Weddings pair with flowers like peanut butter partners with chocolate, like popcorn goes with movies, and how you and your spouse complement one another.
Flowers have always had their place in weddings. It’s been that way since ancient Rome, when brides would carry flowers or wear flower garlands to symbolize new beginnings, faithfulness, and fertility. And in Europe during the Middle Ages, brides carried flowers and strong-smelling herbs to ward off evil spirits.
But these days, your wedding bouquet is an expression of your personality and your love. Tap into your creative side and discover the beauty you can bring to your bridal bouquet with these unique wedding bouquet ideas:
You can create a bouquet that’s floral and a little more than the usual baby’s breath bundle. Explore these stunning flowers to inspire your unique bridal bouquet ideas.
Orchids epitomize elegance—their unique shape and various color combinations elevate your bouquet and bring a hint of modern artistry to your wedding. Plus, these plants are pretty hardy and won’t wilt as easily in heat.
This bloom takes the cake in unique wedding bouquets. It’s a spectacular ball of fuzzy spikes that makes a fantastic statement in your bunch. Just add a few sprigs of greenery, so the King Protea can take center stage—or work it into a more intricate arrangement with other geometric blooms.
Yes, thistles are technically flowers. A member of the daisy family, these blue blooms evoke images of the sweeping Scottish Highlands. If you want to show pride for your Scottish roots or maybe just need a little something blue, a thistle surely stands out in any bouquet.
Dahlias are stunning for their tiers of symmetrical petals. They come in multiple shades that complement any wedding color scheme. Dahlias are also thought to symbolize “grace under pressure,” so if you need a little floral support on your big day, arrange your bouquet around dahlias.
Bouquets aren’t just for roses and lilies anymore. Open up your definition of “bouquet” to a whole world of flora (and even fauna).
Succulents are a must for a minimalist wedding bouquet. The geometric shapes of some succulents allude to the traditional flower bouquet, but with a desert-friendly twist.
A perfect bouquet accent for love birds. Incorporating feathers into your bouquet adds a hint of Bohemian flare. You can choose neutral-shaded feathers, or go for more eye-catching plumes such as ostrich or peacock feathers. Even better? Feathers don’t need any water to stay perky and fresh for your walk down the aisle.
If you have a passion for the culinary arts, natural remedies, or just love the smell of a chef’s garden, an herbal bouquet is a great way to bring personality into the wedding ceremony. Your bouquet will be aromatic and edible.
These herbs make a lovely addition to any bouquet:
Rosemary: This dark green plant grows delicate blue flowers to enrich your bouquet. The rosemary plant also symbolizes remembrance, a lovely sentiment for a day you’ll want to remember for ever.
Thyme: Thyme’s small clusters of leaves are a great add for texture and scent. Traditionally, thyme signifies courage. If you think you might get stage fright thinking about walking down the aisle, thyme might be the perfect herb for your bouquet.
Lavender: Traditionally, lavender symbolizes “undying love,” so it perfectly suits a wedding bouquet. Known for its attractive purple hue, lavender is thought to have calming properties. Take a deep breath of your bouquet to help soothe any wedding nerves.
Carrying an armful of branches down the aisle will make you seem like a god or goddess of bounty. You can even incorporate elements of those branches as an accent for your hair, tux pocket, or veil. Choose branches that suit the season of your wedding. Some options include:
Olive branches: Olive branches are a stunning shade of green and signify peace.
Eucalyptus: The almost geometric arrangement of eucalyptus leaves on their branches are absolutely hypnotizing and perfect for more modern flower arrangements.
Holly: Ideal for winter weddings, the red berries of holly branches add a lovely pop of color to your bouquet.
If you’re the kind of person who finds beauty at farmer’s market stalls, a vegetable bouquet is a perfect fit for your wedding.
Artichokes: The pointy roses of the vegetable garden, these hefty veggies make a dramatic addition to a unique wedding bouquet.
Asparagus: To add a bit of height to your veggie bouquet, try adding a few stalks of asparagus. The almost scalloped tips of this vegetable add a stunning element of texture.
Carrots: Carrots are a beautiful vegetable addition, but don’t forget their tops. The leafy tops of carrots have a nearly lace-like texture.
Purple lettuce: For a burst of color, arrange purple lettuce along with your other non-florals. This gorgeous vegetable also adds fullness for a heftier and more colorful bouquet.
Romanesco broccoli: This geometric wonder is eye-catching on a plate, but especially in a bouquet.
Radishes: With a careful hand, these plump red veggies can be carved into delicate roses.
If you’re having a seaside wedding, seashells make a sensational beachy bouquet. Collect straight from the sand or head to a crafts store to create a custom bouquet.
Walk down the aisle with your pet in hand. Yes, your dog, cat, gerbil, or ferret makes an adorable bouquet alternative. Just make sure they’re well-behaved enough to handle the wedding and there are no serious allergies among the guests.
For more time-tested options, you might also find bouquet inspiration from these creative and unique materials.
A little bit of sewing know-how is all you need to transform satin, lace, or velvet into a bouquet of roses that will last forever. You can even sew beads, crystals, or seed pearls into your fabric bouquet for a little extra sparkle.
For a hint of whimsy and nostalgia, carry a bundle of multi-colored pinwheels down the aisle. Pinwheels are especially suited for an outdoor ceremony—every stray breeze will send those pinwheels spinning playfully.
Porcelain roses are sure to make a statement as you walk down the aisle. You can find porcelain flowers at consignment stores, antique shops, or even porcelain craftsmen online. Bonus: This is a custom bouquet you can pass down for generations.
If you love crafting, consider adding paper flowers to your bouquet. It’s easy to fold multi-colored pieces of paper into a delicate and lovely bouquet, plus it’s a fantastic bonding activity to do with your wedding party in the weeks before the ceremony.
Jazz up your bouquet by using different paper to fold your flowers.
Newspaper: The black-and-white print of a newspaper lends a vintage air to a folded flower bouquet—just be wary of ink smears. Hold your bouquet using a cloth or another piece of paper.
Book Pages: If Hermione Granger is your role model, a bouquet of flowers folded from you and your partner’s favorite books will add a beautiful touch to the wedding ceremony.
Comic Books: The colorful pages of a comic book make stunning folded flowers.
Sheet Music: Are you and your partner musicians or music-lovers? Fold your favorite pieces into a bouquet you can cherish for a lifetime.
Your wedding day is an expression of you and your partner’s personality, love story, hopes, and dreams. Even your choice of flowers can say a lot about who you are and who you both are as a couple. The more thought, care, and creativity you put into crafting your perfect bouquet, the more memorable the day will be.
Ultimately, your bouquet is a chance for you to be artistic with the materials that feel right to you, so have fun with it. Walk down the aisle with a bouquet of seashells and radishes, a handful of feathers, or even carrying your beloved pet. Give yourself the gift of a unique bouquet that shows the world how extraordinary you and your spouse are.
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