(Closed) Alternatives to flowers?

posted 9 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
2615 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

not doing flower centerpieces.. candles… plus fake petals bought at michaels with coupons…


for bouquet u can do broach bouquets, ribbon/bow, simple one long stem fake or real flower.

Post # 4
1139 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012


Post # 5
5117 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We’re very minimal flowers- we’re doing real touch flowers (fakes) for the BMs and Groomsmen, my bouquet is a brooch bouquet, we’ve got a memorial table full of various candles rather than a floral display, and our centerpieces are lanterns with candles. We’re also hanging the lanterns on the pews to line the aisles, and placing them in the windows of the church. 

The only flowers we’re buying are 2 white roses to give to our mothers at the ceremony. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 6
5654 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

I did paper flowers over real flowers… just not big enough on real flowers to foot that kind of bill for them. lol

Post # 7
12 posts
  • Wedding: November 2010

no flowers here! we used christmas ornament balls for all our decor/centerpieces/church decorations/bouqets!

Feel free to msg me if you want to see pictures or anything!!

Love flowerless brides & weddings ๐Ÿ™‚

could also use books!!

Post # 8
1713 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Were trying to do paper flowers for bouquest and pomanders and for the centerpieces where doing teacups and candles.

Post # 9
382 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Are you not a fan of flowers or just not wanting to spend the money? I love flowers but saved money on doing 1 of my centerpieces with a wood slice and lantern on top with branching and moss around the lantern. We had a few flower heads placed on it, too. But it would’ve looked great even without the flowers. I like elements like branching, moss, candles, lanterns.

Post # 10
5653 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

Paper flowers! All the flowers at my wedding were paper!



Arch for ceremony:

Centerpieces & decor:

(my test table before my actual wedding):

They took a lot of time, but I worked on them slowly for months. I made around 400 for decor, my BMs bouquets had around 12 flowers in them and my bouquet had around 45. They saved us a lot of money and looked great!

Post # 12
1632 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I’m doing a small stack of books on each table, and on top of the books will be either a pretty hurricane candle holder I bought on clearance or a potted orchid ($10 each at Trader Joe’s, what what!) – half the tables will have the hurricanes, the other half will have the orchids.

Price is the reason I chose to avoid traditional flower centerpieces as well.  If you wanted to incorporate a few flowers you could also have an assortment of bud vases each containing one or a few stems of flowers, like these (not my photos):




Post # 13
1618 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I used cotton bolls mostly, but also some pods and wood flowers.

Post # 14
4344 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’ve heard of giving the bridesmaids clutches instead of bouquets too.

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