bouquet; put something, anything, in my hands and watch me awkwardly bend, fold and fondle it into oblivion. Plus, for some strange reason, I didn't feel like spending a load of money for flowers that I was just going throw away at the end of the day. But if I wasn't so fidgety I would have definitely been one of those brides that opted for a bouquet alternative to flowers.

Since Offbeat Bride Kerry started a discussion called “Bouquet Alternatives” on the Offbeat Bride Tribe, a wealth of amazing offbeat bouquet porn has been popping up. I thought I'd share a few of the unique and inspiring ideas.

Tribe member Zan suggested making this bouquet out of “beautiful, cheap, fashionable feathers” that she'd seen at a craft store.

Another take on a Hobby Lobby feather creation by Offbeat Bride Tribe member Christina with peacock feathers and paper dollars “that just jumped out at [her].” Well it's a good thing they did because they look awesome together!

Offbeat Bride Tribe member Jennifer opted for a clutch bag. “…a silky/satin one in a pink to match the underskirt of my dress” like this one from Mabel Hand Bags.

Candy bouquets are an incredibly delicious option, like this one from Lin and Philip's wedding.

I can't help but notice the “button trend” that's been sweeping the offbeat wedding scene and I also can't help but love it. This awesome bouquet made of vintage buttons and a few leaves of reclaimed leather was made by Etsy seller Lil Fish.

And of course there's always Princess Lasertron's felt-and-button wedding bouquets!
Princess Lasertron bouquet

Fans… the ultimate alternative?

I'm a big fan of all the cool origami options.

Super-fun sparkly and festive beaded bouquets are like fireworks that you can hold! Or as Offbeat Bride Tribe member Reba Radey said, “Crystally clear glassy vintagey chandeliery glittery BLINGYNESS.”

A seashell bouquet found by Offbeat Bride Tribe member Akaisha! “For all your beach wedding needs.”

An idea that came from Offbeat Bride Tribe member Rebekah were to use these “Modern Victorian” bags filled with branches and feathers.

How about an eco-friendly alternative to parasols? I love the idea that OBB Kate presented of using these see-through biodegradable umbrellas.

Check out this post featuring these lovely bouquet alternatives.
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Having a winter wedding? Why not carry a muff instead of a bouquet? It's warm and fuzzy and totally practical, plus think about how much fun it would be to toss! [Editor's note from Ariel: plus, you get to make muff jokes non-stop. And who doesn't like muff jokes at a wedding!?]

In my research I've also noted a lot of talk of lantern carrying. I haven't seen this in practice yet, but Offbeat Bride Tribe member Book_Thief provided a picture of a pretty one.

Then there's always the option to not carry anything! There's no rule that a bride has to be holding something, and we are a community of rule breakers, are we not?

And if this post isn't enough for you, make sure to check out the rest of the Offbeat Bride posts that deal with wedding bouquet alternatives for even more ideas.

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Comments on 17 wedding bouquet alternatives for fearless brides

  1. Gorgeous, gorgeous!! I love the crystal vintage one, I love the feathers and the fan! Anything with a touch a glam is gorgeous!

  2. Mmm I like the candy bouquet, and I actually thought of it for my candylicious wedding, but I really love fresh flowers so I went with candy-inspired colours instead. 🙂 Plus there was no guarantee that the bouquet would remain intact by the time I made it to the end of the aisle.

  3. I’m not going to be holding anything, no flowers, no nothin’. Apparently this makes me QUITE the rebel and my mother was a bit confused and I think disappointed we wouldn’t be arguing over bouquets…lol.

    • This is how I think I’m going to roll, too. I just can’t get past the feeling that the whole ‘have to be holding something’ rule just makes the bride look and feel more passive, more decorative, especially if she’s holding something requiring both hands and it actually is purely a decoration. Now, holding something you’re actually going to use somehow in the ceremony makes more sense to me. Or even carrying something that you then immediately place on the altar for the ceremony (flowers, a candle, a book to read from, a wine chalice, etc.) – at least then your carrying it served a real purpose, and you do something with it, as an active participant.

      Not to disparage anyone who loves the idea of carrying a bouquet or anything resembling a bouquet, it’s just not my thing I guess!

  4. Oh man, i love the feather bouquet, but me and my vegetarian ways won’t let me have ’em. But, as a result of a Google search for synthetic feathers, here is one source suggested on DeviantArt that I hadn’t thought of:

    “Pluck a synthetic bird.”

    • If you really like feathers but want to be sure the birds weren’t mistreated find someone locally that raises exotic birds (FH’s step dad does because he loves them) and usually they will let you have whatever feathers the birds naturally lose.

  5. really REALLY LOVE the crystals, seashells, buttons and muffs, but I keep thinking that lantern would be awesome with incense in it……
    just think, you walk in and the room is filled with your favorite scent!

  6. Instead of an all-flower bouquet, mine had glittery roses and greenery with lots of silver, gold, and iridescent stars. Went well with our celestial theme.

  7. We’re carrying lanterns filled and overflowing with orchids and red roses (I don’t trust myself with a candle)
    I’ll post pictures once I get there (June 6)

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