Our most important green initiative is buying flowers locally. Buying locally grown flowers helps the environment in a variety of ways. Ten million cut flowers are sold everyday in the United States. 80% of those flowers come from Latin America. Buying flowers locally means that less fossil fuels, chemical preservatives and energy are used in the production and delivery of your flowers. Just like buying locally grown food or locally produced dairy products, buying flowers that are grown close to home reduces your carbon footprint on the earth.
We also compost all of or flower waste including trimmings, stems, leaves etc. We use recycled containers and vessels whenever possible.
Buying flowers locally is a great Green element to include in your wedding. In addition to bouquets and arrangements, there are lots of other ways to include locally grown flowers/plants into your wedding including: table arrangements for your rehearsal dinner, flowers for your hair and flowers, herbs or potted plants as favors.
Local Color Flowers was started to offer a environmentally and socially conscious alternative for clients purchasing flowers. We are committed to responsible use of resources, supporting the local economy and promoting neighboring farms. We seek to create and support a sustainable community; where people choose local products and services; where flower farms and farm families are thriving; where there is a diverse, strong local economy; and where people are connected to the living world around them.
Green Weddings are becoming more and more popular. The use of local and seasonal flowers is on the rise. We see couples choosing very naturalistic styled bouquets and centerpieces. Many of these styles include using non-flower natural elements such as branches, berries, fruits, vegetables, seed pods, herbs and foliage.
The desire for a natural look doesn't end with the flowers. Clients are choosing natural and recycled "vessels" rather than traditional vases. Last year we will be using recycled Patron Tequila bottles, Orangina bottles, wine bottles and milk jugs as well as grape vine nests, pumpkins, apples and compostable pots.
Finally, with the DIY boom, we are seeing brides and wedding parties that want to be involved with the creation of the bouquets and arrangements. For this reason, we've started to offer a DIY flower arranging party which gives the bride, her friends and family the opportunity to be involved with the arranging of their wedding flowers-with some support and instruction from experienced designers.
We’re looking forward to meeting you at the Mid Atlantic Green Wedding Showcase!
Photo Credits: Lovestruck Photography, Procopio Photography, Maggie Mudd Photography, Studio Mathewes