Going Green with Wedding Flowers
I love weddings. They’re a joyous occasion where you get to witness two people profess their love to one another in a very public manner. Most of the time, you’ll also see family and friends you haven’t seen in ages, which is always a treat. My cousin recently got married and the flowers at her wedding, from her centerpieces to her bouquet, were gorgeous. But to have beautiful flowers for your wedding, they usually come at a cost. That’s where going green with your wedding flowers can actually save you some money and it protects the environment at the same time. Here are 3 tips on how to be environmentally friendly when it comes to wedding flowers:
1- Choose Organically Grown Flowers: choosing pesticide free flowers are good for the environment and for the people who grow them. You can find them at local farms and farmer’s markets. They’ll have the best pesticide free flowers for you to choose from.
2- Choose In-Season Flowers: check with your flower vendor to see what flowers will be in-season for your wedding month. Choosing flowers in-season will allow you to forgo having to fly in off-season flowers from across the county, which can also bring up costs.
3- Think Local and Global: getting your flowers locally saves the earth by cutting down the gas emissions it would’ve taken to get them shipped from across the country. Plus, your flowers will be fresher and likely to last longer on your wedding day.
4- Rent, if possible: check with your vendor if you can rent the centerpiece containers instead of buying them. You can also try repurposing your ceremony flowers for the reception. This will help you to create less waste and save you some money at the end of the special day.
So if you or someone you know is starting to plan your wedding, or just loves flowers in general, consider these tips on how to go green with flowers.
What are some other tips you have for going green with wedding flowers?
Wendy Yu is a digital marketing professional living in New York City. When she’s not using the power of social media to share ideas on how to be more environmentally friendly, she is exploring the city, trying local foods, and learning more about how she can reduce her carbon footprint.
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