Brooch Boquets…why?

posted 3 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
1729 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

I never really understood them either.  I have seen some gorgeous ones though.  I’m not sure of the their history but my guess would be that the brides who are not into flowers (and didn’t want fake/silk ones) started making them.  I would imagine they can be heavy (my floral bouquet was pretty hefty even though it wasn’t huge because of the waterdome thing they used to keep the flowers fresh.  

Post # 5
2657 posts
Sugar bee

I’m not sure how they started, but they’re great for brides who like DIY projects and/or non-traditional wedding decor.  The combination of different brooches give more of a vintagey look compared to traditional bouquets, which some brides are looking for in their style.  I’m not doing a brooch bouquet myself, but I am making paper flowers.  My reasoning for not using real flowers was that I could use my long engagement to make them and not have to freak out about flowers days before my wedding.  I’d imagine people who do brooch bouquets are in a similar boat.

Post # 6
6407 posts
Bee Keeper

It’s a fad that fits along with the pinterest/hipster faux-retro wedding stuff. I also think it’s cheaper than fresh flowers. It’s not a look I like myself, but wedding flowers are so overpriced these days (just like ‘wedding’ anything else), I can see why people are trying to think outside of the box.

Post # 7
2299 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I don’t know much about them but I’ve sure seen some GORGEOUS brooch bouquets here on the bee! If I were more DIY-talented, I’d probably attempt one myself!

Post # 8
20 posts
  • Wedding: October 2012

I can’t speak for everyone but my brooch bouquet was not cheaper than flowers, I wish that were the case!


I chose a brooch bouquet because my mom had all of my grandmother’s and great-grandmother’s brooches that I have always loved.  She gave them to me once I told her my plan.  I also got some from my MIL.  I still needed more so I looked online and went to estate sales to collect the rest, it got very expensive. 

There are pieces in there that are very special to me and now it sits in a clear vase in my living room where I get to enjoy it everyday.  Oh, that sucker is HEAVY too, I would say about 5 pounds.

Post # 9
10 posts
  • Wedding: March 2014

I wanted a brooch bouquet because it was something my mother and I could bond over. Like a previous poster said, my mother and grandmother collected pins (antique and new) and she was kind enough to give them to me to use. It’s also something that represents me as a person, because I’m known as the teacher who wears funky pins to work every day. I’ll also ALWAY have it around (it’s going in a shadow box after the wedding). It’s just an alternative to flowers for those of us who don’t feel that flower bouquets are the best choice in our weddings.


Post # 10
4576 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Because we’ve all seen flowers 59,000 times (at minimum).

Because they are a fun project.

Because they fit with that brides “vision.”

Because they are a current trend.


I’m not doing one myself, but I have seen a million different variations on a bouquet over at Offbeat Bride. It’s refreshing to see gals think outside the box.

Post # 11
2320 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I’ve seen some beautiful brooch boquets but never in real life.  I think it might be one of those things that only feels common to those of us who browse pinterest like it’s our job.

Post # 12
118 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@MsGinkgo:  I’m doing a brooch bouquet because I just wanted something a little different and something that I could possibly use later. I always did want to be the classy business women who rocked a brooch on her lapel, so I might just use the ones from my bouquet after I’m done with it.

But other than that, I’m doing because I think they’re pretty? Because they’re fun? Isn’t that purpose of every bouquet, brooch or not?

Post # 13
1631 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013


Only because you can make them way before the wedding and then the whole idea of your bouquet is DONE.

I was sold that this was the way to go till I started to price out brooches and/or getting one pre-made. NO thanks. It’s one day and this thing isn’t very re-usable.

Post # 14
1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I guess some creative person came up with it.

I’ve considered it myself given that I hate flowers (overpriced bush!). I want no flowers at all at my wedding. The ones i’ve seen are expensive so I’d just dismissed that thought.

I believe that persons who’ve made it has the brooches at their homes already or has a deep appreciation for them. I think they are pretty and vintage and matches with the fasccinator veils that are popular now.  

Post # 16
484 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

While Pinterest did totally over expose them, I originally heard the idea years ago. A friend of mine had a family tradition of all the women at the bridal party bringing a broach and then the bridal party puts it togerher (not at the shower, as a gift) for the bride to walk the aisle too. Its really a shame they are now seen in the same boat as “a fad”.

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