Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Green Weddings Part 4: Flowers

Whether it's flowers for your hair or flowers for your bouquet or flowers for the table, a beautiful arrangement can be one of the details that makes a big impact on your guests.  It's also a detail that can make a big impact on the environment.  If you want to go with real flowers, be sure to find what's in season when you're getting married.  Sites like this one can help.  Flowers in season will have to travel less distance and will take less of a toll on the environment. Additionally, seasonal blooms are much cheaper. 

However, we suggest going green by opting for fake flowers.  I know, I know...fake flowers conjur up images of waxy, plasticy, dust-collecting crap in the back corner of a craft store.  Rest assured, we do not want to go that route! We've found a beautiful collection of unique and inspired blooms that are all reusable. 

Peppermint Cloud (on has a beautiful collection of custom-made floral accessories for the bride-to-be and her maids.

Yande Bride (also on offers an array of ring pillows, garters, and flower girl baskets with gorgeous home-made details.

Feeling creative?  Want to make your own table decor? Check out this simple tutorial to make stunning colorful bouquets.

Looking for a real eco-chic look?  Get crafty with a mix of paper flowers and the real deal.  Tutorial found here.
So why go with fake flowers?
  • They are more affordable.
  • They can be donated or sold to another bride to be reused.
  • They can be repurposed into a fashion accessory or home decor.
  • They never wilt, die or need water and sunlight. 
  • They can be made months in advance.
  • They don't take a toll on the environment by harvesting plants or requiring out-of-season cross-country delivery.
  • You can DIY and save even more money.
  • You can get exactly the colors/style you want without blowing your budget.
  • Fabric is never out of season.
  • They are beautiful and will wow your guests!
So what do you think? Which is your favorite eco-friendly flower?  Did you use Earth-friendly flowers at your wedding? Send us a photo at, and you could be featured on our blog!

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