Floral Alternatives For Your Wedding

When it comes to wedding florals, think outside the box and go beyond just flowers. Use items like jewelry, fruit, feathers, and veggies to make bouquets, centerpieces, boutonnieres and decorations.

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Jewels and Baubles

Brooch bouquets can make your special day everlasting because they can be kept for years to come. Incorporate family heirlooms into the arrangement as a reminder of those who are there to support you every step of the way. Take a look at the instructions. Design by Sarah Brobst.

The Most Beautiful Salad, Ever

Imagine the oohs-and-aahs you’ll hear when you walk down the aisle with an unexpected edible bouquet. Even better if the ingredients were grown in your garden.

Kumquats and Jasmine

Vibrant orange brings a whimsical burst of color to a traditional pinstripe background. Design by Kelly Marie Thompson of Fleur Inc.

Tiered Herbs, Candles, Veggies and More

Can’t decide on just one thing for your centerpiece? Then use a lot of different things. This multi-layered focal point combines a variety of potted herbs, artichokes, limes, white flowers, even bottles of hot sauce, all illuminated by tea lights and candles.

Add Feathers

If you just can't go without a romantic flower arrangement, accentuate with unconventional elements. Here, light and airy feathers complete an ethereal bride's bouquet.

Natural Textures

Pretty white peonies are accented with soft-green succulents, woody-looking scabiosa pods and a few seeded eucalyptus stems. Design by Kia Kreations.

Pomegranate and Wheat

Sounds like the ingredients for a great craft beer, but they also make for a striking boutonniere.

Crepe Paper Canopy

Adorn an arbor or wedding canopy with pretty paper roses. They’re easy to make and longer-lasting than real flowers so no worrying about wilting flowers before the ceremony or reception. Get the instructions. Design by Camille Styles. 

A Little Rustic Touch

A succulent, eucalyptus, lavender and dusty miller leaf are cinched together with twine to make this handsome boutonniere. Design by Lauryl Lane.

Paper Bouquet

Wedding flowers don’t have to cost a fortune. Paper bouquets are a budget-friendly alternative, they’re fun to make and they’ll last a lot longer than real flowers. Learn how to make paper flowers. Design by Jess Abbott. 

Cotton-Pickin' Handsome

This gorgeous cotton boutonniere includes silver brunia berries and willow branches for homespun chic. Design by Lauryl Lane.

Garden Variety

Fruits and vegetables are mixed with floral accents to make a colorful and tasty centerpiece.

Succulent Bouquet

Silvery-white ornamental plants are mixed with dusty miller and round seed pods to make this eye-catching arrangement.

Striking Lapel

For a bit of the unusual, a beetle (cast in resin) carries a pretty purple orchid. Design by Isari Flower Studio + Event Design.

Paper Rosebud Party Streamers

Line the walls of your wedding venue with strands of rosebud garland. They’re easy to make and not too expensive; you’ll need scrapbook paper and grosgrain ribbon. To make a bunch, invite your girlfriends over, offer them some wine and snacks then show them how to cut and roll the rosebuds. Fun will ensue. Download the instructions

Forest Inspired

This evergreen boutonniere makes a fetching accessory for a winter wedding or a woodsy event.

Encircled in Wood

Curly willow branches surround a bouquet of roses, parrot tulips, hyacinths, mini calla lilies, berzillia berries and orchids. Design by Lauryl Lane.

Earthy Look

A balsa wood flower, mini lotus pod, dried wheat and dried pussy willow create an attractive lapel arrangement. Design by Lauryl Lane.

"Berry" Nice

Laid on a pillow of moss, the fine details in this boutonniere make it oh-so elegant.

Soft and Bright

Earthy succulent colors are made even prettier with the addition of vibrant purple statice.

Don't Be Afraid of Dark Color

Simple privet berries are surrounded by black calla lilies and blizzard roses to make a dramatic statement. Design by Cedarwood Weddings.

Groomsmen Grains

Wheat and feathers are accompanied by tiny white berries and secured with a tiny piece of raffia.

Little Green Apples

You wouldn’t necessarily think of mixing of silver baubles with granny smith apples, but here it works perfectly. The white table linens and water candles with greenery add to the elegant setting.