Flowers were introduced as a bouquet only when Queen Victoria married Prince Albert in the form of marigolds. The significance of the bouquet then changed slightly to symbolise a beautiful bride in full bloom, just like the flowers, as she weds. The fragrance of flowers was to also remind the couple of their happy day if they were to come across the smell again.
While the tradition of carrying a bouquet of fresh flowers down the aisle is very common, I’m starting to notice a unique trend. More and more artisans are creating handmade bouquets made of fabric, yarn, jewels, and even paper. These unique arrangements are gorgeous and they can be kept as keepsakes without the added cost of freeze-drying fresh flowers. Besides, why not take the opportunity to be unique? Many artisans can create bouquets for your bridesmaids and boutonnieres for your groomsmen to compliment your bouquet. Believe it or not, you can have these items made for less than it would cost to have fresh flowers. Not only is it completely different, it’s also cost effective.
Below are a couple photos of bouquets. A fabric one, and a crocheted one.
For more information on either, leave me a comment and I’ll tell you where you can find them!