The wedding bouquet, and choosing which flowers will be included, can be one of the biggest decisions for a bride during the wedding planning process. This is a classic, traditional and beautiful element of any wedding day, and one I always look forward too. However, these days, brides are able to be a little less traditional and are updating traditional wedding elements to best fit their personality. We’ve seen the evolvement of flower bouquets to stunning, sparkling broach bouquets, and here are 5 more bouquet alternatives to consider.
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Do you plan on going traditional and carrying a flower bouquet, or do you have something else in mind for you and your bridal party?
Although I adore the Fall and Winter seasons, there is just something about the blossoming of Spring that excites me. One trend that seems to still be blossoming for 2013 is incorporating Peonies into signature touches for your celebration. From bouquets to centerpieces, brides continue to find unique ways to bring this romantic, lush flower into their ceremonies and receptions and I’m totally on board! With so many colors, its so easy to find ways to bring these sweet flowers in on their own or incorporate them into larger pieces. We’ve collected a few examples to inspire you to bring these velvety, sweet flowers into your own special day!
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What do you like most about Peonies? Would you use them in your ceremony? If so, how and why?
Genius idea, I’m telling you. I love a succulent bouquet. And one filled with feathers or wheat. But an entire bouquet of billy balls? Why, yes, please.
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In case you forgot that chill in the air is Fall knocking at your door, here’s a reminder with some gorgeous Fall bouquets. I love that the palette changes. Colors become more rich, or more saturated. In some cases they are toned down. No matter what, Fall palettes in flowers are enough to make me swoon like crazy.
What Fall colors and flowers do you most look forward to?
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Dear Fellow Brides,
I know flowers are gorgeous. Trust me, I love them, too (despite the fact I’m not using them at the wedding). But, you don’t need some massive bouquet. Instead, opt for something more tasteful and classic. You don’t need extra weight to carry on your wedding day. Plus, there is something so chic about a simple bridal bouquet.
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P do S: How gorgeous are the pink and white peonies in that bouquet? Le swoon.
I’ll be honest, I thought I was well-versed in florals. Apparently I was wrong.
Check out this beauty: Ginger Flowers. Their bold color is amazing, and I love the volume of the bloom.
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Adding color to your bouquet is one of the easiest ways to add a pop of color to your wedding day look. Many brides still seek the traditional white bouquet, but opting for color instead brings a new level of dimension to the party (well, your attire).
While a white bouquet is gorgeous, it can get lost against your white dress. So, why not carry a little color, and let your bridesmaids carry white instead. The white bouquet will complement their colored dress. If you had them carry a colored bouquet, it could easily get lost against their dresses.
After all, it is the bride that should be the center of attention (and, the groom, too).
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I definitely think one the big trends for this year is alternative bouquets. Brides and florists are getting really creative with their designs by choosing exotic flowers and fruits, or option to use fabrics or antique brooches.
A great way to cut costs, or just do something different is to incorporate fruit into your bouquet. Not only will it give it some depth, but it will help it to be more fragrant. And, I absolutely love the colors in this particular bouquet, featured on Design*Sponge. It’s a great Spring or Summer bouquet, and it’s great to see some green incorporated.
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Do not be afraid to get creative with your bouquet designs. Creative does not mean non-traditional. Just try something with vibrant colors, or different flowers. And, ask for help from your florist – chances are they are more than willing to do something a little different and memorable.
There were many things about this wedding shot by The Youngrens that I loved, but something that really caught my eye was that the bridesmaids carried balloons instead of bouquets.
Just a quirky element that made a cute little impact. I’m not sure what they did with the balloons during the ceremony, but in this particular shot, you can see them behind the bride and groom – a fun little touch!
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I’m a huge proponent for personalizing your wedding details in a way that reflect your surroundings, your lifestyle and things you (and your FI) like. And, because of I that, I love when brides switch it up and do something non-traditional. It really says something when a bride and/or groom sort of “take control” of their wedding by doing what they want, whether it is something traditional or something not.
Like this bride, who had her bridesmaids carry lanterns instead of bouquets.
AND, they had rally towels made for their guests (I’m a sports fan, so I’m digging this idea).
Are you incorporating any non-traditional ideas into your wedding?