27 Floral Alternatives For Your Wedding

When it comes to wedding florals, think outside the fresh cuts. Items like jewelry, fruit, feathers, and veggies also look great in bouquets, centerpieces, boutonnieres and decorations.

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May 27, 2015

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Felted Florals

A hand crafted, felt wedding bouquet is a beautiful way to create flowers that will last a lifetime. You can choose your own flowers, your own colors, and your own arrangement to create a unique bouquet that will be treasured for years to come. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Produce Piled High

For a simple but beautiful non-floral centerpiece, spray paint a compote or urn bright gold. Fill the compote with clementines and garnish with fresh mint sprigs for a centerpiece that infuses the table with beautiful color — and makes for a delicious snack or dessert for guests.

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. This stunner incorporates spray roses and amaranthus with okra and green onions. See More Fab Florals for the Foodie >>

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.

Kumquats and Jasmine

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

Crazy for Candlelight

White candles housed in a stunning gold and glass lantern create a simple and charming tablescape.

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

Dahlias & ranunculus are accented with soft-green succulents and dusty miller greenery. Learn how to make this succulent bouquet >>

Plated Petals

Fabric flower pom-pom pins add individual drama to each setting and guests can wear them at the wedding or take them home as favors.

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. 

Potted Perfection

No florals necessary! Every bit as pretty as a traditional bouquet, a potted cabbage centerpiece steals the show in this autumn tablescape.

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.

Crazy for Cotton

Cotton stems are striking when displayed in large bunches. We especially love how these rustic stems are arranged in an antique ice bucket.

Dough Bowl Beauty

This gorgeous doughbowl filled with pine cones, mini pumpkins and green apples stylishly brings the outdoors in. Learn how to make this stunning centerpiece >>

Garden Variety

Fruits and vegetables are mixed with greenery 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.

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.

Earthy Look

Against the groom's herringbone jacket, olive branch leaves, wax flower and seeded eucalyptus create an attractive lapel arrangement.

"Berry" Nice

The fine details in this fresh berry and stems boutonniere are oh-so elegant.

Fruitful Centerpiece

Fresh produce becomes a stunning centerpiece when displayed on a two-tiered cake plate. Recreate this tablescape >>

Groomsmen Grains

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

Illuminated Grapevine Spheres

For a simple, high-impact arrangement, try these grapevine spheres illuminated by strands of dainty fairy lights. Get the instructions >>

Beautiful Berries

Large, fresh cut bunches of white and red coffee berry make a stunning statement for a fall or winter wedding.

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