Alternative Wedding Bouquets, tips from Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist

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I love bridal bouquets.  Not just because I am a florist.  I love them because I feel like as a wedding florist I have the opportunity to capture the bride and her personality in floral form.  It is a joy.  Lately, here at Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist, I have been studying and examining alternative wedding bouquets for those brides that want to try something a little bit different.  Here are my top 5 favorite alternatives that I love (click on the links in the title to go to a Pinterest search to get a picture of the options):

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  1. Hoops
    • Check out last week’s blog to see our love of this new trend the hoop.  This take on the bouquet can be beautiful, earthy, and easy to carry.  It can incorporate your favorite florals and greenery, as well as, being an eye catching element to your big day.
  2. Wrist Corsages
    • Corsages have been around for awhile.  Usually you might see them on your grandmother or mother.  However, a trend that allows brides and bridesmaids to have their hands free on the Wedding Day is incorporating the corsage as the bridal party bouquets.
  3. Lanterns
    • Another interesting take on the wedding bouquet is the use of lanterns.  I have personally used lanterns in wedding decor on many occasions.  But, a new twist is brides carrying lanterns with floral designs attached.  It is a whimsical look that is still elegant and beautiful.  It can also be versatile – repurposed as decoration for the reception.
  4. Natural Elements
    • Wheat, Pinecones, Succulents, Gumballs, Airplants.  The list can go on and on for a natural and earthy take on the bouquet.  You might look at what elements are in season and tailor your bouquet to match.  Or maybe you grew up on the plains of Texas and would love to weave cotton in to your bouquet.  Really the options are endless and can make for a unique take on the bouquet.
  5. Brooch Bouquets
    • The final bouquet I would like to highlight today has been around for awhile.  Taking beautiful brooches and incorporating them into the bouquet design can be a definite way to catch the guests’ eye but also display a bit of your vintage personality as well.  This bouquet can also show a bit of family history, maybe a nod to a grandmother who wasn’t there that day.
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Like I said, I love bouquets, and I love capturing the essence of the bride – something that will highlight her beauty and showcase her personality.  If you’re interested in talking about alternative bouquets and unique avenues to incorporate into your big day, Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist is here for you.  Contact us today!



4 Months and Counting—Ramping Up for the Big Day (Tips from a Raleigh Wedding Planner)

Poppy Belle Design is a Raleigh wedding planner & florist. Feature photo by McCardell Photography.

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By now, I bet you’re tired of big picture.

By now, I bet you’re ready to throw all those origami place cards into the fire.

By now, I bet you’re chomping at the bit to do something, anything, just a bit more directly related to the big day.

You’re four months out from the wedding and—lucky you!—it’s time to rev up the engines.

Call in the big leagues, it’s about to get real.

The first eight months (assuming a year-long engagement) of your wedding planning process focuses on the heavy hitters: lining up your vendors, buying your wedding dress, choosing a wedding party, daydreaming about how things will look, feel and sound.

But four months out, you need to start looking at the fine details.


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  1. Create a draft timeline.

You need to start drafting a timeline for the big day. This can be a bit bare bones at this point and will definitely be subject to change (trust me, there will be draft on draft on draft), but start getting things down on paper. Your coordinator can provide a generic one for you to get started.

  1. Look again at what you need to do.

Update your to-do checklist for the coming months, taking into account coming deadlines for deposits and tasting dates. Put these on your calendar! If you can get any of those payments out of the way, go ahead and do so.

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  1. Start making (more) lists.

Again just getting ideas on paper since this is subject to change, begin outlining what you will need to pack and bring for the big day. I’m not talking about your personal day-of bag but any possible item needed for your wedding. This will be crucial for whoever is actually tasked with heading setup. You should also start making or update a to-buy or to-make list.


  1. Hammer out the last of the big-picture items.

If you haven’t figured out desserts (which is fine!), start doing tastings and get that piece lined up. Same thing with the groomsmen attire. If you’re renting tuxes, they should probably get cracking.


  1. Invite those guests!

Finalize your guest list if it has changed from when save-the-dates went out. Get started on your invitations—fine tune the wording, have them printed, address the envelopes—so that they’re ready to go in the mail.

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This is the beginning of the end. This is the start of the nitty gritty details that make your wedding come to life. You’re just putting down the broad strokes now, laying the foundation so you can tinker again and again moving forward. But buckle up because it’s go time.

Not quite ready? Feel like a deer caught in headlights? Give us a call at Knots ‘N Such; we’re happy to point you in the right direction, give a quick consultation or take over that coordinator position for you!.