The Dirt on Greening Your Flowers

Posted by kharrison on Jan 16, 2013

Planning for a spring wedding means lots of attention to bold colors, outdoor decor and the most important part of all–your flower arrangements and bouquets. Here are 3 ways to cut costs and reduce your wedding’s environmental impact when it comes to beautiful blooms.

1.) Simple and Sustainable

Instead of having your bridesmaid’s carry a full bouquet of various flowers, use single calla lilies to create a spare and modernist touch. According to the Wedding Report, couples spend almost $500 on the bride’s and bridesmaid’s bouquets for their wedding. You can cut your cost to a fraction of that and save resources by having everyone carry a single stem. Calla lilies are the most popular but you can also use irises, roses, tulips, birds-of-paradise or any other flower with large enough petals to be seen from a few rows back.

Photo: Southern Weddings

2.) A Dried and True Method

Incorporating dried flowers into your bouquet can be extremely beautiful and will allow you to collect flowers months or even years in advance. The general rule is that the faster flowers dry and the darker the environment they dry in, the better their color will be, so you should place fresh-cut flowers or branches upside down in a warm, dry, well-ventilated place, like an attic. Once they are dried, put the flowers in a sealed paper bag or box so that they keep their fresh look and do not collect dust. This will save on resources and money for extra fresh flowers.

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3.) Herb Appeal

Fresh aromatic herbs, like rosemary and sage, can stand alone as a boutonniere or add a beautiful look and fragrance to any bouquet. If you have your own herb garden this is the perfect opportunity to use these home grown treasures and fill in your bouquet. If you don’t have an herb garden, but you’d like to start one, you can grow them from seed a few months before your wedding. This is a cheaper way to make your bouquet look full and lovely, plus the wonderful scents will reduce your wedding stress every time you take a whiff of your flowers.

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When all is said and done, dispose of your flowers responsibly. Corsages, boutonnieres and bouquets should be disassembled; organic flowers should be composted; non-organic flowers should be thrown away or donated to a local nursing home or hospital and the holders should be given back to the florist.