Alternative + non-floral wedding bouquets

Think outside the flower box with our guide to alternative and non-floral wedding bouquets. There are so many ways you can get inventive with them “ plus they can often be completely reusable. Bonus!

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herbal bouquet

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If you love the idea of having an alluring scent as much as style and colour, why not consider a herbal bouquet?

Florist Dorothy Hardie of Forget-Me-Not Flower Farm explains:  “They smell amazing, especially in summer when the heat from the sun brings out their scent. Some of the fragrances can be very evocative, like lemon balm, which smells like old-fashioned sweets.”

Many herbs also produce flowers so you don’t have to miss out on the prettiness of a traditional posy. Think of the feathery white petals of meadowsweet or the dainty pale purple blooms of thyme.

How to reuse? 

In the garden | By incorporating a little bit of soil into the arrangement, you can replant the herbs after the day. The soil can be well hidden so you won’t see it, and can also include herbs that you’d use every day like mint, coriander and parsley.

The result is a lovely, fresh, green scent on the day that doubles up as a lasting reminder of the day. Plant them in your garden and have them for years to come.


Favours + décor | Extend your herbal bouquet theme to your wedding favours by giving your guests little potted herbs to take away with them.

Or use your flowering herbs as centrepieces and take them home with you. This can be particularly sentimental if you’ve just bought a house and want to grow your wedding flowers.




paper wedding bouquet

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If you’re looking for an unusual approach to your flowers that will also double up as a keepsake, consider using paper.

Anna from Origami Fox made her bouquet from the envelopes of letters sent by her future husband during their long-distance relationship.

She also created flowers for her hair out of maps (based on where she got engaged and where we were getting married) whilst her table decorations were made from bike trail maps.

If you’re musically inclined, how about using sheet music? In particular, antique sheet music can give your wedding bouquet a unique, vintage feel.


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We’re not saying you should glide down the aisle gripping onto a solitary cauliflower, but asparagus, artichokes, purple kale and heirloom carrots can look really striking in a bouquet.

Mix them up with flowers for an unstructured, wild look or incorporate them into your table centrepieces to bulk them out.

For autumn time, imagine a hollowed-out pumpkin spilling over with ivy leaves, deep red berries and bright yellow mahonia.

As well as being a more eco-friendly choice, locally sourced varieties tend to be cheaper too, so it’s a great way to stay on budget while doing something interesting with your displays.


Bring your vision for your bouquet to life with these wedding florists in Scotland.