Walking down the aisle without flowers

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I'm getting married in September and am thinking about not carrying anything (flowers, etc.) when walking down the aisle.


I love flowers, but I don't really feel like having something that I will only hold for about 10 minutes.

What are your thoughts?

Has anyone else done the same?


I've seen plenty of instances where folks replace flowers with something else — like lanterns, candles, clutches, feathers, and parasols. Some brides walk with a book in their hand (usually the bible, but could just as well be the Kama Sutra), framed photographs, or other family heirlooms.

…But that's not what you're really asking about, right? You want to walk down the aisle nothing in your hands at all, right?

I think it would be deeply romantic to walk down the aisle holding only the hand of your beloved. The two of you could enter separately, meet and clasp hands, and then walk toward the officiant together hand-in-hand. Very simple, very romantic, and no bouquet or other props involved.

There are hundreds of Offbeat Bride readers who have done similar. Here are a few of their stories:

We even have a tag archive for alternative aisle setups to make this even more interesting.

For more non-floral inspiration, check out our archive of bouquet alternatives and non-floral bouquets.

Comments on Walking down the aisle without flowers

  1. I carried gifts for my mother and mother-in-law. Both were tucked in a silver recipe card box tied with ribbon. When I got to the “altar,” I opened the box, handed gifts to the Women Up Front, and joined my now-husband up front! See it here!

    Other options I considered: A glass sphere lit by hidden LEDs. A glow stick bouquet.

  2. Hindu brides wear garlands of flowers (kind of like leis, but heavier and more elaborate) like long necklaces … very pretty and keeps the hands free at the same time! I always thought that was a great idea.

  3. Yes, I love the idea of holding the hand of your spouse-to-be,as I did in my wedding 2 years ago,it gives a sense of calm that we are in this together, and the feeling was nice when he holds your hand tight and I felt really secured.

    I couldn’t agree more that the meanings often imbued by you but not the traditions. If you feels right, just go with it, everything will turn out fine for you.

  4. I made a bouquet of feathers, and was pleased with it. here is a link if you’re so inclined to peek at it.

    But really, it’s up to you. I’ve seen many weddings without something (my BM’s didn’t have anything, either) and it was just as beautiful, and truthfully I don’t think I noticed.

  5. Recently I was at a friend’s wedding and she and her husband just walked down the aisle together holding hands. Why not? It’s the two of them who are getting married! Together! If I were actually walking down an aisle at my wedding I’d do the same.

  6. […] Hi, Ariel. I just wanted to express thanks to you for saving me from my mother. She had been pestering me to carry flowers, which I had absolutely no interest in at all, whatsoever. After many impassioned pleas and fights, I decided to email her a link to offbeatbride — particularly the response you wrote to the girl who didn’t want to carry anything on her trip down the aisle. […]

  7. I just wanted to comment that my mom & stepdad walked each other down the aisle hand in hand, in a Catholic ceremony back in ’87. They also both hyphenated their names. As I plan my own offbeat wedding, I’m inspired by their example. (They met in a womens studies course!)

  8. another flowerless bride here. i am walking down the aisle with both of my parents and plan to hold their hands. probably giving my girls parasols or fans to hold so they have something to do with their hands, though i did see a picture of someone holding a coconut with flowers in it, but it seemed awkward to carry.

  9. I think it depends on the wedding

    we are doing a halloween masquerade..

    So I had wand bouquets made for them on sticks so that they can hold them with the masquerade masks (also on sticks) as they walk down the aisle

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