Bouquet Add-Ons

Adorn your arrangement with a sentimental detail

A unique bouquet adornment—a hotel key. Photograph by Abby Jiu

When DC florist Sidra Forman sent us this photo (shot by Abby Jiu) of a bouquet she recently created, we loved the lush florals, but we were also intrigued by the charm attached to the stems.

Turns out the charm came from a Parisian hotel room key. According to Jiu, the bride spotted it at a flea market—the “715” on the charm matched the her wedding date, July 15.

This got us thinking about other charms or adornments one could attach to a bouquet. Of course, you could head to a flea market and scout out vintage ornaments, but Forman also recommends looking a little closer to home. “I’ve seen brides bring in brooches, lockets with photos of a deceased relative inside, fabric from a mother’s wedding dress, bracelets, and handkerchiefs,” she says.

Are you planning on attaching a unique adornment to your bouquet? Send a photo to and we’ll post it on the blog.

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Andrew Beaujon joined Washingtonian in late 2014. He was previously with the Poynter Institute,, and Washington City Paper. He lives in Del Ray.