Wedding Flower Alternatives

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

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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!

View more fabric bouquets here.

wheat wedding centerpiece -Cardens Photography

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.

 View more brooch bouquets here.

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!

View more felt wedding inspiration here.

vegetable wedding bouquet


photo by Ann Althouse on Flickr

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?

View more veggie wedding inspiration here.

babys breath wedding centerpiece mikkel paige photography

Baby’s Breath

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.

View more baby’s breath inspiration here.


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!

View more button inspiration here.

feather wedding bouquet - flower alternatives

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