Brides began carrying bouquets because they were thought to ward off evil spirits and protect the bride and groom. These days, they are more of a decorative way for a bride to express herself and are supposed to be an indication of who will get married next, depending on who catches the bouquet after it is tossed at the reception. Not everyone likes flowers though and there some wonderful alternatives that can express your personality and add a personal touch to your wedding. There are many ways to personalize your bouquet with pieces that are given to you by people who are important in your life.
Brooch bouquets are one example. If all of your bridesmaids and family give (or let you borrow) a brooch and you combine them to make a bouquet, when you look at it, you will think of each of them individually, depending on the piece you are seeing.
Buttons work the same way. You can stack smaller buttons onto larger ones that are gathered from people (or items) that have importance to you and create a beautiful and economical bouquet that is reflective of your personality and that you can keep forever.
Origami or paper flowers can be a fun way for you to bond with your bridesmaids and make your bouquet at the same time. You can make flowers of all sorts of shapes and sizes and it’s another memento that you can keep forever.