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Death to Flowers: The Best Modern Bouquets

Floral crowns, succulents and brooches are unexpected ways to rock a bouquet.

By Layne Lynch April 3, 2015

There’s nothing as lovely as a bouquet of flowers. Blooms have always conveyed deep affection, serving as the centerpiece of joyous, life-changing events. But in the modern age of Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram, brides-to-be are rejecting red roses and baby’s breath and revising and revamping their usual floral spreads.

Whether you’re looking for inspiration for your wedding or just ready to switching up your so-yesterday florals, check out these atypical but awesome bouquets.

Pins & Brooches

Antiquers swoon for brooch bouquets. This refined heirloom won’t die in a few short days and it’s one you’re unlikely to toss over your shoulder to tipsy singletons. Learn to make your own or find a beautiful option on Etsy.

Burlap and Lace

Along with mason jars and sparklers, burlap and lace is making quite the appearance in the wedding landscape. As a duo, burlap and lace not only makes a great centerpiece but also brings to life a shabby chic environment. Brides love these radiant but rough florals.


For the more crafty, quirky bride, button bouquets are the perfect bunch. These offbeat bouquets are not easily assembled and thus a bit pricy, but they’re hard to overlook compared to everyday florals.

Dried Flowers

Though they aren't a daring departure from fresh blooms, dried flowers are a wonderful preserve for your big-day bouquet. Lavender and pearly everlasting are the most common picks you’ll find in dried bouquets, but peruse wedding blogs and you’ll witness a variety of picturesque options.


Perhaps the most popular modern alternative to fresh flowers, succulents have become the new rose. Delicate and demure, these green bouquets fit perfectly in both over-the-top River Oaks weddings and simple ranch-style ceremonies.


If you’re an 80-year-old living in a twentysomething body, knits are your perfect faux botanicals. Hunt down free patterns for these woven yarns online, or you can purchase one on websites like Etsy or Pinterest.


Origami is an intricate art, but if your fingers are talented enough to fold for hours on end an origami bouquet is charming alternative. Though they require delicate care and handling, you won’t ever have to drop these into a murky vase.


It’s hard not to stop at the farmers market and marvel at all the gorgeous homegrown produce. Vegetables like purple cauliflower and artichoke capture a beauty you won’t find in a florist shop. Many brides are opting for vegetable arrangements comprised of edibles like herbs, carrots, kale, radishes—you name it.


Some brides are just too damn radical for any normal bouquet, and this has inspired a spectacular trend of wearing flowers. It takes a certain kind of ethereal bride to pull off a floral crown, but if done right the photographs are rather breathtaking. If you’re searching for personal inspiration, check out wedding blogs like Style Me Pretty or 100 Layer Cake.

Single Blooms

If you aren’t prepared to completely abandon flowers, single blooms are a budget-friendly option. It’s best to stick with large flowers like magnolias, peonies and dahlias if you’re opting for these solitary blossoms.




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