Commercial flowers are less sustainable than you might first think. They are often airlifted in from around the world, contributing to air pollution, and vast amounts of pesticides are used in their cultivation.

So why not consider getting back to the days when seasonally stylish flowers were grown at home for weddings? Or if you don’t have ‘green fingers’ or a garden, why not try to persuade a local grower to raise flowers for you or pick flowers from your friends’ gardens?

If you decide to employ a florist, there are some things to consider.

Cut flowers or foliage have a limited life span of course. So why not try potted plants such as palms, ferns, or even orchids. Staged carefully, they can create a beautiful setting.

Dried flowers

Alternatively, why not consider sustainably sourced dried flowers or beautiful artificial flowers? They can be sold on or donated to another couple after use. Or they can be used to decorate your home and be a constant reminder of your special day.

If you plan to have confetti, consider using one that is biodegradable, such as flower petals grown in the UK. Or you could even give your guests packets of seeds to throw instead of rice. The birds will love you for it, and some may even grow for the benefit of future visitors to that venue.

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