Eco Friendly Wedding Flowers – Making the conscious choice

So you are probably wondering how in the world you can use eco friendly wedding flowers right? Believe us, there are a number of ways that you can be kinder to the environment when sourcing your floral pretties. You just need to think outside the box and be a little creative with your design.

Veggie Patch

You heard right…go for a wander around your veggie garden and have a look at all of the gorgeous colour and texture that could be added to a bouquet! Artichokes, carrots, herbs, chillies, seaweed, ginger, kale … the list is endless.

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Local Growers and Seasonality

Source locally and choose a bloom that is in season! Flowers that aren’t in season need to be imported which means air travel and refrigeration which = carbon emissions! Head to your local growers market to find your wedding day pretties. If you have a particular flower that you absolutely must have, set your wedding date according to when your flowers are in season.

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Succulents, Succulents, Succulents!

Succulents play a huge part in eco-friendly wedding days not only because they look amazing but because they can be replanted. They come in many varieties and colours and add wonderful texture to your bouquet. Succulents look fantastic in your bouquets and table centrepieces and can be taken home by guests as a gift from you. Ask your guests to plant the succulent to then be reminded of your special day each year.

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Photographer: Dave Richards Photography via Style Me Pretty

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Photographer: Chelsea Nicole via Style Me Pretty

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Choose a Like Minded Florist

We have found a number of eco-friendly florists in most of the major cities in Australia that are flying the flag for eco and sustainable floral design. They go out of their way to be kinder to the environment by ensuring they have a clearly stated eco-policy that they put into practice. If you are looking for an eco concious florist here are some great things to look for:

  • Choose a florist that uses recycled containers for their arrangements
  • Who composts their organic waste for garden use
  • Who uses local growers that don’t use harmful chemicals
  • Who offset their carbon emissions
  • Who recycle their water
  • Who use eco-friendly packaging including natural ribbons and recycled wet pack material
  • Who choose fresh, seasonal flowers from local growers & avoid imported flowers
  • Who try not to use floral foam which is not biodegradable and full of harsh chemicals

There are a number of florists who promote their floral sustainability including:

Lord Butler - Melbourne, VIC | Merci Bouquet - Sydney, NSW | Fuller Flowers - Brisbane, QLD | Wedding Flowers by Julia Rose - Gold Coast, QLD | Twig - Adelaide, SA | Essence Flowers - Busselton, WA

Being concious of your choices when it comes to wedding day florals will give your guests something to swoon over as well as being kind to the environment.

Lea and Fo

xxx

2 comments

1 Mellisa Jackson | 09.09.12 at 7:59 am

gorgeous!!

2 CJ Williams Photography | 01.25.13 at 11:14 am

I absolutely adore this idea! Bouquets look so pretty when they include vegetables and succulents. I planted the succulents from a bouquet I received and they are growing happily in my garden :)

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