Eco-Friendly Floral Arrangement Tips
It goes without saying that flowers and floral arrangments are a key part of any wedding. When thinking of eco-friendly floral arrangments, many believe a bouquet of cut wildflowers is enough, what they don’t know is that there are so many ways to go green, depending on style, season and budget. As not all flowers are grown, harvest or distributed in the most sustainable ways. Here are some creative ways to keep your floral arrangments kind to mother earth.
Potted Plants are an awesome alternative to traditional floral arrangments. You can buy, DIY or even rent potted plants for your wedding ceremony and reception. Re-usable flowers make beautiful wedding decor that can be reused, resold or gifted after. They do not have to be flown in or refrigerated, so it also reduces your carbon footprint and as well as wastage. You can use almost anything, flowers, succulents, moss, even grass to create beautiful centrepieces.
Dried Flowers are perfect for hot climates. They don’t wilt so the worry about refrigerating etc is out of the window. They can easily be re-used in your home after your wedding, re-sold or given onwards.
Buy local! This is the best thing you can do when buying wedding flowers. Flowers can be shipped from far and wide to make it to the centre of the table at your wedding. The shipping, truck or plane, and refrigeration boosts your carbon footprint. Choose locally grown flowers that are in season. Buying in season will reduce transport as well, and you will find it will be a whole lot cheaper! Contact a local flower farm and a local florist and make your dream arrangement, without all the fossil fuels.
Branches are another interesting, but often effective option. They create dramatic height without blocking out other guests’ views of each other. You can cut yourself or work with a florist, but whatever way, you will be eco-friendly as branches grow back year in and year out. There are several cool things you can do with branches. One of these is called forcing, in order to get the winter dramatic look of flowering branches. Have a conversation on how this works, and you might find that you have some pretty stunning decor for your wedding.
It is nearly impossible to find flowers fresher than the ones in your backyard. Once you discover the joy of gardening it is a bug, so why not make this the next step? If you plan enough in advance then you can easily and at a very low cost get a gorgeous set of blooms for your wedding with an extra special personal touch. Whether it is Tulips, Hydrangeas or Pansies.
Silk and Paper Flowers
Go the full mile and pick silk or paper flowers! Silk flowers well done are often indistinguishable from the real thing. They have no waste or pesticide contaminants. They can be in the centre of your dining room for years to come! Paper flowers may ask for a little extra effort, however, you can custom select every colour and make decisions on what each petal looks like if you please. This way you can experiment and explore options.
Be careful with faux flowers, as they are not always the eco-friendly option. Plastic flowers aren’t typically recyclable and will end up in landfills when they are done, this is not what we want! If you do want to go the non-flower flower route consider silk or paper as discussed above.
As you can now see, there are so many ways you can have eco-friendly flowers and bouquets for your wedding! Hopefully, you have some inspiration to get the ball rolling. Fantail Weddings would love to be a part of your journey! Contact us here xx