7 Ideas for Unconventional Bridal Bouquets

Bride throwing flower bouquet at wedding

Your bouquet is a huge part of your wedding. From the photos to the ceremony, it will emphasize the style and design of your celebration. It also sets the tone for the rest of the wedding. Instead of grabbing any bunch of flowers and calling it a day, consider curating a bouquet using non-traditional materials. Components such as herbs, brooches, and Christmas bulbs can make surprisingly gorgeous pieces. To top it off, these supplies tend to be inexpensive and easy to find. Check out these seven ideas for unconventional bouquets that are just as special as your big day.

1. Vegetables

vegetable bridal bouquet

It might sound strange, but vegetables are having a serious moment right now. Just take a look at today’s lifestyle trends; people of all generations have been delving into the world of windowsill gardens and farm-to-table menus. But, aside from gracing our plates, vegetables can double as pieces of naturally beautiful bouquet. This is particularly perfect for brides that love cooking, gardening, or all things homemade.

The key is to select veggies that have a decorative vibe to them. For example, artichoke heads boast a similar shape to flowers. Kale and spinach leaves add volume and can be found in a gorgeous gradient of colors. Broccoli, radishes, and cauliflower are other great options.

Remember, you don’t have to have a full bouquet of vegetables to create an exceptionally unique bouquet. Feel free to mix and match with daisies, roses, or other flowers from your wedding. The end result will be a distinctive bouquet that speaks to your personality and style.

2. Herbs

Like vegetables, herbs are becoming more popular outside of the kitchen. These days, you can find beauty products and candles made with fresh herbs. You might be surprised to learn that they make amazing bouquet elements, too. Sprigs of rosemary, sage, or mint are particularly ideal. Lavender is also wonderful if your wedding palette features a shade of purple.

Herbs work best as an accent to fuller bouquets, but minimalist brides may prefer styling herbs with a couple flowers for a simpler bunch. In either case, your bouquet will smell absolutely amazing. The best part is that herbs dry beautifully and can be used in homemade potpourri later or for future cooking.

3. Succulents

Beautuful succulent wedding bouquet

In recent years, succulents have become insanely popular. These plants are easy to care for and can last for an exceptionally long time. They can also be found in various sizes and styles, making them ideal for a non-traditional wedding bouquet as well as a non-traditional boutonniere. It doesn’t hurt that they are adorable, too.

You can style succulents by themselves or with other blooms. The natural green shades of these plants will make it easy to match them with your color palette. After the wedding, create a keepsake of your big day by adding the succulents to a homemade terrarium.

4. Wheat

If you’re hosting a country-themed wedding, consider adding stalks of wheat in your bouquet. This also works well for rustic cabin weddings in rural areas. The simplistic silhouette of wheat brings in a natural, full look without adding too much weight. Wheat also has a neutral tan color, making it easy to group with different flowers.

For an unconventional take on wheat, consider using it as the main component. A cluster of wheat with accents of lavender or baby’s breath looks stunning and simple. You can also style it with thin stems of dainty flowers.

5. Berries

autumnal bridal bouquet with berries

The deep color of berries offers a magnificent option for bouquets. They work best with autumn and winter celebrations that feature intense, rich shades. For best results, use berry sprays. These are typically featured in wreaths and have a long stem that can be easily styled into a bouquet.

Need some ideas? Style berries with orange and yellow flowers for a rustic autumn bunch, or for a winter bouquet, pair sprays with pinecones, white anemones, and silver brunia. You can also group berry sprays with roses in white, ivory, and dark red colors for a more general look.

6. Christmas Bulbs

Winter brides, this one’s for you. Shiny Christmas bulbs can serve as amazing components of a unique, dimensional bouquet. To make one yourself, attach the loop of each bulb to a strand of thick wire. This strand can then be wrapped in floral tape or ribbon for a cleaner result. You can use bulbs as an accent in a conventional flower bouquet or go all out with a full bunch of bulbs. Try to use varying sizes and colors. Often, holiday and craft stores sell bulbs in chic shades, like peach and teal, so be on the look out if you have a less conventional color scheme.

7. Vintage Brooches

Bridal brooch bouquet

For the bride that loves all things vintage, consider creating a bouquet made of thrifted brooches. It might take quite a few trips to the flea market, but it will be worth it. And thanks to the nature of this idea, you can be sure that your bouquet will be anything but boring. Needless to say, this type of bouquet speaks to the bride who loves a healthy dose of quirky vintage goodness.

Flower brooches are easy to find. They can be glued Styrofoam ball which can be then be added to the top of wire “stems”. Alternatively, you can add brooches to the center of large flowers. Rhinestone brooches look especially stunning in monochrome bouquets.

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