Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Eco Friendly Wedding Flowers

Flowers can be an easy way to go green for your wedding. According to the Green Bride Guide, about 60% of the flowers available in the United States are imported and can contain high levels of pesticides. So going green on flowers is not only good for the environment but also good for you. There are several different alternatives for going green:

eco friendly wedding bouquet
Beautiful single bloom bouquets reduce the amount of flowers needed.
  1. Buy organic flowers. These flowers are grown as nature intended without pesticides.
  2. Use seasonal and local flowers. Here is a handy seasonal flower chart. Local flowers don't have to be shipped around the world before reaching your wedding, therefore reducing the carbon impact of your floral designs.
  3. Don't like the flowers available in your wedding season? You can grow your own flowers and trick them into thinking it is spring or summer by what is called forcing bulbs.
  4. Bouquets can be beautiful with a limited number of seasonal flowers or just one flower. Here are some beautiful single bloom bouquets like the ones above.
  5. Use potted plants like topiaries, bamboo, or lavender as reception centerpieces instead of cut flowers. You will help the enviroment, save money, and have a plant for you or your guests to take home at the end of the night.
  6. When choosing your florist, find one who already has a working relationship with a flower market that provides locally grown flowers. Let your florist know you would like eco-friendly flowers and most florists will do their best to accommodate your requests. 
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