Looking for a unique yet understated way to include your something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue into your big day(or maybe just an item that’s special to you)? Look no further than the bouquet for your big day, as there are many ways to incorporate that special something right into the palm of your hand.
Pins & Brooches
Whether it’s a sorority emblem or a family heirloom, pins are easy to subtly tuck into the ribbon of the bouquet, or even right into the stems of the flowers. Many brides will use multiple pins to make the bouquet overall a testament to family or memories. Pins are also awesome to put in your bouquet since they will clasp on their own, and you don’t have to worry about it falling off while you’re on your way down the aisle. You can even include brooches and pins right in the centers of the flowers, like the bouquet pictured here. This way, it will glint against the lights as you walk down the aisle, and everyone will be able to see the element you included.
Keychains & Dangles
Maybe you and your new spouse met somewhere and bought a keychain to commemorate the trip, or your spouse has military tags, loop them into a strand of ribbon on your bouquet to put these memories right up against your heart. You can also tie an extra layer of ribbon around the bottom of the momento so that it doesn’t dangle but instead appears attached to the bouquet. This could even be a creative way to bring your furry friend to the wedding, by including dog or cat collar tags in the arrangement. There’s also the option of looping the key ring around a stem of one of the flowers, so that is lies nicely within the bouquet versus in the ribbons holding it together.
If an important family member is no longer with you or unable to make it to the big day, fasten a picture of them in or on the outside of your bouquet. This way, they can literally be with you every step of the way. Photos, especially old, antiquated ones, provide a vintage sense of style, too. If this is a goal for your wedding theme, adding photos is the way to go. You can even go one step further and make the entire wrapping around the stems of your flowers, traditionally done with ribbon alone, out of a string of photos. If you want it more subtle, just tuck a photo in between rows of the ribbon for a safe & elegant inclusion of your personal history, or make the photo into a dangle, like the one pictured here.
Personal Design Elements
If there is an element of design you really wanted to incorporate into your wedding, but maybe it didn’t fit the theme or the overall feel, use it in your bouquet. For example, if there is a pattern you really like, and want to include it but only in an understated way, find a ribbon of it and wrap the stems of your bouquet in it. Maybe chevron isn’t something you want on every table, or your significant other doesn’t like polka dots, but tying a pattern in subtly into your bouquet is a great way to include your style and make sure your personality has a chance to shine through on your big day.
Quirky Add Ons
Maybe you are so committed to a hobby or your career, or maybe you and your other half have quirky things in common, don’t be afraid to incorporate these items into your bouquet. As pictured above, adding dice or maybe bouncey balls could mean a lot to you and who you are sharing your special day with. Perhaps you and someone in your family reminisce over board games. Feel free to include plastic pieces from your favorite game inside the blooms, or loop some playing cards into the stems of your flowers. Whatever it may be, take the opportunity to really make your bouquet personal. After all, it is unique from the rest of the bridal party’s flowers as well as the flowers included in the ceremony. Don’t be afraid to make it your own!