The alternative bouquet – our top picks for summer 2023

Here at Country House Weddings, we’re all about exploring the alternatives – in fact, we recently penned a blog post sharing quirky alternatives to the first dance!

Whether picking your bridal gown, ceremony music, wedding cake or reception entertainment, one size certainly doesn’t (and shouldn’t) fit all. Your wedding day should be uniquely you, which makes getting creative with its planning a must for marrying couples. One area where you can put your own spin on things is your wedding flowers.

From reception table centrepieces to buttonholes, flowers play a special role in many couples’ big days but you don’t have to stick with the status quo when designing your own one-of-a-kind bridal bouquet.

Check out these alternative bouquet ideas for summer 2023 – as you’ll discover, there’s not a fresh flower in sight!

Made with macramé

Hoop bouquets have been a top trend in recent years, with these out-of-the-box designs enjoyed by brides and their bridesmaids across wedding days of all styles and sizes. Instead of using fresh flowers to adorn your hoop, why not experiment with the ancient art of macramé?

Here My Modern Met explains more about this beautiful, resurfaced craft and the stunning creations it makes possible:

“A versatile form of fibre art, macramé can be used to make everything from wall hangings and plant hangers to jewellery, purses, and even clothing items. Using simple materials like cotton twine, jute, hemp, or yarn, macramé can be as simple or complex as the crafter would like. Embellishments like glass or wooden beads, as well as dyed threads, can also open up a range of creative possibilities.”

A macramé hoop is a great way to add your own twist to this top bouquet trend. It’s also perfect for rustic or festival-themed weddings.

Pretty as a picture

For lovers of all things vintage, this alternative bouquet is a fantastic pick. Using photographs creatively at your wedding ceremony and reception is a simple route to personalising proceedings, but what about showcasing the equipment used to take the imagery?

Carrying a charming vintage camera as a bouquet may not be for everyone, but it’ll certainly get everyone talking!

The sweet sound of music

For a floral fancy, that’s anything but, use sheet music and a spot of paper craft to create an alternative bouquet that’s delightfully different.

As well as giving a nod to your love of music – you could even use sheet music of your favourite tunes – this paper flower bouquet provides a timeless monochrome scheme that’ll complement modern and traditional weddings alike.

If you’re more of a bookworm than a music lover, a similar design can be achieved using pages from your favourite books.

Sparkle like a star

Brides looking for a more decadent and dazzling arrangement should use brooches to create the bouquet of their dreams. Whether going modern or vintage, your brooch bouquet can be personalised to complement your wedding theme and colour scheme.

Playful perfection

For a playful bouquet that’s sustainable and stylish, swap flowers for paper pom poms. Your paper pom-pom bouquet can be customised to your wedding colours and theme.

To the untrained eye, carefully arranged pom poms could even be made to look like the eternally popular peony – the only difference being that they last a lot longer and cost a lot less.

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