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Alternative Wedding Bouquets : Why I Love Them

handmade fabric brooch wedding alternative bouquet with lace and pearls

Fabric Bridal Bouquet by MetallicBloom via Etsy

silk wedding bouquet

Silk Bouquet by Hapitat via Etsy

alternative bridal bouquet

Jeweled brooch bridal bouquet by Noaki via Etsy

Gorgeous, aren’t they?

I love alternative wedding bouquets.

The pretty ones, the cool ones, even the quirky ones:

handmade bridal bouquet alternative wedding bouquet shabby chic rustic

Alternative Bouquet by Innstyches via Etsy

Image source: Bridal Snob

These hypoallergenic bouquets are great for someone with allergies . People don’t want to look like these in their wedding days.

Image source: The Guardian

Image source: The Telegraph

Here are the reasons I prefer alternative bouquets to cut-flowers bouquets:


wilt flower

Fine art print by Martinefa via Etsy

(Real) flowers start to wilt the moment they are cut. They aren’t cheap either. Unless the bride is into pressed flowers &/or dried flowers, they bouquet will end up in a trash bin. What a waste~

alternative bouquet

Bridal Brooch Bouquet by charlesandabigail via Etsy

On the other hand, alternative bouquets (like this brooch bouquet) lasts for many years to come & can be kept as a keepsake/memento. It can become a family heirloom & someone’s [e.g. one’s daughter or grandaughter]  “something old” someday.


Brooch Bouquet by Noaki via Etsy

Real flowers – unlike this brooch bouquet are do not sparkle.


Giant Paper Rose Flowers for Wedding Decorations by marrymerosie via Etsy

They can come in any size & shape we want.

alternative bridal bouquet

Paper bouquet by smilemercantile via Etsy

Even in colors & shapes we can’t find in nature.

Clay bouquet by dkdesignshawaii via Etsy

And, for the people who prefer a natural looking handmade keepsake bouquet, lightweight clay bouquet like this can be a great alternative.

These clay peonies are cheaper than real peonies. (Peonies are late-spring – early-summer flowers. So, these flowers are more expensive than usual in other seasons).

Unlike real peonies, these clay flowers will look as beautiful for a very, very long time.  They will definitely look fresh throughout the wedding day.


Some don’t care about flowers.

And brides should be allowed to wear whatever they like.

Cotton Bouquet by TALLCOTTONnPEAS via Etsy

Sea Shell Wedding Bouquet by BoHoBridal via Etsy

How about you?

Happy (Belated) Thanksgiving!!!

{ Or should I say: Happy Black Friday? :D }

What are you thankful for this year?

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I’m thankful for the thing that lead to the birth of my very young company: Angelica Brigade

Do you know that it stands for AvaNt GardE Luxurious Inventions by Collaborative Artists Brigade?

What a mouthful, right?!

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In case you are wondering, the thing that lead to the birth of Angelica Brigade … is planning my outrageous wedding ( which happens to be featured in Offbeat Bride >>> http://offbeatbride.com/2011/11/bali-multicultural-wedding )

It introduced me to Etsy & the joy of collaborating with other artists

Two of my dresses were by Angela Pilat of Glamtastik while one of my bouquets & all of my hair accessories were by Emma Read of Hapitat

Glamtastik Corset Burlesque dress

To produce the event (which I consider more of an art exhibit meet dinner theater meet theme park than a wedding), I worked with my a number of talented artists & a number of my (day job’s) co-workers

These are the key members of my team. Each person was in charge of something: timekeeping, decoration, food, entertainment, electric wiring, lighting, security, transportation, photography, & sounds.

Each one of them was in charge of a group of people we worked with

I created the whole concept & made a few things seen during the reception, but I couldn’t have done it without my team.

Working with them was such an amazing experience I wouldn’t mind doing it again … & again … & again …

And so …

Angelica Brigade was born

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