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14 Bold Bridal Bouquets (For Those Who Think Outside The Box)

In Floral Design by Kyla Helgeson5 Comments

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So, this one is for all the non-traditional brides.  You won’t see classic round pretty posies of roses or peonies here.  These unique wedding bouquets use different textures, shapes, and materials, not just flowers. For these creations, the floral designers think outside the box using bright vibrant colours and unique flower varieties, like anthuriums, billy buttons, lotus pods, even fresh fruits and vegetables!

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Bright Bridal Party | Image via lovetheschultzes.com

There are even more wildly creative bouquets out there, the kind of things worthy of fashion shows, but what I tried to find here are examples that strike the balance between unique but also ideas that you could incorporate into your wedding day.  So, read on to see 14 bold bridal bouquets.

Bright, Bold, Brave

I have found over the past decade as a wedding florist that most brides choose classic, elegant flowers with pastel tones including, whites, pales pinks and apricots, lemons and lavenders. While this is a beautiful choice there is something that is so fantastic about the couple who decides to simply have fun on their wedding day. These couples have big cheerful personalities and will probably view their wedding as more of a party, celebrating by dancing the night away.

If this sounds like you, why not be bright, bold and brave and inject some colour into your wedding day? This rainbow coloured bouquet by The Sisters captures that fun, playful vibe perfectly.

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Bright Bold Bouquet | Floral Design by The Sisters | Image by Lara Hotz

Billy Balls and Berries

Or perhaps you are a bride who loves just one colour. How about bright yellow? It certainly isn’t in the same family as the ever-popular pale pink, dusty pink, blush pink and baby pink. And if you are loving this happy hue, you will also love the interesting idea of having a bouquet of just billy balls, also known as billy buttons. Super fun and super cute.

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Bright Yellow Billy Balls | Image by Brent van Auken

Berries are often used as accent flowers to a wedding bouquet. So, using them as the focal point is a unique twist in floral design. This different combination with billy buttons and berries has also included more popular blooms like dahlias and roses in vibrant tones. But your eye is drawn to the yellow pops of colour.

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Bright Bold Balls and Berries | Floral Design by The Sisters | Image by Lara Hotz

Amazing Anthuriums and Astilbe

If you want a unique and interesting bouquet, you should start with a unique and interesting flower. Anthuriums are amazing, they come in so many different shapes, colours and sizes. Hot pink anthuriums grouped together by florist La Piazza Dasee form an unusual shape all their own.

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Anthurium Bouquet | Floral Design by La Piazza Dasee | Image by Shandro Photo

Some anthuriums are very large and this creates a great opportunity to balance them with large tropical leaves of all textures and shapes. Greenery is the hot trend this year and adding green anthuriums adds another dimension.

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Large Anthurium Bouquet | Image by Maui Maka Photography.

You may not have heard about this flower, one of my more recent personal favourites, the very pretty, astilbe.  I first saw this beautiful bloom when I travelled through Europe a few years ago and was most excited when I returned home and saw it popping up at our markets.  It displays soft long feathery flowers that en masse give a romantic style.  Astilbe is available in many beautiful shades, like pale pink, apricot, cream, white, mauve, even a unique deep red.

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Astilbe Bouquet | Photography by J Lucas Reyes

Succulent Bouquet

A bouquet of all succulents is certainly a different choice to fresh flowers. I love the combination of different shades and shapes when different types of succulents are grouped together. Here, the look has been broken up with just a few blooms, yellow billy balls, freesias, stock and ranunculi. There is so much detail for your eye to take in, as it dances around the design.

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Succulent Bouquet | Image by Vine & Light Photography

Kale Bouquet

Have you ever thought of using a superfood in your wedding bouquet?  Well you can with kale, although florists use ornamental kale, one which I wouldn’t recommend eating. It is available in different tones and combinations of green, white and purple. They do vary in the shape of the leaf, some have rounded leaves other leaves have a ruffled or jagged edge. They also vary in size and in intensity of colour. There is the very large and vibrant purple kale……

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Bright Kale | Photo by Luminaire Images Photography

And the softer, lavender kale. Either way, it will certainly add texture and contrast to the bouquet that you carry down the aisle. A sure choice to get the guests talking.

