Let’s face it… fresh flowers can be expensive. We recently talked about the fact that cutting down on your fresh flower budget can really save you a chunk of money when it comes to your wedding. Finding other wedding flower alternatives is a key way to save money in this area!
So, we decided to do a roundup of the many other options there are for wedding decor to use instead of fresh blooms. This list of wedding flower alternatives is sure to inspire you to think outside the box when it comes to your wedding bouquet or decor. I hope you’ll consider one of these unique flower alternatives for your wedding!
Wedding Flower Alternatives
photo by Sherry Sutton Photography
Who says you can’t have flowers — just make them out of fabric! Not only will you spend less (depending on the fabric you choose) but you’ll create a memento you can keep forever! The options are really endless and you can completely customize your look with your color choice, fabric choice and add-ons like buttons or gems. Go to town and make your perfect wedding bouquet from fabric!
photo by Carden’s Wedding Photography
I love wheat for fall weddings. It’s a great filler for bouquets and looks super chic as a centerpiece, like pictured above! Dried wheat is pretty easy to get, and fairly inexpensive – plus it just adds that extra touch of rustic whimsy to any event. I love it paired with the burlap table runner, but would look great as a bouquet with a colored ribbon to match your wedding color scheme as well.
photo by Alice Hu Photography
We love brooch bouquets because they feel so personal — especially if you use brooches that belong to family members. I’ve seen some bouquets made with pins given by each of the grandmothers from the couple’s family and it’s such a sweet and touching detail that it makes me tear up. They also make incredibly gorgeous mementos to keep to remember the wedding day.
photo by M. Newsom Photography
Felt is super versatile for crafting, and making flowers is no exception! We love these felt flower tutorials from our friend Jen over at Something Turquoise! Another great thing about using felt is that the resulting projects make such darling keepsakes!
Veggies. Who knew they were pretty in addition to being delicious? Think leafy greens like kale- there are even some varieties that look like roses! Vegetables can make a great bouquet for an eco-friendly bride- I’ve even seen items like artichokes added into the mix! Maybe you could just eat it afterward – how’s that for not being wasteful?
photo by Mikkel Paige Photography
Okay, so technically babys breath is a type of flower, but these “fillers” are cheap and look super chic when used en masse. Versatile and perfect for anything from bouquets, centerpieces, hanging decor, etc. Baby’s breath are really one of my favorites for weddings, so it’s awesome that it’s so inexpensive.
Would you ever think that these are SILK flowers? If you love the idea of a traditional floral look for your wedding, consider using silk flowers instead. Not only do they give you the most realistic version possible, but after the big day you can always sell the blooms to another bride in need.
photo by The Big Affair
Yarn is a versatile and inexpensive item to use to make flowers and other decor! How sweet are these little simple pom pom flowers? Making these little guys is easy and mindless – a great thing to do while binge-watching your favorite show on Netflix. And another great thing is they can easily be repurposed for other fun stuff after the fact like gift wrap decoration or vase fillers.
photo by The Big Affair
Buttons are a colorful and unique way of creating a “bouquet” that won’t wilt and wither. Love this as a keepsake to treasure for years to come! Buttons can easily be turned into decor for centerpieces as well, and adds a quirky and playful touch to any wedding!
photo from Kristin Danger Designs on Etsy
I just love the soft and ethereal look of a feather bouquet. Feathers are amazingly versatile when it comes to what you can do with them – there are so many varieties, styles and colors. I think a feather bouquet adds an extra touch of glam to your day — and the cost would be easy to recoup if you sell your pieces after your wedding day, as this is becoming an increasingly popular style for weddings!
photo by Be Vivacious
Have you ever considered a cotton wedding bouquet? I think there’s something dreamy and romantic about it — it’s definitely a unique touch! Perfect for a country wedding in the fall! And the cotton is pretty inexpensive, too!
photo by Luminaire Images
Instead of splurging on fresh flower bouquets, consider some lace fans for your bridesmaids to carry instead. There’s something regal and glamorous about them, don’t you think?
photo from The Budget Savvy Bride
Why not create your own flowers out of tissue paper? These blooms are poofy and large and can create a big impact for a tiny price tag! Tissue paper flowers make great aisle decor, altar decor, centerpieces or even bouquets! I even made Tissue Paper Pomanders for my wedding back in the day 🙂
I know, Burlap is just another form of fabric, but this style is distinct enough to stand on its own. Burlap comes in a variety of colors now and is great to use to make flowers for a rustic or farm wedding. I seriously love this look for fall!
photo from More Paper Than Shoes on Etsy
I just love all the things you can do with paper. After a quick search on Etsy I saw dozens of gorgeous options for paper wedding bouquets, including the stunner above. Again, just like fabric, choosing the right variety of paper can really change up your look. Cardstock, crepe paper, tissue paper, etc can all create a unique and different effect!
photo by The Burks
Books are a super convenient and inexpensive way to create a centerpiece. Pick them up at thrift stores or go through your bookshelves for old ones to repurpose as wedding decor. You can choose books in a similar color scheme or even remove the covers for a more primitive look. We love books as wedding decor!