The wedding bouquet is the bride’s single most important accessory on that momentous occasion. Next to her gown, the bouquet makes a distinct statement about her personal style and taste, and may even set the mood of the ceremony.
Luckily for today’s brides, the classic white rose bouquet has expanded to an entire range of styles, colors, and materials. In fact, some bouquets aren’t bouquets at all! There’s now something for every wish, whim, or trend; and wedding floral designers are constantly coming up with new creations to suit these. We’d like to show you a few bouquet options—ranging from the traditional to the unusual to the quirky!
The Classic Rose Bouquet
For those who hold wedding traditions sacred, the elegance and sophistication of the classic bridal bouquet of fresh white roses still can’t be replaced. It suits virtually any wedding motif, including one inspired by a romantic seaside location. A rosary of lustrous natural pearls makes a perfect accessory.
A Romantic Lace Fan
When is a bridal bouquet not a bouquet? When it’s a vintage fan of romantic white lace! Yes, non-floral alternatives like this one are quite accepted today. A fan, for instance, could be a cultural statement for a Spanish bride along with a beautiful silver rosary, or it could suit the entire wedding’s vintage theme. (Believe it or not, you could DIY a fan like this one! See our how-to article.)
A Paper-bead Bouquet
Another intriguing DIY bouquet is one where the individual flowers are made of beads. But not just your regular beads—these ones are crafted from rolled paper! They are formed into a floral shape with wire, then finished with a glass bead in the center. Bundled together into a sweet little nosegay along with dotted organza ribbon, they make a charming bouquet indeed.
An Aluminum Can Bouquet
Talk about quirky! And eco-friendly, too. Can you guess what this single-bloom bouquet is made of? Aluminum soda cans! (For proof, see our how-to article.) For a daring bride who wants something really different and is committed to saving the planet, this just might be a bridal bouquet option she’d consider.
An Origami Bouquet
Oh, the quaint charm of origami! This delightful bridal bouquet is made entirely of folded paper flowers, in the tradition of that ingenious Japanese craft. The bride could carry a larger version of this bouquet, while the bridesmaids could hold smaller ones. A pretty option for a wedding with a crafty slant! (You can make this bouquet following this Easy Origami Kusudama Flower how-to.)
A Sweet, Pure White Nosegay
A nosegay is defined as a round wedding bridal arrangement with densely packed blooms—and this particular nosegay is defined as adorable! Simply made of pure white blooms, it conveys sweetness, refinement, and grace. You could create one just like it using white roses, carnations, irises, stephanotis, or daisies. Tuck in a few greens for contrast and maybe some baby’s breath for even more sweetness.
Bridal bouquet options:
- A classic white rose bouquet will never go out of style. Its elegance and sophistication suit most any traditional wedding ceremony, along with meaningful accessories like a lovely pearl rosary.
- A vintage-style lace fan is a romantic alternative to a traditional floral bouquet. It could be a choice for a bride of Spanish heritage accompanied by a silver rosary.
- A unique bouquet crafted from rolled paper beads may be an attractive option for a crafty bride. The beads could be made to match any wedding color palette.
- For a daring bride with an eco-friendly bent, a single-bloom bouquet made from recycled aluminum soda cans might just be something to consider!
- An origami bouquet has the special charm of that traditional Japanese art of paper folding. This would be perfect at a ceremony outfitted with crafty accessories.
- An all-white nosegay is always a sweet choice. Popular flowers for nosegay-making are roses, carnations, irises, stephanotis, and daisies.