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Alternative Ideas for Your Bridal Bouquet

Not every bride wants to carry a traditional bouquet of fresh flowers – so we've found 10 of the most original bridal bouquet alternatives




Wedding bouquets have been a tradition for centuries, thanks to the symbolism and beauty of flowers. But one of the quickest and most stylish ways to give your day an individual twist is to swap real wedding flowers for something different, unique and innovative.

We’ve found 10 alternatives to traditional wedding bouquets that would be a total talking point on your big day.


Brooch Bouquets

Glamorous and unique, brooch bouquets are the perfect option for a vintage style ceremony and great for including heirlooms as well as your own treasures. Mix them with silk flowers for a more traditional look or combine bright colours and sparkle for an eye-catching finish. Brooch Bride hand makes bouquets from £100.

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Button Bouquets

If you’d prefer to have slightly less bling in your bouquet, get a similar impact with a button version. Bespoke creations mean you can choose the button colours and sizes, or go for a fabulous rainbow finish like this button bouquet from Wedding Buttonique, £180.

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Quirky Bouquets

If there’s a theme to your wedding, or you’d like to reference a hobby, your bouquet is a great way to incorporate this – and there’s really no limits to what you can pick. From fruit and tennis balls to pom-poms, plectrums and playing cards, let your imagination run wild. The appropriately named Run Wild Bouquets will custom-make almost anything into a bouquet for you.

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Fabric Flowers

From funky felt to stylish silk, fabric flowers can look even lovelier than real blooms with bright colours and perfect blossoms. Silk Blooms has an incredible range of flowers and colours such as this pink and purple bouquet featuring calla lilies, tulips and orchids, for ’159.99.

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Leather Flowers

For a thoroughly modern twist on a rose bouquet, how about choosing one with leather flowers? Go for classic white for subtle impact or add colour with eye-catching purple. Leather Wedding Roses has everything from small posies to more extravagant bouquets like this steampunk version with chocolate brown and bronze leather foliage against the cream leather flowers.

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Dried Flowers

Rather than worrying about your bouquet wilting, start with dried flowers and herbs, ideal for a rustic chic or country wedding – and you won’t have to work out how to preserve it afterwards. Draw inspiration from around the world with a Provence bridal bouquet, or stay closer to home with an English rose garden bouquet from Artisan Dried Flowers.

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Paper Flowers

With anything from intricately folded origami petals to unusual paper, including music manuscript and maps, you can get some fascinating effects with paper flowers. The Eau de Nil paper bouquet (’15) is a bargain from Dorothy and Theodore, or Jackdaw Décor’s glamorous versions include the Lily and Peony Bouquet using manuscript paper.

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Shell Bouquet

If you’re tying the knot by the sea, it’s hard to beat a seashell bouquet to complete the theme. Sarah’s Flowers mixes the soft creams and golden browns of shells with crystal and artificial calla lilies and you can even get matching buttonholes.

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Bauble Bouquets

Perfect for a winter wedding, bauble bouquets add some seasonal fun and you can choose any colour you fancy, from opulent gold to deep red. And if you’re worried baubles alone would be too overpowering, team them with pinecones to soften the effect, like this creation from Run Wild Bouquets.

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DIY Bride

Your bouquet is also the perfect accessory to show off your DIY skills: if you’re an expert, combine costume jewellery and ribbon to make your own version of a brooch bouquet, or get creative with a dried flower arrangement of your own. For something even more unusual, why not stock up on coloured tape – the Duck Tape site has tutorials on how to make your own flowers, including calla lilies.

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