7 Bouquet Alternatives for the Nontraditional Bride

by | Oct 20, 2017

Many customary wedding traditions can seem outdated, as towers of cupcakes and macaroons replace traditional wedding cakes and lace veils are shortened into flower crowns. Bridesmaids are opting for mismatched dresses, and pre-ceremony meet-ups between the bride and groom are no longer superstitions, but actually encouraged. Modern day brides are determined to challenge yet another wedding tradition by reinventing the classic flower bouquet.

Bridal parties are ditching fresh flower bouquets for non-floral alternatives that add a more whimsical, and sometimes sugary touch, to modern day ceremonies. From puppies to parasols, we’ve discovered the latest in offbeat bouquet trends that are sure to inspire your trip down the aisle.


Say “I Do” with Doughnuts

Daniel Suarez Photography Studio

Earlier this year, an Australian bride surprised her friends and family with bouquets of frosted doughnuts. This lighthearted and saccharine touch is perfect for sweet-toothed couples and can be modified into other confectionary bouquets including cake pops, lollipops and cookies. 


Puppy Love

Caroline Logan Photography

Trendsetting brides from Pennsylvania and North Carolina asked their bridesmaids to carry puppies down the aisle to demonstrate their love for animals and local adoption services. The cute, furry friends trend can be adapted for cat-, bird- and other animal-lovers, too.


Pretty Parasols

Jordan Brittley

Colored parasols are a great way to brighten up or accentuate your wedding’s theme. The parasol doubles as a simple and elegant bouquet alternative as well as a functional sun-proof shield for brides wanting to stay cool during their outdoor summer ceremony.


A Plot Twist on Floral

Vanessa Hayes

For book-lovers or brides who are hesitant to completely abandon the traditional floral bouquet, paper flowers are the perfect compromise. Make roses from the pages of your favorite novel or from decorative stationery purchased from a local craft supplies store. 


Lighting the Way

Jenny Sun Photography

Lanterns add rusticity and subtle femininity to modern day weddings. Whether they’re wooden, metal, painted or bare, lanterns can be filled with a plethora of decorations including flowers, candles, seashells and foliage.


Bunches of Balloons

Rachel Thurston Photography

Balloons are perfect for the bride who is still a child at heart. Arrange your bouquet with an array of brightly colored balloons, or choose from softer hues like white, gold, silver and light pink. For an even simpler appearance, have bridesmaids carry single balloons.



Abi Q Photography

Not only are pomanders pretty and refined, but they also fit into every bride’s budget. Opt for pomanders made with freshly cut flowers or a less expensive, DIY alternative made with tissue paper, scrapbook paper, beads and jewels.


Read more here about fresh flower alternatives for your reception.

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