Big Wedding, Small Budget

Bouquet Alternatives – Felt and Button

In my never-ending search for bouquet alternative, I have come across a lot of felt and button bouquets. There have been some really interesting examples. Generally, I love the colors and the organic, handmade feel of a felt bouquet. Plus, it would be a great keepsake after the wedding!

I’m not sure I’m crafty enough to make felt bouquets for the wedding, but they’re definitely worth looking at. Sources are listed below. Enjoy!

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Bouquet Alternatives – Paper Flowers

I have been coming across lots of pictures of paper flowers in weddings lately, and some of them have really caught my eye. I probably won’t end up using these, for two reasons: 1) I am maybe the least crafty person alive and 2) Paper flowers probably wouldn’t end up being much cheaper, if at all, if I pay someone to do them. But they’re definitely pretty to look at, and a great idea for a twist on the traditional!


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Bouquet Alternatives – Pinwheels

I’m not sure yet what we’ll do about a wedding party. I will definitely have some sort of bridal posse, but as for who will walk down the aisle, that remains to be seen. I do know that I’m not in love with bouquets. I’ve held some beautiful ones at friends’ wedding, but the truth is that flowers are just not high enough on the priority list to make it worth spending a lot of money. I’ve thought about skipping any kind of bouquet altogether, but then Offbeat Bride featured a wedding where everyone carried pinwheels. Pinwheels! They would be perfect for our vision of a casual picnic wedding, and I think they’re so cute!

I did some digging around on the web and found this picture:

I definitely like the look and size of the pinwheels, but I would want something with all solid colors or a more modern print. Like this:

I loooove this pinwheel! It’s so colorful, and I like the look of the shape better than the pointy ones. I think if I did have bridesmaids walk down the aisle, I would have them choose their own dress in a certain color, so having a rainbow pinwheel would bring everyone together nicely.

Obviously, everything will depend on the venue we choose, but for something like a picnic in the park, I think these pinwheels fit much better than traditional flower bouquets.

** 1st picture from, 2nd from HD Wallpapers

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