Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Fresh Take on the Flowerless Bouquet

Somehow flowers have become a wedding staple.  Bridal magazines and TV shows highlight fabulous weddings dripping with fresh flowers.  But there is no rule that you have to utilize flowers in your wedding for it to be fantastic.  Every bride wants her wedding to stand out in some way, so why not go flowerless?  There are some creative companies out there that offer alternatives to the traditional flower bouquets and decor.

This beautiful bouquet from The One Happy Girl is made of felt, beading, and buttons

Etsy is a great place to find artists doing innovative designs for weddings.  This incredible pomander from Whether Paperworks is made from the pages of old National Geographic magazines. 

 I love the idea of making a bouquet out of jewelry.  This bouquet by Valley Flowers and Gifts is made of vintage brooches. 

Just because these alternatives forego fresh flowers, doesn't mean they are less expensive than traditional bouquets.  These bouquets can range from $150 to $450.  But you can always join the ranks of the DIY bride and make a lovely yet unconventional bouquet yourself.  My friend Natasha made her own stunning bouquet out of peacock feathers! 

If you're feeling a little daring, you may find that flowers just don't fit.  But buttons, brooches, paper, felt, fabric, or feathers may be the answer to creating your own unique wedding style.

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