So that is what I did. At first I was just collecting any floral looking pin in any color. I started purchasing some off of Ebay as well. And then I realized...I don't really know what color scheme we are going with for our future wedding...but it probably won't be rainbow! So I then decided to just start collecting rhinestone 'starburst' type brooches.
Jon proposed at the end of August and by mid September we had decided to get married at the end of December (just a few short months away!). I realized then that I probably wouldn't really be able to collect enough brooches to do a whole 'brooch bouquet'. I was finding that coming across enough that I liked at a reasonable price just wasn't going to happen. I had also hoped to incorporate brooches in to my girl's bouquets so I had to get enough for them as well. Luckily, the amazing Pinterest came to the rescue. I came across this pretty DIY bouquet (first photo below - but the link doesn't appear to work anymore and I can't remember where it went to exactly) that incorporated vintage brooches into a faux flower arrangement. I am normally not a big fan of fake flowers but I thought this bouquet looked pretty and we were trying to cut costs where ever we could - so I hadn't really planned on using a florist.
The photo below shows the girls bouquets laying around mine. We finished off the 'bridesmaids' bouquets by using wired ribbon to make a sort of collar boarder around the bottom of the flowers. Again, like my bouquet, it made the flowers stand out more and make the whole bouquet looked more polished. Each of the girls got 3 brooches and we wired a few black beads in as well just to add a little more interest.