Bouquets are pretty much a "must have" for brides and their bridesmaids, traditionally speaking anyway. However it may be hard to find an alternative to the run of the mill, pesticide laden, gmo produced flowers that are the general norm in most flower shops. While in many places you may be able to find locally grown or organic flowers, I am really loving these super creative alternatives all those crafty people out there are coming up with.
For instance, buttons! Seriously, who doesn't love buttons? I have
friends who horde these colorful little guys like gold! If you are
planning on having a fun, girly, crafty style wedding, think about a
button bouquet. If you are like me, you probably have friends willing to
fork over some of their stash to help make your bouquet, or just hit up
a used clothing/housewares store, they always have miscellaneous button
bags for around $3! Also, how sweet are button boutonnieres? Cute way
to tie in a theme here people!
And if buttons aren't your thing (what gives?), what about vintage brooches? These can make an absolutely stunning bouquet, and add a serious glam factor, or they can make a colorful statement to a simple gown. I am willing to bet you have some of your grandmothers old costume jewellery laying around? If not, vintage clothing stores always have a good selection as well. They can even be made to coordinate with your wedding colors. Reduce Reuse Recycle! (it's an oldie but a goodie)
Another option is paper. Use recycled paper to create beautiful, origami style paper flower bouquets. They have a similar effect, are relatively inexpensive (provided you are able to DIY or wrangle some crafty friends to help), and you can add a touch of personality. Use pages from a dictionary, your favorite book, or maybe old comics? (if you are among the nerd inclined).