11 Glorious, Nontraditional Florals to Consider for Your Wedding

Blush roses? Come on, girl, you can do better than that. For something a touch more unique and whimsical, consider weaving one of these 11 unexpected botanicals (all of which are no less lovely than the heavy-hitters, mind you), into your wedding bouquet. 

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Black-eyed Susans

We love a bouquet jam-packed with unpretentious wildflowers. And we especially love these black and orange beauties—diminutive, slim-stemmed sisters to the sunflower.


With its lush, velvety texture and brain-like structure, this tropical bloom will funk up any snoozy bouquet. Note how gorg it looks when paired with delicate orchids.

Dried Blooms

Here’s a novel idea: Dry and die your blooms so you can keep ‘em as a memento forever. (We dig this subdued palette).


As with interiors, design schemes just look so much cooler with dark accents added to the mix. The chicest bridal bouquet solution? These teardrop-shaped wild berries.


For major volume and texture, pump up your blooms with some jewel-toned astilbe; a fern-like perennial featuring tons of teeny blooms. Psst: It’s also known as “false goat’s beard.” Baaaah.


Anyone else think this inexpensive, easy-access bloom needs a revival? (What’s not to love?) We think it’s a perfectly lovely, low-maintenance choice for a city hall celebration or microwedding.

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Oh, yes. These massive, peachy tropical blooms give us slight Little Shop of Horrors vibes...but in the best way possible.  

Tea Roses

Think of these spray roses (the little pink filler blooms above) as the ugly duckling sister to ye old traditional roses. We love their funky staggered heights and multi-headed stems.


If you’re opting for ethereal, woodlands-chic nuptials, there’s no better move than applying the greenery-as-bouquet trend to frothy ferns. If you’re boho and you know it, clap your hands…


There’s something so delightful about a juicy, jagged succulent or two mixed into an otherwise traditional bouquet. (We are so here for it).

Painted Succulents

Or you could really flip your bouquet on its headed by spray-painting one huge focal succulent. Weird? Sure. But it totally works.


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