Did you know that according to “The Green Bride Guide” the average wedding produces 400 lbs of garbage and 63 tons of CO2?! If you are looking to reduce this number and select more eco-friendly wedding flowers when planning your own nuptials, then you’ve come to the right place.
While there are so many steps you can take to make your special day more eco-friendly, today we will be sharing all of our best tips for your flowers! While flowers may not seem like they have a huge impact on our environment, they play a surprisingly large role when it comes to waste.
By keeping in mind just a few simple swaps and changes, your dream wedding florals will not only look gorgeous on your wedding day, but also help reduce waste and keep our planet beautiful!
1. Choose a venue with built-in decor
One of the easiest ways to reduce the number of flowers used for your ceremony and reception is to select a venue that already has gorgeous decor! From outdoor vineyards to botanical gardens, there are so many options available that offer stunning flowers and greenery. You’ll also be saving money! Fewer flowers and decorations=more dollars for your wedding wish list items!
2. Repurpose your arrangements
If your ceremony is being held in a different place from your reception, see if you can transport your flowers and use them again to decorate your reception once your ceremony is over. This is a great way to reduce the amount of flowers you’ll need and also save some money.
3. Search for a sustainably-minded florist who specializes in eco-friendly wedding flowers
Selecting the right florist can go a long way in making your wedding day better for our planet. Sustainably-minded florists can help you make the best decisions when it comes to choosing eco-friendly wedding flowers, creating beautiful plastic-free designs, and sourcing flowers in the least environmentally-impactful way. A great sustainable florist can help make all of your flower goals come to life, and often know things about the flower industry we wouldn’t think of-like the importance of finding pesticide-free, organic blooms.
4. …or ask your florist to reduce waste
If you can’t find a florist that specializes in sustainable arrangements, try asking the florists in your area if they would be willing to work with you to reduce waste, plastics, and pesticides when it comes to making your beautiful bouquets. Who knows…your florist might love your earth-friendly ideas and start offering more sustainable alternatives in the future.
So many of our flowers are grown overseas and then shipped thousands of miles, using up many precious resources along the way. Try asking your florist what flowers can be sourced locally and choose to incorporate in-season blooms for your bouquets and decorations. You can also try supporting nearby farms and small businesses which is great for your community. Talk about a win-win!
6. Say no to floral foam
You know the green foam many florists use to keep flower arrangements in place? Unfortunately, this commonly used material is not biodegradable and has a significant impact on our environment. Floral foam is shown to contribute to our oceans micro-plastic problems, harming marine life. One of the easiest ways to incorporate eco-friendly wedding flowers into your special day is by asking your florist to ditch the foam. Our oceans will thank you!
7. Look into eco-friendly wedding flower alternatives
Planning a winter wedding? Struggling to find flowers in your area? Try incorporating some flower alternatives. Potted plants, dried flowers, paper bouquets, succulents, greenery, and wildflowers are just a few options available to you if you’re willing to think outside of the box.
These flower alternatives are oftentimes more sustainable and last longer than traditional cut flowers, and can add a unique touch to your wedding day. Click here for a list of our favorite wedding flower alternatives!
8. Donate your blooms with Petals for Hope
Don’t let your beautiful flowers end up in a landfill after your wedding, give them a second life by donating your blooms to those in need! Our non-profit, Petals for Hope, will divert your special flowers into the hands of those in your community who can benefit most. After your event, we collect your wedding flowers to recut, rearrange, and repurpose them before delivering your blooms to the elderly, abused, and sick.
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Not only will you bring joy to those who could use a smile, but you’ll also reduce landfill waste, as we compost any flowers or greenery unfit for use. An added bonus? You will receive an acknowledgment letter that can be used as a tax deduction.
Learn more about donating your wedding flowers with Petals for Hope here.
9. Offset your carbon
With the average wedding producing 63 tons of CO2, a great way to make your wedding more environmentally friendly is by offsetting your carbon emissions. Websites like Carbonfund.org are a great resource when it comes to offsetting events, as they do the math for you! You can learn more about how much it may cost to offset your flowers (or your entire wedding!) here.
10. Do what you can
Planning any wedding or event can be overwhelming, especially when you are taking the environment into consideration! Remember to be kind to yourself and that being eco-friendly isn’t all or nothing. Whether you use all of these tips or just one, doing what you can to reduce your environmental impact can make a huge difference.
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” -Theodore Roosevelt
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