Sustainable Flowers

Sustainable Flowers at Your Wedding-4 Steps to Achieve Them

By Maria Pierides

If you’re planning a sustainable wedding, then you may have considered things such as a pre-loved wedding dress. But, have you thought about sustainable flowers? According to recent reports, 8-10% of the total wedding budget is traditionally dedicated to flowers – that’s everything from the bridal party bouquets to venue decorations and table centerpieces, among other things. They definitely play a huge part in the day! 

The most important things to remember when dreaming up your floral design is to be mindful of where the flowers come from and what happens after the wedding. Florists who honor sustainability want to remind couples that flowers just don’t show up, many are imported from far flung locales. Also, some flowers harvested in July are seeded as early as January. Because of this, many types of flowers have limited, seasonal availability and wildly fluctuating prices.

The good news is that you don’t have to scrap the idea of flowers altogether when having a sustainable wedding. A trusted florist can guide you to the best and most sustainable options. Here are four steps you can take that will be better for the planet as well as your wallet. Take a look… 

1. Choose seasonal flowers.

Did you know there is a nationwide shortage of white roses right now? Don’t import them or other over-priced flowers. There are hundreds of other flowers to choose from! 

Once you know your wedding date, research what flowers will be in-season on that day. Natural, in-season flowers use a lot less energy, water, and chemicals, and are typically less expensive.

2. Shop local.

Even if you don’t choose flowers grown in your state, aim for American grown options rather than flowers that need to be flown in from the other side of the world. 

Use local florists who are dedicated to sustainable and environmentally friendly designs. The Colorado Flower Collective is a great example, as they provide locally grown flowers from 20 farms and always have sustainability in mind.

3. Check the certifications.

Look for certified labels and Fairtrade Marks. These marks mean that workers are being treated and paid fairly, an important part of sustainability.

4. Request them!

Ask your florist to avoid chemicals and plastics that can cause harm to humans, animals, and the planet. Toxic elements such as formaldehyde and barium sulfates are used to preserve flowers, but can damaging to the environment.

Ask for your flowers to be delivered in natural and recyclable materials such as paper or recyclable cardboard instead of plastic.