Eco-Friendly Flowers

We know that hot-house flowers aren’t at all eco-friendly, so what can the eco-conscious bride carry at her wedding? These unusual and cleverly crafted bouquets are made using live succulent flowers. Not only do they look pretty, but they will survive your wedding day and can be planted in your garden or even in pots, as a long-lasting reminder of your special day.

The bouquets also contain birch wood roses, velvety mullein, dried yucca flowers and pom flowers. There are matching corsages and boutonnieres to go with the bridal bouquet which are also unusual and pretty.

Bouquet costs $100 from Bizzy Betty on Etsy and Boutonnieres cost $15 each.

Affordable wedding favors that are attractive and eco-friendly can be hard to find. These cute paper flowers are embedded with seeds, so that your guests can plant them and grow a pot of flowers when they get home. The ultimate in biodegradable!

The favors are printed with your names and wedding date and make a lovely memento of your day. They come in six paper colors and 11 ribbon colors to fit in with your theme. At about $1.50 per favor they are inexpensive but tasteful and fit in well with a garden or green wedding theme.

Favors cost $78 for 50 or $138 for 100 from The Knot Wedding Shop.

Elaborate floral arrangements may be traditional at weddings but today’s green brides are thinking laterally when it comes to decorating their wedding venues.

The trouble with hot house flowers is that they are costly to produce, both in terms of the environment and in money. They are also wasteful, as they are usually discarded immediately after the event. If you want to decorate with greenery and flowers in a sustainable way, consider using trees and plants in pots that can be planted out after the event.

Young trees bearing delicate fairy lights, or flowering shrubs placed strategically around the venue will look just as stunning as more traditional arrangements. Give small saplings or pots of herbs to guests as wedding favors, having first used them as table centerpieces.

When planning this you need to give plenty of thought to where you want these plants to end up. Will you be planting them in your own yard to create an instant garden? If you are going away immediately on two weeks’ honeymoon, who will take care of the plants or plant them for you? Or perhaps you want to donate the plants to a local project, like a school garden or a tree planting charity? If so, discuss your choice of plants and trees with them to make sure that they will be suitable for the location they will be planted out in.

Decorating with trees and potted plants may be no cheaper than using cut flowers, but you will have the satisfaction of having created a new garden that will live on long after your wedding day.

Every wedding needs some flowers, but how can the eco-friendly couple find flowers that are green in the way they’re grown, as well as in their foliage? Most florists stock hot-house flowers that have been intensively grown with pesticides, often flown in from overseas, and have a heavy carbon footprint. Not only are they expensive but they also contribute to pollution and global warming. There are alternatives though, so that the bride can enjoy a bouquet of flowers that are organically grown and eco-friendly.

Organic Bouquet is an online source of flowers certified by Veri-Flora. Their roses actually smell like roses unlike many of the hot-house varieties. They use green shipping methods as well as packaging.

Of course organic flowers aren’t cheap either, so consider sourcing seasonal flowers, to supplement your organic bouquet, from small, local family-run farms, or farmers markets, which have some sort of organic or eco certification. Or if you’re lucky enough to have a garden, grow some of your own flowers for your wedding.

Organic white roses bouquet costs $49.95 from Organic Bouquet.

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