As deputy editor of The Knot, Lauren Kay scours the globe for of-the-minute wedding trends and design secrets. She enjoys writing about stunning florals, tasty cakes, and tabletop wonders. She has a strong affinity for good etiquette and red lipstick, and she thinks a good pair of heels can transform any day. Lauren lives in New York City with her husband, Adam, and their son, George.
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Did you know that the average spend on wedding flowers according to The Knot’s 2016 Real Weddings Study is $2534? No matter your budget, florals, and weddings are synonymous. Pinterest boards and Instagram feeds are flooded with wow-worthy floral arrangements and great for inspiration, but weeding through all that content can get overwhelming. Looking for that final ingredient to make your bouquet stand out from the crowd? We've got you covered.
Think outside the garden—inspiration can come from the most unexpected of places. It’s been a minute since bridal bouquets got a makeover. Whether you're into feathers and fruits or grains and grasses, here are a few unique and inspiring additions for your bouquet or centerpiece from our friends at The Knot.
From glamorous ostrich feathers to rustic pheasant quills, some pretty plumage can change the entire vibe of a bouquet. Plus, feathers are a lightweight addition, which is key—bouquets can get heavy fast.
Make It Yours: Try to match your feather style with your wedding vibe—a peacock feather will add tons of drama to a glamorous arrangement but might look out of place at a casual soirée.
Fruits and Veggies
The farm-to-table movement has found its way into wedding menus and now bouquets. Some leafy kale or a swag of fresh wild berries will give any arrangement a fun foodie feel.
Make It Yours: Opt for in-season choices or local specialties to give your arrangement some regional flair. Carrying some figs in your bouquet? Add a couple half-cut fruit to your centerpieces or arrange them loosely on the table.
Succulents and Air Plants
Great for warm-weather “I dos,” these wilt-proof plants add dimension and diversity to bouquets. Best of all, many succulents can be repotted post-ceremony for a second life in your new home.
Make It Yours: Give your bouquet some structural diversity with different varietals—echeverias grow leaves in tight rosettes mimicking blooms, and sedum burrito plants have a cascading quality that adds a bit of elegance to your arrangement.
Add a stem of cotton to a rustic or winter bouquet for a touch of soft texture. The fluffy puffs pair nicely with other circular-shaped blooms.
Make It Yours: Opt for a monochromatic look with additional white, stems like peonies, ranunculus, Echinops (aka globe thistle), and garden roses. Bonus, cotton makes an awesome boutonniere alternative.
Quell nerves with the mood-altering aroma of herbs in your bouquet. Mint or lavender will keep you calm while basil means good wishes.
Make It Yours: Consider adding some flowering herbs to your bunch too. Feverfew has buds that resemble tiny daisies, while meadowsweet has fluffy white blooms.
Grains and Grasses
From dune grass to straws of grain, grasses are a welcome addition to any bouquet. They can even be used as an alternative bouquet wrap.
Make It Yours: It doesn’t get more authentic than adding a stalk of wheat to your farm-fresh bouquet. Or play up the tropical vibe of seaside nuptials with an oversize elephant ear bouquet wrap.
Add some variety and contrast to any bouquet with these quirky pods. They’ll add instant texture while pairing well with many classic floral varieties from roses to calla lilies.
Make It Yours: To build your bouquet in volume, opt for lotus, scabiosa, or poppy pods. If you’re going for height, dried protea, okra, or trumpet pods are your best bet.
Which floral-arrangement idea are you going to try first? Let us know how it goes.