Planning a wedding involves countless decisions, from choosing the perfect venue to selecting your dream dress. An important aspect to consider for your big day is making more sustainable choices. One area that can play a significant part in having a more sustainable wedding day is your floral arrangements. By including sustainable practices, you will create a gorgeous celebration, while minimising the impact on the environment. 

British-Grown Flowers from Local Farmers

One of the best ways to ensure your wedding flowers are sustainable is by asking your wedding florist to use British-grown blooms from local flower farmers. Local flowers typically have a smaller carbon footprint, as they require less transportation and are grown without pesticides. Additionally, supporting local growers helps sustain small businesses and promotes biodiversity.

Bright yellow and pink flowers on a table

Foam-Free Arrangements

Traditional floral foam, often used in arrangements to keep flowers hydrated and in place, is made from non-biodegradable plastic and contains harmful chemicals. A way to remove the use of foam is to include foam-free arrangements, to make your wedding flowers more sustainable. There are several eco-friendly alternatives, such as using chicken wire, floral frogs or sustainable floral tape to create stunning, secure designs.

Foam-free arrangements not only reduce plastic waste but also allow for more natural and free-flowing designs. Many florists are now embracing these methods, to give installations a more natural, free flowing feel. So be sure to discuss foam-free options with your wedding florist. 

Use Seasonal Flowers

Choosing seasonal flowers for your wedding is another excellent way to focus on sustainability. Seasonal flowers are typically grown locally and require fewer resources, making them a greener choice. They also tend to be more affordable and readily available, ensuring you get the best quality blooms.

Each season offers its unique array of flowers. For example, spring weddings can feature tulips, daffodils and lilacs, while summer weddings can showcase peonies, roses, and sunflowers. Autumn brides might choose dahlias and chrysanthemums, while winter weddings can be adorned with hellebores, amaryllis and evergreen foliage.

Bride holding bridal bouquet

Gift Flowers to Wedding Guests

Another way to make your wedding flowers more sustainable is by gifting them at the end of the night to your guests. Instead of letting your beautiful arrangements go to waste after the celebration, encourage guests to take home arrangements or individual blooms. This not only reduces waste but also allows your loved ones to enjoy the flowers for days to come, and your guests will be more than happy to take them home.

You can also donate leftover flowers to local hospitals, nursing homes or shelters. Many organisations welcome floral donations, which can brighten the days of those who receive them. Work with your florist to arrange for the collection and delivery of these blooms, ensuring they continue to spread joy even after your wedding day.

Conclusion 

Making your wedding flowers more sustainable is a thoughtful and impactful way to celebrate your special day. By choosing British-grown flowers from local farmers, opting for foam-free arrangements, using seasonal blooms and gifting flowers to wedding guests, you can create an eco-friendly celebration that aligns with your values. Sustainable wedding flowers not only enhance the beauty of your event but also contribute to a healthier planet.

If you’re planning your wedding and want to explore sustainable floral options, contact us today. We’re passionate about creating beautiful, eco-friendly arrangements that will make your wedding day truly unforgettable. Let’s work together to make your celebration as green as it is gorgeous.

May 21, 2024