Bridal bouquets are the most popular accessories for brides to walk down the aisle. But what if you want to be a bit different? Here are 5 alternative ideas that will work for both brides and bridesmaids:
1) Wrist Corsage
This is a small arrangement of flowers that is secured to the wrist. Roses, orchids and other small-headed flowers work best.
The great thing about a wrist corsage is that both of your hands are free – ideal if you’re going to be hugging lots of guests.
Bianca Jagger looked very chic having chosen a wrist corsage instead of a bouquet when she married Mick Jagger.
A pomander (also called a kissing ball) is a round ball shape of flowers that has a delicate ribbon handle. This is easy to carry as the ribbon just slips over the wrist. Roses are the most popular choice for pomanders but you could also use gerberas or carnations.
Pomanders are often carried by bridesmaids and flowergirls, but can look spectacular for the bride herself.
3) Hair Decoration
Hair decorations can be both elegant and stylish. You can choose one large flower such as a lily to form the focal point of your arrangement. This type of arrangement is worn on the side of the head.
Alternatively you could go for a circular ‘halo’ arrangement, such as Audrey Hepburn wore at her wedding. She had a halo arrangement of white roses that was worn on top of the head.
In addition to flowers, you can incorporate beads, jewels and feathers into your hair decoration. Have a quick chat with your florist and you could come up with a unique design that suits your personality and complements your bridegroom’s boutonniere.
4) Prayer Book
Another choice instead of holding a bridal bouquet is to hold a prayer book or bible. Some brides like to decorate the prayer book with a small arrangement of flowers and/or ribbons.
You could use a cherished bible that was given to you as gift, or you could buy a new one as a symbol of your new life and how you plan to lead it.
5) Lantern or Candle Holder
These are great for church weddings, especially if it is an evening ceremony. Candles are very romantic and will add to the ceremony. Use non-drip candles and a lantern design that fully encloses the naked flame to reduce the risk of an accident.
The base of the lantern or candleholder can be decorated with a small arrangement of flowers to match the colors of your wedding theme.