Today we’re talking about wedding bouquet alternatives with the latest Ask Emmaline question: “what to carry down the aisle instead of flowers“? Bride-to-be, Beth, wrote us last week with this question for her upcoming summer wedding. She wants to know if there are any bouquet alternatives she can use instead of traditional bouquets, and if so, what is acceptable for bridesmaids to carry, too. She asks,
“Hi Emmaline! I’m getting married in July… an outdoor wedding in humid southern heat. I don’t want to carry a bouquet down the aisle because it is one more thing to worry about (wilting and keeping it cool enough). What can I carry down the aisle instead of flowers? I know silk flowers are an option but I want something fun and different. Do you have any wedding bouquet alternatives I can try? Thanks.”
Hi Beth, great question! Hmm… good thing you’re considering the heat in your upcoming wedding because you have a point about keeping those flowers from wilting. Although you can always keep them refrigerated ahead of time (and they’ll look beautiful), having one thing less to stress over on your wedding day is always a win in my book. And furthermore, mixing things up and choosing wedding bouquet alternatives sounds like a fun way to add a personalized touch to your ceremony. Another win. After some digging, we’ve found what to carry down the aisle instead of flowers with some really creative wedding bouquet alternatives. I think you’re going to like what we’ve found!
Wedding Bouquet Alternatives: What To Carry Down The Aisle Instead Of Flowers
Let’s begin the list with paper flowers, a creative bridal bouquet alternative we really love. With custom colors and sizes available, you can save money and have a wedding bouquet that looks amazingly real — and lasts!
Paper Flower Bouquet
This paper bouquet is one of the prettiest alternatives. Since these blooms are made from paper, you’ll never have to worry about wilting. By Paper and Peony.
These blooms are made of paper from a copy of Pride and Prejudice. Can be made in other books, too! Great for book-lovers. :) By Diddlebug.
This feather bouquet is stunning! In addition to wedding bouquet alternatives, these feathers also work great as your unique something blue.
Here’s another feather bouquet, this time in shades of ivory and cream. By Darla’s Blooms.
Brooch bouquets are one of the most popular wedding bouquet alternatives. These “blooms” are made from vintage brooches, which look stunning down the aisle and forever after. By Important Day.
Here is an example of a silk bouquet (from bYMi) of Lily of the Valley flowers. This bouquet is comprised of ten stems of white silk lily of the valley flowers and five green silk leaves with a ribbon tied around it. These silk flowers are a great option to carry down the aisle and look beautiful in a vase on your desk after the big day.
This bouquet of silk flowers is another last-forever option. By Bragging Bags.
I loooove this origami bouquet from bYMi. It is easily one of my favorite wedding bouquet alternatives to date.
These origami flowers are made of cotton, hand-dyed silk, bakers twine, seed beads, and florist wire. By bYMi.
These flowers are made in any color of your choice to coordinate with your wedding.
Here’s another origami bouquet as an example of the many possibilities you can choose. By 3D Origami Art Studio.
Get a bouquet of them as a “book page bouquet”, which looks awesome!
Crepe Paper Flower
Crepe paper flowers are one of the most delicate wedding bouquet alternatives. I love the way this crepe paper rose from Diddlebug looks.
Also noteworthy: this bouquet of paper daisies! Also by Diddlebug.
Sola Flower Bouquets
Another option? Sola flowers with eucalyptus, for a delightful accent. Also by Hey Bouquet.
Sola Flower Set
You can opt for a set of wedding bouquet alternatives, like this blush romance sola flower bouquet set from The Sunny Bee. It comes with a sola flower bouquet for the bride, smaller bouquet for a bridesmaid, and a boutonniere.
Rustic Sola Flower Bouquet
For a rustic wedding, a burlap and sola flower bouquet makes one of the loveliest wedding bouquet alternatives. By The Sunny Bee.
Sola Flowers with Succulents
Creative Wedding Bouquet Alternatives
Want to forego flowers of any kind? No problem! Here are some creative wedding bouquet alternatives that are perfectly acceptable to carry down the aisle instead of flowers.
Clutch purses are my favorite wedding bouquet alternatives, for the bride and her bridesmaids. In addition to saving money by skipping bouquets, you are also giving a functional gift they can actually use for years to come. Clutches like these make a beautiful bridesmaid gift! In fact, these clutches by ANGEE W. can even have a photo printed on the inside liner!
Here’s another simple, yet elegant, bridal clutch purse to carry as a wedding bouquet alternative. By ANGEE W.
Floral Hoop Wreath
These floral hoop wreaths are a creative option for what to carry down the aisle instead of flowers. While there is a floral element, these hoops are a boho inspired twist on the classic tradition. By The White Bulb.
Want to make your own floral hoop? Check out our recent tutorial: DIY Floral Hoop Tutorial.
This bridal hand fan is made of antique lace and is another favorite of ours for wedding bouquet alternatives. By Beau-coup.
These colorful hand fans are also fun for you and bridesmaids to carry down the aisle. Bonus: it can keep your bridesmaids happy + cool while standing up at the wedding in that hot summer heat! By Beau-coup.
Lanterns, filled with succulents, flowers, or battery-operated candles, are one of the prettiest wedding bouquet alternatives. (Note: if you choose battery-operated pillar candles, I recommend the flickering style, as they’ll look more realistic.) You’ll literally light the way down the aisle while you add decor to your ceremony altar. By Beau-coup.
Instead of what to carry down the aisle, consider what to wear down the aisle. This corsage makes one of the most unique wedding bouquet alternatives in this list. By Isabel Flower Design.
Another thing to wear down the aisle is a gorgeous floral necklace like this! By Magaela Accessories. Isn’t it lovely?
Or this bouquet inspired flower belt, which makes one of the prettiest wedding bouquet alternatives! By Magaela Accessories.
In conclusion, I hope you enjoyed these wedding bouquet alternatives, Beth, and everyone else! :)
Brides: if you’re wondering what to carry down the aisle instead of flowers, hopefully these ideas have given you some inspiration. What do you plan to carry down the aisle? Tell us with a comment below!
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P.S.S. For more wedding bouquet alternatives, see: 40 Alternative Wedding Bouquets (PHOTOS)