GSS Wedding Trends :: Bridesmaid Bouquet Alternatives

Don’t get us wrong – we love a gorgeous bouquet. Nothing makes our hearts flutter like the perfect pink peony or a sweet cluster of fresh hydrangea. But these days there are no rules in wedding planning and décor, which opens many opportunities for us to think outside the box and be unique.  Choosing an alternative to the bridesmaid floral bouquet allows you to: A) let your wedding design personality shine in an unexpected way and B) save money on a floral budget that either you didn’t have in the first place or that you can reallocate in other areas.

Bouquet alternatives like clutches, (as seen below) are especially a great option when you have a large bridal party. Providing bouquets for ten or so bridesmaids can really break the bank.  But don’t despair – stylish clutches in your wedding colors are not only adorable, but your bridesmaids will love reusing them again and again….. Thus, doing double duty as “bouquets” and gifts!  Talk about budget friendly! The clutches pictured below had removable embellishments, which helped tie in the wedding décor but also proved to be very practical when the bridesmaids can remove the feathers and tote them along on a happy hour or lunch appointment.

 Image Courtesy of Ryan Ray Photography

And clutches are just the beginning… Here are some other ideas that lend themselves to any wedding style…

Pinwheels & Flags: These cuties are ideal for the DIY/crafty bride. They add personality to the wedding but yet maintain a certain sense of romantic whimsy. You can customize these with color options, patterned papers, a variety of sayings – whatever your little heart can dream up!

Image Courtesy of Sloan Photographers

Image Courtesy of Lisa Hessel Photography 

Lanterns:  Romantic and beautiful, lanterns are great for a romantic garden wedding or a more formal chapel ceremony. Lanterns also come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes-  So you really have options here. This is also another great “double duty” item – What a fun token of love and friendship for your bridesmaids to enjoy for years to come!

 Image Courtesy of Sincerely, Liz Photography

Books:  This might one of our favorite options. You can get SO creative here. Choose to embellish with a small amount of fresh florals or greenery, accent with crocheted or paper flowers, or leave plain… This option is great for the vintage bride or a couple that loves to read!

 Image Courtesy of Ryan Ray Photography

Parasols & Fans:  These fresh and flirty accessories not only make great bouquet alternatives but they also make way cute photo ops! Great for Summer garden weddings, you also have a lot of options with these. Ad a little floral embellishment to your fans or select some that stand on their own. Parasols don’t have to have an Asian flair they can also be the perfect addition to your Southern soiree! 

Side Note:  Did you know you can rent beautiful parasols for your big day?  Click here to find out how to get your hands on some pretty parasols by Bella Umbrella!

Image Courtesy of Nine Photography :: Wedding Styling by RSVP Events

Image Courtesy of Sweet Bee Photography

Balloons:  A whimsical and fun approach to the bridal “bouquet” balloons are definitely the most cost effective option here. You can provide your bridesmaids with a cluster of balloons or we love the new “extra-large” balloons (see photo), which add that extra something special and will be more noticeable to guests and in photos. Our favorite part about this option is bridesmaids can release their balloons after the ceremony as a symbol of love and celebration to the new Mr. & Mrs.!

Image Courtesy of Brooke Images

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