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We understand the allure of using fresh flowers for your wedding bouquet, and your groom’s boutonniere, but fresh blooms have a short lifespan and they might end up looking a little lackluster before your big day comes to an end. For a long-lasting boutonniere and bouquet on your big day, here are some tips and advice that you can consider while planning your wedding.

 


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Consider dried flowers or heat-resistant blooms
Dried blooms are often a more inexpensive and droop-free alterative to fresh flowers. For busy couples who want to plan in advance, dried flowers are a great pick as they can be prepared well before the big day. However, if you have your heart set on fresh blooms, you can choose heat-resistant options such as peonies, cymbidium orchids, dahlias, and garden roses. Check with your florists on the care tips and costs as well! 

 


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Choose fragrant herb over fresh flowers
If you love having a fresh-smelling bouquet, herbs are great. Not only do they lend a rustic feel, they smell wonderful too. Bundle a few sprig of herbs such as lavender for your groom’s boutonniere or coordinate the fragrant herb with your wedding palette and get advice from your florist about the infusion of blooms for the scent of your bouquet – pair it with heat-resistant blooms for floral elements.

 


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Don’t shy away from air plants and succulents
Not only are air plant and succulents hardy, they are also soil-free options which you can use in a terrarium as centrepieces and ring pillow. Plus, you can keep them after the wedding! This trending option is suitable for couples who are not big on flowers. They can also act as a wedding favor for your guests. These easy-to-care-for plants are a simple and stylish choice for your bridal bouquet and groom’s boutonniere.

See also: 9 PRETTIEST RING PILLOW IDEAS WE LOVE!

 


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Think out of the box
Bejewelled boutonniere or bouquets are great alternatives too – they can be dressed up or down to your liking. If both the groom and brides are not big on flowers, consider other materials to make a boutonniere and bouquet. Start by thinking about both your common childhood favourite toys, sports, or current interests and hobbies. The choices are endless, so let your creativity path the way!

See also: MORE GREENS THAN FLOWERS: 14 BOUQUET AND CENTREPIECES THAT WILL HELP YOU SAVE MONEY