17 wedding bouquet alternatives for fearless brides

Updated Oct 12 2015

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.

  1. I crocheted mine! Big "fire roses" (red-orange-yellow) and little one-colour roses to fill the gaps. It was a lot of fun to make, I'll write a tutorial on the Tribe 😀

  2. I got a button bouquet that came in at a whopping 2 lbs. So heavy after all the before and after pictures I really couldn't wait to put it down. Gorgeous none-the-less. My girls carried lanterns and they were lovely.

  3. You forgot another trend that's been silently taking over 🙂 Knitted and/or crocheted flowers in ones bouquet. I'm going to be doing this for my Halloween wedding in 2014.

  4. We had a guerrilla wedding in a Haunted Mansion in Anaheim, CA, and the property doesn't allow for guests to have flower bouquets. We had a sort of Asian design influence in various parts of the wedding, I always have a fan in my bag, my favourite animals are bats, and while looking for a pretty fan to carry instead of a bouquet, I just happened to find a black fan with Chinese styled bats and a glow in the dark moon (we won't talk about how much I love stuff that glows in the dark/black light). I replaced the tassel that was attached to the fan with a locket that had belonged to my deceased MIL, one of my husbands guitar picks, and a small bottle of bubbles (I also always seem to have a bottle of bubbles in my bag).

  5. We are having an outdoor, non-traditional , but still very art nouveau/eclectic/rustic wedding. And will be having a circular seated ceremony overlooking a winery; the wedding party will be sitting on vintage sofas surrounding us as we get married. I am not really big on floral bouquets, so going with the theme, we decided that the girls will walk down with a beautiful wine glass that they can sip out of and enjoy while sitting on a vintage seat watching their friends get married. I may add a small sprig of billy ball or babies breathe to the bottom of the glass, but that's really it.

  6. Beautiful ideas! I love the seashell bouquet! I love making flowers out of fabric and hope to make some using paper soon. Fun ideas!

  7. I'm doing a button bouquet! I have friends and family collecting buttons for me. I have several from my grandmother who passed away that are going into it. This way, everyone gets to go done the aisle with me!

  8. I love them all. I got married in June and it was not a traditional wedding. My husband surprised my with a jeweled Bible that was designed by and artist Dacole. I love the idea that it is something that does not die and can be used for years to come. He also had our married name put on it.

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