Green Wedding Series: Eco-Friendly Tips for Your Flowers
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Green Wedding Series: Eco-Friendly Tips for Your Flowers

Posted on Monday, March 18th, 2013 at 8:00 am
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Flowers are a quintessential part of just about any wedding ceremony. The bride and bridesmaids carry bouquets, the groom and groomsmen wear boutonnieres, every table is decorated with them, and that cute little flower girl scatters a line of petals down the aisle. Unfortunately, most of the flowers offered by your florist are drenched in chemicals. They may also come from overseas, which costs a ton in transport costs. Below are a few ways to keep your decorations environmentally friendly:

Eco-Friendly Ideas for Your Wedding Flowers

Choose Organic or Seasonal Blooms      

Using seasonal flowers is one easy way to make your wedding more eco-friendly. It’s also a great way to save a few bucks. Florists will charge more for flowers that are out of season since they require more time and effort to grow and have delivered from overseas. You should also try and choose organic blooms. These are grown without harmful chemicals or pesticides. Look to see if your flowers are VeriFlora-certified, which means they are covered in chemicals or grown under harsh working conditions.

If you have a favorite flower you’ve always envisioned as being part of your wedding day, schedule your wedding around when it’s in season. You can also be sure to use it only sparingly (say, only in the bridal bouquet).

Consider a Bouquet Alternative

If you’re a fearless, more offbeat bride, consider ditching the traditional floral bouquet all-together and walking down the aisle with something else (or possibly nothing). One popular trend at the moment is the brooch bouquet. There are tons of tutorials online to create your own. You can use brooches from friends and family members or scour local thrift stores for hidden gems. Another alternative is bouquets made with paper flowers. For an added bonus, use recycled paper products!

Not into the bouquet idea? Brides and bridesmaids can carry candles, lanterns, clutch purses, small baskets, picture frames, fur muffs (when it’s chilly outside), or just about anything else you can think of. You can get most of these things second hand at thrift shops or from friends and family. Remember, you’ll find unexpected treasures like gorgeous candles, vases and more at dollar stores!

Re-Think Centerpieces

While a huge floral arrangement in the middle of every table may look beautiful, it might not necessarily be best for the environment (or your guest’s conversation, if they can’t see one another). Your table centerpieces can feature just about anything. You can use candles, vases filled with sand, picture frames, books, etc. If you still want to use flowers, consider a potted plant. After the wedding you or your guests can take a plant home and care for it after.

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