Choose beautiful blooms that are as environmentally-friendly as they are elegant with our guide to eco-chic floral arrangements for your wedding day
STAY IN SEASON
Keep your wedding green by choosing locally grown, seasonal flowers. Not only will they be more naturally fragrant and beautiful than blooms flown in from abroad, but they’ll also cost less and reduce your carbon footprint.
KEEP IT FAIR
To ensure that your flowers are sourced as ethically as possible, look for a florist who displays the Fairtrade logo. If you can’t spot one on their website or studio, simply ask how and where their blooms are sourced. Many will follow ethical standards, even if they haven’t officially been certified by the Fairtrade Foundation.
PLANT THEM AGAIN
Rather than throwing your beautiful wedding flowers in the bin after the big day, give a little back to the environment by replanting any able to survive. After the Royal Wedding, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had their florist plant the trees used to decorate Westminster Abbey in Highgrove Gardens, while other flowers and cuttings were also replanted or donated.
GIVE FRIENDLY FAVOURS
Choose earth-conscious gifts for your guests, like pretty packs of seeds (try www.balconygardener.co.uk) or individual pots of herbs. Simply buy a selection from the supermarket, cover the plastic pots with pretty paper and add a personalised tag.
Rather than buying hoards of new, expensive vases for the reception tables, you can pick up all sorts of cool containers from charity shops, vintage fairs and car boot sales, or raid your granny’s kitchen cupboard for pretty china. It’s much kinder to the environment and also looks super stylish.
These days, the lowly recycled jam jar is the height of wedding chic. Start collecting from your friends and family, and use a grouping of differently-shaped jars to display your reception flowers. They also work as great outdoor lights – just pop a candle inside and hang from tree branches with wire. If you use enough, it’ll cut down on electricity too!
PICK POTTED BLOOMS
Seasonal plants in decorative pots make more environmentally-friendly thank-you ifts than bouquets of freshly-cut flowers. Use large seasonal blooms such as peonies, hydrangeas and rambling roses and you can also place them around your wedding venue to decorate the space before your special guests take them home.
Save on flower costs by transporting your ceremony arrangements to your reception venue, and re-using them to decorate the rooms and tables. Pedestals and trees are easy to move and look fabulous as entrance displays, while pew ends can be used as chair-backs, and the bridesmaids’ bouquets can easily be popped in vases to decorate the top table.
SHARE THE LOVE
Ask if there are any other weddings taking place at your church or ceremony venue on the same day. If there are, you might be able to share the flowers with another bride and groom, thus cutting down on any wastage and halving the cost.
THROW A GORGEOUS GARDEN PARTY
Stage your wedding reception in a pretty garden with flowerbeds and leafy trees and you’ll need far fewer freshly-cut blooms to dress up the venue space. Plus, what could be more romantic than celebrating in the great outdoors amid beautiful, naturally growing flowers?
RAID THE RECYCLING
Before you take out your recycling, stop and take a closer look at the contents. Marmite jars, tea tins, mustard pots – they may look ready for the bin, but they all take on a new lease of life when filled with colourful flowers, and are perfect for a quirky, quintessentially British celebration!
GROW YOUR OWN
If you’ve got green fingers and enough time to play with, why not start cultivating your own flowerbeds? That way you can use your very own hand-reared blooms on the big day. If you’re worried about your flower-arranging capabilities, just sign up to a class for some top tips on simple, stylish arrangements and ask any creative friends you have to help out.