Five Non-Traditional Eco-Friendly Bouquets

Butterfly Bouquet

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You carry a bouquet in your hands during one of the most important moments of your life. As you walk down the aisle, your bouquet leads the way, held in front of you as you pass friends and family and approach your partner, the person you want by your side for the rest of your life. A bouquet is unique. It’s that special accent that reflects what you find most beautiful. It’s symbolic, like everything else on your wedding day, but it’s also an opportunity to experiment. No matter how formal or informal the rest of your wedding is, your bouquet is your chance to make your own unique statement. For many eco-conscious brides, non-traditional bouquets are taking center stage. Here are some exciting ideas for your big day.


The Vintage Brooch Bouquet

Vintage Brooch Bouquet

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Vintage is always eco-friendly because it’s already been created. You are not buying new materials fresh off a factory belt or shipped from overseas. Vintage is out there, in the world, waiting to be appreciated anew. Vintage brooches abound in thrift stores, boutiques, and online. They’re colorful, sparkly, and evoke old Hollywood glamour. They’re also designed to be pinned on, which means they have metal hooks or other hardware that make it easy to attach them to a bouquet. 


Vintage Buttons

Button Bouquet


My grandmother collected buttons. She had boxes and boxes of them: ceramic, plastic, porcelain, metal, and cloth. I wish it had occurred to me to use her collection for my bouquet.


Recycled Paper Pinwheels

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Pinwheels remind me of my childhood. I had a neighbor who lined her garden path with them and I’d run the length of it, arms outstretched, imagining they were lifting me off the ground with their spinning petals. Pinwheels are fun, childish, and easy to make. Their shapes also evoke flowers making them a non-traditional homage to a traditional bouquet.


The Feather Bouquet

Feather Bouquet

Feathers are a natural choice for an eco-friendly bouquet (as long as they’re responsibly collected.) They come in myriad colors and styles, from the long elegant fronds of the peacock to the soft fluffy down of the goose. Their delicate shape and natural beauty accents almost any style of dress. They look great in your hair too!


A Bundle of Pinecones

Pinecone Bouquet

This may be the least traditional eco-friendly bouquet of the bunch and yet, pinecones are as familiar as flowers. Pinecones hold the seeds of trees and carry all of the symbolism a seed represents. Arranged with some natural fiber ribbon, pinecones are a beautiful and earthy choice for an environmentally aware bride.