Photo: Kristin La Voie Photography
Bling out your bridal bouquet with a beautiful vintage brooch or tie it together with some nautical rope — because your dress isn't the only thing that could use a bit of embellishing on your big day! Flowers are total showstoppers, but everything looks better with accessories. Here, some ingenious ideas for dressing up your big-day bouquet!
1. Repurpose the extra fabric from your gown (or cut a piece off of mom's)
And use it as a pretty bouquet wrap! Simply ask your seamstress to save some of the tulle overlay or lace from your dress when she does your alterations, suggest wedding and event planners Jennifer Arreguin and Natasha Burton of Swoon California. "This makes your wedding look coordinated and cohesive and ensures that the gorgeous fabric doesn't go to waste either." Plus, if you decide to donate or sell you dress, you'll always have a little piece to hold onto and potentially pass down to your own daughter one day.
2. Dress it up with a vintage brooch or hankie
Perfect for the Lauren Conrad kind of bride! Play off of your something "borrowed" and grab a crystal brooch from grandma to give your bouquet a glittery touch, recommends Charleston-based wedding planner Francesca DiSalvo-Follmer of Pure Luxe Bride. A vintage handkerchief with a pretty floral pattern wrapped around the stem of your bridal bouquet is a super sweet and totally timeless idea too, according to Arreguin and Burton.
3. Go wild with feathers
Opting for a beautifully boho bridal look? Then you'll definitely want to consider sticking (okay, strategically placing) a few fashionable feathers in your wedding bouquet to add some dimension, says DiSalvo-Follmer. The bigger, the better! It's unexpected, unique and surprisingly chic.
4. Put a ribbon on it
Or several! Whether they're long and hanging or short and sweet, ribbons are such a fun way to accessorize your bridal bouquet, and they work well with any theme. Personally, Arreguin and Burton love a black (or navy) and white wide ribbon contrasted against bright flowers. "It just looks so stunning, particularly with pink."
5. Tie it together with rope
"It's definitely a bolder choice, but if you're doing more of a nautical theme or want something a bit woodsy, this could be a wonderful option that's different yet still stylish," offer Arreguin and Burton.