Wedding Planning 101: 5 Alternatives to Traditional Wedding Flowers

Flowers are one of the basic building blocks that come together to create a wedding day; as ubiquitous as the cake or the dress or the music. But we know that traditional bouquets might not be for everyone – and you know by now that we’re all about putting together the wedding that suits you best! Whether for financial, aesthetic, or eco-conscious reasons, you may find yourself considering some alternatives to hiring an expert florist. The crafty among you are likely ready to roll up your sleeves and put your own time, labor, and personality into your floral accents. There are also some spectacularly creative artists out there who can create works of art for you, if DIY isn’t really your thing (we love some of the freaking awesome stuff that can be found on Etsy, for example). However you decide to put together the blooms that will decorate your celebration, here are a few of our favorite substitutes for traditional flowers:


1. Paper

While it may not be the first material to come to mind, paper flowers are actually stunning. There are a ton of options if this look suits you. We’ve seen flowers made from pages of books and/or sheet music, a gorgeous nod to couples especially fond of reading and music. Flowers made from plain colored paper and some paint can also be super pretty.

paper_boutonniere2. Fabric

Another great option for the offbeat couple is flowers made from various fabrics – from silk to burlap to felt to even crocheted. And bonus, you get to keep them forever!

fabric_bouquet3. Artificial

Not all artificial flowers look obviously fake, trust us. Craft stores carry some beautifully convincing options if this is more your style. One thing we love about using artificial flowers is that it can be a cost-saving and barely detectable alternative, should your favorite real blooms be out of season.

artificial_flower_centerpiece4. Market Flowers

Some couples choose to purchase their flowers the day before or even the day of their wedding from their local market, leaving to chance and creativity their ultimate floral look. We totally understand why this method may not be for every bride and groom, but for those couples with a laidback, bohemian style, some floral talents, and a little extra time, this can be an inexpensive and creative challenge.

market_flower_bouquet5. Non-florals

Okay, this category encompasses a whole range of things. A personal fave: bouquets with brooches/jewels/etc. Whether they make up the entire bouquet or serve as accents to other flowers, we seriously love the sparkle and elegance these bring. Another interesting, fun option is bouquets (or centerpieces, or boutonnieres) that are all greenery: succulents, herbs, etc. We’re pretty much talking about bouquets made of cool stuff: feathers, Christmas ornaments, seashells, or anything else you’re really into.



Are you thinking about going nontraditional with your wedding flowers? Have you seen something cool that we didn’t mention here? Tell us in the comments!