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This is one of my favorite alternatives to bridal flowers- the vintage brooch bouquet! This particular category could lend itself to being a time-intensive project- searching for pieces you like and want to include, not to mention possibly spending quite a bit of money trying to find enough pieces to make up your bouquet. And if you want to make them for your bridesmaids, too… now we’re talking a LOT of work and maybe a lot of money. But look at the result! So unique and beautiful- something you could treasure as a keepsake for years to come! I could see this in a vase in my house, a quirky little centerpiece. :)

Check out these gorgeous pieces:

These bouquets were made by Fantasy Floral Designs and photographed by Alice Hu.

Nashville bride, Krista, has been sharing her search for all the right pieces to make her bouquet. Image from Becoming Mrs. Dial

Krista was lucky enough to get these beautiful pieces from her grandmother! Jackpot! I would definitely suggest checking with family members and friends- having pieces of them in your wedding day bouquet would be oh-so-special! I can’t wait to see how Krista’s bouquet turns out. :)

image from here.

This one is a ‘mixed media’ bouquet with brooches, buttons, felt and beads! Very unique!

image from HairbowsWonderworld on Etsy

From VeryTresChic on Etsy

from GloriaSlaughter on Etsy

I really really love the ones with the large brightly colored enamel pieces- they really stand out! What do you think of this idea?

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Past Posts in Flower Alternative Series:

Part 1: Paper

Part 2: Feathers

Part 3: Buttons

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  • http://firstcomeslovethencomesmarriagethen.blogspot.com/ Sarah

    Oh my goodness!!! I have never seen anything like these before! They are absolutely beautiful and you will have it forever!! LOVE IT!

  • Natalya

    A vintage brooch bouquet was one of the first things I had my heart set on after getting engaged. They are so lovely! But after a couple of months I realized a) I couldn't afford to buy one made by a designer and b) collecting enough flower brooches would also be costly and time-consuming. I'd still love to have one, and will try to incorporate vintage flower brooches in other ways but sadly this is a feature my wedding will lack. I'd envisioned it just as you had – in a vase for years to come reminding me of the big day. They are beautiful to look at though!

  • http://oops-im-in-love.blogspot.com Alejandra

    Just an FYI — I'm currently a bride who is making her own brooch bouquet and it's not that hard!! I have been collecting brooches from Goodwill AND going to little beauty stores to buy $1 clip on earrings that look JUST like brooches. I made a DIY tutorial on my blog for anyone interested:

    http://oops-im-in-love.blogspot.com/2010/02/crazy

    Honestly, I have spent about $40 so far and I'm almost done! My fiance's mom brought me a pack of 5 brooches from the women at her church. Trust me, there are so many people out there willing to help/contribute if you just ask. If your heart is set on it — try it! Feel free to contact me if you have any q's about it :)

  • Christen

    I love, have loved and continue to love!!! I'm not much of a flower person anyway, so this was the PERFECT alternative. And almost everyone I know is contributing pieces, including a friend who is making hand-wired flowers for me. And my future mother in law DEMANDED that she be the one to put it together … since she loves this kind of thing. I'm not using a ton of actual flower brooches, but will include a few. i have a ton of critters, sports pins, etc that all mean something to me. Plus, eBay has lots for multiple brooches for like $5 that I'm getting. I get giddy just thinking about it!

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  • http://www.thebudgetsavvybride.com/author/laura Laura W

    I am looking into finding a brooch to use to make my own bridal sash. Some sashes can cost up to $500! Glad I found this post and read where you ladies have found these brooches. :)