Planning a wedding involves many details and choices, and one of the most important of all is the flowers! Many brides-to-be have a very specific idea of what types of flowers, or even exact arrangements, that they want to feature during their wedding day. However, making it a reality can be difficult when the flowers they have been dreaming about are not in season, which means they either have to be imported or are completely unavailable. Fortunately, there is a multitude of options that will fit in with any wedding decor theme, from roses to ranunculus, dahlias to daisies.
Brides who are dead-set on particular flower varieties may end up paying exorbitant amounts if they are not locally grown and in season. On the other hand, brides who are more open-minded and receptive to flowers other than their original choices may be pleasantly surprised by what else is out there. Here are some of the benefits of choosing locally grown flowers that are in season for any wedding celebration:
Everyone knows that weddings can become expensive rather quickly. Wedding elements such as the dress, the venue, the entertainment and the decorations can end up costing a lot, and flowers can really add up, too. Whether or not the happy couple is on a strict, limited budget, it still makes sense to save money wherever possible. Thankfully, deciding to use locally grown flowers can typically save couples about half of the price that imported flowers would cost. That leaves a lot more room in the wedding budget for other fun things, from a scrumptious cake made by a gourmet bakery to amazing guest favors. Purchasing seasonal flowers also helps fuel the local economy and provides jobs for area residents.
Help Protect the Environment
When the desired wedding flowers must be imported because they are out of season locally, they may have to travel thousands of miles in order to get there. This often means they are treated with insecticides in order to make the journey intact. To successfully transport delicate flowers across the world, they also must be carefully packaged with disposable materials including plastic sleeves, boxes, plastic tubes that protect delicate stems, rubber bands, packaging tape and paper, and so on. In contrast, locally grown flowers can be grown organically and need much less packaging to safely travel from where they are grown to their final destination. With more florists than ever before keeping a close eye on the ecological practices of their business, it is becoming easier to find sustainably grown flowers that are in season.
Although imported flowers will always be an option for weddings, seasonal flowers are a terrific choice for those who want to save some money and help the environment at the same time.