10 Bridesmaid Bouquet Alternatives

In case you haven’t noticed, weddings aren’t what they used to be. In an effort to create an event that’s unique in every way, many brides and grooms are veering away from the traditional elements of the day in favor of one-of-a-kind surprises. If you’re looking to add some flair to your wedding, consider opting for a modern take on the bridesmaids’ bouquets.

10 Wedding Bouquet Alternatives - Ideas for Bridesmaid Bouquets1. A Flower Clutch

10 Bouquet Alternatives - Flower Clutch, Bridesmaids Clutches with Pink FlowersPhoto: Snippet & Ink

Choosing to adorn a clutch or other small purse with fresh or silk flowers is not only an unexpected substitute for the bridesmaids’ bouquets, it can also be a fun DIY project for you and your bridesmaids to do together.

10 Bouquet Alternatives - Wedding Flower Clutch, Pink & Purple OrchidsOr create an entire purse out of flowers, like this example from Style Unveiled.

2. A Wrist Corsage

10 Bouquet Alternatives - Bridesmaids Wrist Brooch CorsageIf your wedding has a vintage or retro theme, a wrist corsage is perfect. The old time flair will add to your day’s overall vibe, but they can be easily modernized with trendy materials like lace and burlap.

3. An Arm Corsage

10 Bouquet Alternatives - Bridesmaids Flower CuffA simple arm corsage that incorporates vines and dainty flowers is ideal for a bohemian-themed wedding and can take the place of jewelry for your bridesmaids. The corsage can take the form of a wrist cuff (above from Etsy) or an upper arm corsage (below).

Arm Corsage for Wedding Bridesmaids4. A Shoulder Corsage

10 Cool Bridesmaids Bouquet Alternatives - Bridesmaid Shoulder Corsage, FlowersCorsages aren’t just for wrists and arms. A shoulder corsage, like this one that incorporates both fresh flowers and crystals, can add a burst of color and texture to an otherwise simple dress.

5. An Ankle Bracelet

10 Bridesmaids Bouquet Alternatives - Bridesmaid Flower Ankle Bracelet Corsage

How about drawing the attention downwards towards the shoes? An unexpected floral anklet can emphasize a pair of great shoes and can be worn with tights (as seen above from Polka Dot Bride) during the winter as well as with bare legs in the warmer months. But remember, this look is best with dresses that are mid-calf length or shorter.

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6. A Flower Ring

10 Wedding Bouquet Alternatives - Bridesmaid Flower Ring | Bridesmaids Bouquets

A dainty, ladylike flower ring will add a touch of whimsy to the bridesmaids’ look and is a great keepsake after the wedding. Photo via Ruffled.

7. A Floral Sash

10 Wedding Bouquet Alternatives - Flower Sash, Fresh Floral Belt

A sash of flowers is the perfect way to add a unique touch to your bridesmaids’ dresses without detracting from them. This alternative is best when you use large, full blooms in colors that complement the dress colors, like above from Wedding Chicks.

8. Hair Flowers

10 Bouquet Alternatives - Hair Flowers for Wedding Bridesmaids


When it comes to hair flowers, there’s a seemingly endless supply of possibilities. You can add some flowers into the back of an updo or half updo, pin one behind the ear, create a crown of flowers, or wear a floral headband. Either way, the feminine look can work for any venue. Photo via Brooklyn Bride.

9. Lantern

Unique Wedding Flower Bouquet Alternatives - Bridesmaids Lanterns

Why not forget about the flowers altogether? Having your bridesmaids carry lanterns down the aisle will add a warm, lovely glow to the entire ceremony, like this example from Enfianced.

10. Leis

Wedding Alternative Bouquet Ideas - Custom Bridesmaid Leis

You don’t have to go to Hawaii to have a tropical wedding. Leis, whether made of flowers (like these found on 100 Layer Cake) or greens, will add an island feel to even the most urban settings.

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There are so many ways you can be creative when it comes to your bridesmaids’ bouquets.  Which ideas inspire you?

Written by Cigall Goldman

Cigall Goldman

  • Ellerymay

    A great alternative to maids bouquets and something I intend offering to my clients.