How to Personalize Your Wedding Bouquet

A bride holding a bouqet of flowers and wearing a short veil.

A bride wants to be many things on her wedding day. She wants to look beautiful, feel like a princess (or queen), and to be married to the love of her life. But most of all, a bride wants to feel like herself—which isn’t always easy amid all the pomp and circumstance of a wedding ceremony.

One way to make your wedding feel a bit more personal is to carry something special with you throughout the day—something that connects you to your family, your faith, your relationship, whatever makes you feel like you! But where are you supposed to carry this little memento? In your bouquet!

Family Photos

Your family is a key element of who you are. Their influence has shaped you all of your life, so it’s no surprise that many brides want to pay tribute to their families on their special day. One way to do this is to add a family photo to your bouquet. Just grab a pocket-sized photo, stick it in a mini frame, and attach it to your bouquet’s stems.

This is a great way to commemorate special moments in your life and the people who made them great. Did you and your siblings play “dress-up wedding” when you were young? Are you walking down the aisle in the same dress your mother wore? Photos like these and other sweet memories can help make your day even more special.

A family photo on your bouquet can also be a great way to honor a beloved family member who has passed away. Find a portrait of your loved one and attach their photo to the bouquet stem so they can be with you throughout the wedding. This loving tribute will help remind you that those loved ones are right there with you in spirit.

Personal Mementos

A bouquet of sunflowers at a wedding with dog tags attached.

Another great way to pay tribute to the people you love is by including mementos in your bouquet. This method is great for the bride who wants to personalize her bouquet in a meaningful way, but doesn’t want to draw too much attention to the flowers. After all, this tribute is meant for you!

Maybe you want to give a nod to your mother’s wedding, but you don’t want to wear her dress. Ask her for a bit of lace or fabric from her gown and use it to tie your bouquet together! If you want to pay tribute to your grandmother but you don’t want to use her photo, ask her for a brooch or other piece of jewelry you can incorporate into the arrangement.

Of course, this method isn’t just for family heirlooms. You can personalize your bouquet with anything that’s meaningful to you: your sorority pin, earrings your sweetheart gave you for your birthday, the list goes on and on. The only requirement is that it makes you smile!

Non-Floral Bouquet

The bridal bouquet is an ancient tradition. Some historians credit the ancient Romans with starting the trend, as Roman brides carried flowers on their wedding day as a good luck charm (flowers represented fertility). These days, we know that fertility isn’t impacted by the number of blossoms you hold at the altar…so why carry flowers at all?

Obviously, if you want a bridal bouquet, you should have one. But if you’re not a particular fan of flowers or traditions, why not carry something else? There are so many cool alternatives to the traditional bouquet, and you can find something that really connects with who you are!

Are you a major shutterbug? Connect with that part of yourself and carry a vintage camera down the aisle—you might get a great shot of your sweetheart! You can carry a book that holds special meaning for you and your partner. You can create a brooch bouquet for a little extra sparkle. The possibilities are endless, so get creative!

Religious Details

A Catholic birde holding a bouquet at her wedding decorated with a rosary.

A person’s faith is a very personal thing that contributes to almost every aspect of their life. So, if you want to personalize your bouquet with something significant, why not do something that reflects your religious convictions? This can be a lovely way to make your bouquet feel more uniquely yours.

For example, if you’re Catholic, consider wrapping rosary beads around your bouquet or a ribbon embroidered with your favorite Bible verse. If you’re Jewish, consider adding a Star of David charm to your bouquet, or simply using flowers that match those decorating the chuppah! These little details will be a great tribute to your religious beliefs.

With these suggestions, you’ll be able to turn your bouquet into something laden with meaning. Whether you’re celebrating your family, your faith, or your favorite hobby, you can have this special piece of you on display as you walk down the aisle. That’s sure to make everyone happy—especially you.

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