One of the most important bridal accessories you pick out during your wedding planning is what you’ll carry as you walk down the aisle. While tradition has dictated that brides hold a bouquet of flowers, it’s 2018 — you can hold or carry whatever you please. If you’re short on ideas, here are just a few things you can carry down the aisle beside flowers.


Especially if you’re having a spring or summer wedding, parasols are an elegant way to switch things up from flowers — and they can provide you with shade from the blazing sun during an outdoor summer wedding.

You can choose from a number of different fabric materials and colors to match your wedding theme and/or taste, and you can also opt for a more vintage or modern style.


A little bit of subtle lighting at an evening wedding can go a long way. Holding a lantern, paper or otherwise, as you walk down the aisle is a great way to “light the way” to a happy marriage. Plus, the dim glow of the lanterns can add a more romantic vibe to your big day.

If you do decide to use lanterns, make sure to stay safe by only battery-operated tea lights rather than open-flame candles.


This is definitely a more “out-there” idea to replace traditional flower bouquets, but one that has a few benefits. For starters, everyone will love seeing you and your wedding party walk down the aisle each holding an adorable puppy.

Secondly, if you partner with an animal shelter, every puppy your party holds could be adoptable. With some luck, some of your guests will want to adopt the dogs, and you can help find them forever homes.


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