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Kale Bouquet | Floral Design by Flowers By Ivy | Photography by James Moes Photography

Vegetable and Herb Bouquet

Now if you do want an organic bouquet that you can eat after, what about having a bouquet of all vegetables, fruits and herbs?  You can use any fresh local varieties for an organic style wedding. Anything with a natural stem can be used like a flower, lettuce and cabbage leaves and herbs such as parsley and sage. For fruits and vegetables without a stem, like brussel sprouts and artichokes, just add a skewer to them to give them a stem for placing throughout the bouquet.

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Vegetable Bouquet | Image via Pinterest

Pod Posies

There are also some unusual varieties of pods, like lotus pods. They are green when they are fresh and when dried, turn brown. They have very long stems which are hollow as they love to drink lots of water. These can be a great choice for a different outside the box bouquet.

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Lotus Pod Bouquet | Floral Design by Fowlers Flowers | Image by Pierre Curry

Poppy pods are also an unconventional choice for a bridal bouquet. They work well when mixed through a flower bouquet for a point of difference or as you can see, they can also look cool grouped on their own.

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Poppy Pods | Image via Pinterest

 Air Plant

Air plants are extraordinary and on-trend. I love the green, grey tones or the air plant and succulent, contrasted with the brown and burgundy tones of cymbidium orchids, scabiosa flower, scabiosa pods and feathered brown foliage.

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Air Plant Bouquet | Image via Pinterest

Dried Flower Bouquet

Wheat is also another lovely natural element that can give a bouquet a completely unusual form.  It works well when incorporated into garden rustic styles and can be as simple as a few stems of wheat scattered throughout or use as the hero en masse. Other dried flowers of yellow craspedia, pink delphiniums, lavender and wildflowers create this sweet organic posy.

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Dried Flower Bouquet | Delaney Dobson Photography

The possibilities for unique wedding bouquets are only limited to imagination, I hope these have inspired a few brides to be bold and brave and choose something a little bit different and a little bit special for their big day.

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Kyla Helgeson is one Australia's top wedding florists operating as The White Orchid Floral Design. Based in Adelaide, South Australia, Kyla has studied in New York and is a former finalist in Tesselaars floristry competition. In 2015 Kyla joined the Tesselaars marketing team as our floral content advisor and has since authored over 50 popular floral style blogs.

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  1. These bridal bouquets are amazing it has inspired me a lot will share it with my colleagues they will love them. Thank you so much….

  2. There are also some unusual varieties of pods, like lotus pods. They are green when they are fresh and when dried, turn brown. They have very long stems which are hollow as they love to drink lots of water. These can be a great choice for a different outside the box bouquet.

  3. Another great post here Kyla, awesome, and I totally agree with everything you write too. I always to try and think out of the box when it comes to floral designs (and I also wish there were many more Brides who want that too). I love the section at the beginning where you say this:
    “Bright, Bold, Brave
    I have found over the past decade as a wedding florist that most brides choose classic, elegant flowers with pastel tones including, whites, pales pinks and apricots, lemons and lavenders. While this is a beautiful choice there is something that is so fantastic about the couple who decides to simply have fun on their wedding day. These couples have big cheerful personalities and will probably view their wedding as more of a party, celebrating by dancing the night away. even the bit about.”
    You said everything perfectly – exactly how it is. So true and couldnt agree with you more.
    Thanks again Kyla (always love reading your articles),
    Regards
    Nyree
    (Eufloria – Gold Coast Qld)

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      Hi Nyree,
      Thank you so much for taking the time to give feedback.
      It is so lovely to hear that you enjoy reading my blogs, I love writing them!
      Hopefully this one has inspired fun and creativity with flowers 🙂
      Best wishes, Kyla.

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